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Clarissa Peterson

About This Project

Biography

Clarissa 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

Overview

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.

These are just a few examples of how design can be used to make people’s lives better. Designers naturally tend to focus on our own problems, because those are the ones we know (how many different apps are there to get food delivered to our front door?). But there are many problems in the world other than our own, and a little bit of design could go a long way toward making someone’s life easier.

Objective

To inspire the audience to think about how they can use their design skills to solve real world problems.

Connect

Walk Away With

  1. Examples of companies and nonprofits that have used design/technology to help others
  2. How to approach trying to understand problems different people may face
  3. How to find funding for design ideas that aren’t profit-focused

Target Audience

Anyone who works in design or technology

Category

Design, Technology