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

Design for a greater good conference sessions

Thursday, January 21

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1:15pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Southside Theater
Alexis Lloyd (The New York Times R&D Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 17 ratings)
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. Read more.
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2:05pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Festival Pavilion - Main Stage
Andy Goodman (Cortica)
Average rating: ***..
(3.35, 23 ratings)
Technology has an unfortunate habit of enslaving us, as anyone ever scolded in a restaurant for scrolling through their Facebook feed understands. But liberation is possible, through thoughtful application of human-centered service design. At Fjord we call it Zero UI. Andy Goodman explores the design framework for Zero UI and the rules for designing invisible interfaces. Read more.
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2:05pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Danielle Latman (Lextant), Sapna Singh (The Ohio State University)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 4 ratings)
Through a design studio at the Ohio State University, a team of graduate design, business, and occupational therapy students worked with a group of five residents at a senior living facility to codesign a new shoe-shopping experience. Danielle Latman and Sapna Singh present a case study of this process that explores user experience and design in collaboration with users. Read more.
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2:05pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: The Chapel
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 6 ratings)
Mike Kuniavsky outlines the challenges of creating embedded intelligent systems and offers UX design approaches for addressing these challenges. Read more.
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3:45pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Festival Pavilion - Main Stage
Tristan Harris (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 20 ratings)
The attention economy reduces design to a race to the bottom of the brain stem to seduce our psychological instincts. What if we created an "organic movement" for design whose goal was to support humanity? Tristan Harris explores how this movement is possible by emphasizing "time well spent" instead of "time spent," in turn maximizing design's net positive contributions to people's lives. Read more.

Friday, January 22

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1:15pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Xiaowei R. Wang (Mapbox)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
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1:15pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: The Chapel
Paul McConnell (Intersection), Mike Clare (Intersection)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
In order to design for our cities, we have to evaluate and cater to the needs of many. Catering to a wider audience means adapting to several demographics while maintaining a cohesive vision. Paul McConnell and Mike Clare explore how designers can develop concepts and research strategies to create for a city-scale audience. Read more.
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2:05pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Ame Elliott (Simply Secure)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 10 ratings)
User experience designers have an extraordinary opportunity to empower people to take control of their privacy. Ame Elliott shares examples of design for secure experiences and illustrates how UX can make systems more secure by addressing human behavior. Examples are applicable to a range of areas, including personal communication, business transactions, and government and nonprofit projects. Read more.
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3:45pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: Festival Pavilion - Main Stage
Gretchen Anderson (Primary Angle), Jay Primus (SFPark), Susan Dybbs (Collective Health), Danielle Malik (Design Equation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 7 ratings)
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. Read more.
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4:35pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Brandon Harris (Gaijin.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
As more people find community on the Web, designers need to use patterns and principles that protect our users from harassment—or worse. Brandon Harris discusses how our design decisions can make life unpleasant—or even dangerous—for users of community tools. Brandon offers best practices for user safety and describes ways we can provide protection for our users. Read more.
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4:35pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: The Chapel
Ben Terrett (Co-operative Group)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
Ben Terrett tells the design story of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), an organization that has been copied around the world, including in the US and Australia, and explains how user-centered design focused on user needs and delivery can bring about real change and still be respected in the boardroom. Read more.