DESIGNCONF BY LEARNERS

THURSDAY JUNE 9 + FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2022

Brooklyn, NY AND REMOTE

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THE SECOND ANNUAL DESIGNCONF BY LEARNERS IS BACK

Want to learn more about how the Gov.UK design system was built? Or why it’s so crucial to advocate for up and coming designers? At DesignConf by Learners, you’ll hear all about this and so much more.

 

DesignConf will be a hybrid event this year. Sit back, relax and watch from the comfort of your own home, or grab your in-person ticket and be one of 300 folks to attend IRL in Brooklyn.

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS

Dean Broadley

Head of Product Design at Yoco

Lucas Coelho

Chief Experience Officer at Roam Digital

Lucy Denton

Head of Design at Dovetail

Felix Lee

Co-Founder and CEO at ADPList

Tom Loosemore

Co-Founder at Public Digital

Nova Nicole

Sr. Leadership Development Facilitator at Shopify

Jess Greco

Director of Product Experience Design at Mastercard

Fonz Morris

Lead Product Designer, Global Conversion at Netflix

PRICING

IN-PERSON TICKET

300 AVAILABLE
$1800 USD

In-person tickets include access to all conference talks and events, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Purchasing four or more in-person tickets? Reach out to our team at tickets@joinlearners.com for a discount.

NAME YOUR PRICE Ticket

50 AVAILABLE

Want to attend the in-person event but can’t make the sticker price work? Apply for a Name Your Price ticket!

 

Fill out the form below with a suggested ticket price and our team will do our best to make it work. These tickets will run out quickly, so apply today to avoid disappointment!

REMOTE TICKET

unlimited

FREE

Can’t make it to the in-person event? Join us virtually instead.

 

Our team will be live- streaming DesignConf 2022 to our community members around the world for free.

DESIGNConf 2022 PROGRAM

Thursday June 9, 2022

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Coffee Hour

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcome

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Talk and Live Q+A

Care for Creatives

Nova Nicole Sr. Leadership Development Facilitator at Shopify

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

To do great creative work, you need the right environment and headspace, but getting that can be incredibly difficult in the era of constant notifications, meetings, and interruptions. It’s more important than ever to prioritize caring for ourselves, but what does that look like for creatives? In this talk, Nova is going to share practical, tangible, ‘start-tomorrow’ tools you can use to live healthier and do your best work.

Nova Nicole is a Leadership Development Facilitator at Shopify, where she helps creative talent across the organization set themselves up to do their best work and grow as craftspeople and leaders. Since 2009, Nova has lectured on the effective actions that leaders in the academic, public and private sector can take to integrate and promote wellbeing at work. By speaking authentically to the unpolished process of leadership, Nova makes it safe for leaders to tell-it-like-it-is and draws decision-makers in to focus on solutions and integrate self-care into the calendar as a requirement of optimal performance.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Talk and Live Q+A

In Bad Taste: How to Prevent Harm with Design

Liam Thurston Senior Director of User Experience at Loblaw Digital

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

When it comes to aesthetic and taste in design, unconscious bias is something that can be really hard to manage. But are there things we can do today to help hold ourselves accountable and prevent us from doing harm to others? In this talk, Liam is going to share his story, and provide tips for folks with privilege to prevent harm to others.

Liam leads the User Experience practice at LoblawDigital.co, empowering Canada’s largest retailer to use human-centered design and research to create digital experiences that improve the lives of all Canadians. In a past life, Liam helped ship dozens of meaningful digital products with twg.io by building software for clients from Wealthsimple to RBC, Bloomberg to ABC News, Shopify to Audi. As the honorary team mediator between his children as well as his professional teams, Liam often finds himself applying design thinking and solution design inwards at Loblaw Digital to help our 600 person organization find harmony and fulfillment in their work. Heart on sleeve, always.

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Talk and Live Q+A

What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Gov.UK Design System

Tom Loosemore Co-Founder at Public Digital

Ben Terrett Co-Founder and CEO at Public Digital

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

After the launch of the gov.uk design system, it was quickly copied the world over, showing up in government and private sector organizations around the world. But what if the replicating of this successful design system… is missing the point? In this talk, we’ll cover the story of the creation of the gov.uk design system - how it was conceived, built, and why it works so well. But we’ll also go over the real missed lesson of the whole experience - that by copying this system, we’ve failed to learn the lesson of its creation, and are holding back our ability to innovate and design better experiences for all.  

