“We shape our tools and our tools shape us.” As more of the tools we live with every day become digital instead of physical, our opportunity – and responsibility – as designers is multiplying. We live in a world of screens, and we are the ones who decide what goes on them. We are in a unique position to have an impact – one that lasts longer than the next redesign or the latest technology. What happens when we stop thinking of ourselves not just as developers or experience designers, and take up the mantle as a new generation of product designers for a digital world?
Wilson Miner is a designer and web developer based in San Francisco. Currently the head of design for Rdio, a new social music service, Wilson has also previously been responsible for co-founding neighborhood news site EveryBlock, leading the first comprehensive redesign of Apple.com in more than 10 years during his time at Apple, and co-creating the original version of the Django web framework. Wilson is returning to Build after speaking at the first conference in 2009.
Ben is the CEO and co-founder of http://MailChimp.com, one of the most successful e-mail marketing companies around, with over 1.2 million users. They were recently featured in "Fast Company" for their non-traditional corporate culture and creative environment. In this Creative Mornings presentation, Ben talks about the history of the company and what he does as a manager to cultivate such a creative culture. You DON'T want to miss this!
Many thanks to these vendors who volunteered their time and services to this event:
• Dare Dreamer Media (http://daredreamer.net) for producing this video.
• Hosted by The Piedmont Park Conservancy (http://www.piedmontpark.org)
• Photography by Tim Lampe (http://www.timlampe.com )
• Free Parking courtesy of Standard Press Printing (http://www.stppress.com)
CreativeMornings is a free monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types started by Tina Roth Eisenberg (aka @swissmiss). Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk plus free coffee! For more on the bigger picture, check out http://creativemornings.com.