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Sunday, March 9 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fringe Design: Tackling Disability & Death

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Who gives a f*ck about techies? We don’t.
We prefer to consider those at the fringes of life. Yes, we’re talking about incapacitation and death. It’s not fun. It’s not sexy. And it certainly won’t inspire the next wave of thoughtful design. Or will it?
Every stage of life, planned or unplanned, has its unique set of challenges, yet our focus is on the average, the repeatable and the “target audience.” What would happen if we considered audiences at the fringes of life, with real problems that are typically ignored?
Creativity flourishes when we dismiss the status quo and attack a problem with a different set of challenges. How can technology help us prepare for death? How can it help the disabled live more normal lives? And how can it help us retain our identities, even when we can’t express them anymore?
Join us to learn how designing for the fringe gives us a different perspective to unlock our creative potential. As you know, we’ll all join the fringe sooner or later.

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Evan Carroll

Author/FounderThe Digital BeyondEvan Carroll is a user experience designer, author and speaker from Raleigh, NC. He is co-founder of The Digital Beyond, a blog and think tank devoted to digital afterlife and legacy issues.
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Virginia Ingram

Account PlannerVirginia Ingram and AssociatesVirginia is an account planner and digital strategist who lives in Johnson City, TN and Durham, NC. She uses digital solutions to solve human problems and helps individuals understand how caregiving issues impact those who need care, the... Read More →

Sunday March 9, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Omni Downtown, Austin 700 San Jacinto

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