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The Thoughtless Design of Everyday Things

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Thoughtless Design of Everyday Things

Why do so many software systems and physical products seem to have been designed by someone who has never used a product like that before? This presentation explores that mystery. You’ll see numerous examples of thoughtlessly designed products that violate nine fundamental principles of good design, along with some examples of particularly effective designs. By studying such products we can identify many lessons that can help designers, product development managers, and even consumers. You’ll also see multiple techniques to help designers craft products with a focus on how consumers will use them, not just on their features.

Karl Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact, a software development consulting and training company in Portland, Oregon. He has a PhD in organic chemistry. Karl is the author of 12 books, including Software Requirements, More About Software RequirementsSuccessful Business Analysis Consulting, and a forensic mystery novel titled The Reconstruction. His most recent book is The Thoughtless Design of Everyday Things (Thoughtless-Design.com). Karl also has written many articles on software development, design, project management, chemistry, military history, consulting, and self-help, as well as 18 songs. You can reach him at ProcessImpact.com or KarlWiegers.com.

We will be using Zoom for our virtual event. Instructions on how to connect will be viewable after event registration.

Meeting Cost

  • IIBA Members - Free (promo code will be in your email to register for event for free)
  • Non Members - $5 +fees ($6.04)

If you would like to Join or Renew IIBA membership prior to purchasing a ticket for the event please click here IIBA International. Please join or renew membership by 5pm Friday March 5, 2021 in order to receive member promo code to register for event.

If you are an IIBA Portland Metro Chapter member the promo code will be emailed to you. If you are an IIBA member of another chapter please email marketing@portland.iiba.org with your membership number by 5pm Saturday March 6, 2021 to get the promo code.


Event Details: 
Agenda: 6:30 - 6:45 - Networking 6:45 - 6:50 - Welcome and Announcements 6:50 - 7:50 - Presentation
Event Location: 
Virtual event on Zoom - link will be provided after event registration on Eventbrite