6-8 September 2017, McGrath Centre, St. Catharine's College

Designing for good, and the subtle art of not killing anyone

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Jonny Rae-Evans

Reason Digital

About this Case Study

In light of the shift in politics and public opinion sweeping across the United States and Europe in recent years, it's of no surprise to see more and more designers pursuing a career in ethical design.

"Tech for good" is no longer merely a niche topic, and instead we're finally seeing the great impact that ethical design can have upon people's lives.

However, "designing for good" is often synonymous with "designing for the vulnerable" and with that comes a weight of responsibility. If a designer on a tech for good project makes a mistake, it isn't a case of a client losing some money, or a company losing brand appeal, but it could actually result in a loss of life.

This session will explore what it means to be a user experience designer in the tech for good sector, how to approach designing for vulnerable people, and how to avoid killing anyone. It'll also touch upon the Warrior Down project, an app to help people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, as a case study.

About the Speaker

Jonny Rae-Evans is Head of Design & UX at Reason Digital, and co-founder of Tech for Good Live, a podcast and event series about using digital to do good.

He heads up the design team at Reason Digital, an agency that has worked exclusively over the the past 9 years, creating digital solutions that have a positive social and environmental impact, working with clients such as Bentley CSR, Alzheimer's Research UK and Age UK. Jonny has a wealth of design experience working with clients across a variety of industries and sectors including education, sports, travel, retail and finance.

An active member of the design community, Jonny has been published in Creative Bloq and hosts the annual Manchester Behance Portfolio Review. Jonny also mentors a group of students on the Manchester Metropolitan University design and development degree programmes.

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