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The 1st annual online, live UX conference

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Rosenfeld Media and Environments for Humans bring together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the UX Futures Summit 2014! Bring the experts to your desktop November 5th from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

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November 5, 2014 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Design to the Power of Ten 9am CT

by Andy Polaine, Service and Interaction Design Consultant

From a single interaction to world peace, what are the limits of design?

A poorly designed touchpoint can make or break a service. Shifts in society, technology or politics can open up or close down entire industries. As designers tackle an ever-broader range of problems and projects, the complexity needing to be tackled increases by orders of magnitude.

Much like the famous 1968 Eames' film, The Powers of Ten, designers need to be able to switch back and forth between different levels of magnitude. The boundaries between these levels will be the most interesting future areas for designers to work in, but also potentially dangerous. They represent not only interfaces between products and services, but also systems, cultures, countries, beliefs.

What are the impacts of designing at different levels or of ignoring the surrounding levels? Andy Polaine, co-author of Service Design: From Insight to Implementation, will explain how design teams can move up, down and across layers and levels to understand complexity and project scope. Using examples from single interactions to global security, Andy will explain the implications of designing at each level and the opportunities and challenges service designers will face in the future.

About Andy Polaine

Dr. Andy Polaine is a service and interaction design consultant, writer and educator. Involved in interaction design since the early 90s, he was co-founder of the award-winning new media group, Antirom, in London. He has been a creative producer at Razorfish, UK and was Interactive Director at Animal Logic, Sydney. Andy was head of the School of Media Arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney before moving to Germany, where he now lives. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney in which he examined the relationship between play and interactivity.

Over the years he has worked on projects for a wide range of clients, including BBC Worldwide, ABC Australia, The Science Museum, NatWest Bank, Razorfish, University of New South Wales, The Omnium Research Group, magneticNorth, Massive Interactive, Animal Logic, Poke, Alex Proyas, AstraZeneca, NortonHealthcare, Live|Work, RiverSimple, Levi Strauss & Co., VW Germany, Telenor, Crich International School, Proto Partners, Optus, Launchlabs; Three UK. He regularly gives presentations and workshops for conferences and businesses.


A World Made of Information 10am CT

by Abby Covert, Independent Information Architect

Not too far into the distant future, everything from our current existence that can be digitized will have been. Every traditional organizational model will have been tested to the ends of its limits. Every business, organization and individual will be expected to keep up with the wave of change that information will have inflicted. No one will have escaped.

Structures that make complex ecosystems more understandable will become even more necessary to combat dis/misinformation and create social momentum. We will slowly and methodically have to reinvent every single policy, process and tool across every community, industry and medium to deal with our new digital reality.

To do this responsibly, we will learn and expand the use of an ever growing and changing set of concepts and principles called information architecture. We will use the practice of IA to cut through a minefield of change and consequence. We will use IA to pour understanding, clarity and consensus like concrete to be built upon. We will create a truly new world. A world made of information.

In this talk Abby Covert will discuss how we can best architect information for this new world. She will also provide a critique of similar concepts that were prominently used in recent past.

About Abby Covert

Abby prides herself on being an active organizer and mentor within the design community. She holds credit for inventing World Information Architecture Day. World IA Day 2014 served 24 locations and more then 2500 attendees globally. Abby was recently elected as the President of the Information Architecture Institute.

Abby teaches at Parsons the New School, The School of Visual Arts, General Assembly and Hyper Island. She has guest lectured for NYU, Miami Ad School and the University of Michigan School of Information. She has additionally appeared as a speaker at RE:Design Brooklyn, Interaction12 Dublin, IXDA NYC Redux12, Wharton Web Conference 12, Search Love 2013 (Boston/London) World IA Day 2013 NYC and World IA Day 2014 Ann Arbor, Business Insider NYC Startup Conference 2013 and Midwest UX 2011 & 2013.


What If It Turns Out Steve Jobs Wasn't an Alien? 11am CT

by Steve Krug, Author of Don't Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery

Steve Krug has always tried to make it clear that he's no authority on what's going to happen next.

For instance, as far back as 2000 in the first edition of Don't Make Me Think he wrote (in the list of things you wouldn't find in the book):

"Predictions for the future of the Web. Your guess is as good as mine. The only thing I'm sure of is that (a) most of the predictions I hear are almost certainly wrong, and (b) the things that will turn out to be important will come as a surprise, even though in hindsight they'll seem perfectly obvious."

