Alis Whitman

Designer, painter, outdoors woman, gardener, maker, mom.



I painted for all of my childhood and through college.  I stepped away from pigment for twenty years to pursue a product design career and raise a child.  I am circling back with a renewed interest in plein air. You can view/purchase some of my larger paintings here. You can visit my Etsy shop AlisWhitmanArt to purchase smaller paintings. If you would like to follow my full journey, join me on on Instagram (link below).

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Little people

Experiential learning

I strive to foster resilience, collaboration, empathy and creativity in forest school, maker space and garden environments. Our “classroom” offers an emergent learning environment rich in self directed open ended play, tactile experiences, vestibular growth opportunities, and of course lots of creeks, sticks and mud.

Early childhood is the perfect time to practice the inherent skills of synthesis, empathy, problem definition, ideation, prototyping and testing to grow the neural pathways we use for design thinking. The more I observe children the more I realize how our early brains lay the foundations for a lifetime of design.

Big people

Product design

My passion is decision design, the art of packaging relevant data as intuitive content so users can make effective decisions. I use drawing, data synthesis and facilitation skills to simplify complexity and transform big epics into bite size stories.

I find product design teams work best when we strike a balance between collaboration and independent work. Design sprints and makerspace are critical to innovation, but independent deep work is critical to great execution. Given the aptitudes of team members, I adapt design thinking and agile to create successful work environments.

Over 20 years I have become an expert in fintech design, building products for the investment management, private/retail bank, family office, RIA, impact measurement and SROI spaces. In addition to product design, I am comfortable with executive communications, client experience and design administration.

Connect with me

To connect with me send an email to: alis “at” bellespring “dotcom”