1. Design is more highly valued than ever, but in many ways it’s still considered a “junior” discipline to its peers. Why is that? And what can be done to remedy this situation? In this talk, Adobe Inc. Principal Designer Khoi Vinh argues that design has built a rarefied culture and obscure language that, though initially useful, has inadvertently limited what the profession is capable of. This talk is a rallying cry to design leaders to undertake the hard work of democratizing and demystifying our craft to the world at large, in order that design can fulfill its potential at this critical moment in human history.


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  2. A little taster of our amazing 2018 conference!

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  3. How can we design leaders make great decisions? One good way is to draw on our richest resource: our team.

    Our team’s members benefit from being included in the decision making process. They typically feel more motivated, engaged and empowered as a result. This can encourage them to stay with your team longer than they might otherwise. In the current hiring environment, this has to be a good thing!

    Our decisions can benefit as well. Research shows that decisions made with a greater diversity of inputs are better. And when folks have contributed to a decision, they are more likely to act on it, and follow through.

    So, all good, right? Well yes, theoretically. And even, sometimes, in practice. But probably not as often as we think, or as we would like. That’s because there’s a dark side too.

    This talk is about the dirty little secrets of group decision making that risk getting in the way of all the positive potential. We’ll look at negative tendencies within group psychology and group dynamics. We’ll discuss the obstacles posed by cognitive biases. We’ll see how easy it is to succumb to groupthink. We’ll highlight how your sense of responsibility for a decision is compromised when it’s made in a group.

    And then we’ll turn to the bright side. We’ll explore frameworks to help you become more conscious of your own group decision making processes. And we’ll look at how you can strengthen them, so they can work even better for you

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  4. This talk will discuss the role of vision, process, and people as illustrated by Kennedy’s speech calling for the Apollo program, the design and culture of Mission Control as envisioned by Christopher Kraft, and the role of Gene Kranz and his team of mission controllers as they encountered unexpected issues during the final moments of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969. These three facets of leadership will then be related to the challenges and opportunities of design leadership.
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  5. As companies of all sizes continue to accelerate building design capabilities, there is still very little common wisdom on what makes for a successful design organisation. While a focus on process, methods, tools, and outcomes is essential for credibility and traction, there is still a significant gap of knowledge when it comes to organisational and operational matters. So what are the most common issues - limited time and resources, involving the right people and teams, lack of proven value - which often have an impact on designer happiness and design team success. If we are to truly focus on the pillars of People, Practice and Platform, essentials for design orgs, then we need to champion the programs that support the desired outcomes for each pillar: happier designers, better designers, and more effective teams.

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