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Then, Now, Next: The Evolution of the Design Business
Bucharest Tech Week
May 15, 2018
I looked at three distinct eras of the practice of design, talked about how teams have organized or (re)configured in each era, and unpacked the benefits and opportunities within each. It was fun to be the sole designer (and American!) in a day of technology-focused talks, including one that featured robots.
What Persists: People, Process, and Performance
HOW Design Live
April 30, 2018
It was so great to be back in Boston, the home town of my first business, Schwadesign. I shared an updated People Layer framework, diagnosed why “process” is resisted in the world of startups, and shared half a dozen resources to optimize individual, team, and organizational performance.
Get Shit Done Club
Designers + Geeks
San Francisco, CA
April 5, 2018
I love to get shit done and help teams do the same. I’ve been a member of the GSD club since I was a kid. But these days, there’s so much demand on getting things out the door and so much focus on the numbers (not to mention quality control) that it can feel, well, shitty. This talk shared proven methods of shipping without the shit.
14 Lessons x 22 Years
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University
October 25–26, 2017
I shared with students some 14 lessons I’ve learned over 22 years of work, with a bonus 15th lesson on a few commonly overlooked (and fundamental) professional practices, such as writing thank you notes. The next morning, I met separately with faculty from various departments and shared with them some lessons from the field. Kudos to my pal Jason for taking on the challenge of redesigning the largest design school in the country.
The People Layer 1.0
Clarity: A Design Systems Conference
San Francisco, CA
November 28–30, 2017
A design systems conference is a great place to talk about the o.g. atomic units of the design practice: people.
The People Layer (beta)
Hopscotch Design Festival
September 6–9, 2017
The People Layer is the deepest, most complex layer of any organization. It persists beyond changes in aesthetics, code, UX, UI, operating systems, devices, tools, and trends. Diagnosing and identifying problems on this layer will make you more empathic, a better collaborator, and will ground you with skills that persist.