MK Geek Night

#34 Sep 24 2020

  • In-person event
  • Talks start 19:30

The Next MKGN will be held on Thursday 24th September. The Live Stream will commence at 19:30BST and should finish at approximately 22:30BST. We'll hold a live Q&A and the end, after all of the speakers have presented.

Topics, speakers & schedule

Timings are approximate

Aarron Walter

Designing For Emotion

Design for delight was the mantra of many teams a decade ago, but our world and the web have since changed, bubbling up a complicated range of emotions in us all. It's time to do more than delight. Let's take a more sophisticated approach to design to address the challenges of our times.

How do we design experiences that build trust with skeptics, address people's fears, and are more inclusive of those who have been left out? Aarron Walter will show you how emotional design—the intersection of design and psychology—can help you and your team design better experiences for all.

About Aarron

Aarron Walter is VP of design publishing at InVision, drawing upon fifteen years of experience running product teams and teaching design to help companies enact design best practices. Aarron founded the UX practice at MailChimp and helped grow the product from a few thousand users to more than 10 million. His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of major corporations, startups and venture capitalist firms. You’ll find Aarron sharing thoughts about design on Twitter @aarron, and as the cohost of the Webby nominated Design Better podcast.

Aarron Walter
VP of content at InVision

Alison Coward

Cultivating Your Remote Team Culture

We’re being forced to work in new ways which is shining a bright light on our cultures and how we communicate and connect.

The technology and tools are widely available, but does our thinking and approach match these new demands for a more fluid and flexible approach?

We need to refresh our understanding of what makes teams work. In this event, Alison will cover how to build and maintain happy, engaged and thriving remote teams in times of change.

About Alison

Alison Coward is the founder of Bracket, a consultancy that partners with ambitious, forward-thinking companies to help them build high-performing team cultures. She is a team culture coach, workshop facilitator, trainer, keynote speaker and author of “Workshop Culture: a guide to building teams that thrive” and “A Pocket Guide to Effective Workshops”. Clients include: Google, Meta, Wellcome and the V&A. With 20 years’ experience working in, leading and facilitating creative teams, Alison is passionate about finding the balance between creativity, productivity and collaboration so that teams can thrive and do their best work together.

Alison Coward
Strategist, trainer and workshop facilitator

Zach Lieberman

Software To Make Art

What would it be like if we could see our voice? How can we paint with code? Zach Lieberman writes software to make art and in this talk, he'll discuss his practice, which includes daily sketching, as well as recent explorations with AR. He will also talk about the School for Poetic Computation, a school he helped found in New York City that explores how we can make poetry with code and electronics.

About Zach

Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher, and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways -- making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming people's silhouettes into music. He's been listed as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code.

Zach Lieberman
Artist and educator
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