I’m not supposed to be here

How two folks from unlikely backgrounds ended up shaping some of the biggest brands, leading in-house creative teams in engineering-driven environments. Kristen and Everett have worked closely with influential figures in technology and culture, collectively producing bodies of work that have reached global communities while consistently pushing on creative boundaries. In this talk they will

Public Speaking Essentials: Crafting a Talk

Whether presenting at a conference or talking about your work, public speaking is a critical skill for designers. Join us for an interactive workshop to learn an essential part of public speaking: how to craft a compelling talk. We’ll share a framework you can use to prepare for any presentation, teach you how to use

Design & Make Studio Workshop

The Autodesk Gallery Celebrates The Future of Making See how design shapes the world, from the buildings we live and work in, to the machines that propel us forward, to the products that enrich our everyday experiences. Experience what it’s like to take an idea from design through fabrication using Autodesk design tools. Go from

STUDIO CRAWL JUNE 28: Mission, SoMa, Dogpatch, Potrero Hill

Studio Crawl is a two-night event during which guests meet the designers and creators behind some of the city’s most admired products, designs, and brands. Studio Crawl is held at various architecture and design studios, shops, galleries and startups around San Francisco allowing studios to share their products and projects to professionals and design enthusiasts.

When Your Engineers Decide to Rewrite Your Entire App…

It can be a UX designer’s dream: Your engineering lead comes to you and declares “This app has too much debt and it’s slowing us down. We’re going to rewrite the entire thing in a new technology.” Suddenly you have an enthusiastic partner who will solve their need (speed of development) while enabling a higher

Bots are coming: Designing with AI

When will computers be making design decisions? When will emerging tech tear the fabric of the design process of today? We’ll examine the present and future impact of customer research and design thinking/tools on algorithms, conversational UI, dynamic/data driven interfaces, and other technologies. Our moderated panel discussions will be comprised of industry thought leaders in

Designing for a two-sided marketplace

At Affirm, we’re using today’s technology to bring significant disruptive innovation to the financial industry. We focus on improving the lives of consumers by delivering simple, honest and transparent financial products. Join our design and research team for drinks followed by a conversation on how the mission of delivering honest finance drives our product initiatives

Creating a Community Pathway to Design: Design-a-thon

Inneract Project is launching its second annual Design-a-thon, a 4-day hackathon style sprint, pairing professional designers with IP students to address a community challenge through design. This year, Google, eBay, and Adobe are joining the IP family! The week will culminate in a 2019 Inneract Project Student Showcase, where the teams will present their projects,

Conversational UI and Emerging Role of UX Design Producer

Join us to explore the principles of use conversational ui to make your user interact more naturally with the interface. In this session, we will explore ways how a user can interact with an interface in a similar manner how they interact with other humans. Also, Learn who UX Design Producers are, who they typically

The Opportunity of Better: Designing for a Low Carbon Economy

Join Autodesk for brunch and a panel discussion on impactful and well-designed products that if scaled, could have a significantly beneficial impact on the environment, and the way we live. Enjoy breakfast, a panel discussion on designing for a low carbon economy, and access to the Autodesk Gallery. Moderator: Kate McElligott, Autodesk Foundation SPEAKERS: –

Operationalizing Design Operations

Learn how people from a mix of companies have shaped Design and Research Operations at their organization. How can you define DesignOps to sell the idea and communicate its value in your organization?

Designing for the Rest of the World @Adobe

A common challenge for U.S. companies is providing design experiences that recognize the cultural differences of customers in other countries. A typical mistake is a form of global consistency where the rest of the world is treated like North America. The panel of international design experts will share in-depth the common processes and solutions they’ve

Hello! Alibaba Design

Alibaba Group was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, and now reaches users in more than 240 countries and regions. Alibaba Design consists of more than 2,000 designers and 40 design teams of Alibaba Group, including the design teams across Taobao, Tmall, Fliggy, International User Experience, Ant Financial, Alibaba Cloud, AliMama, CaiNiao Logistics, Alibaba Enternainment,

Lattes, Data, and Design

Let’s talk data. How do you design for data? How do you design *with* data? How does qualitative or quantitative research play a role in your work? Are you data-informed, or data-driven? At Segment, we’re thinking about these questions all the time. We’ve learned a ton along the way, and still have ways to go.

Opportunities at the Intersection: Social Impact and Tech

Join us for a moderated discussion with Jim Wicks, director of the MS Engineering Design Innovation program at Northwestern University, and senior innovation leaders from several transformative organizations. The group will discuss strategic partnerships between nonprofits and tech sector companies as a model for managing design innovation, incubation and external development for social good. For

STUDIO CRAWL JUNE 21: North Beach, Polk Street, FiDi, SoMa

Studio Crawls are an annual, highly anticipated event where attendees go from studio to studio, peek inside and meet the designers and creators behind some of the city’s most admired products, designs and brands. Studio Crawl is held at various architecture and design studios, shops, galleries, tech companies and startups around San Francisco allowing studios

Revolutionizing the future of restaurants through design and technology

Bringing technology to restaurants doesn’t mean sacrificing the human experience. eatsa’s innovative end-to-end restaurant Platform is changing the way restaurants operate and how they engage with their customers. eatsa’s multi-disciplinary design team will share how they’ve designed user-centered experiences for restaurants in the digital era. The event will be hosted at their corporate office where

The Hot Seat: Ethics in Design

Ethical decisions aren’t always black and white. Today, these conversations are becoming increasingly cross-functional, highlighting new complexities and important trade-offs. The same ethical decisions may have different implications for each domain of expertise. How do we as product teams surface ethical dilemmas and make thoughtful decisions while still driving towards business goals? How do we

Box Clever Presents________.

