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: 1/6/21

Service Design Events

1/14
2021
Designing Good Services

Online

The course is delivered by Lou Downe, author of the bestselling book Good Services and covers the foundations of good service design, helping you to identify potential problems with a service and develop the skills to design services that work.

time: 9:30AM – 5:30PM GMT
place: Online
price: £354
1/21
2021
Service Design FREE Taster Session: Systems Thinking
Online Free

From Experience Haus. In this introductory session, we will explore the fundamentals of systems thinking and learn one of the most powerful concepts in the service designers armory. Culminating in the co-creation of a systems map in a live interactive example.

time: 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free
1/26
2021
Service Design For Social Wellbeing
Online

Presented by the Service Design Network Academy This course is divided into three extended lectures. The overall topic “Service Design for Social Wellbeing” will be the baseline for all three of them. Overall, you will learn more about how service design can be used to make the invisible visible.
(following lectures are on 2/16 and 2/23)

time: 16:00 – 17:30 EET
place: Online
price: €24 – €30
1/26
2021
Combining Agile and Service Design
Online Free

From Koos Service Design. How to apply Service Design in an agile environment. Combining the power of user-centered design with the effectiveness of agile software development to bring great digital experiences to life.

time:
place: Online
price: Free
1/28
2021
The value of Customer Experience
Online Free

From Koos Service Design. For the beginners. What is CX and how can my organisation benefit from it? What are the roles, challenges and first steps to embrace a CX-driven organisation?

time:
place: Online
price: Free
1/29
2021
Service Design Fundamentals training
Online 

Presented by Livework, one of the first Service Design agencies in the world.
You’ve heard about service design and want to understand more? You want to learn about its value and how you can start to develop a more customer-centric mindset?

time: 12:00 AM – 2:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: £64.49
1/29
2021
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Services
Online Free

From the MA students at the London College of Communications. Over the past year, our MA Service Design students have explored many ways in which to conceive and introduce sustainable services across the worlds of fashion and wool, food, education and communities. Join the ‘Sustainable Services’ event as they discuss their research findings and service proposals.

time: 19:00 – 2:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
1/30
2021
Talk: Supermarket 2030
Online Free

From the MA students at the London College of Communications. Supermarket 2030 is a speculative project which explores a world in which eating healthy becomes a social responsibility. Advertising becomes obsolete, junk food banned, and sustainable products become more accessible. Join us live on Zoom as our Service Design students discuss the future of food and our evolving relationship to it.

time: 21:00 – 22:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/1
2021
Panel Discussion: The Way We Thought We Worked
Online Free

From the MA students at the London College of Communications. The year 2020 drastically challenged not only the way we work, but changed our relationship to work – perhaps forever. Join us live on Zoom as our Service Design students discuss service proposals aimed at offering support with remote working, freelancing and mental health, as well as communication issues.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/1
2021
RCA WiP Show: Citizen Centred
Online Free

The world is under seeing a wave of unprecedented new demands. To meet the demands, we need to be innovative and cost-effective to provide better social outcomes. Making the residential environment more inclusive and valuable to the community is a must. In this studio, we expose ourself to innovation and design thinking methodology. With a user-centric approach, these service designers are giving ‘citizen-centred design’ ago. You will see system thinkers and doers working together to tackle the issues.

time: 22:00 – 23:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/2
2021
Talk: Service Design for Education
Online Free

From the MA students at the London College of Communications. In Service Design for Education, join our Service Design students live on Zoom as they discuss innovative service proposals addressing the challenges of remote education, online peer support, independent learning, teacher empowerment, and much more.

time: 00:00 – 1:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/2
2021
Panel Discussion: Socially Innovative Services
Online Free

From the MA students at the London College of Communications. Working across a wide variety of areas, their work introduces new social practices aimed at improving many aspects of our society. From familial relationships, access to food and guide dogs to design activism and collaborative processes which generate long-term benefits for communities, these projects emanate a strong sense of shared social purpose.

time: 21:00 – 22:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/2
2021
How to work with experience principles
Online Free

From Koos Service Design. Pushing for that extra mile in order to orchestrate a unified and unique experience might sound difficult but really isn’t. We will show you the added value of experience drivers when designing new solutions.

time:
place: Online
price: Free
2/2
~2/5
2021
ServDes.2020 Melbourne
In-person

Service Design and Innovation conference (ServDes.) is the premier international research conference for exchanging knowledge within service design and service innovation studies aimed at both academics and industry practitioners. ServDes.2020 conference seeks to explore the tensions and paradoxes of negotiating traditional knowledges, cultural practices, and relational obligations in the rapidly changing global landscape of COVID-19 and traumas of structured racism.

