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: 9/2/21

Service Design Events

9/9
2021
Learn and Lunch: Service design in organisational context
Online Free
Koos has noticed that as service design keeps maturing, more and more organisations are applying this discipline. However, while working on more significant projects, we also realized that we start to run into organisational barriers that make it more complicated to implement our design.

time: –
place: Online
price: Free
9/9
2021
Service Design and Delivery
Online Free
Government delivers a lot of services and with effective service design, government is able to better determine which of these pieces of their digital and physical services need to fit together, whether and how well they meet citizen needs, and then rebuild them to meet these needs.

Join us at the complimentary Government Service Design and Delivery virtual event and explore the platform for collaboration, helping participants share and understand the evolving landscape and harness the power of effective end-to-end service design in order to increase CX.

time: –
place: Online
price: Free
9/17
~9/18

2021
Service Design Days 2021
In-person
The Service Design Days is a cross-boundary, transdisciplinary conference for forward-thinkers and change-makers; strategists, entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who are involved in product and service innovation and the (digital) transformation of organisations. The event focuses on human-centred design and connects strategic designers with business strategists and many other problem-solving minds.

time: ー
place: BAU Design College of Barcelona, Spain
price: € 315,00
9/21
2021
Learn and Lunch: Service Design for a Circular Economy
Online Free
Organisations are striving to become more responsible. On the other hand, consumers understand and demand a shift to a more sustainable lifestyle. The urgency is increasing every day, but how can we accomplish this?

The transition to a circular economy is not a technology problem; it is a people problem. And to address this complex challenge, Service design is a uniquely equipped method.

time: ー
place: Online
price:
Free
9/21
2021
UX Crunch at Home: Service Design
Online Free
Much like UX designers, service designers look into the user’s experience of a websites touch-points. But they also shape how those touch-points are connected, how people move around the service and what the experience of that journey may look like for both users and employees of that service. They’re more likely to be consulted with larger scale problems or if the solution to the problems requires changes spanning over multiple parts of the service. They must remain consistent in their approach to design whilst also maintaining a personable service that not only meets the business intents and the users’ needs- but excels their expectations. Join our speakers as they share insights from their experiences in service design and look at how to approach some of the issues that service designers may be tasked with.

time: 02:00 – 05:00 JST
place: Online
price:
Free
9/21
2021
SDN Book Club – Touchpoint Vol. 12 N. 2 : Service Design & Systems Thinking
Online Free
About this event
There is a transition underway in service design that is challenging traditional ways of working. As the scope of service design projects continues to expand, service designers are increasingly confronted by the immense complexity of overlapping service systems. The articles in this issue offer powerful provocations and hopeful, practical examples on how to integrate systems thinking into service design.

Let’s explore and discuss these articles together.

time: 19:00 – 24:00 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
10/21
~10/22

2021
Service Design Global Conference 2021
Online
After a year of surviving the global pandemic and putting a greater focus on social justice, we know more than ever that the values we embrace and the choices we make define the world we experience. The decisions we make as designers and business leaders have real consequences on people and the planet—both designed and unintended. Whether improving existing services or fostering innovation, we need to be more intentional and aware of the ripple effects we create. 

time: ー
place: Online
price: €150〜

Design Sprints & Workshop Events

9/30
2021
Design Sprints AMA #6: 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
10/1
2021
Google’s Design Sprint: Design Sprints for Impact
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 to unpack the sprint and use its various practices for rational decision making and ideating in other situations.

time: 12:00 AM – 1:30 AM JST
place: Online
price:
Free

10/27
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.
Hosted by our Head of Product Strategy, Harry Ford
– Learn about solutions, prototyping and validating
– Tips to run a successful workshop, remotely
– Q&A, plus a mini sprint simulation with other attendees

time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM JST
place: Online
price:
Free

UX/UI Events

9/6
2021
UX Design Empathy Mapping FREE Taster Session
Online Free
Our free Empathy Mapping taster session provides an introduction to one of the most powerful frameworks in design thinking, used to gain deeper insight into customers and stakeholders.
This will be accompanied by a brief overview of our UX/UI course offering and showcase of alumni work, followed by a quick Q&A.
This workshop is perfect for anyone intrigued by design thinking or considering a move into UX/UI.


time: 20:30 – 21:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/8
2021
UX Research Workshop: Design an Outdoor Activities App
Online Free
Join our live streaming challenge, where you’ll learn and practice some new UX Research skills with Expert Researcher Michele Ronsen of Curiosity Tank.

time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: $30 USD
9/9
2021
UI/UX Design Explained: Building From the Bottom Up | Virtual Workshop
Online Free
Build a successful website is much like building a house: you need to come up with a solid plan, lay down strong foundations, and consistent work is applied to see the finished product. Join the University of Miami UI/UX Design Professional Bootcamp Program and Associate UI/UX Program Director Patrick McClary and explore the ins and outs between user experience and user interface design the play key roles they play in the process of building and developing digital products like apps, websites, and more.

time: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/13
2021
How to Break Into a Career in UX Design
Online Free
UX/UI is one of the most in-demand skills. But when it comes to figuring out how to start your career and break into the market – it can be really overwhelming.

