FoF x Design @ UCI Presents, Succeeding in Product Design: What They Don’t Teach You in School

Feb 21, 1:00 – 3:00 AM

Gain insights into navigating the product design industry with confidence, especially as you step into your professional journey fresh out of academia! πŸš€πŸŽ“

About this event

About this event:

πŸš€ Friends of Figma, in collaboration with Design at UCI, presents: "Succeeding in the Product Design Industry: What They Don’t Teach You in School" πŸŽ“ Our distinguished speakers, Kaleb Stegal & Sam Vivonia, seasoned professionals in the product design industry, will share invaluable insights and experiences.

Discover the real-world nuances, challenges, and strategies for success that aren't discussed in academia.

πŸ’‘ Gain expert insights, participate in hands-on activities, and receive actionable advice.

🌐 Perfect for students, recent graduates, and seasoned professionals.

✨ Unlock the secrets to navigating a successful career in product design.


5:00 - 5:05: Welcome!

5:05 - 5:15: Introductions + Icebreakers

5:15 - 6:10: Speaker Presentation

6:10 - 6:30: Live Q&A + Wrap-Up

About our speakers:

  • Sam is the lead product designer at HOTB Software, a multifaceted company encompassing a design agency, development shop, and VC firm situated in Irvine, California. With a track record of designing, building, and launching various tools in the FinTech, HealthTech, and government sectors, Sam has contributed to creating solutions relied upon by millions of users nationwide. Outside of work, Sam engages in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training, along with a passion for performing improv and stand-up comedy.
  • Kaleb, a seasoned Sr. Product Designer with six years of industry experience, has collaborated with prominent clients such as Amazon, Formula 1, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. His expertise spans developing experiences with AI and Machine Learning for enterprise products, alongside crafting innovative solutions for consumer tech startups. In his spare time, he enjoys creating content for YouTube and building his own startup or going to Disneyland and eating food.


  • Kaleb Stegal


    Sr UX Designer

  • Samantha Vivonia

    HOTB Software

    UX/UI, Product Designer



Wednesday, February 21, 2024
1:00 AM – 3:00 AM UTC


  • Priscilla Vu


    Product Designer


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