Jonathon’s upcoming schedule

Jonathon Colman is presenting at these upcoming events.

San Diego, CA, USA

Designing Women

What do we owe to each other?

See the full text of this talk on UX Collective.

Men tend to sit out conversations about gender equality and equity. They often consider it to be a “women’s issue” or are afraid of making a mistake and saying the wrong thing.

But men are also in the majority of leadership roles—and not just in the design industry. They have the most power to create change and create equity across all genders. So this isn’t a conversation they can sit out.

When it comes to gender equity, what should we expect of men in the design industry? And what do they expect of themselves?

To find out, we’ll take a time-bending journey from West Africa to Dublin, Ireland, to Silicon Valley and back again. We’ll look at survey data that cuts through the bullshit and crosses all levels of the design industry. And I’ll show you real-world examples of big and small actions that have actually created more gender equity in design. And we’ll see why progress is better than perfection.

04 June 2020

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SofaConf 2020

How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design

Leaders of content strategy and UX writing teams in product organizations are often asked to “do more with less.” So they stretch their teams to cover many products per person—sometimes 5-10 or more.

This forces their team to constantly switch contexts, spend most of their days in meetings without reserving “maker time” to do the work, miss opportunities to have meaningful impact on product and design strategy, fail to develop as design professionals, and ultimately to burn out and leave the organization… only to repeat the cycle anew elsewhere.

In 2020, we need to change our approach to content team leadership. There’s a better way forward for you, your team, and our industry: do less to achieve more.

I’ll show you how we’ve completely re-written the content strategy playbook at Intercom so that everyone works on just one product at a time. You’ll see how we hold content designers accountable to work in the same ways and achieve the same results as product designers. And you’ll find out how this increases the team’s impact, improves their sense of fulfillment, and accelerates their professional growth, all while showing the organization the real-world outcomes of dedication content design work.

22 June 2020

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Design & Content Conference 2020

Closing Keynote: How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design

Leaders of content strategy and UX writing teams in product organizations are often asked to “do more with less.” So they stretch their teams to cover many products per person—sometimes 5-10 or more.

This forces their team to constantly switch contexts, spend most of their days in meetings without reserving “maker time” to do the work, miss opportunities to have meaningful impact on product and design strategy, fail to develop as design professionals, and ultimately to burn out and leave the organization… only to repeat the cycle anew elsewhere.

In 2020, we need to change our approach to content team leadership. There’s a better way forward for you, your team, and our industry: do less to achieve more.

I’ll show you how we’ve completely re-written the content strategy playbook at Intercom so that everyone works on just one product at a time. You’ll see how we hold content designers accountable to work in the same ways and achieve the same results as product designers. And you’ll find out how this increases the team’s impact, improves their sense of fulfillment, and accelerates their professional growth, all while showing the organization the real-world outcomes of dedication content design work.

16 July 2020

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Button 2020

How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design

Leaders of content strategy and UX writing teams in product organizations are often asked to “do more with less.” So they stretch their teams to cover many products per person—sometimes 5-10 or more.

This forces their team to constantly switch contexts, spend most of their days in meetings without reserving “maker time” to do the work, miss opportunities to have meaningful impact on product and design strategy, fail to develop as design professionals, and ultimately to burn out and leave the organization… only to repeat the cycle anew elsewhere.

In 2020, we need to change our approach to content team leadership. There’s a better way forward for you, your team, and our industry: do less to achieve more.

I’ll show you how we’ve completely re-written the content strategy playbook at Intercom so that everyone works on just one product at a time. You’ll see how we hold content designers accountable to work in the same ways and achieve the same results as product designers. And you’ll find out how this increases the team’s impact, improves their sense of fulfillment, and accelerates their professional growth, all while showing the organization the real-world outcomes of dedication content design work.

19 October 2020

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