Screens take up too much of our time and attention, and we need less intrusive digital products to avoid a tech burnout. We must get rid of attention-stealing clutter, stress-inducing notifications, and addictive time-consuming functions. Let’s create digital products that are less intrusive, with a less visible presence, slower, and help us thrive as human beings! In this theme, we look into how we can create functional and joyful products that will actually make us feel better!
Design + Activism
Design is a powerful tool that can create awareness on difficult topics, gather minorities, and give subcultures a voice. Even though changing human behavior is difficult, we need to move from a user-centric to a society-centric design approach. This theme is about how we can create products that empower people, break taboos, and make a political impact. And how designers can contribute to a movement for positive change.
Are we on the same page?
New tools are changing the way designers work, taking teamwork to an entirely new dimension. Suddenly, everybody is working on the same canvas, and it’s no longer “your design”. We need to figure out how to balance fast collaboration with a deep creative focus. This theme is about the role of the designer, collaboration and leading teams, and how designing together can shape the future of our practice.