UX and Digital Design Week

Future London Academy

Future London Academy

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Who should attend

  • Creative directors and heads of design departments
  • Digital product designers, UX and visual designers
  • Design managers and team leads
  • UX researchers and analysts
  • Service designers and product owners

About the course

Create experiences that people will fall in love with. Get inspiration for your current projects and advice on how to build a design team of your dreams. Find out the secrets of what makes products successful and what mistakes companies made when they were building new services.

Overview

During a whole week you’ll immerse yourself into London's tech and creative industry exploring the hottest trends and latest inventions. You will have a chance to meet the teams behind the most ground-breaking products and learn how they approach design and UX strategy, work with clients and improve their services. This programme consists of keynote presentations, case studies. fire-side chats, roundtable discussions and mini-workshops all conducted at the actual company offices – that gives an even better perspective on how they work and collaborate.

Some people call our format a 'design safari', some say it's a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip. This is a very fresh way to learn and explore the industry. And the best part is – you will spend this week as a part of a small group of 30 like-minded entrepreneurs, UX designers and product managers from around the globe.

What you will learn

  • Best practices in conducting research, prototyping, testing, and product launch
  • The role of DesignOps in the organisation
  • How human centred design can help your projects
  • How do the world’s best design team and companies work: processes, workspaces and culture
  • Latest methodologies and tools for digital product design
  • Product design trends for web, mobile, wearables, and IOT
  • How to sustain a Design System
  • How to grow and manage design teams successfully
  • Best practices in creating a UX strategy for a multi-product company

Programme Structure

Morning guest

The first activity of the day includes an informal talk to activate the brain and body to receive the creative stimuli of the day. You will interact with other participants, share your ideas, experiences and expectation for the day and meet local professionals to get to know more about the backstage of the innovation industry.

Morning session

It is the first session of the day, it will take the form of a lecture, fire-side chat or a workshop in one of London's top companies.

Lunch break

Between the morning and afternoon sessions we will have a short break when you will have an opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the surroundings of the day programme locations.

Afternoon session

It is the second session of the day, where you will have a chance to visit another top London agency and listen to their team revealing tools and methodologies they use in everyday work.

Debrief and the city

After a long day of absorbing new ways of working, innovating and creative thinking we will debrief the content of the day to better organise them in our minds. This activity will be short and engaging and it will take place straight after the afternoon session in locations that we can then visit as cultural and social activities such as museums, galleries, event spaces or bars.

Workshops and Office Visits

We will immerse you into London tech and creative industry, by connecting you with the most influential people in the industry and taking you to the offices of leading UK companies. Each speaker will share their own insights and will be able to answer any questions you might have. By having only 30 participants on this programme, we make sure that each of you will get the most out of this experience.

Visits to the Best London Spots

You’ll be able to visit secret London spots, view the city from the top of a skyscraper; visit the most exciting exhibitions of the year; and you’ll discover where London’s creative community spends their free time. We’ll have a pint at the oldest pubs in London — 200, 300, 400 and even 500 year old. In addition, you’ll get recommendations to guide your own explorations, with tips on the best places to eat, drink and relax in capital of Great Britain.

Final Party

At the end of this intensive week we are hosting a party for all participants, with lecturers, special guests and people from the industry. After presenting certificates to each participant, we’ll have some drinks and a party. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get useful contacts, be introduced and just enjoy the company of inspiring and successful people.

Price Includes

  • all talks, office visits, discussions and workshops
  • exhibition entries and planned cultural activities during the programme
  • party/networking event at the end of the week
  • certificates

Price doesn't include banks transfer fees, food, travel, visa, accommodation or any other extra expenses.

Programme curators

Yury Vetrov

Previous Speakers

Angie Yuanmalai

Associate Creative Director

Angie Yuanmalai, Associate Creative Director at Huge uncovers how user experience can change the way consumers and brands interact with each other. Huge is an experience design and digital marketing agency that provides services to Fortune 100 companies. They apply rapid prototyping, ongoing usability testing and iterative development to bridge the gap between the digital and physical experiences. Angie Yuanmalai will be talking about building and living a creative culture.

Andy Thornton

User Experience Director

Clearleft are strategic design partners. They use research, design and strategy to enable innovation, deliver products and services, build design capability and transform organisations. Andy Thornton, shares how to embed a design system and quantify design capability.

Hem Patel

Signal Noise create experiences that persuade, inspire and excite their customers towards their ambitions. Shaped by their own Data-Design philosophy - a compelling new approach for building products, telling stories and imagining new futures. Hem Patel and Christian Thümer will talk about how they are reinventing how people see and use data.

Alice Cappo

UX Lead

Phantom is an independent, digitally-led creative agency with London and Auckland. They adapt and evolve, collaborating with brands and craft business-transforming solutions that change the game and perform to extraordinary levels. Alice Cappo explores how Phantom uses technology to create meaningful experiences.

Jonny Burch

Founder

Progression is the first ever design skills framework, allowing you to save time, money and your team. With your career ladder and the app's rock-solid skills definitions, your team will know where they stand, and how to get where they want to go. Jonny Burch will talk about how to empower your design team to grow.

Ruby Steel

Senior Design Strategist

Smart Design is a strategic design company that helps people live better and work smarter. They humanise products, services and experiences through deep research, insights and more. They launch innovation platforms, redefine customer journeys and reimagine entirely new revenue streams. Ruby Steel talks in depth about design strategies.

Jan Struek

Lead Product Designer

How do you design data-driven products at pace? Jan Srutek, Lead Product Designer discusses how Trainline combines multiple sources of qualitative and quantitative insight to inform its product design decisions. Trainline is the leading independent rail and coach travel platform selling rail and coach tickets to millions of travellers worldwide. People can seamlessly search, book and manage their journeys all in one place and offer customers the best price for their journey and smart, real-time travel information on the go.

Nat Buckley

Lead Designer

Nat Buckley, Lead Designer at Bulb demonstrates DIY Design Systems in an interactive workshop. Bulb is a startup energy supplier that provides 100% renewable electricity and gas to homes across the UK. They make energy simpler to manage through their easy to use digital counter parts.

Jenna Smith

Global Director of Research Strategy & Operations

UserZoom helps businesses get the insights they need to deliver highly intuitive user-friendly solutions, using agile, feedback-based design methodologies. They make user research a standard practice in the design process, applying their research software and services. As Global Director of Research Strategy & Operations Jenna knows that UX Research is never pretty and shares why that's not a bad thing. Along with Lee Cooper, VP UX Research they'll demonstrate how to overcome the constraints of perfect UX research.

Dem Gerolemou

Visual Designer

DeepMind is the world leader in AI research and its application for positive impact. Their mission is to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any problem. Dem Gerolemou talks about taking a holistic approach to problem solving, and what this looks like in practice.

Morgane Peng

Director of User Experience and Design

Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. They combine financial strength, proven expertise in innovation, strategy of sustainable growth and a commitment to the positive transformations of society and the economy. Morgane Peng talks about how she is taking their product and UX design practices to the next level.

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