Last year I was honored to be invited to speak at the first Silicon Valley UXD meetup held at the Hacker Dojo in Sunyvale. SV UXD is a group of about 880 designers, developers and PMs that come together to learn and grow in their understanding of user experience.
This talk was unique in that it focused on the psychological aspects of how we view ourselves and our work a bit more than how we interact with others. I talked a bit about pride and fear and how they can paralyze us if we don't maintain a vulnerability and a disposable mindset around what we design. I also talked a bit about how important data is when meetings with stakeholders get emotional, and that anyone can gather insights from users.
The founder of SV UXD made the following comments about my talk
Lance is a versatile designer that thinks of all aspects of the project. His talk on Open Design sheds light on some of the biggest challenges design teams face and how these challenges can be overcome." Alex Shirazi, Founder of UXD Silicon Valley
In summary, I received some great feedback from a designer just graduating from a General Assembly bootcamp as well as Sr. designers working at large companies. They agreed that an open design philosophy will result in better output and fulfillment in our companies and should be adopted by everyone everywhere.