Cheryl Platz is an internationally renowned interaction designer, writer, public speaker, teacher, and actress based in the Seattle area. Her first book Design Beyond Devices was released in December 2020 by Rosenenfeld Media in print and digital. For excerpts, podcasts, and downloads, see the book resource page (Ideaplatz.com).
As a world-class interaction designer, Cheryl's professional passions include natural user interfaces, design for scale and complexity, system design, and storytelling for product design.
She is best known for her work on cutting-edge products including Amazon's Alexa, the Echo Look, Cortana, Windows Automotive, Disney's PhotoPass, the Sims series of games, and Microsoft's Azure platform. Cheryl is also author of the groundbreaking design book Design Beyond Devices: Creating Multimodal, Cross-Device Experiences.
During the day, Cheryl is a full-time Principal UX Designer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Cheryl is founder and owner of Ideaplatz, LLC, a design education company through which she offers her well-received interaction design talks and workshops at major conferences and companies around the world.
Her experience in the performing arts makes Ms. Platz a uniquely engaging speaker. She is also an experienced improvisational theater teacher as part of the Unexpected Productions improv school faculty.
A veteran film, video, stage, and voice-over actress, Cheryl is best known for co-starring in multiple Twitch television shows representing hundreds of hours of live broadcast performances on Hyper RPG, GeekSpaceTV and her own Twitch channel.