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: 6/7/21

Service Design Events

6/8
2021
Fellowship Panel: Shifting Away from Practitioner-Centered Toward Community-Lead
Online Free
COVID-19 disrupted everything from the ground up for communities and our local government’s approach to disaster relief. Now with the pandemic as a background, we will explore how service designers can bend the arc of their work in order to create sustainable, equitable, and community-led approaches in recovery and hereafter.

time: 18:00 – 20:00 EDT
place: Online
price: Free
6/8
2021
Learn & Lunch: Taking the risk of making assumptions
Online Free

time: –
place: Online
price: Free
6/15
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
6/20
2021
Learn & Lunch: Customer Centric Transformation
Online Free
On top of our 10+ years of insights in success rates of service design projects we will also provide you with some hands-on strategies of how to best postion and execute your projects and how your role as a service designer or CX expert changes as your organisation evolves.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
6/23
2021
Learn & Lunch: Customer Journey Mapping 2.0
Online Free
Customer journey mapping is one of the most common tools in service design. It allows you to plot the entire user experience of a service through the eyes of the users, providing you with areas to focus when improving your service.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
6/25
2021
Learn & Lunch: Visual Thinking 2.0
Online Free
Besides the fact that it’s fun, our brains are wired in such a way that we remember and understand visuals way better than documents full of text. Therefore, Visual Thinking is a powerful tool which helps you to communicate your ideas more effectively. Besides it helps you and your collegeas to be more concrete when talking about ideas or innovations. By understanding and practicing the basics, you will be able to benefit from this skill during your meetings or projects.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
6/29
2021
Learn & Lunch: Employee Experience
Online Free
Over the last years, staff tends to switch jobs quickly. HR departments are facing challenges in how to attract and maintain talents. The focus is shifting towards a more human centered approach with more attention to the desires of individuals. In this session, we will show how a service design approach can be of great tool to identify issues that are occurring across the work environment. We will show some examples of previous projects in the Netherlands and Portugal on how to boost the overall employee experience.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 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
6/3
2021
Design Sprints AMA #4: Leading successful sprints
Online Free
Get answers to your toughest questions about Design Sprints – the process, pre and post sprint activities, new / upgraded versions of sprints, team management, facilitation, remote setups, or whatever else is on your mind. Jay Melone, founder of New Haircut, will be ready to address your questions and provide practical, expert level advice.

time: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
6/11
2021
Google’s Design Sprint: Facing Hard Truths
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
7/14
2021
Product Design Sprint
Online Free
Lots of entrepreneurs and product managers struggle to explain their product in a clear and concise way. Then, they often don’t know how to work with designers and developers because they don’t speak their language. The role of someone leading a product vision is to break those barriers. Otherwise, he won’t be able to work correctly with the rest of his team. This workshop will give you a simple methodology to precisely define the product you want to build and work efficiently with developers and designers without unnecessary processes or misunderstandings.

time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free

UX/UI Events

6~
2021
UX Fest London
Online 
An online celebration of digital design, taking place throughout June 2021.

time: –
place: Online
price: £270 – £450
6/8
~6/11
2021
DesignOps Global Conference
Online 
The DesignOps Global Conference is for UX researchers, experience designers, interface designers, product owners, service innovators, software developers and business leaders that are defining the way we research, design, and deliver new products and services using operations at scale.

time: –
place: Online
price: £586 – £999.00
6/23
~6/24
2021
APP DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
Online Free
App designers and developers around the world work side by side every day to build some of the most incredible and innovative applications. Yet our potential for synergy is so often overlooked. ADDC aims to create an opportunity for designers and developers to meet, find new ways to work together and get inspired in an open, inclusive and collaborative space. Our talks are crafted to be valuable for both designers & developers.

time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM JST
place: –
price: €299
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
8/6
~8/8
2021
UXDX EMEA
Online 
Bridging the gap between Product, UX, Design and Dev to build better products, faster together.

time: –
place: Online
price: €159 – €825

Design Thinking, and More

6/17
2021
By Design Conference
Online 
By Design is a conference about design and business, based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Tune in to watch top creative leaders’ take on designing for the world in transformation.

time: –
place: Online
price: 59€ – 129€
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 €
10/27
~10/29
2021
Clarity Conference
Online Free
Clarity is a design systems conference focused on how we work together. We provide tools and standards to scale across an increasing number of devices, platforms, and products. But real success comes when people align around a shared vision and language. Diverse perspectives for design, development, and product unite so more people can be a part of the conversation. At Clarity, we elevate our skills through multi-faceted inclusion, empathy, technology, creativity, and collaboration.

time: ~
place: Online
price: $550.00
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

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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