In collaboration with ________, join us for a product launch party! Get an opportunity to see the prototype product in person before it releases into mass production. Come toast our latest launch with us! Adult drinks and tasty food are all on us!

Designing for the Classroom & Beyond

Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Designers working in K-12 education create experiences for multiple audiences (students, teachers, administrators, and parents) and for different contexts (school, home, and more). How do they do it? Join us to find out the answers with leaders in the Edtech design community. We’ll have a series of short

Practice with Purpose

Join the design team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for an evening of talks on deepening purpose and reflecting on the power of diverse perspectives in one’s design practice. Learn how methods of co-creation and participatory design help to solve problems in the social impact space. This year in addition to our own Jenn Tang,

The Future of Local Retail and Tech

We are at the precipice of a new era where local retail has seen a rise in the last few decades. Come learn and meet with folks who are leading the movement through technology, art, and design. Panelists will be added shortly. Light bites and drinks will be provided!

Looking Back to Move Forward – Ancient Design Methods with New Technology

Many ancient design methods can provide modern solutions when combined with new materials and tech. All tickets include a tour of Oru HQ, coffee, light snacks a kayaking experience on the San Francisco Bay. Lead designer Anton Willis will share how an article about a physicist studying the mathematics of origami inspired the first Oru

Designing the Future of Connected Family Living

From the Intelligent Home Experience to AI Educational Tools, the future of family life is being pushed to new levels of technological reliance and connectivity. How we design devices and systems has a tremendous influence on people at every age. Technology is increasingly helping define the culture of our very first community — our family.

Studio Tour with Model No.

Go behind the scenes at Model No., the brand new 3D printed, configurable furniture company. We will show you how our furniture is 3D printed in house, full scale and out of our custom bio-resin. At Model No., we’ve developed unique processes using additive manufacturing to create elegantly designed objects, and deliver highly customizable and

Design Systems: How to Keep in Sync with Code

Do you work on a digital product team that uses a design system? Or are you interested in adopting a design system within your team? Join us and our panel of experts to discuss the challenges — and some solutions! — to keeping your design system in sync with code. Designers, developers, and unicorns of

Four-on-the-floor: Shifting design into high gear with Turo

Jump in the driver’s seat of high-octane design! Join one of four discussion groups hosted by Turo designers and talk about the unique challenges of Product Design, Brand Design, Design Systems, or Design Research. We’ll discuss the nuances of designing for a two-sided marketplace, as well as crafting elegant experiences in the rapidly evolving mobility

Digital Revolution: Designing in the ’90s

The ’90s forever changed design. It was the rise of internet, faster and more powerful computers, new software and the start of rapid prototyping. Design was now digital. To celebrate Astro Studios’ 25th anniversary, join us for a collaborative exhibit of works from Astro’s early years and Letterform Archive’s collection. From brand identity and advertising

Designing for a Global Audience

Creating a cross-cultural user experience requires extensive research into how a culture has influenced government and politics, technology, communication, and societal and personal values and beliefs. Information may be limited or restricted due to governmental policies. A country may have unique ways of using technology that can be leveraged, such as the concept of “missed

The Conversation Design Workshop

Great Actions are conversations. Conversational, natural language interfaces are emerging as a powerful new way for people to interact with digital services. In order to design a natural user interface, we need to apply a human-centered design approach. Research by Stanford professor Clifford Nass shows that people converse with computers in much the same way

An Evening with Google Design

Join a group of designers from around Google’s UX teams discussing their own paths to design, and sharing insightful examples and case studies of projects they’ve worked on. Through their experiences, get a glimpse of how UX and design work at Google’s scale; from research to interaction design, or UX writing and visual design. After

UX Your Idea

Quick and dirty user centered design: speed testing! Sign up below for a reservation between 1:00 – 7:00 pm. We will provide: Lab Users Moderators + consultants Each hour: Three 10-15-minute user sessions 10+ minute debrief Submit your product idea for testing (can be in any stage of life) OR Watch insights come to life!

Universal Inclusive and Accessible Product Design

The primary function of design is to make something useful. Unfortunately, many digital products out on the market now have been developed without universal accessibility in mind. As designers, we have a unique opportunity to help shape the next generation of inclusive and accessible technology. In this SFDW panel, we will discuss the important role

Design Bento: design snacks and hacks

At this year’s SF Design Week, DocuSign is going to offer participants a glimpse into real-world product problem-solving. At DocuSign, we use the “3 In a Box” framework where designers, product managers and engineers work together through all product decisions. This can prove challenging at times but have no fear we will share our journey

Design by Committee

In a world ruled by the constant pressure to create something *great* sometimes it’s nice to let loose and make something weird…together. We’re teaming up with Figma to present a collaborative design event hosted at Asana HQ, where designers & non-designers are invited to play and experiment within Figma’s multiplayer design app. The working digital

Building Accessible Design Systems

Join us for an evening of design talks on how to evolve design systems to be inclusive, accessible, and empowering for all users and cross-functional teams. Design systems leaders will share their methods and learnings on how to design a system around situations, how quality principles and guidelines adapt, why accessibility, legibility, and tap targets

Design and Development: A Start-Up Love Story

One designer and two engineers catch the Silicon Valley bug and start a company together. The PadPiper founders will explain how they put user experience and design first while keeping up with their fast, ever-changing sprint schedule (and still manage to get along and work together). Through the lens of both engineering and design, they’ll

Creating a UX Community of Practice

PayPal’s UX organization has almost 200 designers, researchers and content designers in locations around the globe. Our goal is to foster an atmosphere where strong discovery practices and high-quality content, research and design are expected and celebrated. How then, do we drive user experience excellence, create efficiencies of scale, and energize our community with a