Allison Rowe

A leader with over a decade of experience in design strategy, foresight and tech innovation. I envision new futures — making rocket ships rather than bandaids and developing innovative and emotive products, services and businesses that transport us towards a happier and healthier world. Big on nurturing inclusive, multidisciplinary teams and leading with authenticity.

I run Outout Studio, a multidisciplinary consultancy that helps diverse founders launch purpose-driven initiatives. And I partner with folks doing interesting things — currently working with Space10 to forecast the future of business and the home of tomorrow.

Before this, I helped clients future-proof as an Experience Design Director at McKinsey & Company — spotting new commercial opportunities, launching corporate ventures and imbuing companies with people-centric innovation. Prior to that I explored the future of creativity and immersive computing as a creative technologist and lead for the innovation team at Lift, the studio responsible for Microsoft's Paint 3D - doing hands-on technology and product development in AR/VR. And in a past life, I developed medical devices for pediatric surgery, managed the global rollout of healthcare software, and helped launch a hardware startup making sex toys for women.

Strategy — Customer / market research — Service design — Foresight & speculative design — Product development — Building & mentoring teams —

Design + Strategy
Space10 / IKEA
2021 - present

Founder
Outout Studio
2021 - present

Experience Design Director
McKinsey & Company
2017 - 2021
Associate Design Director, 2017 - 2018

Innovation Lead
Microsoft, Lift Studio
2015-2017

Design Strategist
Native
2015

Design Engineer
Pediatric Device Consortium
University of California, SF
2012-2013

Mechanical Engineer
Crave
2011-2012

Project Manager / Field Service Engineer
Siemens Healthcare
2009-2011

Speaking —
Design Matters
TEDx
TechStars
Stockholm TechFest
Open Innovation Forum

Teaching —
Central Saint Martins
Royal College of Art
Imperial College

Learning —
M.A. & M.S. Global Innovation Design
Royal College of Art / Imperial College London
In partnership with: Pratt Institute (USA) and Keio University (Japan)
2015, With Distinction


B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
2009, Cum Laude

For collaborations, freelance gigs, speaking / writing / lecturing requests, or anything else, drop me a line