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Video of the Week: Tragic Design – Jonathan Shariat

Jonathan ShariatOur Video of the Week this week goes back to Direction last year in Sydney, when US designer Jonathan Shariat gave a very thought-provoking talk on “The real cost of bad design & how to fix it”.

This ties in with what is currently a predominant theme among web and digital essay writers, conferences and podcasts: ethical design, eg the focus ethics received at our good friends’ excellent UX Australia conference in Sydney just a couple of weeks ago. And that’s a good thing!

Another point to note here is that Jonathan’s talk was based around research for a book he was co-authoring with Cynthia Savard Saucier. That book, Tragic Design, was published by O’Reilly in May this year. Very much worth getting a hold of.

In the meantime, set aside 45 minutes for Jonathan’s talk – we reckon you’ll be glad you did.


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