Design Beyond Devices: Demystifying Multimodal Design

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
9:00AM PDT / 12:00 PM EST

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In this talk, multimodal design expert Cheryl Platz walks you through the 4 key themes in her book Design Beyond Devices.

Learn the Foundations of Multimodal Design

Have you ever wondered how you might approach designing the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, where crew members move fluidly between voice controls, physical controls, touchscreens, holograms, and more? Such a complex design challenge requires a robust set of underlying systems that adapt to human needs and offer plenty of flexibility in the moment. In this talk, multimodal design expert Cheryl Platz walks you through the 4 key themes in her new book Design Beyond Devices – and shows you how they may help you take your next steps towards the final frontier.

This week's special guest

Cheryl Platz

Prinicpal UX Designer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Founder of Ideaplatz

Cheryl Platz is a world renowned designer, author, actress and speaker whose work on emerging technologies has reached hundreds of millions of customers across multiple industries.

Her professional passions include natural user interfaces, applied storytelling in design and research, and taming complexity in any manifestation. Cheryl’s first book, Design Beyond Devices: Creating Multimodal, Cross-Device Experiences, was published by Rosenfeld Media in December 2020.

Cheryl’s career spans a wide variety of high-profile projects at employers including Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Azure, Cortana), Electronic Arts (The Sims series), Griptonite Games (Disney Friends, Chronicles of Narnia), Disney Parks (PhotoPass), and presently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Cheryl is the owner of design education company Ideaplatz, LLC through which she shares her experience with conferences and companies worldwide. Her work and insights have been featured by outlets including the BBC, Huffington Post,,, Adobe, and at venues on 5 continents and in 15 countries. She's also an experienced actress and 13-year veteran performer/teacher at Seattle's longest-running improv theater, Unexpected Productions.

Learn more about her unique career - from design to acting - at - and follow her on Twitter or YouTube at @funnygodmother.

What can you expect by attending?

  • Expert advice from conversation designers
  • Tips on how to hone your craft as a conversation designer or developer
  • Insider information on how the best in class optimize their team workflow
  • Q&A with the special guests

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