CID Lecture Series

Upcoming CID Lecture

Wade Shearer

Lecture Title:

Thursday, December 6th, 11:00am in 3211 WILK


Past Lectures

Colin Gray

Lecture Title: Ontology, Mindset, and Conceptions of Design Methods in UX Education and Practice

Wednesday, October 17th, 12:00pm in HBLL 1060

Description: There has been increasing interest in the work practices and education of user experience (UX) designers, particularly in relation to methods that support design activity. In this talk, he will address the ways in which practitioners, educators, and students conceive of design methods, including: 1) the ontological and epistemological positioning of design methods; 2) the content knowledge and mindset required to engage design methods in one’s practice; and 3) the tensions between academic and practitioner conceptions and utilization of methods. He will conclude with implications for the study of design practice and the education of UX designers.

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Davis Smith

Lecture Title: Connecting with Consumers through Experiences and Shared Values

Thursday, February 15, 11:00am in W310 Tanner Building


Mariah Hays

Lecture Title: Using UX to Your Advantage

Bio: Mariah Hay is the VP of Product at Pluralsight, a fast-growing enterprise technology learning platform. In her role, Mariah leads six co-located product teams, and challenges and inspires each one to understand the daily life of Pluralsight end users, guiding the design of a human-centered product from the ground up. Under her leadership, Pluralsight successfully launched its technology learning platform in June 2016 and now–just one year later–serves more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies. Mariah has spent her career teaching and advocating human-centered design. Before joining Pluralsight, Mariah served as the director of user experience design for Universal Mind, one of the largest independent digital agencies in North America. She also lead all user experience for AMC Health, and under her leadership, the company developed a remote patient monitoring software that connects with medical devices and clinical services. Prior to that, Mariah served as a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design where she developed and directed graduate coursework focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and the integration of tangible design thinking on all levels of strategy, planning and management.Mariah earned a bachelor’s in art at the College of Charleston and a master’s of fine art in industrial design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She continues to share her knowledge and passion for human-centered design by serving on the board of the Women’s Tech Council of Utah and actively mentoring aspiring designers. She is the Founder and Co-Organizer for Ladies that UX Salt Lake City Chapter and Co-Organizer for Product Hive, a community of product managers, strategists and designers that come together to learn, contribute and connect, through volunteer-led opportunities.

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Wednesday, October 4, 12:00 pm in the Library Auditorium (HBLL 1060)

Cahlan Sharp

Lecture Title: Making Creativity and Innovation Part of Your Organizational DNA

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Bio: Cahlan spent his formative years in a small town in Nevada, coming to Provo after serving an LDS mission to Brazil and attending school at BYU. After some defining moments in his educational experience, he spent time teaching himself web development and started a career as a web developer. Soon after, he fell into the startup world and spent the next ten years starting, building, and failing at creating a successful and impactful business. In early 2013, after moving back to Utah following the failure of a Silicon Valley tech startup, he decided to start teaching part-time coding classes. These classes became DevMountain, the largest and highest rated coding school in the intermountain west, and one of the most successful coding schools in the country.


Thursday, January 19, 11:00 am in the Library Auditorium (HBLL 1060)

Jed Morley, Brand Strategist at Integrated Marketing Services

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Lecture title: Designing a Culture of Innovation

Thursday, November 17, 11:00 am in the Library Auditorium (HBLL 1060)


Zach Atherton, Founder and Director of ImprovBroadway School of Comedy and Theater

Lecture title: Improv as an Imperative for Innovation and Creativity

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Note: We videotaped Zac Atherton’s CID lecture.  Because Zac is an Improv expert, there was significant audience interaction during the presentation.  Hence, the audio of audience presentation is difficult to hear.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Who: Chris Mattson

Title: “Why Design Simultaneously Unites and Divides Us”

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