Assistant VP Digital Engagement
Clarity Coach and Founder
I See You Sis
Advertising & Design
Work Placement Admin
Redefining Having it All
Founder and Principal
Senior Director, Design
Senior Experience Designer
MA, Ph.D Candidate,
Design Strategist, Innovation Coach
UX Director, CET
Senior Experience Designer
Cofounder & Design Lead,
Carbon Labs Agency
Lecturer, UX Design and Innovation,
University of Waterloo
Senior Manager, UX Research
Executive Creative Director
The Conscious Creative
This years lineup of speakers featured an incredible group of design and business leaders ready to inspire. BLND 2021 offers 3 days of flexible content. Sessions premiere at the time scheduled and will include a live QA session - be sure to tune in! Complete recordings will be available to attendees until March 20, 2021.
FRIDAY, March 12, 2021
Ends. The Missing Critical Product Feature
We are lost, oscillating between powerful, short term, individualistic desires satisfied by consumerism and an overburdened society that passively picks up the fallout of that consumption. At one end of this consumer lifecycle we celebrate new products, showering them with our attention. At the other end we shamefully talk about plastic in the sea. We fail to connect the two issues in a common narrative. One happens inside the consumer experience. One happens as part of social concern. The consumer lifecycle, the narrative foundation of this process, is broken beginning from end. It is this which stops us dealing with consumerism's biggest problems. We need to create emotionally engaging endings as part of the consumer experience. This is not a small task. As I set out in the previous Ends book, it is a deep, societal framing that has led to this bias in the consumer lifecycle. Established over centuries through aspects of religion, social changes and economic needs.We need to create endings in our consumer experiences to improve the ills of consumption, to change business culture and to inspire consumer responsibility.
Founder, and End
Designing for a Sustainable World
The growing ecological concerns pose many challenges for the world, including designers who design for the products, services and experiences for society, at large. Many designers feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness, as well as a lack of understanding of how to engage in and provide meaningful value that can help mitigate some of the ecological challenges we face. This talk targets those seeking to engage within their circle of influence and seek to design more sustainably.
MA, Ph.D Candidate, Design Strategist & Innovation Coach
In conversation with... The Conscious Creative
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Kelly Small is unable to join us today. Networking coffee chats will be extended to run from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, where possible. The remainder of the sessions will move forward as planned.
It can be difficult to live according to our values in a complicated world. At a time when capitalism seems most unforgiving but the need for paying work remains high, it is important to learn how we can be more mindful and intentional about our impact — personal, social, economic, and environmental.
As designer and creative director Kelly Small had to navigate a crisis of ethics and burnout in their career in advertising. We can admit our complicity in problematic systems and take on the responsibility of letting our own conscience guide our decisions.
Executive Creative Director, Grassriots Inc.
Author of The Conscious Creative
This conversation will be hosted by Karin Schmidlin, Cofounder & Design Lead, Carbon Labs Agency, and Professor, University of Waterloo, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.
Doing the Right Thing is F*cking Hard
David's need to add more joy into his life and real purpose to his work sparked a complete life change that has allowed him to bring unexpected happiness to hundreds of patients. A designer and technologist, David has overcome endless technical, bureaucratic and regulatory challenges to craft bespoke Virtual Reality experiences for dying patients. The result? He's not only increased their quality of life, he's also inspired thousands in the process.
SATURDAY, March 13, 2021
Before, Now, and Next
Capturing the Human Experience in the Realities of Remote Research
In the virtual workplace, quantitative data has gotten richer, but there are so many obvious gaps in the qualitative. How can we constructively overcome those gaps to prioritize human touch?
Susie Simon Daniels
Senior Manager, UX Research, Oracle
What Cubicles Can Teach Us About Virtual Communications
If the history of the cubicle tells us anything, it’s that most of your career has been a protracted struggle to communicate with people in spite of being at the office.”
Most predictions about “the future of work” have focused on physical office design. Will companies return to large offices or smaller satellites? What will those offices look like? How should employees optimize their home office?
What’s missing from these conversations is the role that communication norms play in creating an inclusive, collaborative, and productive work environment. While office design is easy to see, the effectiveness of that design always depends on how people relate to each other.
Chris Graham draws together the history of modern office design, as well as recent research into communication patterns at open-plan offices, to highlight key considerations for building a remote work environment that people actually enjoy.
You’ll learn (i) why your office has sustained itself thus far into the pandemic; (ii) how to recreate “spontaneous” and “informal” interactions in a virtual setting; and (iii) if you are investing in a post-COVID office redesign, how to make sure that investment works for your people.
Founder and Principal, Tell People
Keeping Growth Design Good (live panel)
Over the past couple of years, it has become clear that design and tech’s obsession with growth has had dire ramifications on human wellbeing, society, and the environment. Join our panelists for an open conversation about the dangerous impact of business driven behavioural design and how we, as designers, can keep growth design good.
Product Designer, Vidyard
Product Designer, Flipboard
Creative Director, Pilothouse Digital
Leadership, Collaboration and Onboarding in these Remote Realities
How do we keep our teams inspired, motivated, and purpose-driven in a virtual space?
Assistant VP Digital Engagement, Manulife
UX Director, Manulife
UX Lead, Manulife
It's Saturday afternoon... Finish the day strong.
SUNDAY, March 14, 2021
Finding and Navigating a Purpose-Driven Career in 2021 in Conversation
Finding a job during COVID-19 has been challenging. Finding your purpose in your work, perhaps even more so. In this fireside chat, Tiana and Dayana will explore ways of finding your purpose while also finding a pay cheque in 2021. Topics will include, dispelling the "dream job" myth, exploring non-traditional career trajectories, not compromising your values to do your work and providing tactical tips for landing your next role.
Clarity Coach and Founder, I See You Sis
Advertising & Design Work Placement Admin, Humber College
How to Prepare and What to Expect with UX Interviews
Sponsored by: Konrad
Senior Experience Designer, Konrad
Senior Experience Designer, Konrad
Director of Talent, Konrad
"How We (re)Define Having It All" in conversation
Founder, Redefining Having It All