User Research for Product Design Teams

NEW VENUE!  Parisoma, 169 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103   Event Description:     Join us for an evening to learn how product teams in large corporations integrate research into the design process. This after-work mini-conference is brought to you by Cascade SF for SF Design Week.     “Telling the Story of Your Research” Sunny Patel,

Designing the Customer Experience

Companies can no longer stand out through manufacturing strength, distribution power, price points, or information mastery. In this workshop, we will look at how to make customer experience a key strategic advantage for your company or clients through the power of design. You will hear how companies are using new customer engagement tools to drive

Introduction to Design Abilities

At the Stanford d.school we enable our students in eight core design abilities so that they might develop their own creative confidence and navigate the complex challenges of today’s world. Join us at for a 3-hour session to discover and strengthen your own design abilities! Get a sense of where your strengths are and leave

Getting to your first dollar: Prototyping and testing business models

You have used the best user-centered design methods to co-create with and validate that customers love your killer new idea, now what? Design thinking is a problem-solving toolkit optimized for the unknown. It’s commonly used to explore user needs, but how do we apply its core principles to the business model? During this session we

Design Ethics Talk with Mike Monteiro

Like every other human being on the planet we share, designers are part of the social contract. By choosing to be a designer you are choosing to affect the people who come in contact with your work. Learn how to tell if your work will hurt or help those people and how to measure social

Design Ethics Workshop with Mike Monteiro

Like every other human being on the planet we share, designers are part of the social contract. By choosing to be a designer you are choosing to affect the people who come in contact with your work. Learn how to tell if your work will hurt or help those people and how to measure social

Autodesk Gallery Tour and Workshop

Named a top destination by Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco explores the future of making things. During your visit, you will start with a guided gallery tour of exhibits which showcase pioneering design and inventive engineering. Following the tour, you will experience what it’s

Food Innovation is a Cooperative (Design) Effort and Global Food Trends

Join us for a special event with Future Food Institute. We will kick off with a keynote from Matteo Vignoli, co-founder of the Future Food Institute for a talk on how food innovation is a cooperative (design) effort, followed by a panel with 16 Future Food Institute’s researchers of 10 nationalities to discuss global food

Design Minded Curriculum

Today’s system of education is based on the assembly line model from 100 years ago. We train our students how to answer questions, not how to explore them. Our education system hasn’t adapted to meet the new needs presented by changing times. Design Thinking, a five-step problem-solving methodology, has grabbed the attention of educators as

Location, Location, Location: A Guide to Map Design

As location becomes increasingly central to all industries, there is no longer a one-map-fits-all model for companies looking to make the most of their location data. Whether it’s Snap looking to show off your friends’ stories from around the world, The Weather Channel giving you an early look at the storm headed for your community,

Goodnight, Resilience.

Curry Stone Foundation and The Dogwood Conspiracy present Goodnight, Resilience. This will be an evening not to be missed. It will include a lively debate style panel around the issues of contemporary resilience and design with welcomed audience participation. Panelists: Emily Pilloton, Girls Garage Prescott Reavis, Asian Neighborhood Design Amanda Brown-Stevens, Resilient By Design Kyle

Autodesk Gallery Tour and Workshop

Named a top destination by Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco explores the future of making things. During your visit, you will start with a guided gallery tour of exhibits which showcase pioneering design and inventive engineering. Following the tour, you will experience what it’s

Autodesk Gallery Tour and Workshop

Named a top destination by Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco explores the future of making things. During your visit, you will start with a guided gallery tour of exhibits which showcase pioneering design and inventive engineering. Following the tour, you will experience what it’s

Product Design for Multi-Sided Marketplaces

TaskRabbit is an online marketplace that connects people who need help with tasks such as furniture assembly, mounting, minor home repairs, moving, cleaning, shopping, and deliveries with local Taskers who can get the job done. Join the TaskRabbit Design Team and a panel of product designers from other multi-sided marketplaces to discuss the challenges and

How to Effectively Use LinkedIn as a Designer

Are you currently looking for a new job or want to improve your online brand presence? If so, come participate in our career coaching workshop to learn more about how LinkedIn can help improve your personal career goals! The workshop will teach you about the different products within LinkedIn and how to make the most

Coffee, Bagels and ArchiTECHture

Join us for coffee, bagels and answers to all of your burning questions about architecture! We’ll start the morning with a quick tour around the office, and then we’ll hear from our partner and principal Jim Westover about our office culture, projects and opportunities. Job captain Gustavo Bermudez and designer Parvathy Nair will share advances

Museum Tour and Mixer

Guests will take a guided tour of the Academy of Art University’s historic car collection, followed by drinks and appetizers on the mezzanine overlooking the museum

Unexpected Inspiration

Join Creativity Explored and In/Visible Talks for an evening of conversation and an art opening. In/Visible Talks Cofounder Dava Guthmiller will moderate a discussion between Creativity Explored artist Gerald Wiggins, Creativity Explored instructor Gilles Combet, and creative director/designer Arianna Orland about the process, inspiration, and challenges behind art and design and where the two meet.

