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



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 and how we might begin to address it by challenging how products measure success, and bringing principles of environmental design to our digital experiences to help people have positive relationships with technology.


To prompt designers to start designing contextually sensitive experiences with the goal of respecting universal needs such as sleep.

Target Audience

UX designers, product owners

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

  1. The problems inherent in the values that drive current design choices
  2. The Joy of Missing Out – what we’ve learned about disconnecting from tech
  3. The pitfalls of behaviour change programs for wellbeing
  4. Empowering by default – how we’re thinking about making wellbeing core to Google products
  5. Strategies for intentionally introducing friction back into products