World IA Day 2019 in Kent, Ohio


UX Akron is proud to host World IA Day 2019 in Kent, Ohio on Saturday, February 23, 2019. We invite proposals for presentations that support or advance the theme of this international event. All presentations will be delivered in 45-minute sessions: 30-minute presentation, 15-minute Q&A.

**Update - Feb 3, 2019: Speakers and topics for World IA Day in Kent are now posted. Please visit the link below to get your tickets and see the topics. Even if you sign up for the event on our Meetup page, please click on the link below to confirm your tickets. Tickets for this event are free!
2019 Theme - “Design For Difference”

Interested in speaking at this event? Send us your presentation idea by December 21 at this link:

As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as information architects to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole.

Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally.

What differences are we are designing for?
● Difference in ability and disability
● Difference in access to information and technology
● Difference in language and cultural understanding
● Difference in age, gender, and identity
● Difference in experience

There is no average user. There is no norm.

“Different is the new normal we should be designing for,” stated inclusive design strategist Elise Roy at the 2018 IA Summit in Chicago. How do we as information architects and designers design for this difference? What is this difference that we’re designing for? How can we better understand it and become more engaged and mindful for our different and diverse users? How might we communicate this understanding to others and provide more meaning and depth?

We build worlds. Let’s do it responsibly.

Check for updates to the agenda, speakers, and more at the World IA Day Kent, Ohio event page: