Diversity and Inclusion in Design
You are cordially invited to join us for our 69th event as part of the inaugural World Interaction Design Day under the global theme of Diversity and Inclusion in Design, where we will be discussing with Ushahidi's Eriol Fox, hailing from Bristol/UK, and Marley Spoon's Quinn Keast from Berlin.
If you aren’t able to make it at 7pm, please join us as usual, for some post event drinks and mingling at Reingold, Novalisstr. 11, 10115 Berlin, just around the block – here's a map.
We're looking forward to seeing you to share in an evening of talks and chats,
Breaking unintended barriers in your workplace for more inclusive teamsQuinn Keast, Senior UX/UI Designer at Marley Spoon
As UX designers, we advocate for accessibility in our products, services, and experiences every day. But we often overlook our own workplaces. To make our teams and workplaces more inclusive for everyone, we need to be aware of the unintended barriers that we create for our current and potential employees who have physical or mental disabilities — which have surprising parallels to familiar concepts in UX. As a UX designer with hearing loss, Quinn will explore some of these barriers in connection to his own experiences, and share how we're uniquely positioned to take an active role in removing barriers in our workplaces to build stronger teams.
Diverse representations in design and awkward conversations with colleaguesEriol Fox, UX & Product Designer at Ushahidi
Even if inclusion is at the front of your mind, it's difficult to feed that into creative work, especially if you're the only one and doubly so if you have to convince your users as well as your colleagues.
When working in design and user experience, people that need accessible and inclusive products of experiences often get referred to as 'edge cases' and subsequently pushed out of scope. It's never easy to convince bosses or colleagues that aren't themselves 'edge cases' to take the time and spend the resource caring for those that need more diverse design and representation in our visuals. Covering real-life past examples of frustrations from projects that didn't go so well, ones that did go well and how I work as much diversity and inclusivity into my work as I can possibly get away with now with the hope to not only make it the standard approach from the companies and people that I work with, but also for the customers and end-users that are not the edge cases, to consider that products, services and marketing should be representative for and of everyone, not just them.
About our speakers
Quinn KeastQuinn has 9 years of experience in UX and design, and recently relocated to Berlin from Canada for the role of Senior UX/UI Designer at Marley Spoon. Quinn started his career as a designer with a leading branding and design agency, then joined a major non-profit environmental conservancy, where he lead UX strategy and design. He also co-founded Caribou, a UX consultancy, where he worked with startups and organizations across the country to create better user experiences through research, strategy, and design.
Eriol FoxEriol is a product designer at the global non-profit organisation Ushahidi working on the end-to end process of design practice for digital products. From research, ideation through to visual execution, they focus on user centered design and research that is inclusive of marginalised folks by default.
With 10 years of experience as a professional designer Eriol has worked in-house at large corporates that have dealt in Electronics, Insurance, Risk Management, Housing and start-up applications. They have provided freelance work for non-profits and community groups and is actively involved in various non-profits from environmental the arts to LGBTQ+ issues. They also sit on the advisory board for a local Women's Tech Hub.