In spite of this, Steve will suspend his disbelief and ruminate about where UX might be headed (what kind of input channels will be most useful when fleeing zombies, for instance), and what the possible futures suggest we might want to start doing/learning now so we're ready. Well, as ready as we can be.

About Steve Krug

Biography forthcoming.


Interaction Design Lessons Literally from the Future 1pm CT

by Nathan Shedroff, Serial Entrepreneur, Experience Designer, Business Strategist

How will we communicate with each other, over multiple devices and media, as technology advances? How will we work post-Siri? Will we literally fall in love with our technology? Will we plug-in directly and work more efficiently?

The future is constantly unfolding, both for technology and society. Yet, we have many visions of the many possible futures being constructed that are surprisingly deep and more than mere glimpses. Some designers are already tackling yet-to-come challenges in interaction design and these offer us not only insight into where things could go but lessons we can use today, in our very real work.

About Nathan Shedroff

How will we communicate with each other, over multiple devices and media, as technology advances? How will we work post-Siri? Will we literally fall in love with our technology? Will we plug-in directly and work more efficiently?

The future is constantly unfolding, both for technology and society. Yet, we have many visions of the many possible futures being constructed that are surprisingly deep and more than mere glimpses. Some designers are already tackling yet-to-come challenges in interaction design and these offer us not only insight into where things could go but lessons we can use today, in our very real work.

Nathan Shedroff, co-author of Rosenfeld Media?s Make It So, will illuminate some of the best lessons found from seven-year-plus year exploration into SciFi interfaces and their impact on interaction today.


Expanding our Expectations of ‘Everyone’ 2pm CT

by Margot Bloomstein, Author of Content Strategy at Work

Content strategy both champions and makes possible the idea that "everyone is a publisher." New platforms and approaches to collaboration let us reframe the conversation beyond traditional book publishing. But with challenges to net neutrality and inconsistent network connectivity in the developing world, do we need to limit our definition of "everyone" to just the white and wealthy world and the more cutting-edge businesses it spawns?

Maybe that's the case today, but today is the mirror of realism. The future is the undefined outcome of optimism—and we have many reasons to be optimistic.

Looking at emerging examples from modern business culture, Silicon Valley investment strategies, and communication trends beyond the United States, Margot Bloomstein will map out challenges and opportunities for publishing in the coming decades.

The author of Content Strategy at Work: Real-World Stories to Strengthen Every Interactive Project, Bloomstein will explore how content strategy will work in the future to aid the changing face of publishing. Who will practice it? Will power align with technology, quality, perspective, or a combination of all three? And how will we define "publishing," anyhow?

About Margot Bloomstein

Margot Bloomstein is the author of Content Strategy at Work (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012) and principal of Appropriate, Inc., a Boston-based brand and content strategy consultancy. She crafts brand-appropriate user experiences to help organizations engage their audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity through both traditional and social media. A featured speaker at SXSW, Margot speaks around the world about enriching interactive engagements with content strategy. Recent engagements include the HOW Interactive Design Conference, CS Forum Helsinki, IA Summit, Content Marketing World, Confab, and Web 2.0. She also teaches brand-driven content strategy in Columbia University?s graduate program in strategic communications. Find her blogging infrequently at Appropriate, Inc. and tweeting prolifically at @mbloomstein.


UX: The First 50 Years 3pm CT

by Jesse James Garrett, Author of The Elements of User Experience

Of course, some would argue that UX is as old as humanity itself. But as a discrete field, it's still very new. Let's take a trip into the future, in which we'll all be retired on tropical islands and a new generation is carrying the field forward.

As practitioners new and old look back on the first 50 years of UX, what will they say about how the practice and the industry has evolved? If we extrapolate from current trends in our work, where will that take us? What advances will we have made, and what opportunities will we have missed along the way?

About Jesse Garrett

Jesse James Garrett, Adaptive Path co-founder and author of The Elements of User Experience, will look at the big picture of where we?re all headed, touching on the risks and rewards that may come along the way.


About the UX Futures Summit 2014

Once in a while, it's good to put down your wireframes and stylesheets, step back, and consider the Big Picture. What might design work—and the designed world—look like in 10, 20 or 50 years? What role will we have in shaping that world? And when we look back at the impact of UX—and the success of our own careers—will it be with pride or regret?

We've asked six brilliant thought leaders—each from very different corners of the UX world—to consider the future. Their talks will take you back and forth in time—and will inspire you to design for the future, and to design the future itself.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

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