Saya (Sayeh) Behnam (pronounced SAW-ya)

Saya has more than 20 years of professional experience in graphic and web design, User Experience (UX), and User Interface design (UI). Her love for illustration and fine art, together with her passion for new technology, helps her present ideas in unique and creative ways.

Having founded Design 4 Future in 2001, Saya Behnam has worked on numerous projects that serve a range of business sectors, including the government and nonprofit and commercial organizations. Among her clients are the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Department of Defense, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP), Small Woman and Minority Enterprises (SWaMFest), University of Virginia eBay, George Washington University, the Washington Board of Trade, and many small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Saya has won many awards for her design and fine-art work. She also has written several e-books and articles on User Experience design and the impact of  pictures, illustrations, and visual storytelling on the user experience.

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Saya Behnam is also an accomplished public speaker at national design and web conferences. Recent speaking engagements include:

MoDevUx 2013, Hilton, McLean, VA

May 9–May11 2013


Title: “Six UX trends in web and mobile in 2013”

Northern Virginia Code Camp


Microsoft Office, Reston,VA April 21, 2013

Title: “7 Principles for Better UI/UX Design for Cross Platform Mobile”

MoDev East, McLean, VA Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2012


Title: “7 Principles for Better UI/UX Design for Cross Platform Mobile


Internet Summit 2012, Raleigh, NC November 6–8, 2012

Panel discussion: “The Tablet Revolution” “Mobile Apps: Best Practices & Design Considerations for Tablets & Smartphones Workshop


Digital East 2012

Westin Dulles Airport, Herndon, VA October 2, 2012

Title: “Visual Storytelling and User Experience in Web, Mobile, and Tablet”


MoDev Tablet conference 2012,

Arlington, VA (A mobile development conference about keeping pace in the tablet era) Sept 14, 2012

Title: “Visual Storytelling and User Experience Design”


Loudoun County Small Business Administration,

Mason Enterprise Center, Leesburg, VA September 11, 2012

Title: “Build your business with effective marketing tools” June 4, 2012

Title: “User experience and design


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