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David Dylan Thomas

Founder, CEO, David Dylan Thomas, LLC

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About David Dylan Thomas

David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias, creator and host of The Cognitive Bias Podcast, and a twenty-year practitioner of content strategy and UX, has consulted major clients in entertainment, healthcare, publishing, finance, and retail.

As the founder and CEO of David Dylan Thomas, LLC he offers workshops and presentations on inclusive design and the role of bias in making decisions.

He has presented at TEDNYC, SXSW Interactive, Confab, An Event Apart, LavaCon, UX Copenhagen, Artifact, IA Conference, IxDA, Design and Content Conference, Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise, and the Wharton Web Conference on topics at the intersection of bias, design, and social justice.

What if people weren’t the product? Building a web that loves humanity

MLK said, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society.” As practitioners, what is our role in that shift?

We'll explore that question by looking at how thing-oriented design differs from person-oriented design. How might engagement, or our definition of it, perpetuate the very systems of oppression we dreamed the web might end? What if entering into a dialogue with Indigenous design could allow us to imagine a web that cares about people more than it cares about money?

These are big swings, but it's about time we took them.

Attendees will…

  • Understand how business models based on engagement can cause major societal harm.
  • Understand how Siksika and Wendat approaches to society building point to a healthier approach to web building.
  • Learn why it's hard to think about the big picture on the job and real-world examples of people who figured out a way to make a difference anyway.
  • Get inspired to use your own values as a compass to build a better world and a better web.

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