Throughout her career in the media and high-tech industries, including eight years as a Group Design Manager at Microsoft, she has managed high-profile projects and award-winning teams.
As an Assistant Professor of Design at Cornish, she managed several academic/corporate projects including two collaborations with Amazon and a special grant from the Microsoft HoloLens team. The Microsoft HoloLens Strategy Team 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 showcasing unique mixed reality experiences through design, dance, and theatrical performance.
During her tenure at Microsoft, Robin created and produced V-Style, one of the first online style webzines, helped launch MSNBC, managed internal training resources for the product groups, and was a Group Manager for Design and User Research for Windows and SQL Server. Her years at Microsoft enabled her to catch the wave of a new era in design; one that would profoundly change the course of the design profession as new technologies changed methods of communication, content, and interaction design.
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.
Robin is a frequent speaker at industry conferences as well as serving 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. Robin was also the recipient of a post-graduate Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.