08 August 2018

International line up for Edinburgh Design Conference

Design It; Build It conference returns to Edinburgh in November with an international line up that includes speakers from across the Unites States and Europe.

For the second year, we’ll be welcoming Vibha Bamba from Airbnb to the stage to share best practice from one of the world’s leading tech companies. She’ll be sharing her thoughts on designing with the user in mind.

Vibha will be joined by Aaron Irizarry, Design Director of Capital One who will be sharing thoughts, tools, and techniques, (gathered from personal success and failures) for building teams that perform at a high level without high anxiety.

Completing our trio of speakers joining us from North America is Molly Lafferty, the Design Director of New York based This Also,a product innovation team that helps brands like Google, Nike, Xbox, Spotify, Samsung, and Tumblr create new experiences for millions of users worldwide.


Google Branding by This Also

Molly will open the conference with a keynote presentation about stepping beyond our knowledge of technology to create fresh and inventive new solutions.

Tammie Lister, an experience designer at Automattic, where she is an experience designer on will talk about keeping the user in mind when designing when it’s easy to be distracted by the latest frameworks and techniques, while Dutch designer Jenny Shen will talk about designing for international users.

Duncan Bloor from Manchester based Code Computerlove will talk about writing for the web, while Holly Allison and Mirian Boyles from Newcastle based Orange Bus will step beyond the screen and into the world of digital assistants (and empowering older people).

Another project that pushes the boundaries is micro payments in the third world, and Aimi McConnell will join us from Northern Ireland to talk about her work with sustainable development company Studio 2080 developing mobile banking services in Senegal.

Design It; Build It 2018 takes place in Edinburgh on 12 November. For more information about all the speakers and to book your ticket for the design conference visit

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