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

data conference sessions

9:10am–9:30am Friday, 01/22/2016
Carl Bass (Autodesk)
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Autodesk CEO Carl Bass talks about designing for our connected future. With sensors embedded all around us, data and design will need to converge to realize the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). Carl examines the tools, techniques, and trends that will affect how things are made, with a particular focus on the connected products, buildings, and infrastructure hinted at by the IoT.
9:00am–12:30pm Wednesday, 01/20/2016
Pamela Pavliscak (SoundingBox)
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The data shows that we can't escape data. Whether designer, developer, or researcher, this workshop is for everyone who wants to learn how to get more out of the ever-growing mountain of data to create a better user experience. Pamela Pavliscak explains how to combine data from analytics, social media, public datasets, diaries, usability tests, and more to inform design.
1:15pm–1:55pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Alexis Lloyd (The New York Times R&D Lab)
As computational systems play an ever more pervasive role in our lives, the design of those systems becomes increasingly important in terms of our ability to have satisfying and expressive experiences. Alexis Lloyd explores some new paradigms for designing systems that can collaborate better with people, becoming conversational and leaving room for human interpretation.
3:45pm–4:25pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Gretchen Anderson (PG&E), Jay Primus (SFPark), Susan Dybbs (Collective Health), Danielle Malik (Design Equation)
Designers are being held to higher standards as we gather more data about how products and services actually drive specific outcomes. Gretchen Anderson, Kristy Tillman, Jay Primus, and Danielle Malik discuss several projects that used data effectively to improve social outcomes and explain how you can better incorporate this into your craft.
1:15pm–1:55pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Molly Steenson (Carnegie Mellon University)
The architecture of digital systems isn't just a metaphor. It developed out of a 50-year collaborative relationship between architects and designers, on one side, and technologists in AI, cybernetics, and computer science, on the other. Molly Steenson traces that history of interaction, tying it to contemporary lessons aimed at designing for a complex world.
1:15pm–1:55pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Xiaowei R. Wang (Mapbox)
Data literacy is an increasingly important skill throughout the world. An emerging set of tools provides ways for marginalized groups in the developing world to generate data. Xiaowei Wang gives an overview of the Nomadic Mapping Collective in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia—a highly novel organizational model that encourages geographic data literacy and ownership in informal city settlements.
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Judd Antin (Airbnb)
Companies today routinely use behavioral metrics for tactical and strategic decision-making at scale. Effective use of sentiment survey data—information about users' attitudes, values, and beliefs—is more challenging. Judd Antin shares tested best practices and examples of how to make sentiment data useful for every stage of product design and evaluation.
1:15pm–1:55pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
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GitHub has an abundance of quantitative data about what people are doing. Over the past two years, it has built a practice of qualitative research dedicated to uncovering the why. Qualitative research surfaces blind spots with product and customers and has changed the way GitHub ships features. Using three examples, Chrissie Brodigan shares how GitHub rolls features out as controlled experiments.

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