Josh Clark

About Josh Clark

Josh Clark is a design leader who helps organisations build products for what's next. He is founder of Big Medium, a New York design studio specialising in future-friendly interfaces for artificial intelligence, connected devices, and responsive websites. His clients include Samsung, Time Inc, ExxonMobil, (Dotdash), TechCrunch, Entertainment Weekly, eBay, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh has written several books, including Designing for Touch and Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps. He speaks around the world about what’s next for digital interfaces.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the popular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running schedule, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up running. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

Read our interview with Josh.

On the web @bigmediumjosh
Fri 25 May, 2018, 09:30

Design in the Era of the Algorithm

The design and presentation of data is just as important as the underlying algorithm, and designers have an urgent role to play in crafting the emerging generation of AI interfaces. Designer Josh Clark explores a rich trove of examples—at once entertaining and sobering—to unearth design principles for creating responsible machine-learning applications. Learn to use AI as design material in your everyday work. Adapt to the machines’ weird, unexpected, or flat-out-wrong conclusions. And above all, scrub data for bias to create the respectful and inclusive world we all want to live in.

Thu 24 May, 2018, 14:00

Design for What's Next

Let’s prototype an AI product! In this hands-on session, you’ll explore the new digital interactions emerging from machine learning, and how you can put those interactions to work today. You’ll wind up with lasting lessons and perspective for how to design for any new platform. Your guide is designer Josh Clark, author of Designing for Touch and ambassador of the near future. As we build our prototype together, you will learn new UX techniques for expanding service and brand across fresh-from-the-future technologies like speech, bots, physical interfaces, and artificial intelligence. You’ll leave the day inspired to create—and ready for action. Along the way, you will learn to: Understand the machine-learning technologies that are easily available and ready for you to use as design material right now. See how to fit them into your everyday products and processes. Use play and experimentation as the means to create real products for new technologies. Refit familiar design techniques for new contexts, and discover emerging best practices for smart/AI interfaces. Create honest interfaces that set expectations and guide behavior in ways that match the system’s ability. Give your interface a subtle “body language” to suggest to users how new services work. Establish new design principles for presenting machine-generated content, conclusions, and interactions. Define the essentials of the service you’re offering. What remains constant across all platforms? What are the unique opportunities for each emerging channel to enhance/extend those essentials?