COPENHAGEN SEP 29-30, 2021

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Program

SEP 28

Studio tours, Museums, and Meet-ups

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8:00 - 9:00

Coffee & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30
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Ingrid Haug

Design Matters

Co-founder

Opening talk

Ingrid will introduce the 3 themes of Design Matters 21:

POST-PANDEMIC DESIGN
How did the Post-pandemic change our design practice, influence our creativity, and what did it teach us?

COLORS!
What does color mean in design and how can colors be used in new and exciting ways? How do we deal with skin color and diversity in design?

THE DESIGN CODE
Generative design, AI-driven design, algorithmic design, and design systems are the new black for digital designers.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
9:30 - 10:00
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Pablo Stanley

Illustrator, Cofounder & CEO

Blush Design

Atomic illustration design systems

Illustrations are emerging as a vital part of the user experience of a product, as they help tell your brand story, articulate and communicate your values and brand personality. How do you create a successful illustration system, shaping a strong visual identity? How do you decide a core set of principles?

In this talk, Pablo Stanley discusses how the process of creating illustration libraries using the atomic design system method. He walks us through a brief history of illustration and comics in a designer’s creative journey and a look at how illustration has been applied in different products.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
10:00 - 10:30
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Tiffani Jones Brown

Executive Editorial Director

Dropbox

Designing a Virtual First Culture

Like many companies, Dropbox decided to go fully “virtual first” in 2021. Since then, they have been rapidly prototyping experimental processes, practices, and tools to help employees make the shift successfully.

Dropbox’s Executive Editorial Director, Tiffani Jones Brown, will share what teams across Dropbox have learned in their first eight months of remote work. You’ll walk away with insights and tactical tips on staying effective, healthy, and creatively energized in our new era of work

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
10:30 -11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 CHOOSE A NERD SESSION

2 X TALKS

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Joël Van Bodegraven

Product Designer

Adyen
AI Driven Design
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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
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Lisa Apers

Lead Designer

UNDO
How design systems can increase creativity in cross-functional teams
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IN-PERSON & ONLINE

2 X WORKSHOPS

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Rune Madsen & Martin Bravo

Designers and co-founders

Design Systems International
From design rules to design tools
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IN-PERSON ONLY
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Online Workshop

To be announced soon

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 CHOOSE A NERD SESSION

2 X TALKS + NETWORKING

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Kinneret Yifrah

Microcopy expert and UX writer

Nemala
Golden Microcopy: How to help older adults use your product
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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
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2 X WORKSHOPS

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Ulrike Rausch

Type Designer & founder

LiebeFonts
Create you own vector color font
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IN-PERSON ONLY
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Online Workshop

To be announced soon

14:30 - 15:15

Coffee & Cake

15:15 - 15:45
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Stefanie Posavec

Information Designer

Independent

Designing data with a ‘Post-Infographic’ mindset

More than ever, data visualization needs to engage broad audiences, evolve beyond conventional chart types, and move beyond the usual infographics.

Stefanie will use examples from her practice to explore what a ‘post-infographic’ design approach might look like while sharing tips on how to communicate data with a spirit of openness and experimentation.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
15:45 - 16:30
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Vlad Zely

Head of Design

Miro

The Evolution of Work

We are in the middle of forming the new paradigm of work, redefining our process, tools, and work ethics. Everything is new, but not everything is exciting.

The pandemic has given us video-conferencing fatigue, digital burnout, disengagement, and messy tools and procedures.

Companies and teams need to adapt to the new, and constantly changing environment, re-designing their work rituals and approaches, dealing with the new realities, and trying to gain enough resilience for the future. How might organizations survive and thrive in the long run?

