AHMED ANSARI, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
This talk will cover the politics and ethics for designers working towards a post-capital world. Starting withnew ways of thinking through the creation of more sustainable worlds, attendees will learn about the concept of the artificial as the horizon of probable and possible futures, two logics at work in the ontogenesis of the present artificial, and the concept of ontological multiplicity and plurality—in other words, the different ways of being—.as the basis for anti-capitalist politics and ethics in design.
FLOW BOHL, BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
What emerging nations do to achieve cheap and clean energy is astounding. Bloomberg New Energy Finance produces a report every year with each country's climate score, and the UX team has built the website for it. This talk will cover how the UX team made information regarding cheap and clean energy accessible to a broad audience using the report and website.
THOMAS WENDT, SURROUNDING SIGNIFIERS.
The current global crisis highlights the need for new ways of thinking about futures outside the bounds of rationalist thinking, scientific instrumentalization, and global capitalism. It seems quite obvious that the same rationalist thinking that resulted to the current crisis will not be sufficient to counteract it. So what are the new skills designers need to navigate complexity toward more sustainable futures?
This talk will argue that metis, or the use of cunning intelligence to adapt to unforeseen variables, is one of the most important, albeit underdeveloped, skills for designers working on future scenarios. Metis is often associated with trickster archetypes from Greek mythology, such as Prometheus and Hermes, to modern fictional characters such as Pozzo from Waiting for Godot or Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to real individuals such as The Situationists and (arguably) 4chan trolls. All of these figures are characterized by their ability to act without planning, to adapt to a multitude of potential situations, comfort with not knowing the future, and the ability to provoke—often through the use of pranks, propaganda, and direct intervention—for the purpose of presenting alternate ways of thinking about the future.
As designers working on issues as large as climate change, social justice, and crumbling civilization. the use of cunning intelligence to adapt to changing circumstances and cleverly outsmart power forces working against them becomes increasingly important. Logic, reason, and rationalism will simply not suffice to resist unsustainability.
The trouble with cunning intelligence, however, is that it is often positions itself as ethically neutral. The trickster lacks concern with the the future, and thus is not bothered with whether an action is right or wrong but only with whether it sustains existence or intervenes on an established belief that needs rethinking. So in addition to exploring the role of cunning intelligence for complex design challenges, I will also formulate a means for articulating the use of metis in sustainable, responsible ways. Examples of cunning in action will be pulled from both active design projects and theory.
Material for this presentation is based on research completed for my second book, Persistent Fools: Cunning Intelligence and the Politics of Design.
CHENNY XIA & MARKUS GRUPP, THE PROSPER LAB
Using the designer's mindset and toolset that we rely on daily, we tackled the wicked problem of reducing poverty in East Toronto. In this talk, we'll explore how we used our capabilities to transform our community.
We'll share our story of how we've helped low-income individuals find employment, housing, or go back to school. By building safe and inclusive learn-by-doing environments, we created real-life learning opportunities to build the critical soft-skills, confidence, and support they needed to rise above poverty.
LISA HUANG, FLIGHTGOLD, INC.
Last year, mobile and tablet internet usage exceeded desktop for the first time worldwide. With over 50% of your users on their phones, is your web app optimised for them?
This talk will look under the hood and show how AMP optimizes mobile web performance with resource allocation, invisible ink, sandbox iFrames, and more. Attendees will learn about what makes AMP pages lightning fast on mobile and get up and running with a code demo.
Attendees will learn first-hand about how AMP addresses mobile user pains, how to build a valid AMP page, and future AMP integration with progressive web apps.
As we grow to expect more accessibility in our daily lives—from ordering groceries to hailing a taxi—technology has proven to be extremely efficient at eliminating physical limitations to our common problems. Notifications replace daily newspaper deliveries, emails replace receipts, and virtual clouds replace boxes of photographs. At first glance, this seems like a natural way to build a more sustainable world. However, rather than leveraging our power to create minimal solutions for hard problems, we gorge ourselves on this seemingly limitless space. We create 300 hours of YouTube content, 510,000 Facebook comments, and 350,000 tweets every minute. While these can seem harmless, this endless outpouring of content has an impact as well. For example, it is estimated by Twitter developers that a single tweet generates a tiny .02 grams of carbon dioxide. That tiny puff gets blown into 7,000 grams in a single minute which becomes 420,000 grams in an hour and 10,080,000 grams in a day (11 U.S. tons).
The buildup of all this material has an impact beyond the carbon that is produced by the servers that stores it. It has an impact on us: we lose track of what matters and what we should save.
Reducing our impact won’t happen overnight. It is a conscious decision that must take place every day. Minimizing one’s impact is a way of life. This talk will discuss practical ways to turn sustainability into day-to-day decisions and how the patterns of a single person can make a difference. It will cover technologies that make digital cleanup easy, and simple ways to organize overwhelming content, including Google Drive and email).