Title: Designing a New American Dream: Thoughts on Inclusion, Durability, and Play
Speaker: August de los Reyes, Varo
Date: November 8
Time:11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Gates B03
Inclusive Design is becoming commonplace in 21st century design product design approaches. This talk illustrates how one design experienced a life-changing accident, and how this event brought inclusive design into the design agenda of one on the world's technology companies-and how a personal career journey has evolved Inclusive Design beyond the realm of accessibility. Drawing from elements of game design-no, not gamification-this talk delves into how the core elements of play, combined with inclusive design, can be harnessed for more productive and satisfying everyday experiences.
August de los Reyes is a designer dedicated to harnessing technology for human well-being. He is the Chief Design Officer for Varo, a company on track to become the first all-mobile national bank in US history. Prior to Varo, August was most recently Director of User Experience at Google leading the Ecosystem Design team within the Search and Google Assistant organization, a portfolio which included initiatives as broad-ranging as Food Ordering, Multi-modal Frameworks, and Ambient Computing. August has also led teams at Pinterest and Microsoft, where he spent over a decade helping pioneer multi-touch interfaces, new ways of measuring emotion, and, most recently, helping to break ground for Inclusive Design in the digital arena. August holds an MDesS with distinction from Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.