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 specialist topics are ethical approaches for technology teams, emergent trends in digital product & UX design, and speculative design; other topics available on request.
Who am I?
I’m Cennydd Bowles, a London-based designer and tech ethics consultant. 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.
30 April 2019 – IIBA, London
17–18 May 2019 – Frontend United, Utrecht
4 June 2019 – Trivago Academy, Düsseldorf
12 June 2019 – Camp Digital, Manchester
4–5 November 2019 – Agile Testing Days, Potsdam/Berlin
Now booking worldwide for 2019 and 2020. I strongly prefer events that have a publicised and enforced code of conduct. I also offer training in ethical product development, visual design, and motion design and prototyping; these make for ideal pre-conference workshops.
Technology was never neutral: its social, political, and ethical impacts have recently become painfully clear. The stakes are only going to get higher as connected cameras watch the city, algorithms take over society’s most important decisions, and transport, jobs, and even warfare become automated. The tech industry needs to earn the trust these technologies demand. Drawing on years of research for his new book Future Ethics, designer Cennydd Bowles will illuminate the moral challenges that lie ahead for technologists, and discuss how practitioners and companies can create more thoughtful, ethical products for future generations.
Building Better Worlds (from May/June 2019)
Digital dystopias loom large over the coming decade – mundane surveillance, hypernudging algorithms, autonomous weapons, widespread disemployment – all against the backdrop of political upheaval and escalating climate crisis. It’s easy to succumb to fatalism, to feel powerless in the face of a world tipping off its axis. But our trajectory is not yet locked in: we have millions of futures to choose from. We’ve talked enough about how the tech industry lost its way; now it’s time to make things better. Cennydd Bowles, author of Future Ethics, will reveal how tech workers and companies can mobilise for change, bringing ethics into the heart of their practice, and making technology more responsible, more just, and more democratic. Better worlds are possible, if we wish them.
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.
Sitecore Experience, London
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
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