It turns out that some of the most awesome uses of design and technology are things that many of us have never heard of, and will probably never need ourselves. For example, there’s an app that allows blind people to identify denominations of paper money by taking a photo. There’s an online service for inmates that lets them save up to 90% off the outrageously priced long distance calls from prison phones. And there’s even an organization that helps indigenous communities in Guyana track and report illegal logging and mining on their land using satellites and Google Earth. These are just a few examples of how design can be used to make people’s lives better. Designers naturally tend to focus on our own problems, because those are the ones we know (how many different apps are there to get food delivered to our front door?). But there are many problems in the world other than our own, and a little bit of design could go a long way toward making someone’s life easier.
Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and web developer based in Calgary, Alberta. She frequently speaks and gives workshops on responsive design and user experience, and also teaches in the web developer fast track program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).
Clarissa is the author of Learning Responsive Web Design: A Beginner's Guide (O'Reilly Media). Currently she works as a UX manager at ICE Health Systems.
Doors open at 6:30pm
Talk begins at 7pm
This is event is free for AIGA Members. $10 for non-members.