TEALEAVES #ColorInSight Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Color Strategy

An inspired documentary screening, #ColorInSight, and panel discussion at Room & Board will explore color strategy, specifically, how brands across industries can harness the power of color and how color strategy can have a large impact on the perception of products and services. The 20-minute documentary focuses on how color is ubiquitous in the human

Enterprise Design Thinking: Innovation at Speed and Scale

Welcome to the IBM Cloud Garage, where we have refined our own method of Design Thinking to scope business opportunities and execute our practices through the innovation journey! Any business, no matter the size, has to solve problems for clients or within their own organizations. Our set of lean and agile tools can help you

Inside the Studio at Blend’s HQ: Design’s Lead Role in Transforming Formidable Industries

Design holds the power to transform and drive progress, especially in industries that have historically been underserved by design due to regulation or other intimidating challenges. But the value of design’s role in this transformation is still underappreciated by the broader community. At Blend, design is at the center and forefront of the transformation we’re

Raw Design: Exhibition and Design Mixer at MCD

Kick off SF Design Week at the Museum of Craft and Design for a special party hosted by MCD Salon, a new young design collective. Start the night off with an interactive talk and tour of MCD’s three new summer exhibitions, including “Raw Design” curated by Glenn Adamson. Special guest speakers include Lisa Ellsworth and

Design Systems for Everything, Everywhere and Everyone

Design Systems are more than simply toolkits for modular User Interfaces. They establish a foundational consistency across entire companies around how products address the needs of vastly different platforms. They provide a schema for accessible design that considers everyone that might benefit from using a product. As companies scale from 10 users to 10 million

Designing Engaging Learning Experiences

Join us for a panel discussion on how designers are engaging modern learners by leveraging VR, machine learning, mobile apps, simulations, and much more. Moderated by Kit Richert, Director of User Research at Cerego, the panel includes: Shu Lai Product Design Manager, Coursera Coursera envisions a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by

Roundtable: Key challenges in Ed-Tech

Join us at Mission High School for an interactive evening featuring short lightning talks addressing the question: What hard lessons have you learned about education that you’d like to share with the ed-tech design community? Speakers will include: Jenny Wales @jenny_wales, Design at Desmos May-Li Khoe @mayli, VP of Design at Khan Academy Scott Farrar

Evolving Design Systems

“A design system offers a library of visual style, components, and other concerns documented and released by an individual, team or community as code and design tools so that adopting products can be more efficient and cohesive.” -Nathan Curtis, Founder of EightShapes As design’s prominence in companies grows, the creation and adoption of design systems

How Do You Structure Creative Thinking?

What do you do at the crucial turning point between gathering information and producing creative deliverables — the point when research becomes ideas and ideas become creative concepts? Join us to hear from industry leaders on how they approach these moments with their teams, complete with details about their unique processes and methodologies. You’ll learn

Designing Your Career Path

A designer may be fresh out of school, working their way up the corporate ladder or recognized as a thought leader. No matter where you are in your design career, we challenge San Francisco’s community of designers to ask themselves, “what’s next?” In the design industry, there isn’t just one clear path – there are

Product Design and Development Under Uncertainty

How do product managers and product designers work together to successfully overcome product innovation challenges? Meet Jessica Tam, Senior Product Manager at Zoosk and David Moore, Product Designer and Art Direction Lead at Zoosk. Learn how their respective backgrounds and areas of expertise inspired their journey to success despite the unforeseen obstacles and numerous challenges

The Path to Design Leadership

Whether you’re just starting out as a designer or you’re a well-seasoned veteran in the design industry or anywhere in between, join Affinity as we host a panel of talented designers discussing their roles, histories, and career trajectories. Find out how they became leaders in the world of design. Learn about the life stories and

VMA Design Conference

Visual Media Alliance presents a full-day conference featuring stories of design across all media held during the 2018 San Francisco Design Week. Come and be inspired by creative thinkers featuring over 10 fascinating speakers, exhibitors, and industry experts. *Ticket includes full-day program, lunch, and exhibits

Trends in Code-Free Web Design

At this mixer, you’ll learn about the emergence of code-free web design tools and how they are being used today by designers to create custom digital experiences, ranging from interactive prototypes to large-scale websites. The Brandcast team will give a product demo, walk through a case study with The Craftsman Agency, and go over some