Brett Leber

Strategic Designer

Brett is a Strategic Designer at MAYA. Equal parts researcher, thinker, and human-centered designer, Brett strives for a deep understanding of people and context in order to guide the creative process. He is particularly interested in how design can be used to address complex organizational and social challenges.

At MAYA, Brett enables client teams to thrive by bringing diverse stakeholders together and fostering connections. He believes that the most transformative work is done within these collaborative communities.

Before joining MAYA, Brett led the User Experience Design of Learning Science Software Systems at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. As a graduate student in interaction design, Brett explored local problems such as commuting alternatives to driving alone, air pollution in Southwestern PA, combined sewer overflow, and resource sharing.


MDes Interaction Design, Carnegie Mellon University
BS Human-Computer Interaction, Technical Writing and Communication, Carnegie Mellon University

Places I’ve Lived

Glen Ridge, NJ
Montauk, NY
Pittsburgh, PA

Outside of MAYA

You can find me exploring the city by bike, listening to a vinyl record, watching a movie with my wife, or being entertained by our small cadre of dogs and cats.

Books I Love

In the Bubble, John Thackara
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney
Most of Philip K. Dick’s oeuvre

Blog Posts

Four Common Myths in Human-Centered Design Research
Feb 15 2017 in Human-Centered Design

Common traps in thinking about design research, and how to overcome them.

6 Key Takeaways From the Global Service Jam
Mar 22 2016 in Notes from the Field

The service design industry is quickly gaining traction in the United States. Here are six things to consider when designing for services.