Robert Fabricant


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Robert Fabricant is a product designer who has worked at the forefront of technology and user experience design for more than 25 years. Fabricants are makers, and Robert has had a hand in designing everything from interactive environments and virtual worlds to medical devices, in-car navigation systems, smart infrastructure, fintech, medical devices, and consumer apps for organizations as varied as MTV, Daimler Chrysler, General Electric and UNICEF. 

He designed his first mobile and tablet apps more than a decade before the release of the iPhone and iPad. These days Robert leads the global design team at Dalberg Design, with studios in London, Mumbai, Nairobi, and New York. His team at Dalberg has applied human-centered design to address societal challenges in low-resource settings in more than 40 countries and has been named a World Changing Company by Fast Company in 2019. 

Prior to founding the global design practice at Dalberg, Robert served as the Vice President of Creative for frog design. Early in his career, he worked at Microsoft Research to help design and launch online virtual worlds and 3D chat environments. Robert has a Master's in Design and Technology from NYU. 

He writes and speaks extensively about design for Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Wired, MIT Innovations, Fast Company, and other leading publications. Robert holds numerous patents and has been named one of the top 100 public interest designers working globally today. He serves on the board of Praekelt.org, a leading tech company in South Africa that develops population-scale mobile applications that reach more than 100 million people in 65 countries with critical, life-saving information

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