Talks and Workshops

I facilitate design thinking workshops and hackathons, and do talks on user centred design. Get in touch to learn more.

  • 4 April 2016. UX Cape Town. Workshop: Design Websites and Apps like a User Centred Designer.
  • 26 May 2016. UX Masterclass Cape Town. Talk: The Lost Art of the Critique.
  • 8 November 2016. UX South Africa Cape Town Conference. Workshop: Make Critique Part of your Process.
  • 10 November 2016. UX South Africa Cape Town Conference. Talk: A New Vision for UX Design in South Africa: Becoming Design Activists.
  • 18 May 2017. UX South Africa Johannesburg Conference. Talk: The UX of Agriculture.


The Lost Art of the Critique

There are a lot of books being published on how think. This begs the question: Are we struggling to think clearly in the information age? This talk explores the different types of thinking and how it can be applied to get the most of our conversations at work.

A New Vision for UX Design in South Africa: Becoming Design Activists

An industry with empathy at the core of its practice can’t ignore the big problems facing South Africa and the wider continent. In a rapidly changing design landscape will UX designers be relevant in the future?

UX designers exist at a unique interdisciplinary juncture and with the maturity of design thinking, social innovation, and lean startup, we are uniquely placed to re-apply our skills in these areas to find new relevance and greater impact in doing work that matters.

But taking action is not easy, even if it can be known what is to be done. In this talk I explore the new mindsets, skills and attitudes UX designers need to shift from merely doing design to becoming design activists.

The UX of Agriculture

I’m interested in the future of food production, urban farming, and how digital technology can disrupt aspects of mass agriculture. This talk is the outcome of researching new developments and thinking in agritech and urban farming.


Design Thinking & Improv

You think with your body, not only with your brain. – Daniel Kahneman

To be a designer in the 21st century you need to master a new set of skills. This workshop will start you on the way by teaching you how to use user-centred design and improv to foster innovation and to build strong teams.

In this action focused workshop you’ll experience:

  • How improv gets groups in a creative and collaborative mindset
  • How user centred design can be used to generate solutions

Facilitated by David du Plessis and Sjaka Septembir

David is a user experience designer working with the world’s biggest companies. Sjaka is an actor/director creating performances using improv and physical theatre.

Image source: Image used under Creative Commons licence. ixdaseattle from Flickr.

Make Design Critique Part Of Your Process

It is important to make things right. But it’s more important to make the right things. In the rapid pace of agile projects conversations usually focus on getting the agile process right. Teams become inward looking, often forgetting that the design needs to solve the problems of users outside the building.

But having effective design conversations is not easy. And as more people from non-design backgrounds move into the product space, knowledge and experience for how to do effective design critique is not widespread. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to identify different types of feedback
  • How to respond to feedback, and how to give good feedback
  • Planning and running a design critique session
  • Implementing the outcomes of design critique sessions

Design Websites and Apps like a User Centred Designer

My experience has been that there is some confusion about how user centred design and design thinking can be applied to designing websites and apps. It is not just for solving social problems. User centred design is at the core of what UX designers do – this hands-on workshop takes you through the process when designing for the web.