Scenarios for Design


Liz Bacon, Devise


Beginning with the concept of data-driven personas, this workshop will focus on the use of scenarios to drive the design process, to collaborate effectively with colleagues and clients, and to communicate product design solutions. The workshop leader is well-versed in a fundamental scenario-driven design approach that generates coherent, innovative solutions. Participants will study and create example scenarios, from the high-level context scenario where requirements are generated through detailed key path scenarios where interaction design solutions are refined. We will also address how to use scenarios effectively to communicate designs to the rest of your stakeholders and product design and development teams. The workshop offers participants an opportunity to discuss professional work experiences you’ve had with scenarios, especially in the context of agile development practices. This workshop targets people who:
•    Wish to understand how to make personas an effective design and communication tool
•    Want to better lead and control the design process in their organization
•    Want to expand their design practice using a powerful scenario-based methodology
•    Have not seen scenario-based approaches to product development succeed in the past


Elizabeth Bacon discovered her calling with Interaction Design in the late ‘90s when she became a consultant at Cooper. There, she led projects in various domains, supervised design teams and also taught Cooper U. Following Cooper, Liz spent five years leading IxD efforts at St. Jude Medical, a Fortune 100 medical device company. In 2007, Liz co-founded Devise, a digital product design and development consultancy based in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about the power of IxD to better the world, and has served on the IxDA Board of Directors for the past several years. In her spare time Liz loves autocross racing and writing poetry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and French Literature from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Arts from San Francisco State University.