Originally from Utah, Stella Liechty has spent the majority of her life outdoors. From backcountry skiing to rock climbing, white water paddling to surfing, she finds her inspiration from the natural world and uses the skills she has developed in the wild heavily in her design work. When Stella is not in the wild, she spends her time working as an illustrator and freelance graphic designer or playing with friends’ dogs. With an undergraduate degree in Multi-Disciplinary Design from the University of Utah, Stella’s background is primarily in design thinking, systems design, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining DSI, Stella ran a small creative agency that focused on brand experience & systems where she helped numerous start-ups get off the ground. Stella also taught Design Thinking & product design courses at the University of Utah. An unavoidable systems thinker, Stella is looking forward to spending time with like-minded people, working on projects with a broader reach and practicing/studying design in a more systematic & research-based way.