Christina Mallon leads Inclusive Design at Wunderman Thompson, where she consults brands on how to implement inclusive design practices into their business strategies.
Christina is a woman at the forefront of an important movement towards inclusivity in design and advertising. She has a unique and special voice, championing individuals often ignored by these industries–particularly those burdened by physical disabilities.
At the start of Christina's professional career, her arms slowly became paralyzed. The transition to “disabled” was challenging but has never slowed her down for a second. As a young digital marketing professional starting her career with a physical “disability” she felt under-represented as a consumer. Rather than being discouraged, she recognized the opportunity to grow awareness and make a measurable impact within the industry. This realization inspired her to start an inclusive design practice at Wunderman Thompson and lead one of the only incubators focus on wearable tech for people with disabilities called Open Style Lab. She has partnered with brands like Macy's, IKEA, Tommy Hilfiger, and Microsoft on how to make their customer experiences more inclusive.
Christina’s work around inclusive design has received world-wide attention and has been featured in Fast Company, Yahoo Style, NBC News, PBS, Huluand BBC. Also, she received Smithsonian's Emerging Designer of the Year 2019 and Ad Age 40 under 40.