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Speakers

Speakers & Slides

Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Download: "Beyond Mobile: Where No Geek Has Gone Before" slides

Josh, @globalmoxie is a designer specializing in mobile design, strategy, and user experience. He's author of Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps (O'Reilly, 2010) and Best iPhone Apps (O'Reilly, 2009). Josh's agency Global Moxie offers design services, strategic consulting, and training to help creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and responsive websites. His clients include AOL, Time Inc, eBay, and many others.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a management consultant at Monitor Group in Cambridge, Mass, and before that, a producer of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

Ilona Hiila

Ilona Hiila

Download: "Content World Domination" slides

Ilona, @IlonaHiila, is the founding partner and the Creative Director at Finland's leading content agency Vapa Media. She is the author of the first Finnish content strategy book "Strateginen ote verkkoon" (SanomaPro, 2012).

At Vapa Media Ilona uses her solid content expertise in aiding clients to encounter their target groups online. As a trend hunter and a specialist in online audiences, she channels her knowledge into turning likes to true fans and further more, content to business value. To add to professional strengths, she's also known as an endless source of ideas and innovations. So…need ideas? You’ve got them!

Karen Holtzblatt

Karen Holtzblatt

Karen, @kholtzblatt is the visionary behind InContext’s unique customer-centered design approach, Contextual Design. Karen is the inventor of Contextual Inquiry — the industry standard for gathering field data to understand how technology impacts the way people work. Most recently, Karen initiated The Cool Project to explore users’ experience of cool products and the rapidly changing role of technology in people’s lives.

Karen co-founded InContext Enterprises in 1992, and has authored the books Contextual Design: Defining Customer Centered Systems, and Rapid Contextual Design. Karen is a member of the CHI Academy (awarded to significant contributors in the Computer Human Interaction Association) and in 2010 received CHI’s first Life Time Award for Practice for her impact on the field. Karen holds a doctorate in applied psychology from the University of Toronto.

Tuomas Husu

Tuomas Husu and Mikko Romppainen

Tuomas, @tuomas and Mikko, @mromppainen are Functionality Architects at Reaktor. Their job is to make sure that the software being built solves real business problems while being easy to use at the same time. They go to see what the users do, draws UIs that they think would help the users to do it, and verify the UIs with their help. Alongside their Top Gun level teams, they ensure that all the details of resulting software are implemented as designed and the users are happy.

Juuso Koponen

Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén

Download: "You should work with data – what every designer can learn from data visualization" slides

Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén, collectively @infomuotoilu, are graphic designers, data visualization specialists and educators. They teach at Aalto ARTS, Lahti Institute of Design, University of Helsinki and elsewhere, run the Informaatiomuotoilu.fi blog and organize the annual Visualizing Knowledge conference. Besides visualization they also dabble extensively in computational design.

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore

Download: "Beyond Pixels" slides

Jonathan Moore, @moore is a designer who lives in code, entrepreneur, and an idea incubator driven to make our world a better place.

After a decade of working with brands at various digital agencies, in 2010 Jonathan founded Style Hatch — a digital shop creating unique premium Tumblr themes — as the product designer alongside a small team in southern California. Currently he is creating Simple Hatch to help businesses unpack their message in bite-sized lessons over email.

Henrik Rydberg

Henrik Rydberg

Henrik, @HenrikRydberg leads User Experience and design at Shapeways, the startup that’s bringing 3D printing to us all — shoppers and designers around the world — and making big waves doing it. He got into 3D printing at Tinkercad which was globally acclaimed for revolutionizing 3D design in a web browser. Henrik has led design in both software and consultancy spaces. Off duty he’s one of the organizers behind IxDA Helsinki, an event and knowledge group for Finnish interaction designers.

Ryan Singer

Ryan Singer

Ryan, @rjs is a leader at 37signals, the makers of Basecamp. He sets direction, designs interfaces, and manages development teams. Ryan worked on the original Basecamp in 2003 when the company was a three-person consultancy. In 2012, after the headcount had grown by ten times, he led and launched a complete redesign of Basecamp. He lives in Chicago and speaks internationally on software product design.

James White

James White

James, @Signalnoise is a Canadian artist and designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the 1-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio where he produces visual artistry for professional and personal projects. He began his career as a designer in 1998 but started drawing way back in 1981 at the age of 4. His creative path has led to him working with clients such as Nike, MTV, Google, Wired, VH1, Kevin Smith, UbiSoft and more. He enjoys colourful stuff, nerdy things, Bezier points and a good metal song.

Program

Main Hall
Second Hall
08:00

Coffee & light breakfast

09:00

Welcome

09:15
Keynote

How To Focus Your Product Design

Ryan Singer

The best product designers bring problems into focus, identify what matters, and cut everything else away. Ryan will share lessons from ten years of experience at 37signals. You'll learn techniques you can apply at your next product review to cut down to the essence of the problem.

Ryan Singer

Ryan, @rjs is a leader at 37signals, the makers of Basecamp. He sets direction, designs interfaces, and manages development teams.

10:00

Break

10:15
Talk

Failceed succeeding through failing

Henrik Rydberg

"Harder better faster stronger" we're required to design. Conventional thinking advices us to win via perfectionism. We've done that—and realized it's time to try something new. So let's take a look at how putting failing at the front and center of your workflow will actually increase our creativity, productivity and sanity. Let's fail harder, better, faster and stronger. Let's failceed!

Henrik Rydberg

Henrik, @HenrikRydberg leads User Experience and design at Shapeways, the startup that’s bringing 3D printing to us all — shoppers and designers around the world.

