The Design Futures Lab at California College of the Arts presents: Prompts, strategies, and tactics to help you think beyond the now

Learn new ways to start/spark/transform your creative process and your capacity to ‘future-think’. 4 leading practitioners (and CCA educators!) working in futures, design + foresight will each present a design prompt/strategy/tactic they have used to move beyond a near-term mentality. These presentations will be followed by a short and lively conversation about building mental flexibility

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Event Schdedule 10:00am – 10:05am Introduction 10:05am – 10:20am First lightning talk [Gabi & Morgan] (15 min + ~2min transition) [No Q&A] 10:20am – 10:35am Second lightning talk [Ben] 15 min + ~2min transition) [No Q&A] 10:40am – 10:55am Third lightning talk [Jake & Isaac] (15 min + ~2min transition) [No Q&A] 10:55am – 11:00am

SciFi Panel and Futurecast Workshop

Join us for a science fiction panel exploring the influence that science fiction has on breakthroughs, innovation, ethics, and how our society thinks about the future. Then, roll up your sleeves for a Futurecast workshop where participants can bring their own visions to life with science fiction! A well crafted long-term vision allows your team

Strategic Foresight: examining the past + present to explore what’s next

Being prepared for the future is more important than ever before. How does using strategic foresight impact the value fo design? By identifying emerging trends, we can map insights to possible future scenarios and support decision-making in the present. Our team will discuss how to incorporate futures thinking into business, so you can enable yourself

The Future of IC Leadership: a panel discussion with the Lyft Design team

In this panel conversation with senior Individual Contributors of the Lyft Design Team, we will discuss the career paths and changing world of IC Leadership within product teams. As designers progress in their career they typically move into management, but not everyone became a designer to manage people. The growing desire to focus purely on

SPOTLIGHT WITH ZAHID SARDAR: Entrepreneur Scott Hudson, Founder/CEO of Henrybuilt

In the age of Amazon Prime, hand-crafted products are being edged out of the market. Entrepreneur Scott Hudson, founder of Henrybuilt, a Seattle-based manufacturer of beautifully crafted, customizable kitchen and whole house systems, and a freestanding furniture line, shares his insights with acclaimed design editor Zahid Sardar in a new webcast series, “SPOTLIGHT WITH ZAHID

Navigating virtual job boards as a creative

Young creatives are entering an uncertain job market that looks very different to how it did six months ago. Internships are being moved and roles cancelled, switched or transformed as the world comes to terms with remote working. Our 1-hour workshop is dedicated to creatives looking for gigs amidst the shifting professional landscape. The first

A Dichotomy: Designing for Technical and Non-technical Users

Data is a team sport. From marketers and product managers, to analysts and engineers – different roles within an organization are using data to succeed. But how do you design tools that enable an entire team to succeed? How do you provide flexibility for technical teammates, while offering non-technical ones simplicity? What does it even

Designing with Optimism

Core to being a designer is the ability to envision beyond the way things are, to the highest potential of how they could be. There’s no doubt that the last few months have brought uncertainty, sadness, and adversity upon us. Yet, this moment is also full of opportunities to improve our products, experiences, and systems-our

Building an Agency From the Ground Up

You can look up best practices, reach out to your network and read all of the thought leadership pieces you want, but if you haven’t opened your own design studio before, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect. In the year since our company was founded, we’ve encountered firsthand the ins and outs of

Design and Society

With the rise of urbanization and smartphones more of the global population lives in a designed world than ever before. With this change, a new paradigm has arisen where the human experience is taking place primarily in a world shaped by designers. Noteh Krauss, Principal Designer at ADG.design, will give a short presentation re-framing the

Signalling Change

Adam Weiss, Founder and Creative Director of Landscape, hosts a conversation with business leaders leveraging design to support fundamental change in foundational industries. Joined by Dr. Michael Fratkin (redefining palliative care), Dhash Shrivathsa (software & biology), Nick Pinkston (future of manufacturing), and Matt Schwartz (fresh food supply chain), and others. How does design literacy vary

Designing for research vs. production

The challenge many product teams face is losing focus of their users. When we’re working against deadlines it’s easy to get lost in the details of roadmaps and timelines, prioritizing these over research and data collection. However, forgetting what matters most, the people you’re building for, could mean you build a solution that your user

Beyond NPS: Making UX Measurable

Over the past 10 years we’ve seen the growth of design and research in business sky-rocket and they are now the key differentiators between good products and great experiences. Coming up with these ideas is the easy part of the development process. The difficulty lies in convincing the business to invest and support in order

Behind the Design & Future of Fashion

Originally, we planned to host you all in our gorgeous studio, to meet our designers in-person. With the pandemic in full swing, we’ve had to make some adjustments that will still bring style inspiration & artistic joy to your day. Our online San Francisco Design Week Event will include a trend forecasting summary from the