time: Time varies (multi-day)
place: School of Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
price: $350 (AU)
2/2
2021
RCA WiP Show: Social Resilience and Impact
Online Free

In this event, Noel Hatch, Head of Strategy Camden Council and Sarah Holiday, Founder of Telescope will share with us their experience in tackling the social issue with co-design, collaboration through their network and the key insights to learn. The speech will be followed by showcasing student projects in community, emerging technology, policy areas, and Q&A discussion.

time: 22:00 – 23:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/2
2021
RCA WiP Show: Future of Work
Online Free

In this event, Marco Giglio from BCG in Italy will talk about his company’s current efforts to improve wellbeing and the important role of purpose. Chris Moore from Thoughtworks will speak about the shifting relationship between the individual and the organisation and alternative ways of thinking about organisational change through metaphor and analogy. Finally, acknowledging how wellbeing doesn’t solely come from the workplace, J Paul Neeley, director of design studio Neeley Worldwide, will talk about optimising for happiness in a complex world.

time: 19:00 – 20:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/3
2021
Panel Discussion: A Focus on Health
Online Free

From the MA students at the London College of Communications. Amidst a global pandemic, health in all its forms becomes a primary concern and the main focus of MA Service Design major projects.
Join us on Zoom for our live panel discussion where graduating students will discuss women’s health, body positivity, “telehealth”, vaccination, and both the mental and physical health of children and adults alike.

time: 19:00 – 20:00 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/3
2021
RCA WiP Show: Sustainable Solution
Online Free

In this event, Jonas Pettersson (CEO and co-founder of Form Us With Love) and a panel of academics will show us how to tackle sustainability challenges with design thinking with their inspiring stories.
The speech will be followed by student showcases and time for Q&A.

time: 22:00 – 23:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/3
2021
RCA WiP Show: New Interactions
Online Free

Before 2020 we inhabited a hyper-technological world where touch-based interactions mediated a great part of our daily life. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and fast-forwarded us into a Low-Touch Economy. This required extreme changes in order to stay healthy and safe, as individuals and as a society,
How are these ongoing transformations shaping the way we interact physically and digitally? We invite you to reflect on the future of interfaces and interactions. 

time: 19:00 – 20:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
4/22
~4/23
2021
Service Design Global Conference 2021

Cancelled

time: TBD
place: Copenhagen, Denmark
price: TBD
6/7
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
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

2/2 – 2/4
2021
Control the Room 3rd Annual Facilitator Summit
Online 

Deepen your knowledge on how to facilitate meetings that matter and connect with other facilitation and meeting practitioners. The event will include lightning talks, networking, and hands-on workshops from expert facilitators sharing methods & activities.

time: 10:30am–3:30pm CST
place: Online
price: $495
USD
2/25
2021
Interactive Design Sprint Workshop
Online Free

Join the Kyan team and learn about Design Sprints — what they are, how to run them virtually, and why so many businesses large and small are using them as the go-to way to bring digital products to life.

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

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

UX/UI Events

1/12
2021
Thinkful Webinar | UX/UI Design: Creating a Design System
Online Free

Design isn’t just an afterthought in tech circles anymore, it truly helps drive the direction of the product or service. But how does a design team help guide the rest of the company in the right direction? By incorporating a design system. A design system is a master collection of the key standardized documentation every company needs to define the overall design of the product.

time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
2/25
2021
Interactive Design Sprint Workshop
Online Free

Join the Kyan team and learn about Design Sprints — what they are, how to run them virtually, and why so many businesses large and small are using them as the go-to way to bring digital products to life.

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

Design Thinking, and More

1/22
2021
Design Thinking 101 – Stakeholder Mapping (Asian & European Time Zones)
Online 

This 90 minutes session is part of a series of short and focused masterclasses. The series is meant for people who have little or no experience applying design thinking methods, tools and frameworks.

time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM JST
place: Online
price: €62.30
4/20
~4/22
2021
Design Thinking Research Symposium 13
In-person

The DTRS series of meetings was launched at TUDelft in 1992. It aims to research design thinking on the base of real world evidence. Each of the past 12 meetings has dealt with a specific topic and in the next 13th symposium we will look at the expansion of what is understood as design (and design thinking), whereby many activities by professionals from different disciplines are seen as included in the term ‘design’.

time: Time varies (multi-day)
place: Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
price:TBD
4/26
~28
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
6/24
~6/25
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, Fukuoka, 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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