Design Events Calendar [2021]

   

Welcome to Neuromagic’s Design Events Calendar! We’ve gathered interesting events happening online around the globe that you can participate in to power up and gain new knowledge related to Service Design, Design Sprints, co-creation, and UX/UI.

This page is a constant work in progress and will be continually updated and refined, so please check back periodically! We also have a Japanese Design Events Calendar.

We’ve sorted the events by category, and also labeled them for Online, In-person, and Free.

Event Categories

Neuromagic is a Tokyo based company, and almost all dates are listed Japan Standard Time (JST). Need to convert to your local time zone? Try using a World Clock / Converter.

If you’d like to submit an event to the calendar, please contact us here, with the subject line “Calendar Submission”.

Last Update: 5/6/21

Service Design Events

5/7
2021
From Business to Buttons Conference 2021
In-person

From Business to Buttons (FBTB) is Scandinavia’s premier User Experience and Service Design conference, held in Stockholm, Sweden. It is the meeting place for everyone who wants inspiration, and hands-on advice, on how to generate business value by creating great experiences.

time: 8:00 – 17:00 CET
place: Cirkus, Djurgården, Stockholm
price: Prices vary
5/11
2021
Learn & Lunch: Visual Thinking
Online Free
In this Learn & Lunch we’ll practise the basics of Visual Thinking. This means we will be discovering how to create drawings with basic shapes. We will practice the building blocks that are useful in every innovation of service design projects: People, emotions and touchpoints.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/13
2021
Service Design x Sustainability by Interaction Design Foundation London
Online Free
Join IxDF’s London meetup to network with like-minded designers and share your experiences, thoughts, projects and discuss the potential of adding sustainability practices in your work .

time: 2:30 AM – 3:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/13
2021
Product and Service Design for Global Markets: Dos & Don’ts as a Startup
Online Free
The Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is excited to partner with the Northern California World Trade Center in running an ecosystem partner workshop focused on how to design products and services as a startup for global markets.Designing a product and service is already hard work but as you look to serve global markets there are foundational elements you will need to explore.

time: 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/14
2021
Rise and Design: Service Design ( It’s not just about your product)
Online Free
We’ve probably all become more aware in this past year of the importance of the service we receive, and provide as businesses. Whether that’s interacting online with a supplier, accessing digital services, or making sure that your product functions brilliantly in the hands of your customers, when you’re not able to physically show them how, ensuring these touch points work well is essential
So we’ve brought together a number of businesses who are doing just that, to share their experiences and knowledge, but also to share that journey with you, as it’s one we’re all on.

time: 18:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/15
2021
Design Specialist vs Generalist: An exploration with IxDF San Diego
Online Free
Is it viable to pursue a path as either a “generalist” or “specialist” Designer? Why choose either? What are the pro’s and con’s of each? Who are some examples in other industries we can draw from? Which companies, hire which type? How should you pitch yourself in either case? Which is more future-proof? These are just a few of the topics we will explore in this part presentation, part discussion brief exploration of the common but confusing topic of the “specialist” vs “generalist” approach to being a Designer in the industry today.

time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/18
2021
Learn & Lunch: The basics of customer journey mapping
Online Free
We will discuss how we at Koos define a customer journey map, the steps you need to take in order to be able to build a proper one, we will share the basic building blocks of a customer journey and some enrichers.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: online
price: TBD
5/25
2021
Learn & Lunch: Sustainable Service Design
Online Free
Sustainable change can be achieved from different perspectives:
Designing sustainable behaviour;
Designing circular services;
Designing resilient systems.
During the Learn & Lunch we’ll share with you ways to use Service Design for sustainable impact. We will share methods, our learnings, actual cases and desired/achieved impact.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/26
2021
A design system isn’t just for summer, it’s for life.
Online Free
Design systems and toolkits have become the buzzwords of experience design. These almost mythical entities seek to solve many of the issues around efficiency, consistency, and ultimately, scalability that plague the digital design and development world.

time: 17:00–18:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/27
2021
Learn & Lunch: How to make positive impact tangible
Online Free
In this L&L we will discuss the aim to design for a better world, and positive impact we strive to create with our projects. This is a popular topic in the field of design, but remains fuzzy. We wanted to make positive impact more tangible and created a L&L to inspire (and learn from) others in their search for positive impact.

time: 19:00-20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/27
2021
From graphic design to UX/Service design
Online Free
Learn more about UX and Service Design as we chat with Huang Weiming, Experience Designer at OCBC Bank.
Conversations in Tech is a live podcast featuring professionals in the tech industry. We chat with them to answer your burning questions. Learn about their work, personal experiences, and the thinking process behind their craft.

time: 20:00–21:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
10/6
~10/7

2021
International Conference on Service Systems and Service Design Methodologies
In-person

International Conference on Service Systems and Service Design Methodologies aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Service Systems and Service Design Methodologies.

time: Time varies (multi-day)
place: Beijing, China
price: € 250

Design Sprints & Workshop Events


2021
The Design Sprint Conference

2021 dates not yet announced. Hosted by Google.
The Design Sprint Conference is a small format “unconference” style event that has been happening annually since 2017. This conference brings leaders from the fields of Design Thinking and Innovation together for an open discussion about frameworks and methods from across the industry to share knowledge, evolve the methodology and expand their practice.

time: TBD
place: TBD
price: TBD
5/21
2021
Google’s Design Sprint: Harnessing Team Creativity
Online Free
In this Global Design Sprint Webinar, we’ll share our experience with this impressive process that is revolutionizing design at Google, Twitter, Airbnb, Lego, Facebook, Netflix, Slack, and large consulting shops like IDEO, EY, and McKinsey.
We’ll also discuss how the sprint incorporates best practices for rational decision making, problem-framing, and robust ideation.

time: 12:00 AM – 1:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/26
2021
Free webinar on Facilitating Remote Design Sprints
Online Free
Learn from our experience in facilitating remote design sprints. We will go through the steps of preparations of a remote sprint and the facilitation of it. The whole webinar is interactive and uses Miro.

time: 8:00 PM CEST
place: Online
price: Free

UX/UI Events

5/9
2021
Thinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?
Online Free
Wondering what UX/UI Design is and if it’s the right career for you? Join us as we cover the rise of the UX/UI design industry, what a designer actually does, and all of the different types of roles that exist in the UX/UI field.
We’ll walk you through how to get the skills to become a top-notch designer yourself and highlight the path to getting those various jobs that will be open to you once you’ve mastered this skill set.

time: 5:00 – 6:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/21
2021
OiT #UIUX | Designing with Equity
Online Free
In this talk, you will learn some of the pitfalls of diversity hiring, why they haven’t worked, and ways to create a more equitable design culture that leads to more diverse thinking, innovation, and hires. We’ll share some of our QTBIPOC Design organization principles and methods that have guided us in building a thriving and diverse creative team.

time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/26
2021
UX Design: Bringing Your App to Life
Online Free
This interactive webinar will help business owners make decisions on using technology to solve their business challenges. We will be doing this every 3rd Wednesday of the month during 1:00-2:00 pm MST. We will have Dale Richards, CEO of Swattage presenting the webinar and will have time for answering questions from attendees.

time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT
place: Online
price: Free

Design Thinking, and More

5/20
2021
Webinar: Design Thinking Mindset by PayPal Product Leader
Online Free
Being a Product Manager requires structured and organized thinking. Frameworks and toolkits are a handy and effective way to approach problems. Product Managers will learn about many and develop their own throughout their product careers.

time: 10:30 PM – 11:00 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/21
2021
Looking Behind the Curtain: Understanding the Value of Design Thinking
Online Free
Over the last 15 years the use of the term Design Thinking has grown in relation to the word innovation. It is now seen as a process that can help organizations innovate by using a particular set of skills and a problem-solving approach. But what value does it really present for organizations? The objective of this session is to not only identify the particular design thinking skillsets and approach but also to provide some historical context for its growth and identify both the problems and the opportunities associated with design thinking.

time: 12:00 – 13:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
5/24
~26
2021
Speculative Design Introduction
Online 
From the School of Critical Design. In this course you learn about the basics of using Speculative Design within business and organisational contexts to create meaningful impact. You’ll get up to speed on new thinking, methods, and techniques related to futures practice. This course is perfect for researchers, strategists, designers, product leads, and business leaders. You’ll leave with a good understanding of what speculative design is and how it can be applied in your work as well as a toolkit of frameworks and approaches. (3 live virtual sessions, April 26, 27, 28)

time: 13-16:30 GMT
place: Online
price:
£ 1,000 GBP
5/26
2021
This is Legal Design Thinking
Online Free
In this course you will learn the first steps to making legal services more accessible from a human centered approach.
In this 2 hour interactive introduction you will learn the basics of the Design Thinking method, the tools and the main rationale behind this methodology.

time: 21:00 – 23:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
11/4
~11/5
2021
Design Thinking Conference 2021
In-person
The Design Thinking Conference is an interactive and high-energy gathering of experienced design thinking practitioners from around the world. We offer a platform to share knowledge and further your understanding of what is driving the changes we all experience in today’s world.

time:9:00 – 18:00 (CET)
place: Tobacco Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands
price: € 995
8/15
~8/18
2021
Nordes 2021: Matters of scale
In-person
Focused on Design Research. Nordes 2021 is the 9th biannual conference of the Nordic Design Research Society. Convened in 2005, the society is an informal network of people interested in design research. Nordes convenes biannual conferences and, on opposite years, biannual summer schools.

time: Time varies (multi-day)
place: Kolding, Denmark
price: 550 €

Who Created This Page?

Neuromagic Co., Ltd. is a solution design agency based in Tokyo, Japan, with offices in Okinawa and Amsterdam. Our work combines expertise in Service Design, Design Sprints, Design Thinking, and web production to create tailored solutions for clients. We are explorers, learners, thinkers and doers and are always looking to collaborate! If you’d like to get in touch, please feel free to contact us directly here.

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