Are you aware that the products you design might be ignoring and even rejecting groups of people altogether? While design aims to be a force for good, it also has the ability to divide and exclude.
Automattic, the makers of WordPress are gathering leaders in the design and technology community to discuss this very issue at the Design and Exclusion conference. The aim of the conference is to help the design and technology community understand how our actions can negatively affect people and talk about ways to make more inclusive and inviting products.
What are some steps we can take to bring more inclusiveness to our community and the products we design?
Keynote speakers for Design and Exclusion are:
- John Maeda, Automattic’s Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion
- Joan Shigekawa served as Senior Deputy Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) during the Obama Administration
The panelists for this conference are:
- Aaron Walter - VP of Design Education at InVision
- Aminatou Sow - Founder of TechLadymafia
- Andrew Sinkov - Editor-in-Chief at Etsy
- Anne Diaz - Researcher and Entrepreneur
- Ashleigh Axios - Design Exponent at Automattic
- Erin McKean - Founder of Wordnik.com
- Ethan Zuckerman - Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT
- Maria Guidice - Autodesk’s first vice president of experience design -
- Matt Mullenweg - Co-founder of WordPress
- Paco Vinoly - Vice President of Design at Nextdoor
Design And Exclusion will take place remotely on April 21st, 2017 at 12 pm ET and 9 am PT. Visit the Design and Exclusion website to learn more about the keynote speakers and panelists who will be sharing their expertise.
- What are the ways you think we end up excluding people through our designs?
- What are some steps we can take to bring more inclusiveness to our community and the products we design?
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