Bernadette Irizarry

Founder and CEO, Velvet Hammer Design

A creative leader with roots in sculpture and graphic design, Bern delights in combining the aesthetic with the usable. She has developed award-winning experiences and holds two patents in color-selection methods. Whether launching a business-changing product or revamping a company division, Bern relishes the juicy problems that can only be solved when designers and change agents collaborate.

Dedicated to empowering women to design and code, she can be found on weekends teaching user experience, prototyping and facilitation. Bern founded and leads the Los Angeles Chapter of Ladies that UX and currently sits on the Board of AIGA Los Angeles.

My Sessions

The art and science of workshop design


Perhaps you groan at the thought of a two-day offsite, or have experienced poorly organized meetings that produced more frustration than results. Now you can do something about that! Planning and facilitating working sessions and workshops are important UX skills, but they’re not normally taught in school or on the job. In this engaging, hands-on […]

Senior level Tools and Techniques