Diversity as a source of innovation
workshop – 90 min | Feb 4 – 13:00
Humans have been at the center of design practices for a long time. Although product makers and designers have always sought to understand their customers, they often miss an opportunity. In this participatory session we will uncover how exclusion is designed into experiences today and the Inclusive methodologies available to remove barriers, increase access, and, create adaptive systems for one or seven billion.
About the speaker
Margaret focus on the intersection of technology, human insights, and, design inspiration as a Principal Design Strategist at Microsoft. Margaret has a background in philosophy - studying human nature and monitoring the cultural landscape to identify areas for creative and strategic growth. Her passion for identifying latent human needs and fueling empathy, creativity, and, experimentation has taken her to over 40 countries. Margaret is currently helping to create, evolve, and, scale the Inclusive Design practice at Microsoft. Most recently, Margaret collaborated with a series of industry experts to create a documentary about Inclusive Design and the importance of understanding, designing for, and embracing human diversity. Her strategy is featured in the Inclusive Toolkit which was recently awarded by IXDA and nominated as a FastCO World Changing Idea. Her curriculum has been taught in Universities worldwide.