Design Research, Facilitation, and Futures


conferences, panels, soapboxes

I speak at conferences and salons across the world on topics related to design, philosophy, and technology. Specifically, I can talk about my first booksecond book, and/or something related to my research interests:

  • Design philosophy

  • Sustainability

  • Ethical and political dimensions of design

  • Design and activism

  • Participatory design 

  • The role of cunning intelligence 

  • Technology and design criticism

  • Design and the Anthropocene 

My presentations are always provocative and theoretically informed. Contact me if you’d like to book a presentation.


Past Presentations

Information Architecture Summit - San Diego

Information Architecture Summit - Vancouver

Interaction14 - Amsterdam

Interaction17 - NYC

Interaction18 - Lyon

UX Cambridge - Cambridge

Midwest UX - Grand Rapids

DATA 2014 - Pittsburgh

Collaborate Bristol - Bristol

IXDA Oslo - Oslo

HIVE - Seattle

Lean UX 2013 - NYC

Lean UX 2014 - NYC

Lean UX 2015 - NYC

Lean Strategy and Design - NYC

Pitney Bowes Innovation Day - Stamford

FutureM - Boston

NY State Innovation Summit - Albany

IxDA Big Apple Redux - NYC

Webvisions - Portland

Relating Systems Thinking and Design - Toronto

EuroIA - Amsterdam


Persistent Fools: Cunning Intelligence and the Politics of Design

This is a talk based on my second book by the same name. It discusses the relationship between design and deception, along with the use of cunning intelligence to work toward more sustainable design practices.


Critique of Human Centered Design, Or, Decentering Design

I gave this talk for the first time at Interaction 17 as a way to challenge some of the principles of HCD, especially around the role of paradox, politics, and capitalism in design practice. Slides.


Design for Dasein: Understanding the Design of Experiences

This presentation is based on my book, Design for Dasein, which explores the relationship between phenomenology and design. Slides