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David Dylan Thomas

Founder, CEO , David Dylan Thomas, LLC

About David Dylan Thomas

David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias from A Book Apart and creator and host of the Cognitive Bias Podcast, offers speaking engagements and workshops as founder and CEO of David Dylan Thomas, LLC. He has developed digital strategies for major clients in entertainment, healthcare, publishing, finance, and retail. He has presented at TEDNYC, SXSW Interactive, Confab, An Event Apart, LavaCon, UX Copenhagen, Artifact, IA Conference, Design and Content Conference, Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise, and the Wharton Web Conference on topics at the intersection of bias, design, and social justice.

Speaking at the conference

Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil

Users' minds take shortcuts to get through the day. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this talk I’ll use real-world examples to identify some particularly harmful biases that frequently lead users to make bad decisions. I'll then talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our apps, designs, and platforms to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases. Finally, I'll explore our own biases as designers and some methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting users.

Q&A with David Dylan Thomas and Karen VanHouten

Jeremy will take your questions for David and Karen.

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Inclusive Design: Creating a Bias-Informed Practice

The Inclusive Design: Creating a Bias-Informed Practice masterclass is intended to help individuals and organizations come up with systemic ways to mitigate bias in their design processes.

It begins with the acknowledgement that our users have biases and so do we and asks how might we use design and content strategy tools and methods to reduce the harm those biases might cause (or even use some of our mental shortcuts for good).

The exercises will give attendees practice in applying some of these methods to the design of a hypothetical product.


We have a range of passes available to suit every schedule. All the conference and festival content will be available on-demand for three months after the event.

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