Designing for a Global Culture

Fece36d125415ab447e902f9f0aa8764?s=47 Jeff Parks
April 26, 2012

Designing for a Global Culture

The lines humanity has drawn in the dirt that we call borders are vanishing! The need to learn about and respect the differences in all cultures is central to our professional development and acceptance of deliverables. We are no longer designing for our boss or the corporation. Our focus should be on creating experiences that demonstrate the values others hold dear - especially those that may differ from our own fundamental beliefs. This very much includes what we frame as being “good” design, or what is ethically correct in the eyes of our collective global audience. A daunting challenge perhaps, but one that reveals benefits that exceed traditional measures allowing for the creation of ubiquitous designs for people - not machines.

Sharing personal and professional experiences from his own work with people from South Africa, Jamaica, the Ivory Coast, France, Korea, Brazil, Canada, and the United States - in addition to Fortune 500 business leaders the world over - Jeff will share the latest in Neurological research that binds us across all cultures, along with conversations he’s lead with thought leaders over the past five years, and how humility and the desire to continue learning from a variety of resources will result in gaining buy-in with decision makers in any corporation.

Drawing on over a decade of experience in the health care services working with kids in gangs, pre-kindergarten children with learning disabilities, and adults with acquired brain injuries - in addition to leading conversations through podcasts with thought leaders in IA, IxD, UX, and HCI over the past five years - Jeff Parks will share a series of stories drawing on his own professional experiences in design and mentoring that shift the conversation from “Defining The Damn Thing” to the essence of every successful design - people.


Jeff Parks

April 26, 2012