Future By Design: January 22, 2019

Presentations by Chris Do, Jason Pamental and Jessica Zhang


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The future is written!

The evolution of design on digital platforms is being driven in part by by the oldest element of graphic design: type. Sincemost of the web is words, it’s fitting that the greatest advances are centred around typography. Not only can we implement many of typographic techniques but the technology of fonts themselves has evolved to make not just the design responsive to screen size and user context, but the type itself also. Variable fonts let us make use of the whole design space of a typeface and give us ways to react to user context. We’re just beginning to explore how we can shape the interaction between reader and text or user’s environment and the presentation of content. During Jason's presentation, we’ll look at how this works live in a web browser during, with links to sample pages and code, and guides on how to make use of the new features. It’s a really exciting time to help shape what comes next.


Presented by Jason Pamental

Jason spends much of his time working with clients to establish their

typographic systems and digital strategy, helping design and development teams works smarter and faster. He is a seasoned design and UX strategy leader with over 20 years’ experience on the web in both creative and technical roles. Clients range from type industry giants, Ivy League and High Tech, to the NFL and America’s Cup. He’s author of Responsive Typography from O’Reilly, articles for .Net MagazinePRINT MagazineHOW and Monotype.com. He's developed online courses for Aquent’s Gymnasium platform and Frontend Masters and is an experienced speaker and workshop leader.


Future of Design

Presented by Chris Do

Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning director, designer, strategist and

 educator. He’s the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind and theFounder of The Futur— an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers. Founded in 1995, Blind has been a pioneer in the motion design field and has made hundreds of award-winning commercials, music videos and broadcast promos that combine design, videography, animation, live action and visual effects for screens and clients of all sizes 


Jessica Zhang

Jessica is a UX strategist practising research and design who currently

works as an innovation and UX manager within the E*TRADE Innovation Lab. She specializes in customizing UX strategies & processes by leveraging an organization’s unique situation whether it’s creating effective tools for remote co-creation at IBM or scaling consistency processes at Bloomberg LP. She uses Design Thinking to engage stakeholders and drive agile co-creation, even on remote teams. Jessica believes in the power of iterating, visual storytelling and down time with her partner and pileas.