What do you burn for? Long for? Crave? This talk isn't about jobs or careers; it's about callings, and how scary and vulnerable and totally worth it finding that which you must do can be.
Elle Luna is a designer, artist and storyteller. She paints and makes things in her studio and recently had her first solo show in San Francisco. Prior to making art she worked with an incredible team to design and build Mailbox — a mobile-first email app for the iPhone — and Uber — an iPhone app that people use to hail a black car. Before startups, she worked at IDEO across a variety of industries to develop multi-channel, holistic experiences with massive impact. Originally from Texas, Elle lives and works in San Francisco.
While some companies use their brand as an opaque facade to hide questionable practices, others are opening up to their audience and sharing their true personality. The result is a more honest relationship with customers. We will share real world examples of personality in action, explore key business benefits, discuss how to create a design persona, and explain the relationship between brand voice (which must be constant in all media) and tone (which varies in each situation).
Aarron Walter is the Director of User Experience at MailChimp, where he strives to make software more human. Aarron is the author of Designing for Emotion from A Book Apart. Aarron taught design at colleges in the US and Europe for nearly a decade, and speaks at conferences around the world. His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of startups and venture capitalists. He tweets about design under the moniker @aarron on Twitter.
It’s easy to get so caught up in theory and process that we forget that design is about relationships. It’s not about Photoshop comps or bytes of code. It’s about people. And content. And, especially today, their devices. It’s about the interplay between content and form, between real-time data and how, when, and why we share and consume it. It’s about enabling connections where they couldn’t have existed before. It’s about focusing on creating experiences that are more meaningful, more delightful, and ultimately, more human.
Josh Brewer is the Principal Designer at Twitter, an advisor/mentor at The Designer Fund, and co-creator of 52 Weeks Of UX. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of "fifty designers shaping the future of design." He believes design is about relationships—at every level—and spends his time working to better understand and reinforce those connections.
Hardware production has gotten cheaper, faster, and easier. Some of the most interesting startups today are taking advantage of these trends to create fascinating new products. This Designers + Geeks features short talks about bringing physicial products to life by the people who designed them.
For most of us who work on the Web, it's almost impossible to imagine a world without browsers. But in the years leading up to Tim Berners-Lee's world-changing invention, several other visionary information scientists were exploring alternative systems that anticipated - and in some ways surpassed - today's Web. This presentation will survey the work of Paul Otlet, Vannevar Bush, Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Andy Van Dam, Wendy Hall and others, tracing the heritage of these largely forgotten systems in search of promising ideas left by the historical wayside.
Alex Wright is the Director of User Experience at The New York Times and the author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. He is currently working on a new book about the origins of the modern information age.