Vlad Zely, Head of Design at Miro, the online collaboration whiteboard platform, will share his perspective on the Past and Future of Work while being at the forefront of creating a tool for millions of people across the globe to enable them to collaborate regardless of location.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
16:30 - 18:00

FOOD & DRINKS

18:00 - 19:00
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Sofie Riise Nors

Illustrator & Meme Warrior

Independent

Feminism and satire

Illustrator and writer Sofie Riise Nors consciuously works with ugly drawing lines as a rebellious commentary to society’s expectations of perfection to women. She actually claims that womanhood can be multidimensional: rough and brutal and, at the same time, graceful and kind. While women and femmes enjoy their complex portrayal of their lives, men are left grumpy and confused. How can a woman so “bad” at drawing, claim to be a succesful illustrator?
In her talk about feminism, humor, satire and art, Sofie will explain what it’s like to be a woman – let alone a FEMINIST – artist in the public eye.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
19:00 - 20:00
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Concert

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Enjoy the music!

After an intense day of learning, all you need is music! Whether you prefer to sit back and vibe or to show your moves on the dance floor, this is the right moment to get loose and have some fun!

20:00

PARTY

8:30 - 9:30

Breakfast & coffee

9:30 - 10:00

Welcome back! (Surprise)

10:00 - 10:30
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Thomas Howard

Vice Head of Design

Teenage Engineering

The X-files of Teenage Engineering

Come behind the garage door and find out what makes Teenage Engineering tick.

Known as one of the most exciting engineering collectives in the world, they’re redefining the creative process and bringing together the physical and digital.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
10:30 - 11:00
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Aurélia Durand

Illustrator

Independent

Colors to create inclusivity

From an Instagram post to a bestseller book, Aurelia will share her unexpected journey as an activist artist.

Art has been a way for Aurélia to express what she could not say aloud with words. Her work is a celebration of her afro-descendants roots through proud and empowered colors, and she has found that many people relates to her visual stories and finds themselves represented for the first time.

In her talk, she will also discuss why representation is such an important topic today, and how social media can help underrepresented communities to stay connected and empower subcultures.

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IN-PERSON & ONLINE
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee matters!

11:30 - 12:30 CHOOSE A NERD TRACK

2 X TALKS

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Stig Møller Hansen & Karsten Vestergaard

Designers / Programmers

DMJX
Adding Code To Design: Will It Blend?
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2 X WORKSHOPS

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Workshop

To be announced soon

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Alastair Simpson

VP of Design

Dropbox
Leading with Empathy
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ONLINE ONLY
12:30 - 13:30

LUNCH

13:30 -15:00 Choose a nerd track

2 X talks + Networking

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Alexis Mark

Design Studio

POSE, DECOMPOSE, RECOMPOSE. Reimagining communication formats
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2 x WORKSHOPS

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Nadia Piet

Designer, researcher & founder

AI x Design
Designing adaptive, intelligent, and semi-autonomous systems
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Online Workshop

To be announced soon

15:00 - 15:45

Coffee & Cake

15:45 - 16:15
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Matteo Gratton

Design Advocate

Sketch

Can data and ethics live together?

Putting together a product as designers is a challenge on its own. But what happens when you take ethics, privacy, and data into account? What is the extent of the slippery slope about asking & storing data?

In his talk, Matteo Gratton will take you through practical examples and cases from Sketch and other design products and discuss how designers can look at their process from a privacy perspective.

He will share the story of how Sketch managed to build a collaboration feature that respects users’ data and design ethics, with all the challenges, pitfalls, and learnings.

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16:15 - 16:45
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16:45 - 17:15
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Yesenia Perez-Cruz

UX Director

Shopify

Resilient design systems

Design systems are often positioned as a tool that helps you scale what’s working well today. The obvious risk is that it also makes it more efficient to stay in place— leading to a lack of innovation in your products. A design system shouldn’t be the ceiling for creativity. It should be the floor that teams can build on top of. To do this, design systems need to be resilient: built to change and evolve.

In this talk, Yesenia will share lessons learned from evolving a mature design system, and how to create design systems that are built to adapt. Topics will include system of systems architecture, theming APIs, and shifting the culture around the design system.

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17:15

GOOD BYE BEER

SEP 31

Studio tours, Museums, and Meet-ups

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