May 24-25

Design + Data + Behavior


The changing role of design, and how it informs human-centered solutions, increasingly demands that designers re-orient toward “design and…” by problem solving with other disciplines.

For better or worse, we all live in—and therefore must design for—a world of networked technologies. What are the human implications of experiences, services, and systems that rely on data, deepening digital engagement, and rapidly evolving machine intelligence? What do cultural concepts such as personal agency, trust, equity, and privacy mean as we create new ways of engaging with an increasingly networked world? How do we anticipate and prevent unintended consequences when developing these solutions? And how might engagement across disciplinary boundaries enable us to collectively grapple with shaping the future of data-reliant, complex, adaptive systems toward viable, just, and sustainable ends?

IIT Institute of Design (ID) invites you to explore the intersections of Design + Data + Behavior to discuss emerging data-driven futures in domains such as health care, financial services, and public policy, and to better enable us to wrestle with them. Together, we’ll explore real-world contexts where data and behavior change are already colliding, as well as new tools and methodologies to evolve our individual and collective points of view about how to navigate these futures.


MAY 24

Join domain-specific sessions to hear on-the-ground insights from leading organizations and explore fundamental issues at the intersection of design, data, and behavior, such as:

  • The “reality/conceivability” technology gap
  • In algorithms we trust? Navigating systems-based biases
  • Design, data and behavior: Greater than the sum of their parts
  • The future starts now… what’s next?

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MAY 25

Practice new approaches and methods to apply to your own work in topical, half-day continuing education workshops led by ID faculty and expert practitioners. Modules include:

  • Sustainable solutions: A new approach to systems design
  • Designing live service experiments
  • Using behavioral science to develop scalable solutions for social impact
  • Prototyping with data visualizations
  • Designing wise, fair, and equitable tech: Methods to shape solutions and measure success

Learn more about workshops


Ted Booth

Senior Director User Experience Design, Honeywell

Hugh Dubberly

Dubberly Design Office

Julia Haines

User Experience Researcher, Google

Francois Millard

Senior Vice President, The Vitality Group

Shrupti Shah

Managing Principal, govlab

Mark Burrell

Design Director, IBM Watson Health

Stephan Goetschius

Director of Design, Final Mile/Fractal Analytics

Jess Leifer

Vice President, ideas42

Ram Prasad

US CEO, Final Mile/Fractal Analytics

Meghan Webster

Firmwide Education Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate, Gensler

Florent Buisson

Behavioral Scientist, Allstate

James Guszcza

US Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte

Josh Lucas-Falk

Managing Director, Moment

Sarah Reid

Social & Behavioural Insights Senior Advisor, Ontario Securities Commission