Update, May 2019
While I’ve enjoyed the opportunities afforded to me in the past, I’m now selective about my speaking appearances. Most of my CO₂ footprint comes from flying to events, and I have a moral obligation to reduce it from currently indefensible levels. I pledge to reduce my emissions from flying by 50% in 2020, by accepting fewer gigs and applying a new air travel policy.
Book me for your conference for a far-reaching perspective that will challenge and inspire your attendees. I’m a veteran public speaker, combining an articulate style with hands-on experience earned working with leading technology companies. My talks typically discuss the urgent intersection between design, technology, ethics, and the future.
Who am I?
I’m Cennydd Bowles, a London-based designer and futurist. Over a sixteen-year career, I’ve written two popular books (Future Ethics and Undercover User Experience Design), led design at Twitter UK, and been fortunate enough to develop a reputation as a global leader in digital product and UX design. As an independent consultant, I’ve worked with clients including the BBC, Samsung, WWF, Cisco, and Ford.
My focus today is the ethics of emerging technology. I’ve been quoted on the topic in The Guardian, Ars Technica, The Daily Telegraph, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Forbes; my new book Future Ethics has been called ‘One of the most important books a designer could ever read.’ I now consult with technology companies on ethical approaches to design and new product development, drawing on innovative techniques from speculative design, futurism, and contemporary practical ethics.
I’ve presented at a range of major tech companies and universities, and am a regular keynote speaker at tech and design conferences worldwide.
11 September 2019 · Defy Mediocrity, London
17–18 September 2019 · Intersection 19, Lisbon
24 September 2019 · World Interaction Day 19, Oslo
28 October 2019 · Weber State University (Peterson Leadership in Technology Speaker Series), Ogden UT
5 November 2019 · Agile Testing Days, Potsdam/Berlin
9 November 2019 · All Tech Is Human, New York City
26 November 2019 · TechCare, Copenhagen
22 January 2020 · New Adventures, Nottingham
4–6 March 2020 · Service Design in Government, Edinburgh
Per the Update above, I am reducing my speaking availability through late 2019 and 2020. I will therefore prioritise paid opportunities that have a publicised and enforced code of conduct. My air travel policy applies to all international events.
Feedback on my talks
‘Well done, and THANK YOU very much for your time today. You broke Slack with quotes, commentary, questions and just general feedback. To summarize: “This presentation should be required viewing for every new designer at [company].” Kudos.’ –Design leader, in-house client.
‘It sparked some incredible discussion and had more quotable moments than I’ve ever seen!’ —Designer, in-house client.
‘That was one of the most compelling, cogent, inspiring, informative, and enlightening lectures I've ever seen. (And I've seen a lot!:) You were amazing. And we are so lucky.’ —Design faculty member.
Milton Keynes Geek Night, Milton Keynes
IxDA London, London
Camp Digital, Manchester
Trivago Academy, Düsseldorf
Design Intersections, Chicago
Frontend United, Utrecht
Sitecore Experience, London
IxDA Paris, Paris
UX Meetup, The Hague
Digital Design Ethics, Amsterdam
World Usability Day, Rome
UX Live, London
All Tech Is Human: Ethical Tech Summit, New York
Evenings at the Loft, Los Angeles
Facebook Comma-Con, Redwood City CA
Stanford University HCI Seminar, Stanford CA
UX Speakeasy, San Diego
CHIFOO, Portland OR
UX Scotland, Edinburgh
Google People & AI Research Symposium, Zürich
World IA Day, Toulouse
UX Bucharest, Bucharest
London Tech Week, London
To Be Designed, online
UX Days Tokyo, Tokyo
Interaction ’17, New York
Generate London, London
Prototypes, Process, and Play, Chicago
UX London, London
IxDA Olso, Oslo
The Lean Event, Brighton
Ctrip UED Summit, Shanghai
Amuse UX, Budapest
Web Expo, Prague
UX Australia, Brisbane
Design Swansea, Swansea
Geek Meet Stockholm, Stockholm
FLUPA UX Day, Paris
UX Lausanne, Lausanne
Camp Digital, Manchester
UX Riga, Riga
Practical Takeaways, Cardiff
From Business to Buttons, Stockholm
Mind the Product, London
Content Strategy Forum, Cape Town
UX People, London
UX Lx, Lisbon
Breaking Development, Orlando
UX Brighton, Brighton
Future of Web Apps, London
UX Australia, Sydney
Ulster Festival of Art and Design, Belfast
IA Konferenz, Munich
Information Architecture Summit, Denver
South by Southwest, Austin
Think Vitamin, online
UX London, London
Information Architecture Summit, Phoenix
Web Source East, Norwich
Design by Fire, Utrecht