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No, Seriously, F*ck Engagement: Building a More Human Web

By David Dylan Thomas

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Deep Dive Talk


Fri, 20 Oct 2023


Main stage

About this session

MLK said, "We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society."

As practitioners, what is our role in that shift? We'll explore that question by looking at how “thing-oriented” design differs from “person-oriented” design.

How might engagement, or our definition of it, perpetuate the very systems of oppression we dreamed the web might end? What if entering into a dialogue with Indigenous design could allow us to imagine a web that cares about people more than it cares about money?

These are big swings, but it's about time we took them.

About David Dylan

David Dylan Thomas

David Dylan Thomas

Author, speaker, filmmaker at

David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias, creator and host of The Cognitive Bias Podcast, and a twenty-year practitioner of content strategy and UX, has consulted major clients in entertainment, healthcare, publishing, finance, and retail.

As the founder and CEO of David Dylan Thomas, LLC he offers workshops and presentations on inclusive design and the role of bias in making decisions. He has presented at TEDNYC, SXSW Interactive, Confab, An Event Apart, UX Days Tokyo, UX Copenhagen, Artifact, IA Conference, IxDA, Design and Content Conference, Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise, LavaCon. and the Wharton Web Conference as well as numerous companies, universities, and organizations on topics at the intersection of bias, design, and social justice.