Lecturer + Stanford 2025 Lead + Experiment Designer
Kelly Schmutte is an Experiment Designer at the d.school and a lecturer in the ME Design Department. Her expertise in human-centered design has been the focus of her studies and professional work experience for the past 10 years. She can’t get enough of design at Stanford, as she received both her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Product Design (’06 and ’13).
In 2013, Kelly joined the d.school as a fellow and Project Manager for the @Stanford project, a year-long, multi-phase collaboration between students and d.school designers to imagine and design the future of living and learning at Stanford. A major piece of this project was a 2-quarter long studio course for students, which influenced many of the final ideas presented in the “Stanford 2025” exhibit in May 2014. As a d.Leadership alum, Kelly also helped teach a Design Leadership course for students at Eastside College Preparatory School in Summer 2014, where she introduced students to the fundamentals of design thinking and coached them through leading a community partner in East Palo Alto through a design challenge. Kelly has also led numerous design thinking workshops at the d.school, including a custom-designed empathy workshop for Stanford Resident Fellows on their annual ResEd retreat. She loves interacting with students, has enjoyed sharing her passion for design with students launching into the PD major through ME115a.
As a design professional, Kelly is a serial entrepreneur and passionate inventor. She developed a moldable, self-customizable insert for ballet dancers that makes dancing en pointe more comfortable and less damaging for dancers’ feet. She holds a patent and trademark for this invention, and is currently in the process of licensing the product to reach dancers worldwide. Most recently, Kelly co-launched a new company called Confetti that creates delightfully refreshing in-home date “kits” that infuse a bit of romance into relationships, particularly for new parents. She has also had a lifelong love of art, and is an artist who enjoys painting in watercolor and drawing in Prismacolor colored pencil.
Kelly loves: bright colors, challenging hikes to remote mountaintops, French language and culture, the one-and-only King of Pop, and all kinds of dance (which she likes to think of as music made visual).