February Panel Speakers

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Lisa Carvajal
Manager of Exhibit and New User Experience Development, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Lisa is responsible for helping to manage the design, planning and execution of stationary and traveling exhibits for the award winning museum’s visitor experience program. She was instrumental in developing the National Science Foundation funded traveling exhibit titled “How People Make Things”, an exhibit based on the Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours – a traveling exhibit that opened in 2006 and is still touring on the continent today to rave reviews.

Lisa built her career as an industrial designer and completed a wide variety of industrial, medical and housewares projects while working for notable Pittsburgh design and product development firms including Bally Design, Daedalus Inc. and Maya.  She honed her hands on production skills as a furniture design masters candidate and apprentice to renowned Pittsburgh artist and woodworker Tadao Arimoto. In addition, she gained salient educational skills as an adjunct instructor at the School of Design and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Industrial Technology program.

Lisa holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She’s an IDEA Bronze Award recipient, the recipient of manufacturing industry awards, as well as being named on a couple of US patents.


Lauren Chapman
Designer & Researcher, Human Sciences Group, MAYA Design

Lauren focuses on developing integrated and satisfying experiences that shape how people interact with products, services,  environments, information, and other people as well. To properly shape these interactions, she applies a broad range of methodologies, drawing from ethnographic research methods, usability testing procedures, and paper prototyping.

Passionate about improving health care, she took the opportunity to focus her Master’s Thesis on developing a technology-based peer mentoring service that assists with the management of type 2 diabetes after diagnosis. Lauren earned her Master of Design in Communication Planning & Information Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and prior to that graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in English and minors in Graphic Arts and Journalism. Prior to MAYA, she worked as a freelance print designer, and interned with Second Road, a strategy consulting firm based in Sydney, Australia.


John Sotirakis
Designer, ThoughtForm Inc.

John has the intuitive ability to understand a client’s objectives and turn them into excellent design—design that is not only beautiful but also works well with the organization’s brand. He has helped many clients launch or evolve their brands, including Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. He also leads print communication, interactive media, and environment projects, many of which have evolved from John’s branding program for the client. John has experience with both corporate businesses and non-profit organizations, including UPMC, Staples, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Heinz Endowments.


Andrew Twigg
Designer and Owner, Andrew Twigg Design Studio, Ltd.

Andrew helps companies by providing services such as branding & identity, brand strategy, web design, information design, advertising, and print collateral. He has a B.A. in Communication Design: a self-designed major from a small liberal arts school, focused on communication theory, computer art/multimedia, and journalism.  He was learning to design for the web when the web was new, and has worked with the web his entire professional career. He has worked on design projects for organizations including the Chicago History Museum & Chicago Historical Society, University of Chicago Hospitals, and Ecoxera. Andrew also serves as an adjunct faculty at the School of Design.