Tom is co-founder of Public Digital, a digital transformation consultancy which helps large organisations adapt to the internet era. Previously, Tom founded the Government Digital Service, winning the UK's most prestigious design award for GOV.UK, the UK's single government website and transforming the UK Government into a global leader in digital service design. Before that he was a senior leader at the BBC, helping launch its first websites, and way back in the mid-90s he was an editor on Wired magazine. He's looking forward to sharing his scar tissue with regard to how you bring design into the heart of large institutions. He may also rant a bit about how design systems go wrong.

Ben is a designer and CEO at Public Digital which helps governments and large organisations around the world adapt to the internet era. In 2020, as Deputy President, he declined the D&AD Presidency to make way for a more diverse appointment. He remains a Trustee. He was elected a Royal Designer for Industry, the first ever for Service Design, in 2018. He was inducted into the Design Week Hall of Fame in 2017. Ben holds a series of non-exec roles; a Governor of University of the Arts London, Trustee of D&AD, a member of the HS2 Design Panel and an advisor to the London Design Festival. He has won various industry awards including the Design Museum's Design of the Year and a D&AD Black Pencil.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Announcement

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Talk and Live Q+A

Designers Hold Power in Creating Equitable Futures

Jahan Mantin Co-Founder at Project Inkblot

Boyuan Gao Founder at Project Inkblot

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

As BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), we’ve been indoctrinated into a society that views us as passive recipients of design solutions largely led by cis-white men. Things are designed around us, and at best for us, as opposed to with us. And many of these initiatives have caused life altering and/or life threatening consequences. In this talk, conference attendees will be brought into the world of equitable design through riveting case stories and design practices by highlighting the work of BIPOC technologists, creatives, artists who are creating equitable platforms, products, services and content.

Jahan Mantin is the co-founder of Project Inkblot, a BIPOC owned and operated company that provides transformational design education through Inkblot Design™. Jahan began her career in advertising and marketing at Time Out New York magazine before joining Beyond Race magazine as the Associate Editor. Jahan earned a B.A. in Communications and Culture from Clark University and is the recipient of the Kate Spade and Company Fellowship at the New Museum Incubator, NEW INC. An avid traveler, Jahan has lived in far-reaching locales from Colombia to Scotland. She is a proud native New Yorker and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Boyuan is a hybrid thinker, creator and builder, and the co-founder and principal of Project Inkblot. She’s traversed many worlds through “work”, meandering through unexpected crevices and subcultures, such as once working in a floral wholesale warehouse servicing primarily funeral homes and churches, to coaching young people in juvenile detention centers throughout NYC, to being the owner and Editor-in-Chief of a global jazz publication partnering with legendary people and institutions like the Miles Davis Estate. Prior to Project Inkblot, Boyuan has also worked as a digital marketer, a community organizer, curriculum designer, music and culture journalist, workshop facilitator, amongst various other “titles”. Boyuan approaches the world of design through the lens of cultural anthropology, even when she’s designing jewelry, knitting hats, or frolicking in the deep bear and fox populated woods of Western Massachusetts, where she now resides.

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Talk and Live Q+A

Turning Setbacks Into Resilience

Jess Greco Director of Product Experience Design at Mastercard

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

What happens when you stop viewing career progress as a byproduct of the opportunities afforded by your organization, and take a proactive approach to developing your professional existence? Jess Greco will talk about the setbacks and stumbling blocks that have resulted in unexpected opportunities, once she was ready to step off a conventional path. The session will conclude with a guided reflection to help attendees reframe their past experiences and identify highlights and opportunities.

As a leader for Mastercard’s global design guild, Jess leads a collection of initiatives focused on scaling Mastercard’s design maturity, including org design, experience metrics, research and design processes, and learning and development. Previously, Jess led a team of service and product designers in consulting for Idean, a Capgemini company. Before that, she worked in design and research roles in finance, media, education and healthcare, and has taught and developed design curricula delivered to thousands. She is thrilled to talk to you about how she’s reframed career setbacks and turned them into forward progress, and how you might do the same.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Panel Discussion and Live Q+A

The State of Design

Paul Jervis Heath Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer at Modern Human

Sadia Latifi Director of UX, Ecosystem at Shopify

Felix Lee Co-Founder and CEO at ADPList

Lola Oyelayo-Pearson Director of UX, Money at Shopify

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

So much has changed in our industry - it’s time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and what challenges lay in front of us. This panel will cover topics like design education, self-identification as a ‘designer’, and whether to look at design as a process or outcome.

Paul Jervis Heath is an award-winning product strategist and designer with almost 25 years of experience. He is Chief Creative Officer and a founding partner of Modern Human, a multidisciplinary design practice and innovation consultancy. PJH's highly diverse portfolio of design projects includes dashboards for autonomous vehicles, smart home appliances, platforms that power intelligent environments, geospatial information services that help conservationists protect endangered species and augmented reality toys. He believes that the products, services and environments we all design should actively enrich modern life and that design is a vital tool to empower and liberate real people.

