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Flowers growing from a rock2021 CHIFOO Speaker Series

Resilience

Building Online Experiences to Adapt and Thrive

As we stumble uncertainly towards a new reality marked by viral, political, and cultural changes, it becomes obvious that our future success depends on our being flexible and adaptable. Psychologists and physicists tell us resilience is the ability to bounce back or adapt after times of trauma or stress. It’s a process by which strength is built through learning from past experiences.

On the job, we have had to adapt to new work flows and communication tools, which have shaped how we work with colleagues and clients, gather data, shape our daily schedules, and relate to the people we live with. How these shifts have affected those using the products of our work is yet to be fully understood. It’s a process unfolding in front of us, a process we must learn from. Will we be able to bounce back to our former lives? Do we even want to? How will that affect our work, workplaces, clients, online interactions, and businesses? And how can we make our new world better?

As enter the next decade, CHIFOO will explore the forces that are shaping our current situation with hopes to see the potential for growth for ourselves and our industry, opportunities to help our planet and it’s people heal, and ways to make our online interactions more equitable, more useful, more helpful, and more kind.

2021 Speakers and Events

Resilience: Building Online Experiences to Adapt and Thrive

2021 Speaker Series As we stumble uncertainly towards a new reality marked by viral, political, and cultural changes, it becomes obvious that our future success depends on our being flexible and adaptable. Psychologists and physicists tell us resilience is the ability to bounce back or adapt after times of trauma ...
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The Carousel of Progress: Adapting to a Post-Pandemic World
Cheryl Platz, September 1, 2021

Multi modality expert Cheryl Platz will introduce you to the fundamentals you’ll need to ride the Carousel of Progress to its next transformative stop ...
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Stacy Taylor

Making the Switch, a panel discussion
October 6, 2021

Have you been thinking about transitioning to a career in UX design but aren't sure how to get your foot in the door? Wondering if UX bootcamps are all they're cracked up to be? Maybe you're considering forging your own path or going back to school. Join us for a ...
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CHIFOO Social Event: Picnic in Sellwood Park
August 4, 2021

The time has come where we can gather again in person at last. To celebrate we are throwing a picnic in Sellwood Park, where we can gather outdoors in fresh air and see each other's faces once again. The event will be catered and alcohol will be allowed on a ...
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Dylan Wilbanks

Together, Alone: The lessons and future of remote design teams
Dylan Wilbanks, July 7, 2021

The pandemic meant many designers dove into working remote for the first time. Other designers, though, have been designing in remote teams for years now. Dylan Wilbanks talks about plunging into the world of leading and managing a design team in a remote-only company, the lessons he learned, the horrible ...
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Inclusive Design for Teams and Products
Wendy Johansson, January 13, 2021

Please note, this session was originally scheduled for Jan. 6. As we kick off the year, refreshed and ready to be the change we seek, Wendy Johansson will discuss the importance of inclusive design in our new distributed work environments and the accelerated digital transformation that has taken place around ...
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Rachel Egenhoefer

Systems Thinking for Sustainability: Beyond Stuff Towards Resiliency
Rachel Egenhoefer, February 3, 2021

This talk presents sustainable design from an intersectional problem solving perspective and how you can use systems thinking to create impactful solutions ...
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Kevin Hoffman

Remote Meetings That Get Us Back to Work
Kevin Hoffman, April 7, 2021

Companies around the world are adapting to business as usual in a distributed culture. For better or worse, that adaptation seems to have carried with it an increase in meetings. Having good remote meetings carries all of the challenges of in-person meetings plus additional layers of technology issues, distractions, and ...
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Bryce Johnson and John Porter

Recognize Exclusion, Design for Inclusion
Bryce Johnson & John Porter, March 3, 2021

What unnecessary barriers do we all inadvertently create when we craft experiences, and who do we unintentionally exclude? These questions are core to inclusive design and served as the jumping off point for the Xbox Adaptive Controller when realizing that traditional controllers were excluding many people with motor impairments. John ...
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Bill Buxton

From Virtual Reality to Postcards & Back – A Guided Tour
Bill Buxton, March 24, 2021

A CHIFOO Special Event with Bill Buxton Somehow, during my CHIFOO talk last year, I mentioned how important Portland was to the evolution of AR/VR technology and adoption.  This seemed to give rise to a certain degree of curiosity.  Hence I promised to come back and explain.  So this talk ...
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Cyd Harrell

Rich Research At A Distance
Cyd Harrell, May 5, 2021

The remote research that's our best method during a global pandemic can seem restrictive, but never fear. Cyd will show you how to get all the depth of qualitative research methods while keeping yourself and your users safe. She’ll talk through what’s harder, what’s easier, and what’s just different, from ...
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Kate Pincott

Resilience & Remote Working
Kate Pincott, June 2, 2021

Get realistic about how much work can actually be achieved by the team, relieve pressure around anxieties of not being perceived as working hard enough, and manage stakeholder expectations on the pace of work ...
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