Future By Design: Human-Centred Design
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Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Design's role has evolved from creating and producing beautiful things to being a powerful tool with which we can shape society and the world around us. In a sense, it has come full circle, returning to its roots in the early 1900’s when its purpose was to help influence and challenge society in both a social and political sphere. But is design today truly living up to its potential to create change?


Join us for a conversation exploring how design can be used to craft solutions for social problems and accelerate widespread change. Hear from noted creators such as Purpose who have harnessed its power to address global issues, and consider future models through which this approach can be applied. Help us celebrate and encourage creative work that elevates social causes, improves lives and continues to change the world. 




Hannah Kreiswirth

Creative Director at Purpose, Hannah is a firm believer in great design, the power of people, and how that power can be directed for good. She fuels her interest and passion into managing a talented creative team to produce identities, campaigns and interactive initiatives that spur social change. Hailing from London (Ontario), Hannah graduated from Queen’s University in Canada in Film and History. Since then, she’s screened short films at various festivals, honed her digital strategy and creative marketing skills at Oddcast, Grandparents.com and Digitas, and co-founded an arts and culture collective called Join Bklyn and Bklyn Haus, a creative agency. She also co-founded The NY Content Meetup, a monthly strategic seminar that hosts speakers from Huffington Post, The New York Times and various agencies (Digitas, KPS+P, Fueled). 


Marc O'Brien

As a design strategist and creative facilitator, Marc focuses on human-centered design and social innovation. He organizes, plans and leads creative workshops to create positive change and tackle some of today’s gnarly social challenges. Through playful exercises, Marc helps teams come up with fun, usable and innovative solutions to challenges. With a graphic and web design background, he's able to put ideas generated from these workshops into action, which continues conversations and encourages further collaborations across multiple industries. 


Jason Ulaszek

Founder of UX for Good, Jason is an experience design evangelist, business engineer and entrepreneur. He relies on complex problem solving capabilities, entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to solve complex customer experience problems. Jason enjoys teaching and mentoring others in the experience design profession and helping businesses recognize the value of a user-centred design process. Passionate about creating comprehensive, unmatched product experiences and applying design thinking methods to assist non-profits in tackling social challenges.



Vanessa Eckstein RGD

Having lived and worked in Buenos Aires, LA, New York, Mexico City and Toronto, Vanessa brings a unique international perspective to Blok Design, the studio she founded in 1998. Highly idealistic and intuitive, she is a passionate collaborator and works with talented thinkers from around the world, taking on initiatives that blend cultural awareness, a love of art, and humanity to advance society and business alike. 


About Future By Design

Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events. 


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