According to our user research, you want a conference program that offers practical information (tools, techniques, and take-aways that you can bring back to the office), and you’re motivated by these three themes:
- Proving Value, Measuring Outcomes
- Partnering Outside Design
- Change Management
The DesignOps Summit’s two-day main program (October 23-24) is designed with those needs in mind. And our six day-long workshops (October 25) delve even more deeply into the topics you’ll need to develop modern Design and Research Operations.
—Dave Malouf, Kristin Skinner, Abby Covert, & Lou Rosenfeld (program chairs)
Looking for an opportunity for deep design learning? We’re offering six transformational day-long workshops at the DesignOps Summit in New York City on October 25.
- Creating Career Ladders for DesignOps with Brennan Hartich and Amanda Weisfeld
- ResearchOps 101: How to Get ResearchOps Off the Ground with Kate Towsey
- Understand and Change Your Work Culture Through Meetings with Kevin M. Hoffman
- Operating Design Systems: Curating a Product, Serving Products with Nathan Curtis
- Design Your Design Organization with Peter Merholz and Kristin Skinner
- Design Operations and Program Management with Jacqui Frey
We’re offering three scholarships to deserving designers, researchers, and students to attend the upcoming DesignOps Summit 2019 in New York City, October 23-24.
Design professionals from underserved groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please answer these questions before midnight ET, July 25 to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2019 DesignOps Summit. Your response won’t be shared with anyone aside from our judges and Rosenfeld Media staff.
—Lou Rosenfeld and the DesignOps Summit 2019 team
Note: We will reimburse expenses up to $700USD for those traveling from outside NYC or $1200USD internationally.
Purchase your ticket to the third DesignOps Summit before July 9 to take advantage of the best price we’ll offer—Save up to $650.
DesignOps Summit is the first conference dedicated to showing design leaders how to create design capacity that keeps pace with change. Our first conference (November 2017 in New York City) sold out. In 2018, we returned to New York for another sold out event. View the program from last year’s conference here. Visit our YouTube channel for recordings of all presentations.
The third DesignOps Summit will take place in Brooklyn, October 23-25—typically lovely, crisp fall days in New York City. We’ll convene for the main conference (October 23-24) at the brand new auditorium in CityTech’s New Academic Complex in Downtown Brooklyn. The conference venue is accessible to Manhattan via subway or taxi, and walkable from the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge. The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge—a five-minute walk from the conference venue—is the official DesignOps Summit Hotel. We’ve arranged a discounted rate for a limited number of guest rooms (first come, first served). We’ve also arranged for a block of rooms at the nearby Sheraton Brooklyn, also at a discounted rate. Book by September 30, 2019.
A variety of sponsors will host our day-long workshops in various New York locations on October 25. Interested in being a host sponsor? We’d love to talk.
HOW TO KEEP UP WITH THE DESIGNOPS SUMMIT
Presentation recordings are available on YouTube, speaker decks are now all posted to Slideshare, MJ Broadbent’s lovely-as-always sketch notes, and tripnotes by Stephen Wolf are now all available from the conference program page.
DesignOps Summit pre-launch tickets are now available. Save up to $650 off the regular price.
Pre-launch tickets are the best price we offer, and we only make 200 available. Register for a two-day conference ticket, or add a workshop and join us for all three days. Pre-launch pricing is limited to the first 200 tickets sold, or through July 9 (whichever comes first).
The conference sold out last year, and we anticipate the same in 2019.
The DesignOps Summit is for you if your organization needs to:
- Build design culture and operations without stifling innovation
- Design workflow management that saves you time and frees up mindshare
- Find tools that activate better collaboration across teams
- Develop processes for recruiting, on-boarding, and retention that set your designers and researcher up for success
You’ll mingle with and learn from industry pioneers who’ve already built fast-growing design operations at companies like Capital One, GE, Pinterest, WeWork, Atlassian, Autodesk and beyond. You’ll spend three days learning and networking in an intimate setting with over 700 forward-thinking design leaders like you. You’ll head home with new approaches, tools, and connections to build effective systems, on-boarding programs, and workflows for your team.
