Thea Kluge CarterThea is currently a Senior UX / Design Manager at Google in NYC.

Previously, she was the Creative & UX Director at Dom & Tom Inc, an interactive agency based out of New York and Chicago. From 2009–2012, she was the Creative & UX Director at Wanderfly, a successful startup that was acquired by TripAdvisor in October 2012. Her own digital design company, Dot & Smudge LLC, maintains a loyal base of clients.

Previously, Thea was an Art Director at Funny Garbage from 2007–2010, where she worked on large-scale interactive projects. Prior to joining FG, she was an Art Director at Inc Design, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies and other corporate clients on annual reports, advertisements, print materials, and websites.

She studied graphic design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, Switzerland, and graduated with a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan. At Cooper, she concentrated in graphic arts, video, and animation. In Basel she studied typography and structure with the masters, including Wolfgang Weingart.

Several sites Thea designed have received Webby Nominations. In 2009, one site was a Webby Official Honoree (nyc-arts.org) and one received an Interactive Media Award (landmarks.utexas.edu). In 2004, she was named one of the “Top Young Designers in New York” by the Art Directors Club. That year, she received the Lubalin Fellowship, which funded her exhibit about the role of the computer in design.

She is interested in typography, graffiti, video and media arts, and comedy. In her free time, she is an artist, and is renovating her 1920s-era home.