PDMS hosting Design Diverse mini-conference
Taking place on the afternoon of Friday 1st December ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday 3rd, Design Diverse will focus on inclusive design, a way of designing that draws on, and learns from, the full range of human diversity.
Designers and marketers in the financial sector will probably find the talk by Tesco Bank design team particularly insightful, but all the content is relevant to anyone involved in offering products and services of any kind, in any sector.
The event will feature a number of speakers from the Isle of Man and the UK, each of whom have a unique perspective and story to tell. Times are approximate.
2.15pm 'What unites us is huge and wonderful' | Jim Rawson
While accessibility is an essential attribute for digital products and services, inclusive design is a process that can be applied to product design, web design, organisational policy, service design and much more.
PDMS' Head of UX & Design Jim Rawson will explore the benefits of an inclusive design process and mindset, explaining how this could be within the reach of most organisations and providing real-world examples and techniques.
2.45pm 'Tech without sight' | Evie Roberts
Evie is a secondary school student from the Isle of Man who publishes a weekly podcast online. Evie talks to people from all walks of life, including some with hidden or physical disabilities like her own, in the hope that it will work towards reducing the misunderstandings and stereotypes surrounding disabilities.
Evie, who was born blind, explains her journey with technology to date. Including the different devices used and the accessibility challenges she encounters.
3.30pm 'Inclusive by Default' | Andy Dykes & Louise Mushet
Digital services have the potential to make our society more inclusive than ever — enabling everyone to be independent.
At Tesco Bank, we’ve been on a journey to help our colleagues feel confident they can design experiences and propositions that support customers' vulnerabilities and accessibility needs.
We’ll take you through the journey we’ve been on; introducing you to our research into vulnerability, our toolkit and framework that enables inclusive practices and the challenges we’ve experienced along the way.
Andy is a Principal Designer at Tesco Bank and Louise is a Service Designer working at Nile Agency in Edinburgh.
4.30pm 'Neurodiversity & Design' | Andy Hodkin
Highlighting the benefits of promoting, employing and supporting a diverse workforce which includes and embraces neurodivergent people.
Showcasing the unique strengths and abilities that they can bring to aspects of design and tech - from creativity to problem-solving skills- and how employers can embrace and nurture a truly inclusive workplace.
Andy's consultancy, Disability Awareness, is a training and advocacy service based on the Isle of Man. The aim of the service is to help improve the quality of life for disabled people here on the Isle of Man and in the UK. It is about improving our awareness and understanding of disability issues.
Through education, consultancy and direct work- our aim is to enhance your understanding of what disability means, how important it is to our society and how we can help to make our society more disability friendly.
5pm Open panel Q&A and networking
About inclusive design
Inclusive design is a way of designing that draws on, and learns from, the full range of human diversity.
With nearly 8 billion people on our planet, there’s no such thing as ‘normal’ and as designers and makers of ethical products and services its vital that we research and use tools and techniques that intentionally include everyone: after all, the alternative is unintentionally excluding some people.
Inclusive design aims to enable all people to have a good experience, regardless of their background. Disability, nationality, race, age, education, economic status and all other differences are considered in inclusive design, and plans made for adapting products and services to meet as many needs and contexts of use as possible.
Now in its 29th year, this United Nations day is celebrating the theme of 'Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.'
The venue is kindly provided by the Santander Work Café, which is based in the historic Douglas Market Hall. The venue is for customers and non-customers and brings together a bank, a co-working space and café experience into a single place.
The ground floor - where this event is being held - is wheelchair accessible from the rear doors on James Street. Food and drink will be provided by Noa Bakehouse.
A recent UK report placed importance on public funding for the arts supporting the creative industries and the contribution they make to the economy. This sector of the UK economy is growing rapidly bringing with it employment and exports.
In the Isle of Man, the Department for Enterprise have a commitment to our local creative industries - including design - and the Arts Council is working closely with the Department for Enterprise to ensure we can support this sector of our economy and help develop a robust and vibrant industry.
Disability Awareness is a training, consultancy and advocacy service based on the Isle of Man. The aim of the service is to help improve the quality of life for disabled people here on the Isle of Man and in the UK. It is about improving our awareness and understanding of disability issues.
Through education, consultancy and direct work- our aim is to enhance your understanding of what disability means, how important it is to our society, and how we can help to make our society more disability friendly.
We provide training courses, awareness sessions, and direct consultancy and advocacy work.
The Chamber's vision is to be the Isle of Man's Leading Business Community. They are a dynamic, proactive, and inclusive organisation that represents and supports the needs and interests of businesses on the Isle of Man.
The Chamber know that running a business can be tough, and they're here to make it a little bit easier. They offer a wide range of services to our members, from networking events, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities to information and advice on Government.
To reserve your spot, please visit our Eventbrite page and claim your free ticket