About This Project
BiographyClarissa Peterson is a UX designer and web developer based in Calgary, Alberta. She frequently speaks and gives workshops on responsive design and user experience, and also teaches in the web developer fast track program at SAIT Polytechnic. Clarissa is the author of Learning Responsive Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide (O’Reilly Media). Currently she works as a UX analyst at ICE Health Systems.
Use Your Designer Superpowers for Good
It turns out that some of the most awesome uses of design and technology are things that many of us have never heard of, and will probably never need ourselves. For example, there’s an app that allows blind people to identify denominations of paper money by taking a photo. For inmates in the U.S., there’s an online service that lets them save up to 90% off the outrageously priced long distance calls from prison phones. And there’s even an organization that helps indigenous communities in Guyana track and report illegal logging and mining on their land using satellites and Google Earth.
Walk Away With
- Examples of companies and nonprofits that have used design/technology to help others
- How to approach trying to understand problems different people may face
- How to find funding for design ideas that aren’t profit-focused
Anyone who works in design or technology