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Quick thoughts about UX Australia 2017

Quick thoughts about UX Australia 2017

So, UX Australia was last week. As ever, it was the highlight of the year for the wider UX community in Australia; it really does get better each year. I’m really hoping that I get the chance to speak a full-length talk next year after my 10-minute talk on Friday. Given its multimedia nature, I’m going to screen record it this week and post it. Slides alone won’t work.

In very brief, I was excited to see there was a strong thread about the why of design through the conference. Simon Sinek would be proud. No less, there was a wealth of interesting and substantial talks about the what and how.

The talks from Alberta Soranzo on organisational transformation, Andy Polaine on living design, Ashlea McKay on being a UXer with Asperger’s, Ash Donaldson on consciously designing for good, and Michael Palmyre on designing to bring value (from an anthropological sense) were my highlights.

However, NOTHING could prepare you for Mike Monteiro’s closing keynote “HOW TO FIGHT FASCISM”, an impassioned cri de coeur to all of us to refuse to work on things or with organisations and people whose ethics are against minorities and justice.

I wholeheartedly recommend you take 45 minutes this week (hell, make it *today*) and watch the video of this talk from an earlier presentation in April this year. THIS is where my thesis is headed, so I’m excited that there are people angry about design and ethics.

And, if doing good while you design is interesting to you, the team at Tobias & Tobias have established How Might We Do Good, a design community looking at design ethics and practice. You can request to join the Slack community at join@howmightwedogood.com.

Also published on Medium.

Stephen Collins
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