Over the course of her career in media, academia, and high-tech, Robin Avni has managed innovative, award-winning teams and projects.
She spent the beginning of her career in traditional media, including seven years at the Pulitzer prize-winning Philadelphia Inquirer, as a Photo Editor and subsequently was appointed Managing Design Director of the publication. She was the first Design Director to receive the prestigious post-graduate Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan, an award that recognizes outstanding achievement in the field
of journalism. Following her photo and design work in Philadelphia, she spent five years as the award-winning design director of Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times.
In 1995, she was hired by Microsoft as a Design Manager working on such high-profile projects as the launch of MSN and MSNBC.com. Her eight years at Microsoft enabled her to catch the wave of a new era; one that would profoundly change the course of communication as new technologies changed methods of content, interaction, and connection. During her tenure at Microsoft, Robin created and produced V-Style, one of the first online style webzines, managed internal training resources for the product groups, and was a Group Manager for Design and User Research for Windows and SQL Server.
After Microsoft, she transitioned to consumer research managing a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients as a Senior Director and Lead Consumer Strategist at Iconoculture, and as a Senior Ethnographer at The Hartman Group, where she engaged in primary consumer qualitative research.
In 2015, she became an Assistant Professor of Design at The Cornish College of the Art where her academic research focuses on visual communication, social photography, and the intersection of technical tools and creativity. In December 2015, Robin was the co-recipient of a grant from the Microsoft HoloLens Strategy Team which sought to leverage the creative, problem-solving disposition of creative artists to explore the artistic possibilities of mixed reality. The project culminated in a mixed reality gallery showing in the Spring 2016 on the Cornish campus.
Robin has served on national and local boards and commissions, including the Knight Curriculum Advisory Committee at the Indiana University School of Journalism, where she received her BA in journalism. She holds a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington.