Each year, different trends emerge from SXSW programming and act as identifiers for where we’re at and where we’re headed. From the 12 significant trends identified by the SXSW Programming Team for the 2018 event, Ethical Design explores the social and psychological effects of our increased dependency on smart devices, and how these forces leave us vulnerable to the influence of product designers. Get to know this trend and related-SXSW sessions below that we think will dominate discussions this March.
Ethical Design Trend
Our current relationship with technology is close-knit and only growing closer as computing models advance to learning-based algorithms and tech companies shift their priority from hardware to software. We’re moving towards a post-device era, gradually abandoning the traditional shells that host mobile apps while designers evolve to provide device-independent services. With these changes, it's crucial that designers keep technology in service of the people it is intended to serve.
Learn from cyber-psychologist Dr. Mary Aiken and Simon Segars, CEO of Arm, why it's imperative that we develop a human-centered ethos around new technologies in the session Rebooting Tech for a Human-Centered Approach. Hear from Margaret Stewart, VP of Product Design at Facebook, on the importance of design ethics throughout her career designing at scale for Google, YouTube, and Facebook in the session Able, Allowed, Should: Navigating Design's Complexity, and dive deeper into the design world in the session The Shadow Side of Human Centered Design focusing on what happens when designers fail to create for the whole human experience.
As technology accelerates at an exponential rate, it is essential we ask ourselves, what has happened to us since the dawn of the smartphone, social networking and mobile apps? And more importantly, what will happen to us if we fail to recognize the effects of our technology as we blindly trust designers to build products that integrate with nearly every aspect of our lives. The Ethical Design Trend at SXSW aims to answer these questions and is sure to leave attendees with perspectives challenged.
Stay tuned as we continue to announce more sessions through March. But for now, be sure to add these sessions to your 2018 SXSW Schedule.
Ethical Design Session Highlights
- Able, Allowed, Should: Navigating the Complexity of Modern Design Ethics
- Choice Architects: Design for Humanity's Best Self
- The Designer's Weakness, Understanding Power
- How Do We Ethically Manipulate 2b Minds
- The Shadow Side of Human Centered Design
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