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Designers + Geeks: Human X Design

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Designers + Geeks: Human X Design

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Human X Design

"If people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient, or just happier, the designer has succeeded." - Henry Dreyfuss. In an industry that touches so many lives, we often forget that users are simply people. Unconscious biases are overlooked, copy sounds robotic, and onboarding flows get torturous - these things could often be fixed by simply remembering that designs are for people.

This session of Designers + Geeks will look at how we grapple with the complex nature of designing for people. With speakers from some of the companies leading the way, we'll look at how to make companies, products, and brands a little more human.



Evan Winchester and Ray Hobbs are effectively the same person. They are both copywriters at Gold Front—a strategic communications studio in the Mission—where they write for brands like Facebook, Oculus, Jawbone, Stripe and Uber. They do comedy with Mission CTRL and PianoFight, a new SF performing arts venue.

VANESSA SLAVICH | Former Diversity Lead at Square

Vanessa Slavich is pursuing a Master's in Interaction Design at California College of the Arts with a focus on social impact and innovation. She is applying her research at the Kapor Center, a family of organizations making the tech ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse, inclusive, and impactful. Prior to the Kapor Center, Vanessa led Diversity and Inclusion at Square, helping the company grow from a scrappy startup fewer than 100 employees to a large international payments company. Slavich joined Square in May 2011 from Apple where she worked in recruiting. A graduate with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she went on to study International Business at the University of Cambridge. She is the co-lead of Diversity Advocates, an open source community advancing inclusion in the tech industry.

ESPEN TUFT | Managing Creative Director at Sequence

Espen has spent over a decade leading cross-disciplinary teams to create user-driven interactive experiences with his unique blend of traditional product design principles and cutting-edge digital design chops. Before Sequence, Espen founded and managed Tuft + Co, a digital agency that created human-centered experiences for brands such as Time Warner, Cisco, and Adobe. At Sequence, Espen heads up Interaction Design, mentoring and managing the interaction team and providing collaboration, guidance, and leadership to employees and clients alike.

MELANIE ARAUJO | Creative Director and Founder of Front & Center

Melanie Araujo is the Creative Director and Founder of Front & Center, an organization founded to increase diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley through design. Through Front & Center, Melanie combines her academic background in neuroscience and experience in product design to illuminate education and career opportunities for a work force from a low-income background, primarily through design workshops and events. When she’s not mentoring young adults on how to break into tech, she collaborates with design leaders from Facebook, Google, Honor, KPCB, and others. She works as a Visual and Interaction Design consultant in San Francisco, CA, focusing on brand, communications, UI/UX, and prototyping.


7:00 - 7:30pm Food & drinks
7:30 - 8:15pm Human X Design
8:15 - 8:30pm Shoutouts
8:30 - 9:00pm More booze & Fun

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM (PST)

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