Chicago Camps

Prototypes, Process & Play

August 9–10, 2018

Columbia College Film Row – Chicago

Conference Overview

Learn design leadership from the experts at
Prototypes, Process, & Play.

It’s a two-day, single-track conference featuring inspiring keynote speakers, accomplished design leaders, and experienced professionals from major brands and organizations.

Curious about the name? It comes from our formula for effective design leadership:

Proven Methodologies
Creative Exploration

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Meet Our Awesome Sponsors

These great sponsors help us make Prototypes, Process & Play affordable and accessible. These organizations see the value in design and design leadership—please show your support for the support they’ve shown us!

About Our Speakers

Great thinking on design leadership is found in many forms in many industries. We’ve curated an incredible lineup of design experts, mentors, and coaches from diverse fields to help you down your own leadership path. Our single-track format ensures you’ll get to learn from every one of them.


Amy Jiménez Marquez

Amy Jiménez Marquez
Alexa Personality Experience Manager, Amazon

Amy Jiménez Marquez is the manager of the Alexa Personality Experience team at Amazon in Seattle, WA. She’s also one of the publishers of Boxes and Arrows, an online publication devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design.

She’s been a UX professional since the late 1990s, working in both corporate and freelance settings. With a Master’s degree in Directing, Amy has also been performing improvisational comedy for over 20 years, and enjoys applying improv collaboration techniques to her daily work.

For more, keep up with Amy at or on Twitter as @amymarquez.

Andy Budd

Andy Budd
CEO, Clearleft

As a renown Design Leader and agency CEO, Andy helps companies like Virgin Holidays, John Lewis and Penguin Random House with issues of customer experience, product strategy, and digital transformation.

Andy’s role at Clearleft is to set strategy and vision, promote the value of design, and help our clients realise their digital potential. Andy is very active in the day-to-day running of the company, managing our leadership team, setting company culture, and looking after the happiness and wellbeing of our 30+ staff.

Andy is a designer at heart, having spent over 20 years in the field. He loves using his knowledge of design, technology, and human behaviour to influence product strategy. As such, Andy is in his element when working alongside board members and their management teams.

In his early career Andy helped pioneer the field of Web Standards through his work, his blog (one of the highest trafficked in the UK at the time), and the publication of his best selling book – CSS Mastery. Later, Andy helped popularise the field of UX design, setting up the UKs first dedicated UX agency, along with it’s first and arguably best UX conference.

When he’s not running the company or managing our creative output, Andy can be found sharing his wealth of knowledge at conferences around the world like SXSW, An Event Apart and The Next Web. He also curates the UX London and Leading Design conferences. In 2011, Andy co-founded the Brighton Digital Festival, a citywide celebration of digital culture attracting 40,000 visitors and over 190 events. These are just some of the reasons his company has won Netmag Agency of the Year on several occasions, and he’s appeared on both the Wired 100 and BIMA 100 lists.

Never happier than when he’s diving some remote tropical atoll, Andy is a qualified PADI dive instructor and retired shark wrangler.

For more, keep up with Andy at or on Twitter as @andybudd.

Elizabeth Goodman

Elizabeth Goodman
Experience Design Director, Government

Elizabeth’s writing, design and research focus on product, service, and interaction design for organizationally complex products and services. Currently, she is the acting Director of Design at 18F, a technology consultancy within the US Government’s General Services Administration. Previously, she worked with exploratory research and design teams at Intel, Fuji-Xerox, and Yahoo! Elizabeth has a masters degree in interaction design from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and a PhD from the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a co-author of the widely used design research handbook, Observing the User Experience, published by Morgan Kaufmann, and Designing Connected Products, from O’Reilly Media.

For more, keep up with Elizabeth at

Kara DeFrias

Kara DeFrias
Senior Manager, Intuit

Kara’s passion for designing engaging experiences has brought her to many exciting places, including the Super Bowl, Oscars, and most recently, the White House as UX Director for Vice President Biden. Previously, Kara was in the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows, where she served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the relationship between the government and the people from a technology perspective. She currently champions businesses of one at Intuit QuickBooks Self-Employed.

For more, keep up with Kara at or on Twitter as @karadefrias.

Peter Merholz

Peter Merholz
VP Design, Snagajob

Peter Merholz has been active in digital design and product for 25 years, most notably in building Adaptive Path, and now a design executive and product leader. He is VP of Design at Snagajob and has co-written a book, Org Design for Design Orgs (O’Reilly).

For more, keep up with Peter at or on Twitter as @peterme.

Tanya Snook

Tanya Snook
Government Design Leader, Canada

Tanya is a user experience designer who focuses on citizen and employee experiences for the Government of Canada. She designs end-to-end services, content and applications with the goal of balancing the needs of citizens with those of the government staff who deliver services.

Tanya is a founder and co-chair of CanUX, Canada’s largest user experience conference. She is also a UX champion within the government, having co-chaired the national User Experience Working Group, and leading workshops and training sessions on UX methods for fellow public servants in her spare time.

Before her career in the public service, Tanya worked in various startups and consulting firms in Ottawa’s high tech sector. She holds a bachelor’s Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and is certified as a business analyst through the International Institute for Business Analysis.

At home, you will likely find her with a latte in hand, wearing a nerdy t-shirt, listening to a podcast and tweeting. Tanya lives in Ottawa with her hubby and son (aka The Dude).

For more, keep up with Tanya at or on Twitter as @spydergrrl.

Location Details

Columbia College Film Row

We are big fans of our venue and sponsor: Columbia College in Chicago. Columbia is a great place to learn and upgrade your design skills and we’re excited to host our inaugural Prototypes, Process & Play with them!

Columbia College

About Columbia College

Columbia College Chicago is an institution of higher education specializing in arts and media disciplines, with nearly 12,000 students pursuing degrees within 120 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Check out Columbia College.

Where to Park?

There are several easy-access parking garages available in the surrounding blocks.

The Congress Plaza Hotel

Coming from out of town? We’ve set up a special rate for attendees at The Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We want to be the easiest partner you’ve ever worked with–even at the traditional conference level! With that as our guiding mantra, all of our Prototypes, Process & Play sponsorships are $1,500.

Prototypes, Process & Play has many different options available that are comparable to any other large scale event, and we’re happy to work with you to create something custom to meet your needs. We’ve got a great event planned and we’d love to talk to you about how we can partner with you!

If you’re interested in sponsoring Prototypes, Process & Play and getting in front of the people who are driving the future of design, contact us or download our Sponsorship Packet.

Chicago Sponsors Camps

  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Simplecast
  • Lead Honestly
  • Columbia College Chciago
  • MOMENT Design

Code of Conduct

All delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at any Chicago Camps, LLC event are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

The Short Version
Full Version

Be respectful of other people; respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered; and if you can’t resolve an issue contact the organizers. If you are being a problem, it will be apparent and you’ll be asked to leave.