Hands-on

Reaktor Way of UI Design

Tuomas Husu, Mikko Romppainen

In this hands-on session we will show how we design user interfaces at Reaktor. The participants will create their low fidelity prototypes with pen and paper. No previous knowledge on horses nor space travel is required.

Tuomas Husu and Mikko Romppainen

Tuomas, @tuomas and Mikko, @mromppainen are Functionality Architects at Reaktor. Their job is to make sure that the software being built solves real business problems while being easy to use at the same time.

11:00

Break

11:15
Talk

Content World Domination

Ilona Hiila

Everything we do online revolves around content – whether it's a like, status, form, video or an online shop. No one can stop the content world domination and this speech will dive in to the design and management of great content that will exceed the expectations of your customers. Like they (almost) said in Zero Wing: "All your content are belong to us!".

Ilona Hiila

Ilona, @IlonaHiila, is the founding partner and the Creative Director at Finland's leading content agency Vapa Media. She is the author of the first Finnish content strategy book "Strateginen ote verkkoon" (SanomaPro, 2012).

12:00

Lunch

13:00
Keynote

What Makes Things Cool?

Karen Holtzblatt

This talk provides an overview of the findings from InContext’s extensive field research and survey study with consumers and professionals about what makes products “cool”, including the key elements that product teams need to consider when designing a “cool” user experience. Karen describes The Wheel of Joy and Triangle of Design and their design implications.

Karen Holtzblatt

Karen, @kholtzblatt is the visionary behind Contextual Design and the inventor of Contextual Inquiry. Most recently, Karen initiated The Cool Project to explore users’ experience of cool products and the rapidly changing role of technology in people’s lives.

13:45

Break

14:00
Talk

Beyond Pixels

Jonathan Moore

As designers and creators we have a unique ability to see problems and challenges and craft solutions to improve the way we interact with companies, services and software. It is natural to focus on colors, typography, and aesthetic design that makes up the pixels, but how can we begin to use our design opinions and perspective to create experiences that go beyond pixels?

In Beyond Pixels, Jonathan explores some of the ways that we can use our familiar creative process to help design memorable interactions, approach customers with empathy and add personality and a voice to the projects we work on.

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore, @moore is a designer who lives in code, entrepreneur, and an idea incubator driven to make our world a better place.

14:45

Break

15:15
Talk

Beyond Mobile: Where No Geek Has Gone Before

Josh Clark

Everyday technology is hurtling into the realm of science fiction, even magic, with new devices that are as surprising and delightful as they are useful. Trends are emerging at the hazy edges of the tech universe that hint at the future of computer interfaces beyond mobile, including computers without interfaces at all. Designer Josh Clark, author of "Tapworthy," takes you on an expedition of this final frontier. Learn how smartphones and other sensor-rich devices have changed how we interact with media, with content, and with one another. And discover how we can push the limits of interface design by designing for sensors, not just for screens, to boldly go where no geek has gone before.

Josh Clark

Josh, @globalmoxie is a designer specializing in mobile design, strategy, and user experience. He's author of Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps (O'Reilly, 2010) and Best iPhone Apps (O'Reilly, 2009).

Talk

You should work with data – what every designer can learn from data visualization

Juuso Koponen, Jonatan Hildén

Data visualization is not just an essential skill for today’s designers in itself, but working with visualizations can be a learning experience for all designers. Among the lessons learned from working with data is that design is first and foremost a tool for communication; that some design choices can be demonstratably better than others; and that working with code can open up amazing new possibilities in design.

Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén

Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén, collectively @infomuotoilu, are graphic designers, data visualization specialists and educators. They teach at Aalto ARTS, Lahti Institute of Design, University of Helsinki and elsewhere, run the Informaatiomuotoilu.fi blog and organize the annual Visualizing Knowledge conference. Besides visualization they also dabble extensively in computational design.

16:00

Break

16:30
Keynote

Design Renegade

James White

In order to reach our goals in the upside-down world of graphic design, you need to be a rogue. A misfit. A renegade. James White from the Signalnoise Studio has based his career on doing things outside of the ordinary, turning his back on boardrooms and creative briefs in order to chase his design dreams with vengeance and rock n’ roll. He will be telling his story while discussing personal projects built from love and ambition in his small home office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. These led to him working with respected people all over the world, from his favourite metal band to film juggernaut Kevin Smith. James will talk about chasing your creative path, building your personal body of work, the value of supporting friends, and never forgetting the artist inside.

James White

James, @Signalnoise is a Canadian artist and designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the 1-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio where he produces visual artistry for professional and personal projects.

17:15

Closing

17:30

Cocktails

Accommodation

Accommodation

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HOW TO GET HERE

Getting to Helsinki is easy. Finnair and several other airlines fly straight to Helsinki from numerous cities in North America, Asia, and Europe. Alternatively you can take a train from Moscow or Saint Petersburg, or take a ferry from Tallinn or Stockholm.

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Hotels

Scandic Marski is conveniently located right in the centre of Helsinki. Close to Reaktor's office and all the party places.
Standard single 114€/night, Standard twin/dbl 124€/night
Use code REA051013_001.

Klaus K is a design hotel conveniently located right opposite to Reaktor's office and close to all the party places.
Passion Mystical Mini 140€, Desire 175€/night
Use code REAKTO031013.
rooms@klauskhotel.com

Contact

Contact

image description Karri-pekka laakso Organizer, UI Designer +358 50 505 9880
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