Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic and the essential have kept her at the intersection of design and business for over 20 years.

Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Along the way, Hot was named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses every year since 2008, and in 2011 was inducted into the San Francisco Business Times’ Hall of Fame. Hot Studio was acquired by Facebook in 2013, where Maria now works as the Director of Product Design.

Maria holds a BFA from Cooper Union and is co-author and designer of several award-winning books, including Elements of Web Design and Web Design Essentials. In 2012, Maria was named an AIGA Fellow in recognition for her impact in raising the standards of excellence and conduct within the design community.

Her new book, Rise of the DEO, Leadership by Design is due on the bookshelves this October.

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