Spotlight Design Ethics

2019-10-21 00:00:00 2019-10-22 00:00:00 America/Toronto Spotlight Design Ethics Looking to create designs that also make a difference in the world? Want to make sure your designs reach an inclusive audience? Learn to strike a balance between creating for good, and turning a profit; making what you love, and loving what you make; using… Toronto FITC EST Toronto



9:00 To 9:59
10:00 To 10:45
What is Purpose Design?
Change happens when people have better, more inspiring ways to change. Rather than telling people what not to do, we should create more exciting products, services, and stories built on strong social and environmental foundations. Don’t just tell people to drive electric cars. Design the world’s most exciting driving experience that just happens to be electric. Don’t just tell people… Read more…
Paddy Harrington

Founder, Frontier

10:55 To 11:40
Bringing Ethics to the “Fuzzy Front-End”
When designing at the speed of product cycles today, we aren’t incentivized to fix mistakes after a delivery. When management takes an “onto the next thing” mindset, we must shift from being reactive to proactive to make sure the outcomes reflect our values. By including ethics from the start of our process, designers can facilitate meaningful value alignment across teams.… Read more…
Hayley Hughes

Design Director, Nike

11:50 To 12:35
Stealing Bubblegum: Micro-Decisions and Intentionality
Today’s designers are under much pressure to produce creative and unique solutions, and may sometimes cut corners by plagiarizing or mimicking existing work. We refer to acts like these as “stealing bubblegum,” small, seemingly harmless actions that can lead to more problematic issues down the road. Questionable decisions by designers can range from omitting “alt tags” from a website to… Read more…
12:35 To 2:00
Lunch Break
2:00 To 2:45
Honest Stories: The Inner Battle of Creativity vs. Authenticity
As the battle of truth, authenticity and narrative clash against the rising tide of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news, matters of fact rarely become matters of concern. However, stories and the art of storytelling hold the greatest power in its ability to mediate the crisis of characterizing truth over fiction. As designers, we can wield this double-edged sword to manipulate… Read more…
Laurence Roberts

Founding Principal, Creative Director, Forge Media + Design

2:55 To 3:40
Designing for Digital Well-Being
We’ve been designing digital products with a certain set of principles: be consistent, effortless, frictionless. Those principles may now be creating unwelcome relationships with tech – many use their devices even when they don’t intend to. Currently, digital products ignore contextual needs. They’re always on and always engaging. In this talk Alan will explore what value system brought us here… Read more…
Alan Mclean

Design Lead, Google

3:50 To 4:35
A Guide to Creating a Culture of Dark UX Patterns and Evil Design
So you’re looking for ways to drive up those user accounts, capturing more private data no matter the cost… muahaha <evil laugh>! You’ve come to the right place, learn from the best dark UX case studies out there and what contributes to a culture of good UX so you can stop those practices immediately. Hooray for short term gains at… Read more…
​Pansy Lee

Director, Product & Design, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

4:45 To 5:30
See What I Mean?
We live in uncertain times on a rapidly warming, fragile, and over-stressed planet. Tumultuous political, social, ecological, and economic instability — along with information overload, an overwhelming pace of change, threatened eco-systems, and staggering social imbalances — threaten our individual sense of purpose, place, and wellbeing. For the majority of our planet’s 7.7 billion human beings, the world remains a… Read more…
Robert L. Peters