JUST MAKE ME A DASHBOARD!
Up-leveling Enterprise Data Visualizations
“Make it sexy!” “Add some animated gauges!” “What about a dark theme?”
Have you ever been tasked with designing a mission critical, innovative, exciting dashboard? By tomorrow? sigh…
It is hard to tell, but these directives are actually a cry for help. Your organization is begging for great data visualization and you’re just the one to save them. Our workshop will arm you with the superpowers necessary to bring innovative, exciting and usable dashboards, reports and analytics to your products.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Behind most enterprise applications, there is a mind-blowing amount of information. With tools available today – from PowerPoint to code libraries to BI software – anyone can visualize data. But the tools don’t know what your users need. It’s up to us to make sure our data visualizations answer these questions:
Is it useful? Is it understandable? Is this what users want or need to know (and at the right time)? Do they have the information they need to take action?
You have to know who you are trying to reach and what they need to know or do before you decide how to use data that you have.
Learning the fundamentals of data visualization can help you up-level your data visualizations and dashboards and use any of your tools more effectively to communicate data in a way that people can quickly and clearly understand, and use.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Designers, front end developers, product managers, their leadership, and anyone interested in learning tool-agnostic fundamentals of effective data visualization design and user validation. This workshop is not for anyone looking to learn how to use a specific data visualization tool.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
In this hands-on workshop (with prizes!), Theresa Neil and Jes Reynolds will cover the fundamentals of designing and testing charts and visualizations to help you up-level your data visualizations for dashboards, reports and analytics tools.
You’ll learn about:
- The difference between explanatory & exploratory visualizations
- General guidelines and best practices
- How to choose the right chart
- Using color effectively
- Data visualization accessibility
- Tips for testing data visualizations
- Resources for tools and inspiration
Then you get to put all the fundamentals into practice, win some prizes, and have some fun tearing apart and fixing some egregious dashboards. (Some of these are baaaaad.) And did we mention there are prizes? Register.
Thanks for your interest in presenting at the DesignOps Summit! The conference takes place in Brooklyn, NY, USA October 23-25. We’d love to hear your ideas—ranging from case studies to toolkits to inspirational stories—and especially want to hear from members of under-represented communities.
The submission deadline is EOD Monday, May 27. Please note: required fields are marked by an asterisk—and the more information you provide, the better. Apply here.
Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve launched a new series of “Rosenfeld Questions” – short videos with Lou and other guests that answer topical questions. Give them a watch and let us know what topics you’d like to see covered!
Videoconferences (and past recordings) are available for free to all Enterprise Experience Community members. Join here for invitations.
Our guest, Cheryl Platz, applies her extensive experience as a professional improv performer and educator to her design work in “unexpected” ways. Improv is more than a performance technique – it’s a mindset that helps us energetically embrace constraints and uncertainty. Join Cheryl for a Q&A session to ask questions about Cheryl’s DesignOps Summit 2018 improv talk, questions about improv theory, or how to apply improvisational techniques to your storytelling and facilitation.
Cheryl Platz is a principal interaction designer whose work on emerging technologies has reached millions of customers across multiple industries. Her professional passions include natural user interfaces, applied storytelling in design and research, and taming complexity in any manifestation. As a Principal UX Designer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she is tasked with exploring and improving the Foundation’s employee experience around the world. Past employers include Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Azure, Cortana), Electronic Arts (The Sims), Griptonite Games (Disney Friends), Disney Parks (PhotoPass), and MAYA Design. In her free time, as Principal Designer and owner of design education company Ideaplatz, Cheryl shares her experience with conferences and companies worldwide – providing designers with the skills needed to work thoughtfully (and responsibly) with emerging technologies. Cheryl is also a professional actress and improvisor: as a member of the Unexpected Productions ensemble and teaching faculty for over a decade, she’s entertained and inspired tens of thousands of audience members.