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. Past topics include:

Phenomenology and design

Theories of context and context-aware systems design

Design thinking

Space and place


Philosophy of technology

Lean theory


Upcoming Presentations


DATA 2014

May 7-8, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA

Topic: Design Thinking: Beyond the Bounds of Your Own Head


Past Presentations

Information Architecture Summit 14


UX Cambridge

Midwest UX

Lean UX NYC 2013


Lean UX 2014

Lean Strategy and Design

Pitney Bowes Innovation Day


NY State Innovation Summit


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.


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.


Philosophy of Lean: Toward a Phenomenological Understanding of Lean

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


Design Thinking: Beyond the Bounds of Your Own Head

This talk was co-written by Will Evans and myself. It covers some basics of Design Thinking as it pertains to externalization of ideas through empathy, problem framing, ideation, and prototyping.


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. 


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.


Design Studio for Context-Aware Systems

This workshop brings the design studio methodology to designing for context-aware systems. It covers the philosophical foundations of context and how to apply theoretical models to context-aware product design.


Context in Mobile UX Strategy: The Importance of Being Fickle

This talk examines contextual design and mobile UX strategy. When dealing with mobile interfaces, we need to adopt a new concept of strategy--one that is adaptive and fickle.


Designing for Screens, Interfaces, and Experiences: A Semiotic Perspective

Semiotics and user experience are concerned with many of the same topics: objects and their representation, messaging and interpretation, meaning and text. This presentation examines new ways of thinking about interfaces and experiences based on a semiotic framework.