Compassionate Design

A presentation at Rustbelt Refresh 2015 in in Cleveland, OH, USA by Eric A. Meyer

Designers are fantastic at creating the ideal experience for the ideal user. Actual users, though, are far from ideal, and inhabit contexts that are themselves different than our imagined ideal. What happens when our idealized experience collides with messy, human reality? How can we add failure tolerance to our work? How do we avoid causing pain at web scale? In a talk drawn from the heart of his personal and professional experiences, Eric will show how design can be strengthened through the lens of five basic principles, and how we can apply these principles to the processes we already use in order to be more compassionate, and ultimately more humane, in what we create.