Debate Camp for Designers


John Howrey


Joe Meersman


Advance RSVP is available to Primary Entry badge types only. Walk-ups may be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Advocating and evangelizing for design can be challenging. How do we embrace pushback and know how to respond? How do we remain positive, conversational, and use artifacts to make a clear case for our process and our users? This workshop makes the design community stronger by allowing all attendees to share our tactics and techniques.

As designers, regardless of being in-house, agency, or otherwise, we must know how to negotiate and navigate difficult scenarios with partners of all types. We create the best possible outcome for our users—but that's not always the no-brainer we hope for.
This exercise is going to put attendees on their feet. They will play a role—either an antagonist or a protagonist. With given pushback topic/prompts in hand, designers will plan an improvised scene.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Workshop
Event Type: Session
Track: Design
Level: Intermediate