Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Demystifying service design

Erik Flowers (Intuit)
3:45pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Fire House
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 9 ratings)

Service design is a growing focus, and businesses large and small are trying to integrate it into both their design practice and business culture. An organization must learn what service design is and at the same time be inspired to adapt the way they work to implement service design best practices. While the changes required by service design seem like they would be rooted in design and user experience, it turns out that introducing service design into complex organizations is a business endeavor as much as it is a product and design one.

To be successful in building service design capacity, a business must first illustrate why it is valuable to the organization, how it benefits the customer, and what exactly “doing service design” means in a place that hasn’t done it before. Erik Flowers discusses building service design capacity at Intuit, blending the story of how it was implemented with practical insights into what has succeeded, what has failed, and how the company has grown along the way.

This session is sponsored by Intuit

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Erik Flowers


Erik Flowers is a principal service experience designer at Intuit, a financial services company and maker of TurboTax, Mint, and QuickBooks. Through the lens of modern service design, Erik is re-envisioning customer experiences across Intuit’s diverse ecosystem, building the capability throughout the company to look at experiences from end-to-end and surface-to-core.

Erik is a multidisciplinary designer and developer who has spent over 20 years working with the Web and technology in countless environments and contexts, from consulting to small businesses, startups, and large corporations.