12 Nov


Grab your name badges and a coffee before the conference kicks off at 10am.


Designing Your Future

Once upon a time, Mr Murphy was gainfully employed full-time. Bored of client work, however, he asked his employer for a day off work a week, to focus on his passion and establish a record label. That leap of faith changed his life.

In a moment of weakness he strayed off the path of freedom and drifted back in to full-time employment. That was a big mistake.

In this talk, Christopher will explore the challenges encountered when taking a life-changing leap of faith: the nervousness, the sleepless nights, and the ever-present worry about paying the bills. To help you confront these fears, he’ll provide a set of tools that will enable you to take a leap of faith and pursue what deep down drives you.

In short: He’ll bare his soul and share everything he is currently working on to – once and for all – make a final bid for freedom.

Christopher Murphy

Shifting perspectives in your design practice

We are not our users, but most of us design for technologies we use every day. From the phones that never leave our side, to the TVs we’ve been watching our entire lives, to the next-generation technologies we’ve been dreaming of for decades, we can too easily become prisoners of our own knowledge, experience, and expectations. So how do we free ourselves to create fresh, innovative digital experiences?

Molly Lafferty

A Puzzle of Many Solutions

Complex digital products don’t always require complex solutions. But getting to smart and intuitive designs can be like solving a Rubik’s cube – there are many perspectives to consider, no end of considerations, and seemingly infinite combinations. For designers, the implication of having so many possibilities is that it can be difficult to choose between them or to fully understand the tradeoffs of design choices without working through potential solutions. To design freely requires designing imaginary futures.

Stephanie Szabo

The user is the casualty of our process

It seems like not a day, even hour, goes past without some new amazing framework or outstanding technique that you just have to try. Posts stream past social media on this break through, that amazing new hotness and ‘oh my wow this just changes everything’! In all this excitement, all this wonder, haven’t we forgotten something? What about the users?

Tammie Lister



Design for Users Across Cultures

As Internet access expands to the far corners of the world, UX designers have the chance to see their work used by millions of people worldwide. To create products for international users, we must be aware of the full range of human diversity with respect to language, culture and other forms of human difference. If the product doesn’t adapt to users’ differences, there’s a big danger where we think our work is great, but users in other countries finds it terrible, or worse, unusable.

Jenny Shen

Mostly accidentally brilliant

A format is essentially a set of hard (character count) and soft (don’t swear) rules, that restrict content creation.

In digital they’re often overlooked, perhaps because they’re seen as boring, restrictive and fall between disciplines.

Given the power that formats have, do we spend enough time thinking about them when designing digital products? And just who should be doing the thinking?

Duncan Bloor

Empowering older people through voice technology

Our recent research into the current use and perception of voice user interfaces (VUI), such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, revealed a widespread perception of the technology as ‘lazy’. VUI was seen to encourage idleness, with people using their bodies less to carry out simple domestic tasks. Rather than enabling able-bodied users it was seen to be disabling and this perception gave the technology a certain stigma.

In this talk we will share with you our journey to understand and define the way VUI technology can afford people more freedom, independence and control in later life.

Holly Allison Dr Miriam Boyles



Who changes the world?

No matter who you are everyone has the equal right to freedom of imagination and the chance to change the world – or perhaps more realistically a chance to make the world a better place.

The majority of those who live in developing economies such as that in Senegal rely heavily on the physical exchange of money when accessing financial services or even in making simple payments.

In this presentation Aimi will share the mobile banking services she’s been developing in Senegal with sustainable development company Studio 2080

Aimi McConnell

Closing Keynote

Mr Bingo likes drawing things and rapping. He has no clients, no schedule, no meetings, no responsibility and no job… but still manages to make a living.

Mr Bingo will close DIBI with an unmissable closing keynote.

Mr Bingo

Day Concludes

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