Hi, I’m Sameera.
I am a Design Director at thoughtbot, a writer and conference speaker. I serve on multiple Design advisory boards in Austin for organizations and educational institutions. I call Bombay, Curaçao, and Austin “home”. I make playlists and travel a lot. I cook and I photograph the process.
I am also a designer and an educator. I formerly served as Instructional Director, Academic Operations Director, and Diversity Director, managing instructors and curriculum across 21 locations, a nationwide scholarship, and helped start or run two diversity councils as ERGs (employee resource groups).
I taught design at the university-level for over six years, teaching courses from freshman year to seniors, and serving on multiple graduate thesis committees. I wrote the first university course on the topic of Responsive Web Design in 2011 and have presented at conferences across the US.
I write and speak about web and product design, diversity, inclusion, and equity, tech education involving emerging tech, and design research and process. I share my thoughts on the web in the documentary, What Comes Next Is The Future. I wrote for The Pastry Box Project (2015, 2018), a monthly column for net magazine print and online for over two years, and for other publications, as well as served on design competition juries. I’ve spoken at events such as Creative Mornings, SXSW’s HBCU track, and more.