How can we design sustainably? Hosted by IBM iX

The effects of climate change and the need for urgent, more sustainable action is arguably one of the most important issues of our time.

Join us on Thursday 5 March at IBM Southbank, where we will discuss what role the UX community can and should be playing in response to these changes. 


6.30 – 7pm Arrival and registration

7.05pm – 7.25pm Undesign: Designing in the Anthropocene
Anna van der Togt, Service Designer at Livework

7.25pm – 7.45pm Sustainable UX for everyone
Tom Greenwood, co-founder of Wholegrain Digital

7.45pm – 8pm Break

8pm – 8.20pm Move over Human-Centredness, it’s time for Humanity-Centred Design
Chris Sherwin, founder and director of Reboot Innovation

8.20pm – 8.40pm Building a Community to Design + Climate
Lucy Stewart, Design Researcher at Snook

8.40pm – 8.45pm Q&A, closing remarks

8.45pm – 9pm Drinks and networking

To attend, please book your place via eventbrite:


Anna van der Togt

Anna van der Togt is a Service Designer at Livework Studio. Together with her colleagues they aim to help clients understand their customer expectations and contexts. She is interested in how changes in the grander scheme of things (should) impact our work and is helping Livework to shape their sustainability offer. 

Her talk will ask if there is a role for design in the task of reducing the human impact on the planet and reducing consumption, whilst still growing prosperity? Can design adapt and play a valuable role in re-focussing clients and large organisations?

Tom Greenwood

Tom Greenwood is the co-founder of Wholegrain Digital, London’s original WordPress agency, a Certified B Corp and specialist in web performance and sustainability.

In the challenge to address climate change, sustainability must rise up the agenda for all industries, including digital. His talk will look at how digital design decisions impact carbon emissions and how a focus on sustainability can be used as a lens through which to improve user experience.

Chris Sherwin is the founder and director of Reboot Innovation, a specialist sustainable innovation and design consultancy. Chris has worked in sustainability and design for over two decades, in corporate, non-profit and creative consulting roles and helped develop several world-first sustainable products and services like the multi-award winning Fairphone 2 and Winnow Vision.

His presentation is titled ‘Move over Human-Centredness, it’s time for Humanity-Centred Design’. Chris will question whether today’s dominant design methods – Human-Centred Design and Design Thinking – can help us through a Climate and Ecological Emergency arguing, and showing, that design must change and evolve to be fit-for-a-sustainable-world. 

Lucy Stewart

Lucy Stewart is a researcher and service designer at Snook, who, together with her colleagues Ness and Zoe and a wider community of agencies, freelancers and in-house designers are building the Design + Climate community. 

Design + Climate exists to prototype and test practical ways to bring the environment into everything we design. Lucy will share what we’ve been up to, why we’re doing it and encourage everyone to get involved. There’s no time to wait. 

To attend, please book your place via eventbrite:

With thanks to IBM iX for their support and for hosting our meetup.

Mobile UX London 2020 Conference

Empowering the UX Community:
Ethical, Responsible and Inclusive Design

Our annual conference will be back on Thursday 26 November, taking place at the Museum of London.

This year’s conference will focus on Ethical, Responsible and Inclusive Design.

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