In the winter of 2020, I announced a tour that never came to be – a set of speaking engagements around the US in support of my upcoming book, Design Beyond Devices. COVID-19 had other plans, and each of those dates was cancelled. Instead, I’m bringing you a virtual tour – which means more price points and more opportunities for anyone to join me from anywhere in the world!
In the fall of 2020, I’m hitting the virtual pavement to begin unveiling the content that I’ve poured into my upcoming book Design Beyond Devices. I’ve been hard at work on this book for a year, but the intellectual groundwork for the book goes back nearly a decade. I’m excited to finally bring these frameworks and ideas to the rest of the world, and to see what you can create when these ideas are paired with your capabilities.
If you’re interested in the book itself, great news – pre-orders are OPEN! Head over to the Rosenfeld Media website to pre-order your copy before it ships on December 1 and save 15% (and, if ordering a print copy, use the code FREESHIPDBD to get free shipping too.) Print copies purchased at Rosenfeld’s site include the electronic version of the book as well; you won’t find a better deal on the book at any time in the near future. The site linked above also includes the table of contents, foreword from Erika Hall, and testimonials from advance reviewers like Bill Buxton and Sam Ladner.
As for the tour itself: while I’m sad I don’t get to meet many of you in person, the beauty of a virtual tour is it’s far more accessible, both due to the lack of expensive travel and because the lack of venue costs makes some events much more affordable to attend!
Fall 2020 Virtual Book Tour Events
An Event Apart Fall Summit: Available Now!
On October 27, I debuted a new talk based on my upcoming book Design Beyond Devices: “Design Beyond Websites: What Is Dead May Never Die.” While the live presentation may be over, the beauty of virtual events is you can still purchase access to the entire conference, or any combination of individual days. Check out the lineup or purchase 6 months of access at the event website.
November 12: Keynote at Puget Sound World Usability Day
I’m delighted to participate in World Usability Day for the first time this year as the keynote speaker for the Puget Sound event! This year’s theme is Human-Centered AI, so I’ll be presenting my well-received Opti-Pessimism: Design, AI, and Our Uncertain Future – the first time I’ve ever given this talk in the United States! Opti-Pessimism is one of the design ethics concepts I explore in my book. This live opening keynote (10AM PT) will be followed by a panel discussion shortly thereafter. Tickets for this day-long event are only $25 US and you can attend from anywhere in the world! Click here for information on the full program or to buy tickets. You know you don’t want to miss your chance to see why I featured poop prominently in an international keynote on design ethics.
November 18: Mind The Product Digital Autumn
I’m making my debut with the MTP conference series to give a new breakout talk on another topic covered in Chapter 2 of my upcoming book: Capturing Customer Context for Cross-Device Experiences. My breakout session is at 8AM Pacific Time – the conference is primarily taking place in European time zones. Conference passes are £500 after VAT and include a year’s access to Prioritized Member resources. Click here for more information or to get your conference passes.
November 19: Puget Sound SIGCHI Book Launch Event
I’m delighted to be returning as a speaker to the PSSIGCHI events series! The PSSIGCHI November event will feature an in-depth look at my book and the material between the covers: I’ll talk about the chapter structure, why I included what I included, and what I hope folks take away from the work. Plus plenty of Q&A, and possibly a prize raffle or two along the way. The event is 6:30 – 8:30 PM Pacific time – Click here for event details and ticketing.
Inquiries for Future Events
I’m accepting inquiries for December and 2021, should you be looking to book speakers for your event or guests for your podcast or articles. I do have to balance this work with my full-time job designing a new knowledge management system for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, so I encourage you to reach out early if you have specific dates in mind.
Other places to find me
As some of you know, I’m heavily active on social media. In August, I transitioned most of my socials to the new handle “FunnyGodmother” – now, with 100% less copyright infringement! How to find me:
- FunnyGodmother and Ideaplatz on Twitter
- FunnyGodmother on TikTok – UX and video gaming content, as recently featured in major media news sites Polygon and ScreenRant!
- FunnyGodmother on Twitch – 10AM Pacific on most Sundays; heavily entertainment and gaming related content with some UX Q&A
- CherylPlatz and Ideaplatz on Medium