Born in Aspen, Colorado, Callie Neylan grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, moving to Washington state in 1990. She earned her bachelor's degree at Central Washington University in 1997, studying art and French. After moving to Seattle a year later, Callie's growing interest in design was fostered while managing ergonomics programs for a local municipality. Advocating for the health needs of public works employees, she experienced firsthand how the poor design of office furniture and construction tools negatively affect the average worker.
Callie continued her focus on human-centered design by starting formal design studies and working as a user interface and interaction designer for several Seattle-based software companies. As an instructor for the IT department at Seattle Central Community College, she taught courses on user-centered design, typography for the web, and project management.
In 2006, Callie earned her Master of Fine Arts in Design from the University of Washington (UW), studying visual communication design, industrial design, and experimental film. Her thesis focused on human-centered product design in the form of tactile maps for the blind. She has since worked on a consulting basis for renowned design firms such as Gensler and Teague and lectured for the UW's Master's in Digital Media program. Currently, she is a senior designer in the user experience group at National Public Radio in Washington, DC and adjunct faculty at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in typography and design. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA and I.D. Magazine, and featured in the New York Times and Fast Company.
Outside of design, Callie's interests include reading, writing, photography, film, skiing, hiking, cycling, singing, and foreign travel. Married with two children, she lives in an historic old rowhouse in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, daughter, and two Weimaraners.