Using UX for Good

Building a Better World

The world’s a mess. The number of problems we face and the technology involved, grows exponentially from year to year. Yet our job is to make it all work. From a UX design perspective, addressing these issues can seem like a game of “Whack a Mole,” where new issues pop up as soon as one is solved. It doesn’t have to be that way. What if we tried a proactive approach to encourage the right choices? We could build the pathways that allow other positive actions to take place. Through this strategy we create foundations for future growth that will have a positive effect on not just the tech systems we use but the world around us. This year’s series, “Using UX for Good: Building a Better World”, will explore practical ways we can do this through the voices of visionary thinkers and designers who have already planted the seeds for growth. These innovative approaches to change can inspire us to take action while we expand the potential of our daily work. With this Speaker Series we celebrate the change-makers among us and look to them for inspiration as we solve the problems we face and create pathways that will expand, rather than contract, our future.

UX Writing & Microcopy:
How Small Words Make A Big Difference

Your Own Home via Zoom OR

Skyler Reed, January 2020
In this talk, we will walk through how UX Writing & Microcopy can (and will) transform writing within business organizations, trades and arts work, and application design to reduce stress and provide guidance for all people from every walk of life.

Calm Technology: Designing for the Next Generation of Devices

Mozilla Portland Offices 1120 NW Couch St #320, Portland, OR

Amber Case, February 2020
How can you design technology that becomes a part of a user’s life and not a distraction from it? You’ll learn how to design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, and remain unobtrusive.

Democracy is a Design Problem

Connective DX 2030 NW Pettygrove, Portland, OR

Dana Chisnell, March 2020
Design directly affects every person in the nation. Join Dana as she explores the design of our democracy and how to make better design decisions that do not have as many unintended consequences for our democracy.

The Coming Extinction Level Event for Brands & Companies

Your Own Home via Zoom OR

Nathan Shedroff, July 2020
UX developers of all kinds bridge the distance between our clients/companies and our customers and we can have as big an impact on strategy as anyone else in the company.

August Social Zoom Trivia Night

Your Own Home via Zoom OR

UX focused Trivia contests via the Kahoot app, led by our Vicefoo and resident Game Master, Robert LaCosse!

Systems of Systems

Your Own Home via Zoom OR

Tatiana Mac, November 2020
We’ll look to see how to assess where our design systems live in broader ecosystems, the challenges inherent, and how to lean into the good, and resist the bad, to ensure we’re serving all humans in an equitable and ethical way, maintaining safety and trust.