Molly Clare Wilson teaches and practices human-centered design. She is based in Berlin, Germany.
Since fall 2015, Molly has led the Advanced Track at the School of Design Thinking, Hasso-Platter-Institut, University of Potsdam. She teaches and manages a team of 16 part-time faculty and 40 students as they solve complex product and service design problems alongside organizational partners in industry, government, and the nonprofit sector. A former fellow and teacher at the Stanford d.school, Molly has taught design thinking methodology all over the world.
Her background as a designer focuses on digital products. At Sliced Bread Design in Mountain View, California, she has done both user research and interaction design for complex products in finance, health, and education. Past clients include Neat, Pharmacist’s Letter, Xactly, Intuit, and Coursera.
She holds a master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in History of Science from Harvard University.
You can find her on Twitter @mollyclare or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve always left a trail of projects behind me related to teaching, learning, and design. I took a community ed Photoshop class when I was 10 and promptly tried to teach anyone else around me who would listen. I organized my homemade doll clothes in a Filemaker database. I made colorful diagrams of the structure of Bach’s Mass in B Minor for a 5th grade presentation. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have figured out what to do with this impulse to synthesize, organize, create, and help others understand the world in a new way.
I studied history of science at Harvard, which is basically about structures and sociologies of knowledge. How do we know what we know, and how do we organize and communicate it? During my studies, I paid for books and food by learning HTML/CSS/JS and hand-coding websites that I am definitely not going to show anybody ever again, so don’t even ask. But hey, skills are skills, and this hacker mentality has served me well.
After graduating from college, I taught high school. I was pretty sure I wanted to build a career as an educational technology specialist. But then I discovered user experience design and realized that, instead of working around badly-designed technology products, I could be the one to put better stuff out into the world. Lately, I’ve especially enjoyed taking this mission one step further: using my training in educational and instructional design to teach others. I hope to help others make more grounded, clear, and humane choices in their product and service design.
I’m active in several feminist and women-in-technology organizations. I’m on the board of Project Callisto, I’m a member of Double Union and XX+UX, I’ve taught at MotherCoders, and I support carrying on the work of the Ada Initiative.