Allison Abbott

Allison Abbott

Senior Designer & Researcher

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama

Allison is a Senior Designer & Researcher based in Alloy’s DC office.

With a foundation in design, psychology, and acting, Allison has always been interested in understanding people — why they tick the way they do, what patterns bubble up in their behaviors and attitudes, and how we can be ever-better at meeting their needs. She loves working at the intersection of science and art, honoring the messiness of the human experience and using it as inspiration for meaningful, impactful design. She has a knack for building empathy with end users and an eye for uncovering nuanced patterns in qualitative research. Ultimately, she strives to find elegant solutions that help both organizations and the people they serve thrive.

Allison has worked on projects spanning from early stage needs-finding work through standing up downstream ventures. Before Alloy, Allison worked at the innovation consulting group Peer Insight, serving clients across multiple industries, as well as Capital One’s digital innovation lab, where she helped launch the design research practice.

Allison has been a two-time speaker at SXSW, and has also given lectures on design and research at Harvard University, MIT, Cornell University, and to Google’s EMEA UX team. Allison holds B.A.s from the University of Virginia in Psychology and English.

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