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IDSA SF: The Ethics of Design

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Samsung Design Innovation Center

735 Battery Street

San Francisco, CA 94111

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The design field is calling for more ethical decision-making, although it’s hard to pin down exactly how that's done. In hindsight, it is easy to blow the whistle on products with unethical consequences, but how does an industrial designer actively work as an agent of ethics to avoid unintended consequences? Hear the stories of two designers that instilled moral advocacy into their business to navigate through ethical dilemmas and successes within their career.

This discussion will focus on the ethics of industrial design through the lens of accessibility for hearing-impaired and social equality for disadvantaged communities.

Samsung Design Innovation Center is opening their doors to the design community by sponsoring a series of intimate events that foster connection and skill building. Seats for these events are extremely limited.

The Samsung Design Innovation Center is a design-driven think tank located in downtown San Francisco. At SDIC, we work on a range of projects from envisioning and prototyping far-future experiences to production-ready designs that will be shipped, at scale. We’re a collaborative group of creative technologists, researchers, strategists, designers, and engineers that love to hack, build, and examine the implications of our designs. We take a holistic and purpose-oriented approach to designing meaningful future experiences, enabled by advanced technologies

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HEATHER FLEMING
Principal, Catapult Design

Heather Fleming (Dine’/Navajo) is a Principal at Catapult Design, co-founder of Change Labs, and the incoming Interim Executive Director of the Tuba City Project, the Navajo Nation’s first co-working and business incubation center. Through Change Labs and the Tuba City Project, Heather engages partners in and around the Navajo Nation to incubate, finance and train new and prospective Native American entrepreneurs in an effort to diversify local economies and promote innovation. The inspiration for Heather’s work to seed Native American social entrepreneurship was inspired by her work with Catapult Design, a company she co-founded in San Francisco and led for 10 years. Catapult is a product and service design firm with an expertise in human-centered design for marginalized communities. Heather remains a Principal at Catapult Design, partnering with organizations and social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address technology and social issues such as: rural electrification, water purification and transport, food security, and improved health.




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KR LIU
Award Winning Accessibility Advocate

Diagnosed with severe hearing loss at the age of three, KR has made it her life's work to be a strong advocate and voice championing new products that enhance the way we hear the world. KR Liu is the former Vice President of Advocacy and Accessibility at Doppler Labs, the company behind Here One—two wireless buds and a smartphone app that let you control how you hear the world. Over the last two decades, she’s launched some of the most disruptive hardware lifestyle tech brands on the market, from iPhone cases and portable power, to wireless headphones and smartwatches, and now, augmented audio devices. KR is on the board of directors for the Hearing Loss Association of America, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, and the World Wide Hearing Foundation, and has been awarded a U.S. Congressional award, Silicon Valley's Top 40 Under 40 and 2017 Women of Influence, and 2015 Women on the Move by Women's Business Journal for her advocacy and accessibility work in hearing health and technology.
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