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Notes on Responsible Design

TUESDAY, NOV. 5 | 2.00 PM

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Margaret Gould Stewart

VP Product Design, Facebook

As designers, we have to expand how we think about our responsibility not only to the people who use the things we design, but to everyone whose lives are affected by them. In this talk, VP of Product Design at Facebook Margaret Stewart will explore some of the things she’s learned over the past decade about designing responsibly for digital spaces at scale, and invites you into an ongoing conversation we need to have, for the next ten years and beyond.


About the Speaker

Margaret Gould Stewart is Vice President of Product Design at Facebook. In this role, she leads a global team of product designers and researchers for teams such as Artificial Intelligence, Privacy, and Data Use. She also oversees Facebook’s Responsible Innovation & Design Core Team, which is focused on integrating ethical foresight into the company’s overall product development process. The team is developing methods, tools and training that support product teams early in the design and development phase. The goal is to ensure that teams at Facebook make every effort to understand how the products and technologies that are built could affect people in both positive and negative ways, and to facilitate engagements with multi-disciplinary external communities to inform the process.

Margaret has been a leader in the field of user experience design for over 20 years. After graduating from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in 1995, she consulted with media companies such as the New York Times, Time-Warner, and Scholastic to develop many of their first web properties. She is a frequent speaker on the subjects of design leadership, responsible innovation and the impact of technology on society.

Before joining Facebook, Margaret served as Director of User Experience at YouTube, overseeing the design of all YouTube’s products globally. Prior to that role, she managed Google’s Search and Consumer Products User Experience team. Over the course of her 20-year career, Margaret has led design teams for Facebook, YouTube, Google, Lycos, Tripod, and Angelfire.

As part of the Google design team, she accepted the National Design Award for Corporate Achievement in 2008 and now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She is a regular speaker at conferences such as TED, CHI, and AIGA, and publishes her thoughts on design and leadership on Medium.

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