Barbara Spanton

Trained as an industrial designer, Barbara has spent the last 15 years in the software industry, designing interfaces for every user, platform, and industry imaginable, with a recent focus on healthcare-related software. She has led the design (or redesign) of products big and small, desktop, mobile and in between, while keeping the needs of the end users at the center of all discussions. Highly active in the UX community, Barbara teaches mobile design to the next generation of UXers, has been co-chairing Ottawa's wildly successful CanUX conference for the past 5 years, and has a few other initiatives simmering at the moment. 

Workshop: Design Thinking

This hands-on workshop will introduce the fundamental steps of design thinking (Learn, Define, Ideate, Build, Validate). Participants will be guided through a series of individual and group exercises, which will simulate (in a very condensed method) a design-centred process of creating a product. These exercises can be easily applied to participants existing projects, allowing them to introduce new ways of thinking into their organizations and teams