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 impact alongside shareholder value.
We’ll go over how to measure social impact as a key metric, how to tell if you’re designing something dangerous, and how to tell the people who hired you they’re designing something dangerous. The effect of what you put into the world needs to be a consideration in your work.
If you’ve ever thought face recognition was a good idea, you should come. If you’ve ever thought corner bodegas need to be disrupted, you should come. Seriously if you’re reading this, you should come. If you work in tech, you should come. If you’re just getting started in your career, you should definitely come. And if you manage people, you should’ve been here yesterday.
This workshop is highly interactive and conversational, proceeding through a series of challenging questions and dialogues — as Socrates intended. We review ten basic tenets of working ethically and confront the realities of putting them into practice, including the distractions and temptations every designer faces.