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Garrett Sheridan
Principal UX and Product Designer

Going to 'The Future'? Here are 5 speakers not to miss

Some of the Marino team will be attending ‘The Future’ in the RDS, Dublin on the 3rd and 4th of November. Here are 5 speakers not to miss.

October 27, 2017
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Some of the Marino team will be attending ‘The Future’ in the RDS, Dublin on the 3rd and 4th of November. While not specifically aimed at app design and development, or software in general, the event’s ethos and the overarching theme is about exploring how, through understanding the changing needs and expectations of people, we can create a better society for today and tomorrow. At Marino, understanding these societal trends is key for designing and developing the next wave of products that go beyond the ubiquitous mobile app.

Conferences such as this can be a bit overwhelming so I always try to have a list of speakers I definitely want to see and plan my visit around that. It was tough to narrow down to just five individuals from a list of inspiring visionaries but here’s my best shot. Here’s hoping there are no overlaps!

Stefan Sagmeister (Sagmeister & Walsh)

Friday on The Future Stage

Sagmeister has worked with some of the biggest names across industries including Levis, Rolling Stones, Adobe, BMW and Talking Heads. He is most famous for his AIGA poster for which he carved all the lettering onto his own torso with an X-Acto knife and photographed the result. 

Even though I have watched lots of videos of his talks I have never had the opportunity to see him live. I missed him when he last spoke at Offset in Dublin and heard great reports from people who were there. I’ll be sure not to miss him this time.

Alex Bec and Will Hudson (It’s Nice That / Anyways)

Friday on The Studio Stage

Evolving from a college project to an audience of 1.5 million people every month, ‘It’s Nice That’ have become a powerhouse of curation for creative industries. They join the dots between disciplines with their finger firmly on the pulse.

I recently watched Alex give an intro speech at the Google SPAN event in Newcastle & Gateshead. SPAN’s remit is to explore the ways in which design and technology shape our everyday lives, something we are obsessed with here at Marino.

He spoke about a location-based, immersive experience project that had been created for the event. We are currently working on a similar project so it’s always good to hear from someone who gets excited about the same things we do!

Paula Scher (Pentagram)

Saturday on The Studio Stage

Paula is a partner at one of the biggest and most respected design firms on the planet, Pentagram. She features in the recent Netflix documentary series, Abstract (https://vimeo.com/204214144), produced by Scott Dadich (who is also speaking at ‘The Future’). She is one of the true “superstars” of design. An opportunity to learn from a seasoned and well-respected designer like Paula is not to be missed.

Trevor Hardy (The Future Laboratory)

Friday on The Future Stage

The Future Laboratory exists to help their clients to make a better future for their business by giving them the confidence to take the decisions today that will create economic, environmental and social growth tomorrow. An aspiration we share here at Marino.

They pride themselves on providing insights on current, as well as near future advances in topics such as; consumer thinking, business strategy and emerging lifestyle trends across many of the sectors we work in such as Technology and Financial Services. Looking forward to catching a glimpse of what opportunities the future may hold for our clients and see how we can help them take advantage of what’s coming next.

Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun

Friday on The Future Stage

“Part designer, part performance artist, part space traveller, Nelly Ben Hayoun is an inexhaustible source of renewable energy that, if harnessed, could eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. Indescribable.”

Michael Beirut, partner at Pentagram and co-founder of Design Observer

I have to be honest. I had never heard of Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun before the schedule was announced but when a colleague sent me a link to her website I was instantly intrigued. I still don’t know what to expect but if the quote above is anything to go by it’s going to be interesting.

If you can’t make it to the event but are interested in keeping an eye on what’s going on keep an eye on our twitter feed.

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