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Designers: Guilty By Association

I'm delighted to be speaking at Talk UX.

"Talk UX is a UX conference unlike any other. We aim to create an open space to meet, learn and collaborate within UX. We want to change the way conferences are run and held, with a more personal experience. Over the course of the day we will examine the different areas that make up a UX role, from research to data schema we want to highlight the breadth of knowledge in our area, and the fantastic work that is being done."

These awesome women have been busy organising the event for March 5th at Manchester's Town Hall.

"We are putting you at the heart of everything that we do on the day, and we want to make sure that you don't miss out.

Tickets are an absolute steal at only £40- considering the speakers, food and goodies it is amazing value for money.

We have leading speakers from across the UK and further afield, and we promise that these are not talks (or topics) you will have heard before. We will be discussing privacy, designing for children and education to name a few.

There will also be interactive stalls for you to play with during the day, including a couple of Oculus head sets. Haven't had a chance to try one out yet? Now is your opportunity!"

Talk UX

My talk is called Designers: Guilty By Association:

"We are known for our stylistic gestures and whimsical, indulgent ideas, often created whilst wearing black polo necks. Taxi drivers think I design shoes for living. Most designers do. They design apps to help up find pizza faster and design sexy products that help us wake up on time.

We deserve better.

I’m one of many designers who are trying to reformulate the role design can play in the world. Using the design process to tackle many of the complex and serious problems facing our society. Some call it social design, service design or design activism. BUT the labels don’t matter. What does matter is the HOW.

How does this kind of design actually work and what does this mean for our future? Judging by the speed and enthusiasm with which design students are signing up for newly created courses on experience design, social and humanitarian design, more design activists and provocateurs will emerge in the future. It’s time to get responsible."

Grab your ticket here and follow the conversation online !

Designers: Guilty By Association

I'm delighted to be speaking at Talk UX.

"Talk UX is a UX conference unlike any other. We aim to create an open space to meet, learn and collaborate within UX. We want to change the way conferences are run and held, with a more personal experience. Over the course of the day we will examine the different areas that make up a UX role, from research to data schema we want to highlight the breadth of knowledge in our area, and the fantastic work that is being done."

These awesome women have been busy organising the event for March 5th at Manchester's Town Hall.

"We are putting you at the heart of everything that we do on the day, and we want to make sure that you don't miss out.

Tickets are an absolute steal at only £40- considering the speakers, food and goodies it is amazing value for money.

We have leading speakers from across the UK and further afield, and we promise that these are not talks (or topics) you will have heard before. We will be discussing privacy, designing for children and education to name a few.

There will also be interactive stalls for you to play with during the day, including a couple of Oculus head sets. Haven't had a chance to try one out yet? Now is your opportunity!"

Talk UX

My talk is called Designers: Guilty By Association:

"We are known for our stylistic gestures and whimsical, indulgent ideas, often created whilst wearing black polo necks. Taxi drivers think I design shoes for living. Most designers do. They design apps to help up find pizza faster and design sexy products that help us wake up on time.

We deserve better.

I’m one of many designers who are trying to reformulate the role design can play in the world. Using the design process to tackle many of the complex and serious problems facing our society. Some call it social design, service design or design activism. BUT the labels don’t matter. What does matter is the HOW.

How does this kind of design actually work and what does this mean for our future? Judging by the speed and enthusiasm with which design students are signing up for newly created courses on experience design, social and humanitarian design, more design activists and provocateurs will emerge in the future. It’s time to get responsible."

Grab your ticket here and follow the conversation online !

Copenhagen Co'creation

Co-creation changes the game of innova­tion from designing FOR people to design­ing WITH people. "Designing for Change 09” is an international event, initiating a knowledge-sharing network concerning co-creation set up by the Danish Design Association.

"People experience business as a service. A business' service is a combination of their brand identity, the products and services that are being sold and the organisation of the company itself."

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One example of the result of co-creation within service design is the automated baggage handling system at wok at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. CPH Design designed and developed a cart system for baggage handling in airports to eliminate heavy manual lifting, reduce the risk of lost baggage and speed up airline turn around time at airports. This is the result of re-thinking the flow of passengers in extensive collaboration with both end users and the different organizational partners. All solutions were developed together with the ground handlers who work daily with baggage handling.

Learn more about the event here. Thanks to Kate for discovery!

Design in alternative futures

Design Council is holding a free event on Thursday 23rd April 2009 to explore the role of design and the designer in alternative future scenarios. You need to register to attend and they are keen for service designers to sign up! design_council

"2009 will be remembered as a year of global economic downturn, but what could this mean for the future of the economy, society and government?

Will the downturn compel us to turn inwards, to become a nation of close knit families driven by individual needs? Or will it force unprecedented collaboration, creating a Britain that is focused upon the common good?

Dr Alex King, project leader at the governments Horizon Scanning Centre, will be presenting Economy and Society 2030 – a series of potential scenarios illustrating different versions of the future for Britain. Join the debate about role of the designer in these different futures for Britain and explore their position in helping shape the future of how government can deliver public services during global economic and societal change."

Time for a picnic

Picnic conference is taking place in Amsterdam, September 24-26. Unfortunately, I won't be here to experience the event :( but I definitely be following it online. "A hands-on service design lab at the international PICNIC conference in Amsterdam will bring the service design approach to a wider audience in the Netherlands for the first time on 26 September. The event will be an activity that allows participants to experience the key ideas and processes of service design. Organised by SDN members STBY, 31Volts and DesignThinkers."

Charles Leadbeater is a guest speaker,the author of We Think - the book I am reading.

Very interesting Labs are taking place - just a sample - The Future of Television, The Future of Social Networking and Creative Technology workshop for teens...

Three inspiring days of ideas, fun and sensory stimulation in media, technology and entertainment!

"Service Design has internationally emerged as a new approach to create integrated multi-channel services. Especially in the UK and Germany, design is called upon in ever more fields to provide a new people-centred vision and practice that can thoroughly humanise and innovate services.

From the very first stages of projects ethnographic research methods ensure that design teams empathize with the perspective of the people they design for. Many design disciplines and media come together in this new field, from architecture to interaction design, from mobile phones to newspapers. To innovate, organisations need to look at their customers more than their competitors nowadays. Service design shows how this can be done in practice. With this hands-on workshop PICNIC brings the service design approach to a wider audience for the first time in the Netherlands."