Sadia leads UX for Shopify's Ecosystem, which helps merchants get what they need from third party developers who build apps and themes that supercharge their business. Previously, she led content strategy for Airbnb Experiences and was a founding member of the Pinterest creative team. She's a former journalist who never stopped being curious (and a bit nosy). These days, she's more excited to talk about The Future than going "back to normal."

Felix Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of the world's fastest growing social learning network, ADPList and sets the vision and strategy for the company. A designer and entrepreneur, Felix has embedded his creative roots in ADPList culture, product and community. Previously, Felix sold his first company at age 20 and was the first Design Lead at Gotrade (YC S19), "Robinhood in Southeast Asia." He's been featured on Forbes, Tech in Asia, StraitsTimes and CNBC. He is excited to be looking with new perspectives on the world and humanity.

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Wrap Up

4:45 pm - 7:00 pm

The Official DesignConf Social

Friday June 10, 2022

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Coffee Hour

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcome

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Talk and Live Q+A

The Business Value Framework for Designers

Patrick Hertzog Co-Founder and User Experience Officer at Nexthink

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

Too often design gets railroaded by business stakeholders who can flip our work upside down. Why does this happen? Patrick, a cofounder and design leader of a tech startup with >$100m in annual revenues has the answer. In his talk, Patrick will outline the key values framework he uses to help his team avoid these situations, and that you can use on your team too!

Patrick is the User Experience Officer of Nexthink, a B2B SaaS company he co-founded and whose mission is to delight people at work. For almost 18 years, he’s leading product design at Nexthink, going from a 3-people start-up to a 850-employee company valued over $1B last year. Patrick is looking forward to sharing with you some of the experience he accumulated during this exciting—and long—journey, and hopes it’ll help you to overcome some of the challenges you certainly face as a designer.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Talk and Live Q+A

It Takes a Village: Why Advocating for Up and Coming Designers is a Must

Fonz Morris Lead Product Designer, Global Conversion at Netflix

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

Historically, there’s been a big disconnect between companies and top-level talent from underrepresented communities. As designers and design leaders at these companies, we need to be using our access, exposure, and privilege to help train, mentor, and support our communities and the next generation of designers. In this talk, Fonz Morris is going to explore how to do just that.

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fireside Chat and Live Q+A

Startup Founding and Funding

Rachel Renock Co-Founder and CEO at Wethos

Konval Matin Founding Partner at Backbone Angels

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

Have you ever wanted to know more about how investors choose startups to invest in, or what great founders look like? Or perhaps how your skills can help make or break an up and coming new venture? In this fireside chat, you’ll get the chance to ask an investor and founder exactly that, and learn about how design can power new ventures to success.

Rachel is the CEO and Cofounder of Wethos, a platform that helps freelancers team up and form “Virtual Studios” by providing the financial infrastructure that simplifies complexities from pricing projects to paying teammates. A former advertising creative working across big brands like Covergirl and Hershey, Rachel Renock quit her agency job at 25 in pursuit of more meaningful work. She teamed up with her now cofounder Claire to build technology that helped them scale their own freelance studio to $1.4M in revenue in just 18-months. In 2021 they released their platform which now powers over 35,000 freelance businesses. Since founding Wethos, Renock has raised over $12M in VC funding and has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Business Insider and the New York Times. With 95% of freelancers not breaking six figures, she’s excited to share tools and strategies that will help creative independents put more money into their pockets.

Konval Matin is an angel investor with an aptitude for problem solving. As an investor, she is interested in founders solving real-world problems at its root cause using a systems-thinking approach. Her investment portfolio focuses on SAAS, infrastructure, and DTC businesses. Previously through Konval’s nine years at Shopify, she scaled the company culture from 100 to 4000+ employees as Director of Culture and Talent Development, and then moved on to work with the product discipline as the Chief of Staff to the CPO. In her latest role, Konval served as the Director of Merchant Storytelling, where she helped Shopify discover and share stories that spoke to the humans behind their 1.6M+ merchants. Apart from angel investing, Konval serves on the Board of Feed Ontario, an organization committed to securing fresh and healthy food sources, and advocating for solutions to end hunger and poverty. Konval took up printmaking, illustration, and photography as mediums to tap back into her creative talent and has exhibited and sold pieces at the Ottawa School of Art.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Announcement

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Talk and Live Q+A

Wireframing Companies for Growth

Lucy Denton Head of Design at Dovetail

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

What if we told you that the same wireframing skills you use to design product experiences, can also help your company land a $63mm series A? According to Lucy Denton, company growth is something that can also be wireframes and delivered on. Tune in to hear her experience as Head of Design at Dovetail, where this activity helped their startup achieve their series A milestone.

