About

I partner with organizations to develop tools and experiences that provide people equitable access to culture and government. These values lie at the heart of what I do:

EXPLORATION AND SYNTHESIS: With a diverse background in culture, government, and technology, I’m all about building bridges. I’m committed to understanding seemingly disparate points of views to come up with something new.

  • MoMA Art Lab: Movement
  • Creative Technologies Prototyping Lab

DOING GOOD WORK: That’s “good” with a capital G. I’m dedicated to designing well-thought-out solutions that serve the needs of audiences and stakeholders alike.

  • Warhol.org redesign
  • Alpha.austin.gov
  • Kimbell Art Museum content strategy

EQUITY AND EMPOWERMENT: I’m most energized when a design or technology solution opens up access to people who have historically been marginalized or excluded.

  • Out Loud and Navcog
  • MCN DEAI initiative

Let’s work together

With more than eight years of experience working at the intersection of culture and technology, I am available to consult on your next project.

Services

  • Digital strategy
  • Design thinking workshops and training
  • User research and evaluation
  • Digital inclusion & accessibility

Clients

  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • City of Austin
  • Dell Technologies
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Westmoreland Museum of American Art

More about me

Desi GonzalezI consult with cultural, civic, and technology organizations to achieve their missions. Based in Austin, Texas, I’m currently the product manager for the City of Austin’s new Office of Design and Delivery.

Previously, I’ve led digital strategy at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, built digital tools for the emerging middle class in Peru, developed hands-on learning spaces at the Museum of Modern Art, and managed a kids website at the Whitney Museum of American Art. My writing has been featured in publications including Art in America, Art Papers, Indiewire, and The Brooklyn Rail. I’ve been invited to speak about art, design, and technology at events held by organizations including SXSWGoogle Design and We Are Museums. I currently serve on the board of MCN, the Museum Computer Network.

I hold a B.A. in linguistics and art history from Emory University and an M.S. in comparative media studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Get in touch

Write me at desi [dot] m [dot] gonzalez [at] gmail. Tweet me at @desigonz. I used to blog at desigonzalez.tumblr.com. And don’t forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter.