Whenever I hear the word culture, I take out my checkbook.
Design is helping to erase the boundaries between commercial and cultural experiences. Designer and writer Abbott Miller considers how graphic design and exhibition design are on the front lines of these changes, often tasked with overcoming problems that have been in the making for decades.
A New Way to Work: Design Thinking w/ IBM
led by Amber Atkins & Andrea Gottardy
Leveraging IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking methods, Amber Atkins will guide participants through prioritizing what they’ve learned during the Designation conference and how they will best leverage those learnings back in the “real world”. Participants will learn design thinking techniques while also adding value to the content they’ve already consumed throughout the conference. This will be an interactive, high paced, and fun activity based session so bring your dancing shoes and prepare yourself to think and do!
The 7 Stories That Rule The World And Inspire The Design Of The World’s Best Brands
led by Rob Schwartz
Let me tell you a story. There are only 7 stories in the world. Really? Yep, from Shakespeare to Spielberg to Sophia Coppola, the best storytellers all rely on 7 “blueprints.” So while the heroes and the places may be different, the audience love and connect with only 7 stories. The same is true of the world’s best brands. In this presentation, Rob Schwartz the CEO of TBWA\Chiat\Day will share the 7 stories and how they drive the total design thinking of the world’s best brands.
Preparing the Dunning-Kruger Designer
The truth for a lot of designers is that solutions are rarely obvious, rarely inevitable and rarely just waiting to be created. The process to making great stuff is full of failure and uncertainty. So, I’m hoping it might be interesting to hear my story of making products at Google and before Google through the lens of that process—that messy, uncertain, vulnerable process. Because I suspect many of us face the same challenges here and we'll all have a lot to talk about.
Sketch your way to UX success
led by Brian Bimschleger
Have you ever been stuck in a creative block, unable to solve a UX problem? In this workshop, you'll learn divergent thinking techniques to generate large quantities of diverse UX options. Once you sketch ideas, you'll learn fast and effective ways to decide on the best ideas.
designing for culture
An exploration of the ways in which people express their experiences with wider culture through design, and how design in turn reflects the experiences of people and their cultural contexts.
Calling all “split personality” designers: You don't have to choose—create balance with mission and value driven work
We are all multifaceted in our skills and interests, and often we feel such pressure to choose a single focus in order to do it well (not to mention make a living.) But maybe we don’t have to choose—maybe we can create balance and bridges through value and purpose driven work. When there is a gap between the heart’s work and a “job,” the work becomes difficult. Let’s close the gap.
Sara Blake is a New York City based fine artist, freelance designer, and creative director for sustainable investing fintech startup Ethic.