Looking for some inspiration? The Design Indaba 2011 Conference (2010′s event is pictured above) takes place February 23rd to 25th in Cape Town. Focusing on the role of design in economic revolution, the event is “curated with a focus on case studies and ingenious problem solving, rather than simply eye-catching portfolios.” With 40 speakers and 2,500 delegates, it is one of the leading design conferences in the world. This year Design Indaba features David Kester, chief executive of the Design Council; Deborah Szebeko of thinkpublic; and Luke Pearson of pearsonlloyd and the British Design Council, speaking on the role of design in tackling social issues and re-designing public service.
At the end of March, the SEE Project, a network of European agencies working with national and regional governments to integrate design into policy, holds the final SEE conference in Brussels. Since September 2008, SEE has coordinated workshops with policy-makers around the topics of design in policy, design for sustainability, and “evaluating the return on design investment.” The conference will provide an overview of the project’s work, including presentations by Caroline Van Cauwelaert of Yellow Window and Kristen Van Ael of Namahn on their Service Design Toolkit for public services, and Christine Simon (Policy Development for Industrial Innovation, European Commission’s Directorate Geneneral for Enterprise and Industry) on “What’s Next for Design in Europe.”
For those unable to make it to South Africa or Belgium, don’t despair: the Adobe UK Enterprise Blog is hosting a monthly series of webinars on government IT design that aids the end-user experience. Upcoming topics include “Security: Citizen Data and Transactions” (March 17th), “Designing and Delivering Intuitive Processes and Service Transactions” (April 14th), and “Simplifying Service Transactions and Business Processes” (May 12th). Each event is taking place at 2 p.m. British Standard Time, five hours ahead of Eastern Time in the U.S. Register online or follow the event live via AdobeEnterprise’s Twitter feed.