Maria Guidice

CEO & Founder, Hot Studio, San Francisco, USA
As Facebook's former-Design VP of UX, she has been at the forefront of user experience design innovation for the world's most influential digital platform

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN

An innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur, Marie has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life.

Under her leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients.

She sold Hot Studio to Facebook in 2013 and today she is an independent consultant and an advocate for designing for “unintended consequences”.

Her book “Rise of the DEO” explores why the coupling of creativity and business acumen produces leaders most capable of solving increasingly complex business problems.

Hear Maria speak at WORLDWEBFORUM 2020 about rallying around a shared vision to operate at scale.

About Hot Studio

Hot Studio is a leading experience design company with offices in San Francisco and New York. Dedicated to creating elegant solutions for complex design challenges, we collaborate with business leaders, innovative organizations, and emerging companies to create breakthrough products and services that have global reach and local impact. Our clients include Cisco, Warner Music Group, Charles Schwab, Zinio, Ancestry, SFMOMA, and California Academy of Sciences.

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BIOGRAPHY

Innovator, artist, protagonist, activist, and positive provocateur, Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential have kept her at the forefront of design and business for over 30 years.

Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio, the award-winning experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio, where Maria worked as a Director of Product Design. From 2015 to 2017, Maria led a global team of designers as Autodesk’s first VP of Experience Design.

Notable awards and recognition for Hot Studio include a nomination for the National Design Award. In 2012 Maria was recognized as an AIGA Design Fellow for making significant contributions in the design community and by raising the standards of excellence in practice.

Maria’s third book, Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, is available in several languages. She has spoken at conferences all over the world. Maria serves on several Boards and is a trustee at California College of the Arts.