Kit Oliynyk

Senior Business Design Lead


Kit Oliynyk

About Kit Oliynyk

Over the past 15 years, Kit has been a design leader, a speaker, a writer, a product designer, a UX-interaction-something-something designer, a consultant, a dad (twice), and a cautious optimist for this exciting tech-ridden time we all live in. He cares a lot about design cultures at large scale, design education, design ethics, and computational design. Kit is particularly interested lately in bringing larger design impact to society as a whole and building ethical and sustainable solutions for everyone. We're thrilled he's joining us at UX London 2020.

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Not Your Typical Design Ethics Talk

Kit will talk about the ethos of "makers"—how making things and simply being creative for the sake of creativity can be a bad thing, particularly if we're not willing to be responsible for our legacy and instead pretend that “design isn’t political.” 

This talk will showcase studies of companies and products that are making our lives and our society worse—sometimes unintentionally. It will explore dark patterns and how they could cost millions of dollars—and, sometimes, human lives...

In response Kit will share three areas of transformation where we as an industry can get better: 

  • Self-identity: Transform our beliefs to shift from pure craftsmanship to become the makers of social good, evolve our definition of success from “moving fast and breaking things” into the sustainability and health of our society.
  • Connection: Engage with as many people as possible in our companies (beyond just tech), overcome our biases through diversity and inclusion, and share beliefs and values that empower our partners and us to care about people, together.
  • Future-proofing: Ask questions to one another to collectively identify the emerging risk zones for our products and services using a variety of tools, including EthicalOS, moral value maps, “worst-case scenario” workshops and more.