14 – 15 March 2019

thestudio, Manchester

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Ben Holliday


About this Case Study

Where are you on the path to being a senior designer? How do you think about seniority, and what really makes a designer 'senior'?

In this session, Ben will talk about why job titles don’t count and how all designers can start to take more responsibility for their career progression. He’ll explain how to do this while being true to your own voice and style of leadership (there’s no one size fits all here). Ben will share stories and some practical advice, having hired and worked with over 100 designers in the past 5 years.

This case study will help people get unstuck and aims to challenge more designers to make the step up into places where their work will make a difference.

About the Speaker

Ben Holliday is Chief Design Officer at FutureGov (wearefuturegov.com). He has over 17 years' experience delivering design and research for products and services. He works extensively with not-for-profit, charity and arts organisations, as well as start-ups in the financial sector.

Ben has worked with UK government for the past 5 years, at the Government Digital Service (GDS), and more recently leading the user-centred design teams at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The main focus of his work and skills is design leadership for organisations and teams.

Ben writes about design on his blog and for FutureGov and is a regular speaker at digital, design, user experience and public sector conferences.


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