Lucy leads design and research at Sydney based scaleup, Dovetail. Dovetail helps you store, analyse, and collaborate on user research in one place, making it easy to see patterns, discover insights, and take action. Prior to Dovetail, Lucy worked at Atlassian for over 5 years, working on Jira, HipChat and the Atlassian Marketplace. Lucy's big on research-informed product strategy, and bringing stakeholders along the research journey to help them understand the value research has in product decisions. She’s excited to share her experience working in design-led product teams. She also has a tiny pup with a big attitude, Alfie. He loves to strut the halls of the Dovetail office like he owns the place.

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Talk and Live Q+A

Great Design Requires Great Humans

Dean Broadley Head of Product Design at Yoco

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

Designing great, meaningful experiences is hard. Sometimes, building a team of humans to achieve that seems impossible. Dean will share his experience and approach to building and being part of teams that focus on building the people that design great experiences.

Dean leads Design at Yoco, a company dedicated to opening up commerce to the self-employed across Africa and The Middle East. Previously Dean has lead design at Barclays Africa, been a Techstars mentor and is currently on the IxDA Global Board. Dean is also the founder of Designing Humans. Overall Dean is invested on how designers can leave things more human than they found them in both the what and how we do things.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Community Forum

Quick Insights, Questions, and Challenges in the Design Community

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

After almost two full days of learning, it’s time for you to share. What ideas have you been thinking about? What challenges are you looking for help with? Let’s open up the mic with the community and find new opportunities to connect and collaborate.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Talk and Live Q+A

Design Leadership: Not Doing It All

Lucas Coelho Chief Experience Officer at Roam Digital

TALK ABSTRACT + SPEAKER BIO

For years, we’ve been listening to advice from design leaders who’ve painted perfect pictures of design management. But these pictures are fantasies. How can you do it all, when you have to balance 1:1s, PIPs, working with sales and leadership, not to mention your own mental health? We’re going to be ending this program with a critical, honest, and hopeful talk about what it means to be a great design manager.

Lucas is the executive responsible for leading the strategy, research and insights, business design, product strategy, and product design teams across the APAC region at Roam Digital — a digital product and innovation company. Previously, Lucas freelanced and worked with small agencies and startups before becoming a founding member of 99jobs.com. He then went on to co-found UnCollege.org’s Brazilian operations, before coming back to agency world with Flama as a partner, then Roam Digital. He can’t wait to to share stories about starting companies, leadership and dive into philosophical ramblings about why we work.

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Wrap Up

LOCATION

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AT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST WILLIAMSBURG AND BUSHWICK.

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You should. Here's what some of our past speakers have to say about working with us:

Dean Broadley

Head of Product Design at Yoco

Lucas Coelho

Chief Experience Officer at Roam Digital

Lucy Denton

Head of Design at Dovetail

Felix Lee

Co-Founder and CEO at ADPList

Tom Loosemore

Co-Founder at Public Digital

Nova Nicole

Sr. Leadership Development Facilitator at Shopify

Jess Greco

Director of Product Experience Design at Mastercard

Fonz Morris

Lead Product Designer, Global Conversion at Netflix

PRICING

IN-PERSON TICKETS

300 AVAILABLE
$1800 USD
In-person tickets include access to all conference talks and events, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Purchasing four or more in-person tickets? Reach out to our team at hello@joinlearners.com for a 15% discount code.

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FAQ

Great question. Our team here at Learners wants everyone – our attendees, team and staff – to stay healthy and feel safe at DesignConf 2022.

 

DesignConf 2022 in-person tickets will only be available for purchase to those who are double vaccinated against COVID-19 and are willing to wear a mask or facial covering when indoors at all times.

 

Additionally, our team will be:

 

1. Conducting daily health checks for all attendees, team and staff. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, testing positive for COVID-19, or being exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will not be allowed entry to our event.

2. Selling a limited number of tickets to our in-person event to ensure room for social distancing.

3. Working with our venues to increase cleaning in high-traffic areas.

We are happy to refund anyone who has purchased an in-person ticket who is showing symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

 

If any of these apply to you, please do not come to the event venue and enjoy our free live-streamed experience from the comfort of your own home. Just send an email to our team at  hello@joinlearners.com, and we’ll take care of your ticket – no proof necessary.

 

At this time, we will not be refunding in-person tickets for any other reason.