Liz is part designer, part educator, and full-time dog owner.
Liz is Vice President of Design for NPR, responsible for leading human-centered design across NPR’s products and platforms with a team comprising Product Design, Design Research & Strategy, and Design Operations, as well as founder of the Public Radio Incubation Lab, a new path to bringing transformative ideas to life in public media. Outside of NPR, Liz is the Founding Chair of the MFA Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. Prior to joining NPR, Danzico was an independent consultant, cultivating user-centered efforts for clients including Teach for All, The New York Times, This American Life, and TED Prize. Before setting out on her own, she led design/design teams for organizations such as AIGA, Barnes & Noble.com, Daylife, Razorfish, and Rodale.
Danzico has long been a leader in the expanding field of innovation and design, joining the first advisory board of the Journalism + Design Program at The New School and the Austin Center for Design; lecturing at universities, global companies, and conferences internationally. She has been thesis advisor in the graduate graphic design program at the Rhode Island School of Design, adjunct faculty at the New School University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and lectured at schools from Columbia University to MICA: Maryland Institute College of Art. She has written for design-minded publications, including Eye Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Interactions Magazine, and writes part of her time here, at bobulate.com.
She holds a BA from Pennsylvania State University, an MA from Carnegie Mellon University, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School.
“Bobulate” comes from an email exchange Liz had with a friend which tracked lists of words that sounded better without their prefixes and/or suffixes. The original list didn’t live on, but the name did. Standing for “intentional organization;” to be thrown into order, as if against one’s will, if it were a real word, it would mean the opposite of “discombobulated.”
The lovely typeface is Skolar, which was designed by David Březina and is distributed by TypeTogether. It was designed with “scholarly and multilingual publications in mind. It incorporates a subtle personal style, neither neutral nor conspicuous,” exactly what Bobulate portends to do. The illustration of the red dog in the logo mark stands in for Liz’s first vizsla, Lucy.
The simple and clean site design was masterfully done by Liz’s close friend Jason Santa Maria. He is truly a professional. The Evening Edition of the site owes thanks to the industrious work of the superlative Dan Mall and Jason Santa Maria for their allegiance to detail and devotion to craft. The WordPress Special Projects Team moved the site from Tumblr to WordPress with grace, ease, and charm and it’s been a true delight to write on ever since. Thank you to the WordPress team, especially Andy!