In this workshop, we’ll simplify everything and share our top tips on how to kickstart your new UX/UI career – offering advice and guidance on all of the above and a whole lot more.

time: 20:30 – 21:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/14
2021
Thinkful Webinar | UX/UI Design: Creating a Design System
Online Free
Incorporating a design system in your company brings lots of tangible value: faster to market times, improved UX and customer satisfaction, better internal communication, and consistency across all products. Join us in this webinar as we continue to discuss why having a design system is so important and gain hands-on experience in creating your own.
What you will learn:
– What is a Design System?
– Notable Real-World Design Systems
– Figma Tips and Best Practices
– Creating Our Own System

time: 20:30 – 21:30 JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/14
~9/15

2021
ProductCamp 2021
Online Free
Listen to stories, lessons and project insights from other product professionals. Choose between 50+ sessions happening simultaneously across 6 virtual rooms. Switch between the rooms at any time and select the one that suits you the best.

time: zł0 – zł79.52
place: Online
price: Free
9/18
2021
UX/UI Design Thinking For Teams & Individuals
Online Free
This workshop is all about the tools, techniques and mindset needed to use design thinking, no matter your team size.

time: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/22
2021
Thinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study
Online Free
UX case studies form the core content of a UX professional’s portfolio. They are essential to getting you hired because case studies are a window to your professional practice — they show how you think, adapt, cooperate, and ultimately solve challenges. What does a good case study look like? And how should you build them to make your portfolio shine?
A great UX case study tells a story about you and like all the best stories, case studies benefit tremendously from a solid structure that guides the reader through your thinking and experience. Join us for this webinar replay as we discuss how to create impactful case studies with the right structure that will help your portfolio stand out from the rest.

time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/23
2021
2030 Movement: Is Data Killing UX Design Instinct?
Online Free
In this event, our experts will explain the importance of data in the design process and suggest methods that designers can incorporate to drive data-informed design decisions without compromising on creative intuition. Join us to learn how to balance between data and design to create the best UX!

time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/29
2021
UX Research in an Agile World
Online Free
UX Research is still one of the hardest areas to incorporate into an Agile setting. This session will cover recommendations for setting up the logistics to best facilitate research and specific tips to plan, run, and analyze UX research effectively within an Agile environment. 

time: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free

Design Thinking, and More

9/9
2021
The Future Of Now – Cracking the Toughest Phase of Design Thinking
Online Free
Insights are the lifeblood of all design, innovation, government and business activity. Yet too many organisations still waste their time inventing solutions for non-existent needs.
In this interactive talk Nathan Baird shares his 20+ years of practicing, refining, honing, leading and training insight skills on 100s of brand, design and innovation projects and 1000s of workshops across multiple industries and continents.

time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/16
2021
Take Action: Accessibility and Inclusive Design Thinking
Online Free
Instead of asking differently abled employees what special accommodations they need to do their job, proactively build a company culture by asking “How can we design a world with fewer barriers?” Join us to learn how you can begin to have a more inclusive workplace using Accessibility & Inclusive Design Thinking.

time: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/21
2021
Creative Reaction Lab: How Traditional Design Thinking Protects White Supremacy
Online Free
“Any system produces what it was designed to produce.” (
National Equity Project). White supremacy and its values have been historically constructed into the social, political, and economic landscape of the world, seeping into professional norms and standards – including those found in design, design thinking, and other forms of creative problem solving.
This 2.5-hour interactive webinar will dive deeper into defining white supremacy and how it shows up beyond overt acts of hatred, explore how white supremacy is upheld in the ideologies and practices of “traditional” design thinking, and examine how we might shift design mindsets to more equitable, diverse, and inclusive practice.

time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
place: Online
price: Free
9/21
2021
Designing Responsible Products: Why Intent Matters More Than Ever
Online Free
Design has always been about problem solving. But the scale and complexity of the problems designers face is at an all-time high as we consider designing solutions that are safe, ethical, and inclusive.
Focusing purely on outcomes can cause unintentional harm to humans, our communities, and society. How can we, as designers, meaningfully improve the world when the speed and continuous introduction of new technology seems to make all of us more vulnerable? What can designers do when facing conflicts of interest around creating responsible solutions?

time: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/23
2021
Designing for humans: An introduction to Human-Centred Design
Online Free
This free workshop will introduce you to the concept of human-centred design through hands-on activities and collaboration in small groups.
You’ll work with others to design a solution to a problem using fun activities that force you to think fast! By the end of the workshop you’ll have an understanding of the principles of human-centred design, why it is crucial, and how to apply it in practice.

time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/25
2021
St. Clair College Genesis Entrepreneurship Center: Design Thinking
Online Free
Change your mindset – about challenges and problem solving – and about creating something new! Build your creative confidence and learn how to innovate using a proven Design Thinking process using the globally recognized IDEO, Standford school Design Thinking method.

time: 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM JST
place: Online
price: Free
9/28
2021
World Interaction Design Day
Online Free
World Interaction Design Day is an annual event where we come together as a united global community to show how interaction design improves the human condition.

Our aim is to have a positive, long-lasting impact by facilitating activities that support dialogue and outcomes.

This year’s edition of IxDD will continue to be primarily a digital-first experience. We’ll come together, but apart, through regional live stream events from around the world.

time:
place: Online
price: Free
9/28
2021
Learn and Lunch: Customer Journey Mapping 2.0
Online Free
After ‘The basics of Customer Journey Mapping Learn’ & Lunch, where we touched upon the basic knowledge of how to develop the tool for your own project, we bring you an advanced session, where we will:
– Discuss how to use a Customer Journey Map as an innovation tool
– Share how you can use a Customer Journey in your organization, to transform from a project-focused way of working to continuous improvements.

time:
place: Online
price:
Free
10/23
2021
Tokyo – Design Thinking Lightning Mixer
 In-person
We will facilitate a brief IDEO Design Thinking workshop where participants will learn about the process, how it can be applied across industries and best practices you can use with your team when tackling big design problems of your own!

time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM JST
place: WeWork – Ginza Six
price:
$15
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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