While in the Windy City, we were blown away by the presenters and their dialogue around how they are challenging the status quo and breaking down barriers. Here’s a recap of the conversations that stood out:
- How does your vehicle interact with your daily life? Sebastian Gier, senior designer, strategic design and user experience for BMW Design Group, urged attendees to consider human-centered design in autonomous vehicles and future mobility.
- Yoojin Hong, vice president of user experience at Samsung, discussed how foldable displays are inevitable in future mobile devices and shared how to design for optimal accessibility. She encouraged attendees not to be afraid or limit themselves—there is always a way.
- Designers should continue to keep sustainability at the forefront. According to Chris Jackson, founder and director of We Create Futures, any vision of the future that doesn’t include the environment should be tossed in the trash bin.
- What is it about design that adds charisma to the mix? Brett Lovelady, founder and CEO of ASTRO Studios, shared humanizing principles for artificial intelligence (AI).
- Marcelle van Beusekom, design director of IDEO, introduced the audience to a reimagined Swarovski chandelier incorporating LED technology with very compact dimensions.
- J Mays, vice president of global design and chief design officer at Whirlpool, wrapped up the conference by talking about the emotion within design. He also discussed how craftsmanship is a culture and is part of everyone’s job.