Prepare to Design the Future
March 19–20, 2017: Training
March 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Tutorials

On Monday, March 20, these expert-led presentations give you a chance to dive deep into the subject matter. Please note: to attend, your registration package must include tutorials on Monday; does not include access to training courses.

Monday, March 20

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9:00am–12:30pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: California West
Level: Intermediate
James Kalbach  (MURAL)
Average rating: ***..
(3.92, 12 ratings)
James Kalbach discusses the principles of value alignment through diagrams, sharing examples and practical advice and offering guidance on mapping experiences as well as how to become grass-roots strategic players. Read more.
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9:00am–12:30pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: California East
Level: Intermediate
Peter  Merholz  (Snagajob), Kristin Skinner (Capital One)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
As the move to establish in-house design teams accelerates, there's very little common wisdom on what makes for a successful design organization. Design requires not just process and methods but savvy with organizational and operational matters. Peter Merholz and Kristin Skinner shine a light on the unsung activities of actually running a design team, exploring what works and what doesn't. Read more.
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9:00am–12:30pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Ann Thyme-Gobbel (D+M Group (Denon Marantz))
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Ann Thyme-Gobbel outlines the concepts, tools, best practices, and challenges for designing voice-based experiences. You'll learn how to write sample dialogues, build audio wireframes, and test prototypes for voice user interfaces. Read more.
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1:30pm–5:00pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: California East
Level: Beginner
Austin Beer (Huge)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Austin Beer demonstrates how applying design thinking to chatbots can help create more trustworthy experiences and allow you to quickly experiment with designing artificial intelligence. As you work in teams to design your own chatbots, you'll explore human-centered methods, ethical issues, design process, and the heart of conversation design in order to create revolutionary experiences. Read more.
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1:30pm–5:00pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: California West
Level: Non-technical
Abi Jones (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.73, 11 ratings)
Storyboarding converts brainstorming sessions into a real product direction and, in turn, provides a vision that your team can return to throughout the design and development process. Abi Jones explains how to place product ideas in the context of user needs through storyboarding, as she walks you through refining product concepts and shares a variety of sketching techniques and product stories. Read more.
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1:30pm–5:00pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Kathryn McElroy (IBM Watson), Kelly Lohr (IBM)
Kathryn McElroy and Kelly Lohr walk you through physical prototyping with the open source electronics platform Arduino. You’ll learn the basics of prototyping with electronics, including tips and tricks on how to get started and how to write code for microcontrollers. It’s easier than you think. You’ll walk away with an Arduino starter kit and the skills to keep building when you get home. Read more.