I speak at conferences and salons across the world on topics related to design, philosophy, and technology. Please email thomas [at] srsg [dot] co or fill out the contact form to book a speaking engagement.


Upcoming Presentations


Collaborate Bristol 

November 13, 2014

Bristol, UK

Topic: The Broken Worldview of Experience Design, or, The Most Damaging Assumptions Designers Make about the World


Past Presentations

Information Architecture Summit - San Diego

Interaction14 - Amsterdam

UX Cambridge - Cambridge, UK

Midwest UX - Grand Rapids

Lean UX NYC 2013 - NYC

DATA 2014 - Pittsburgh


Lean UX 2014 - NYC

Lean Strategy and Design - NYC

Pitney Bowes Innovation Day - Stamford

FutureM - Boston

NY State Innovation Summit - Albany

IxDA Big Apple Redux - NYC

HIVE - Seattle


Design for Dasein: What Philosophy Class Taught You About Design

This talk explores the connections between design and phenomenological philosophy. The goal is to give the audience a better sense of how philosophical movements have affected everyday design, from UX to interaction design to design thinking. Slides


Philosophy of Lean: Toward a Phenomenological Understanding of Lean

This talk represents preliminary thoughts on the application of phenomenological philosophy to lean product innovation. Slides


Finding the There There: theory and praxis of location-aware systems

The goals for the presentation are to 1) use theories of context and embodied interaction to examine the ways our conceptions of space and place have evolved, 2) illustrate new complexities of location-aware mobile design, and 3) suggest some new theoretical frameworks for thinking about designing location-aware systems. Slides


Information Cartilage: Context, Intelligent Systems, and IA

This presentation introduces a phenomenological understanding of how information organization evolved from modernism to postmodernism to...whatever era we're in now. It is based on a paper published in the Journal of Information Architecture and first presented at the Information Architecture Summit 2014. Slides Audio


Design Thinking: Beyond the Bounds of Your Own Head

This talk covers some basics of Design Thinking as they pertain to the externalization of ideas through empathy, problem framing, ideation, and prototyping. I look at what it means to "get out of your own head" while designing. Slides


An Introduction to Lean UX

This talk is a collaboration between Will Evans and myself. It covers tenets of Lean User Experience within the context of knowledge work and sensemaking. Slides