Alex Menglide

About

Photo by  Michelle McSwain

Born and raised in New York City, I've always been drawn to physical spaces and their effect on the human spirit. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in English and Spanish, I decided to pursue my Master's in Interior Design at Pratt Institute. During grad school, I grew comfortable using digital design tools to create diagrams, renderings and presentations. Upon finishing the program, I dabbled in the furniture world for a bit before switching gears yet again.

Eager to work in a digital medium, I left my job in furniture to join Kargo as an intern, when it was a small but ambitious ad tech startup. In the years that followed, I learned how to design a new type of user experience—trading up square feet for pixels, and floor plans for wireframes. After five transformative years at Kargo, I set out to turn my side hustle into my full-time job.

As the Head of Product (and sole designer) at Stareable, I was responsible for everything from setting the roadmap and defining features, to user testing and UI/UX design. I was 1/4 of a small but mighty team, on a mission to democratize storytelling by giving web series creators the tools they need to succeed. I’m incredibly proud that our side hustle evolved into a real company with real products and, above all, a real community.

I’m currently freelancing and consulting for small, mission-driven organizations that I admire. Now more than ever, I feel the need to contribute something meaningful to society and I believe design is one of the most effective tools for change.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading books (Libby is my BFF), eating pasta (I could subsist on Annie’s Mac & Cheese, but also love LaRina in Brooklyn), tidying up KonMari-style, making lists (both analog and digital), admiring architecture and interiors, and exploring my ever-changing city and all that it entails. My dream is to write and illustrate a children’s book series.


i honestly love getting emails.