Conference
program

We have handcrafted a 100% curated program.

The program in Joint Futures is diverging into two tracks (stages). The conference spans in 2 days (September 3rd-4th), and on the third day (September 5th) participants will have the opportunity to attend full-day workshops curated by Rosenfeld Media.

PEOPLE TRACK

All about managing design teams, expectations, communicating our profession, selling the value of design & how to amplify & scale our design orgs.

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CRAFT TRACK

All about becoming more efficient with tools, ways of working, processes, current trends in the profession and insights on users and other companies’ methods.

Keynotes

KEYNOTE

Let's Destroy Silicon Valley

A keynote by Mike Monteiro

For the past couple of decades, the tech companies of Silicon Valley (and beyond) have run unchecked, causing havoc, destroying civil...

KEYNOTE

UnDesign the Present to Ship a Better Future

A keynote by Priya Prakash

“If you design a car – you are designing the car accident, too. So how do we design a better car accident” said Raymond Loewy who with...

KEYNOTE

Bring Back “Human-Centered”

A keynote by Kim Goodwin

Whether or not we use it directly, software influences every aspect of our lives: as workers, shoppers, students, patients, citizens, and friends...

KEYNOTE

Respectful Design

The Context for Design's Ethical Obligations towards Cultural, Social, and Environmental Justice.

A keynote by Dori Tunstall

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has initiated the challenge of decolonizing its institution. Dori Tunstall, the Dean...

Regular talks

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Designing to transform

From cargo cults to creative systems

A talk by Emily Campbell

Design finally got our proverbial seat at the table, and yet we find ourselves defending the value of our worth while stuck in processes...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Society-centered systems thinking

A talk by Hana Nagel

We’ve all seen what happens when we move fast and break things. But how can we repair the harm that’s been caused? Working towards...

PEOPLE TRACK

Brand is Product is Marketing is Operations

A talk by Josh Silverman

In the beginning… founders create a business entity, and it is good. The first moments of any new entity hold a massive concentration of...

PEOPLE TRACK

(Re)Shaping yourself and your design team

A talk by Jason Mesut

Jason Mesut will share an overview of his work over the past decade developing visual frameworks for design teams, leaders and designers...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Building socially inclusive design systems

A talk by Tatiana Mac

Design systems have become the de facto approach for teams of all sizes to design anything and everything. As prototyping and development...

PEOPLE TRACK

We Work This Way on Purpose

Habits, Accountability, and Technology Foundations for Successful Teams

A talk by Eduardo Ortiz

The foundation for good work is established by creating an environment that holds people accountable, encourages creativity, and establishes...

PEOPLE TRACK

Operationalizing open source design

A talk by Tammie Lister

The foundation for good work is established by creating an environment that holds people accountable, encourages creativity, and establishes...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Embracing Complexity as the New Normal

A talk by Sami Niemelä

The world is increasingly messy and complex, and it’s ok. Our craft is entering a new golden age where we instead of pixels look into things...

PEOPLE TRACK

Secrets of Successful Collaboration

A talk by Gretchen Anderson

Getting engineers, product managers, and stakeholders to work together and deliver great outcomes is tricky. I will share ways we can increase...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Doing is the hard part

A talk by Marc Stickdorn

Service design established itself as a now wide-spread approach to innovate services – or more generally to innovate experiences of...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Designing for a better future generation

Principles of ethical design for children & teens

A talk by Leyla Nasib & Irene Leino

Things we create today affect millions of lives tomorrow. We, designers, have the power of influencing the society at an ever-accelerating...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

The Problem With Legos

Design Systems at Scale

A talk by Una Kravets

We commonly hear design systems being compared to lego bricks for the web, but this comparison falls apart when you dive deeper...

Lightning talks

PEOPLE TRACK

DesignOps in an agency

A lightning talk by Kimmo Alaraudanjoki

What should you consider when applying DesignOps in an agency? Maintaining well-running operations and culture can be a...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Building a Design System for a city

A lightning talk by Jukka Tuominen

In this talk Jukka from the City of Helsinki will share insights from the journey of the city to create a design system that is not only working...

PEOPLE TRACK

Building empathetic workplaces

A lightning talk by Laura Lorenzo

As Service design evolves and becomes the norm, more will be demanded from it in terms of the value business and people get from...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Beyond the ethics as we know it

A framework for ethics in Holistic Design

A lightning talk by Egle Obcarskaite

In my presentation I will argue that the holistic design – as a mind-set and as a tool-set – is placed exactly to do this, to deliver a “how” of the...

PEOPLE TRACK

A Human Centered Approach to Scaling Design Teams

A lightning talk by Andrea Ong

When teams grow, pain seems inevitable. Critiques feel like a council throw-down on Game of Thrones; tenured team members start feeling...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Designing for the next billion

A lightning talk by Supriyo Roy

With the world of internet continuously evolving and almost every segment from entertainment to healthcare on the verge of disruption...

PEOPLE TRACK

Designing for good

A lightning talk by Alicja Salamon

We designers like to tell everyone we make the world a better place. We help people accomplish their tasks accurately, effectively, and with ease...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Content Strategy is dead. Long live the Content Strategy.

A lightning talk by Laura Hinkkanen

Content strategy. Such a misused and misunderstood term. Since it means so many things, it doesn’t really mean anything anymore. Yet...

PEOPLE TRACK

The Technology of Better Humans

A lightning talk by Chris Messina

After 15 years designing technology products in Silicon Valley, I noticed that something essential has been missing. In our race to make the world...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Bringing Critique back to Design

A lightning talk by Janice M. Cho

Critique is a common exercise in design schools and it is often remembered by those having experienced it as panic inducing, a place...

PEOPLE TRACK

Business embraces design

What got us here will not take us there

A lightning talk by Jose Coronado

The impact of design is growing and the demand for design talent is increasing. We see more designers rising to leadership roles. We see...

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CRAFT 
TRACK

Conducting research with vulnerable communities

A lightning talk by Sarah Fathallah

Conducting design research in the public and social sectors presents a set of challenges that researchers and designers need to be cognizant...

Workshops

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Professional
Workshop

A Real-World Design Systems Workshop

A workshop by Jina Anne

When you get to create a design system from scratch in parallel with designing a new product, it's an exciting, new adventure in architecture...

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Professional
Workshop

21st Century Business: How Design Impacts Strategy

A workshop by Nathan Shedroff

Much of the business conversation surrounding customer experience and business strategy within corporations is based on myths that don’t...

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Professional
Workshop

Orchestrating Experiences

A workshop by Patrick Quattlebaum

Customer experiences are increasingly complicated—with multiple channels, touchpoints, contexts, and moving parts—all delivered by...

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Professional
Workshop

Design your Design Organization

A workshop by Kristin Skinner

Organizations of all sizes are investing in design like never before. This has led to companies building in-house digital/experience design teams at...