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Mindful Technology

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MINDFUL TECHNOLOGY // We’ve all been witness to both the delight and the disappointment that can happen when we let technology into the most personal parts of our lives. It can sometimes even seem that we serve the machines more than they serve us. (Are you listening, Alexa?!) There’s no doubt that ever-present technology has improved our lives, given us superpowers, and made us more efficient. But at what cost?

With our addictive apps, sticky widgets, and blindly engaging interactions, we’ve created an era of distraction. Novelty and disruption trump human connection—and these days, even factual truth. We can do better.

As the bits and bytes settle into the most intimate spaces of our lives, our homes, and even our bodies, designers have new responsibilities and obligations. Author and strategist Liza Kindred’s 20-year career in fashion and technology has explored both the challenges and benefits of (literally) weaving tech into our lives. Here she offers a host of practical examples that illustrate an eye-opening framework of design principles to guide us in how we make and use new technology. Learn how to create real insight, joy, and utility while still getting the job done.

Instead of designing for page views, it’s time to design for purpose, for calm, and for compassion. Instead of designing for engagement with interfaces, let’s design for actual engagement with the people and places we love. Instead of simply building better tech, in other words, let’s build for better human connection.

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Mindful Technology

  1. 1. Liza Kindred @LizaK @Mindful_Tech MindfulTechnology.com
  2. 2. Mindfulness: the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis
  3. 3. Who uses mindfulness?
  4. 4. Photo: Emily Berl / New York Times
  5. 5. “ — @garyvee
  6. 6. the big problem: we’re disconnecting from our own humanity
  7. 7. a few stats…
  8. 8. ! Source: Patrick Tucker MORE CONNECTED DEVICES (SINCE 2008) THAN HUMAN BEINGS
  9. 9. ! Source: UN MORE PEOPLE CAN ACCESS MOBILE PHONES (SINCE 2013) THAN TOILETS
  10. 10. ! Source: Neilsen AMERICAN AVERAGE OF 10+ HOURS A DAY ON SCREENS
  11. 11. ! Source: Science Daily 1 IN 5 YOUNG PEOPLE TO CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA WAKE UP DURING THE NIGHT
  12. 12. ! Source: Nancy Collier MOST PEOPLE CHECK THEIR SMARTPHONES THAT’S 150 TIMES PER DAY EVERY SIX MINUTES
  13. 13. ! Source: MN Dept of Health KIDS UNDER AGE TWO: 43% WATCH TV EVERYDAY 61% USE SCREEN MEDIA
  14. 14. part of the problem: it’s ridiculous
  15. 15. sound of vibrating ph image / gif / v Photo: Huffington Post CA
  16. 16. Photo: Eric J. Smith
  17. 17. “tech neck” pic: Stylecaster
  18. 18. Yacht
  19. 19. part of the problem: it’s serious
  20. 20. ! Source: Mobile Marketing Association 90% OF US HAVE MOBILE WITHIN REACH 24/7
  21. 21. ! Source: Fortune / Bank of America 71% OF AMERICANS SLEEP WITH OUR PHONES
  22. 22. On-demand is for movies, TV shows, and podcasts, not for you. “ —Jason Fried & David Heinmeier Hanson
  23. 23. Emanuel A.M.E. Church Charleston, South Carolina http://bit.ly/2ldr5Tj Pic: New Yorker
  24. 24. New York Magazine
  25. 25. Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt
  26. 26. part of the problem: it’s entrenched
  27. 27. ! AVERAGE TIME TO REPORT LOST WALLET IS 26 HOURS LOST PHONE IN 68 MINUTES Source: Unisys
  28. 28. ! Source: Nancy Collier 46% OF SMARTPHONE USERS SAY THAT THEY THEIR DEVICES CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT
  29. 29. !Source: World Unplugged Project | U of Maryland CLEAR MAJORITY NO DEVICES FOR 24 HOURS EXPERIENCE DISTRESS
  30. 30. ! AVERAGE EMAIL RESPONSE TIME IS 90 MINUTES TEXT RESPONSE = 90 SECONDSSource: CTIA.org
  31. 31. Man Repeller
  32. 32. Removed by Eric Pickersgill
  33. 33. Erykah Badu | Phone Down
  34. 34. the big solution: design more mindfully, for human connection
  35. 35. how? with a good value system
  36. 36. Design for human connection. Awaken the senses. Create utility or joy. Let the tech disappear. Design for disconnect. Build extensibly. Simplify. Then simplify again. Narrow the digital divide. Make something the world needs. 9 mindful tech values:
  37. 37. Value 1: Design for human connection.
  38. 38. HUMANS > MACHINES
  39. 39. Apple Watch
  40. 40. Meet Quinn!
  41. 41. Owlet
  42. 42. ! People don’t care about tech, they care about themselves.
  43. 43. Value 2: Awaken the senses.
  44. 44. Sight.
  45. 45. EnChroma
  46. 46. Horus
  47. 47. Touch.
  48. 48. Sense.
  49. 49. Embrace
  50. 50. Value 3: Create utility or joy.
  51. 51. WellBe
  52. 52. pplkpr
  53. 53. Value 4: Make the technology disappear.
  54. 54. Wink
  55. 55. MediaTek 361 Smart Shoe
  56. 56. The Bradley by eone
  57. 57. Value 5: Design for disconnect.
  58. 58. Ringly
  59. 59. Lechal
  60. 60. Value 6: Build extensibly.
  61. 61. Joule
  62. 62. Value 7: Simplify. Then, simplify again.
  63. 63. Pic: Christina Yung | @cmyungtweet @Reflecting Pool | @Mark43
  64. 64. “ — Leonard Cohen The less there was of me, the happier I got.
  65. 65. MC 10
  66. 66. @TinyCareBot
  67. 67. Value 8: Narrow the digital divide.
  68. 68. Power Felt
  69. 69. GlassOuse
  70. 70. Value 9: Make something the world needs.
  71. 71. WiFi Hat
  72. 72. Kite Patch
  73. 73. Reveal Band
  74. 74. please not this
  75. 75. please not this
  76. 76. Take a moment.
  77. 77. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. — Arthur Ashe

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