Wallpaper group type p6m
Wallpaper group type p6m (source: Wikipedia Commons)

Register now for the O’Reilly Design Conference, which will be held January 19-22, 2015, in San Francisco.

When reviewing the schedule for the O’Reilly Design Conference, you may wonder what shoe shopping with elders and the fisheries business have to do with design. Design’s impact is felt in every corner of our lives. And as a result, if you’re a designer you need to know more about more.

Remaining true to our roots, the O’Reilly Design Conference is all about learning new skills and bringing together different voices. We’ve planned several days of training for designers who want to increase their skill sets and widen their perspectives, including sessions on voice, industrial design, design thinking, prototyping, and running design reviews together with sessions like  creative coding, and discussions on data, ethics, and privacy. Our program emphasizes the full stack of skills designers need to work smarter.

The keynotes we’ve lined up for Thursday and Friday morning will provide new perspectives, and a sense of how design is impacting business and society. You’ll hear designers talk about their experiences in the VC world and what it’s like when the experiences you craft live in both the physical and the digital worlds. After lunch on Thursday and Friday, the program gets broad. Whether you come for the conference, workshops, or intensive training days — or all three — I’ve laid out a few themes that can help to shape the sessions you choose to attend.

Here are some possible learning paths:

  • I want to learn how to design for the digital and physical world
  • I want to learn how to manage, lead, and have a larger impact within my organization
  • I want to learn how to learn how to work effectively in cross discipline teams.
  • I want to learn how to be better at user research and using data to create better products
  • I want to learn how to apply my design skills to societal issues

I want to learn how to design for digital and physical:

Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Friday, January 22

I want to learn how to manage, lead, and have a larger impact within my organization:

Tuesday, January 19

Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Friday, January 22

I want to learn how to learn how to work effectively in cross discipline teams:

Tuesday, January 19

Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Friday, January 22

I want to learn how improve my user research skills and use data to create products people love:

Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Friday, January 22

I want to learn how to apply my design skills to societal issues:

Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Friday, January 22

In addition to the workshops, trainings, and sessions listed above, we’ve got a great panel for those of you thinking about starting your own company someday. Come listen to the Design and Venture Capital Panel and learn what VCs look for when making investment decisions.

We’ll also have a full program on voice design: we have several talks dedicated to this emerging space, including Abi Jones discussing speech recognition in How we talk and how machines listen, and Karen Kaushanky’s talk, I hear voices: Explorations of multi-device experiences with conversational assistants, as well as a half-day workshop on Voice UI from Tanya Kraljik.

See you at Fort Mason!

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