As we’ve mentioned on the podcasts and news, Design Politics 2020 will be held as an online event due to the COVID-19 situation. Please read this post for more detailed information about our plans and refunds.

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Design Politics

Design Politics is the first in a planned series of conferences from This is HCD, to be held on June 16th and 17th 2020 in the gorgeous space of The Richmond Education and Event Centre in Dublin.

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What’s it about?

Design is the act of making change through putting products and services into the world. There are always politics in design — within project teams, studios, client stakeholders, impact on the environment, culture and society.

In an age of perpetual design sprints, Design Politics is a chance to spend much-needed time thinking about and discussing the complexities of design.

The conference mixes together people from design and other disciplines at a smaller-scale event to broaden the conversation, explore diverse views and create opportunities to apply a mix of thinking and doing with world-class practitioners leading and facilitating.

Attendees will return to their daily roles fully-charged and ready to apply new learnings with new perspectives to their organisations.

Who should attend?

Anyone is welcome to attend, but the content of the conference will be of particular interest to:

  • Service Designers
  • Product Designers
  • UX Designers
  • Content Designers & Strategists
  • Business Designers
  • Ethnographers and Anthropologists
  • Design Researchers
  • Product Managers
  • Business Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Corporates, agencies and public service organisations.

Conference approach & philosophy

The conference is best thought of as the This is HCD podcasts and community—guests and hosts—brought to life.

There are plenty of large practitioner conferences, but flying hundreds of people between continents is no longer sustainable. This is HCD conferences aim to be smaller and more intimate experiences with high-quality, deep thinking, and remote participation opportunities.

  • We are aiming for a blend of local and international, and gender-balanced talent.
  • The conference capacity is 128 people plus a global live streaming audience.
  • We will create live and recorded podcasts for our global community.
  • All keynotes will be captured on video for archival on our website and YouTube post event.
  • We will strive for a zero carbon-footprint conference.
  • The attendee flight radius should be max 2-3 hours and all travel carbon offset.
  • All food and drinks will be locally sourced to support the local community and reduce environmental impact.
  • The energy consumption of the venue, event supplies, attendees will be calculated and CO2 offset by partnering with carbon capture projects.
  • For networking, both evenings will have have drinks in the 120-year old conference venue accompanied by live piano music.
  • This is HCD is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Please read and take note of our anti-harassment and code-of-conduct policy.

Photo by Niv Singer on Unsplash.


Rosenfeld Media – Unequaled user experience expertise, in print and in person.

Rosenfeld Media provides deep user experience design expertise in the formats you need. They have generously offered to give all Design Poltics attendees a 20% discount of their books.

Dogpatch Labs – A curated startup hub in the heart of Dublin.

Dogpatch Labs is a startup hub, located in the historic chq Building and in the heart of Dublin’s Digital Docklands. Their mission is to accelerate the development of Ireland’s startup ecosystem by providing a valuable community from where you can grow, share knowledge and form connections. They have generously supported Design Politics with their workshops spaces.