DesignConf by Learners
Friday September 17 2021
09:30 am - 10:00 am ET

The State of UX in the Philippines

Technological innovations and cultural paradigms have called for a deeper understanding and implementation of UX practices globally. UXPH presents The State of UX in the Philippines report, the first dive into the Philippines’ growing UX landscape.

with UXPH
10:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Creating More Equity Within Design Teams

Establishing equity, diversity, and inclusion within our teams starts with reevaluating our everyday creative processes. In this session, you’ll learn some of the pitfalls of diversity hiring, why they haven't worked, and ways to create a more equitable creative culture that leads to more diverse thinking, innovation, and hires.

with QTBIPOC Design

Designers, and Their Cross-Functional Teams

Designers don't work in silos. You’ll often find yourself working with Product Managers, UX Researchers, Software Developers and various other roles. So what does a good healthy working relationship look like—and how can you set up your team for success?

with Co.Lab
10:30 am - 11:00 am ET

The DesignConf Pre-Show with dscout

Join Ben from dscout as we preview the conference with special guests McLean Donnelly, Director of UX Design at Shopify, Lauren Celenza, Independent Designer and Writer, and Anderson Gomes da Silva, Head of Design at Hotmart.

with dscoutJoin

The Main Show

11:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Lauren Celenza

Independent Designer and Writer
11:00 am - 11:15 am ET

Inclusive Design in a World of Exclusion and Chaos

We’re often tasked with designing products for users we don’t fully understand. In this talk, Lauren Celenza will share three tactics to understand and empower the real-life humans we’re designing for.

by Lauren CelenzaWatch
11:30 am - 12:05 pm ET

Christian San Jose

Founder and CEO at UX+ University
11:30 am - 11:55 am ET

Hacking Your Design Career

Planning your design career is a tall task, filled with unexpected twists and turns that feel like they might throw you off track. In this talk, Christian will share his advice as a design educator and mentor to help you achieve your professional goals.

by Christian San JoseWatch
12:05 pm - 12:15 pm ET


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    by ScheduleWatch
    12:15 pm - 12:45 pm ET

    Vanessa Slavich

    Partner at Celo Foundation
    12:15 pm - 12:30 pm ET

    The Stubborn Patient: Design Your Health Like a Product

    In life, we’re often faced with situations where we feel powerless. For Vanessa, it was when she was diagnosed with cancer. In her talk, Vanessa shows us how our skills as designers can help us deal with even the hardest challenges life has to offer.

    by Vanessa SlavichWatch
    12:45 pm - 1:15 pm ET

    Nikole Arguedas

    UX Researcher at Banco General
    12:45 pm - 1:00 pm ET

    Reframing Design Leadership in the Context of Community

    Many of us aspire to design ‘leadership’ roles, yet often they can feel out of reach. Find out how you can practice leadership skills ahead of time by growing your own design community—and how doing so could set you up for major career growth.

    by Nikole ArguedasWatch
    1:15pm - 2:00 pm ET


      1:15 pm - 2:00 pm ET

      DJ BREAK

      by ScheduleWatch
      1:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET

      5 Tips for Presenting with Confidence

      Whether speaking at a conference or presenting your work in a team meeting, public speaking is a critical skill for designers and researchers. Join us to learn our top 5 public speaking tips! Come with your questions.

      with Women Talk DesignJoin
      1:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET

      How to Find a Mentor

      What is the value of mentorship? How do you find a mentor? How do you make the ask? Join us as our speakers share how mentorship has helped them in their career growth—and walk away with an actionable plan to start looking for mentors!

      with ADPListJoin
      1:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET

      How Much Design is Too Much Design?

      When design should lead, when it should assist, and how to tell the difference. How to improve the design culture in a team and across an organisation. Starting with ourselves.” with Lookback.

      with LookbackJoin
      2:00 pm - 2:45 pm ET

      Anderson Gomes da Silva

      Head of Design at Hotmart
      2:00 pm - 2:35 pm ET

      Scaling Design Leadership

      As design leaders, it can be difficult to both manage the quality and quantity of work on your team without compromising creativity. In his talk, Anderson is going to share his approach to successfully scaling design leadership at Hotmart.

      by Anderson Gomes da SilvaWatch
      2:45 pm - 3:15 pm ET

      Emily Henlein

      Executive GM, Design and Research at Xero
      2:45 pm - 3:00 pm ET

      Creativity in the Culture of Busy

      Burnout in design teams was always fairly high, but the pandemic took exhaustion to new levels. In this talk, Emily will empower you with what you need to know to push back against workplace fatigue and make space to be creative again.

      by Emily HenleinWatch
      3:15pm - 3:30pm ET


        3:15 pm - 3:30 pm ET

        DJ BREAK

        by ScheduleWatch
        3:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

        Lola Oyelayo-Pearson

        Director of UX, Money at Shopify
        3:30 pm - 3:45 pm ET

        How to Use Your Seat at the Table

        For years, designers have been fighting for a seat at the table—but now that we have it, what are we going to do with it? Lola will walk us through three major shifts of focus we can make so that design remains the strategic business partner it's meant to be.

        by Lola Oyelayo-PearsonWatch
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        Climbing While Elevating - Crowdsourcing Professional Success

        We often focus on the individual contributor and manager paths for professional development. However, we often miss the opportunities that come with becoming an active member of a community and working for the collective good. In this session, we’ll cover techniques to climb your way to success while elevating others.

        with Calgary UX
        4:30 pm - 5:00 pm ET

        Tried-and-True Advice for Landing Your First UX Gig

        The UX in ATX community leaders share their best advice for landing your first UX position. We’ll provide tips to enter the field, plus areas to work on and excel at in order to increase your chances and improve your positioning as a candidate.

        with UX in ATX
        5:00 pm - 5:30 pm ET

        How Social Impact Projects Can Grow Your Design Superpower

        UX Rescue is a design volunteer community with a mission to create social impact by connecting UX practitioners to organizations in need. At this session, you’ll learn how social impact projects can help you find, unleash, and grow your design superpowers across all experience levels.

        with UX Rescue
        5:30 pm - 6:00 pm ET

        Design Research for Everyone

        It is known; we need to do research. But we also need to explain it, sell it, and of course, do it. This talk hones in on some best practices for your organization, including how to build strategies such as a Research Ops function to collaborate with stakeholders better.

        with UX Research MX