Inclusive Design: Creating a Bias-Informed Practice

This is a two-part virtual workshop:
6/21/2021 & 6/23/2021 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Part 1 will run on June 21st, 2021 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Part 2 will run on June 23rd, 2021 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT


Design often overlooks the needs of excluded communities and it is remarkably easy to design for folks who look and act just like us without even realizing it. But there are practices and approaches to design that can help avoid these outcomes.

Based on his book, Design for Cognitive Bias, David Dylan Thomas’ Inclusive Design: Creating a Bias-Informed Practice workshop is intended to help organizations come up with systemic ways to mitigate bias in their design processes. It begins with the acknowledgement that our users have biases and so do we and asks how might we use design and content strategy tools and methods to reduce the harm those biases might cause (or even use some of our mental shortcuts for good).


  • Give participants experience using some of the methods (red team/blue team, ethical goal-setting, etc.) that lead to less-biased outcomes
  • Give participants a game plan for making changes within their organization to gradually implement increasingly inclusive design
  • Ultimately, change not only hearts and minds but budgets, and help participants understand the value of making these practices standard operating procedure in a way that is reflected in project plans and budget allocations.


David Dylan Thomas
David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias, creator and host of The Cognitive Bias Podcast, and a twenty-year practitioner of content strategy and UX, has consulted major clients in entertainment, healthcare, publishing, finance, and retail. As the founder and CEO of David Dylan Thomas, LLC he offers workshops and presentations on inclusive design and the role of bias in making decisions. He has presented at TEDNYC, SXSW Interactive, Confab, An Event Apart, LavaCon, UX Copenhagen, Artifact, IA Conference, IxDA, Design and Content Conference, Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise, and the Wharton Web Conference on topics at the intersection of bias, design, and social justice.

Our Toolkit Series is a new program of workshops for creative professionals.

Members: $75
Non-Member Students: $75
Non-Members: $100

This is an intimate workshop with limited capacity. All participants of this workshop will get an e-book copy of David’s book Design for Cognitive Bias.

Proceeds for this event make all of our programming possible so we may in turn fairly compensate our speakers, fund our programs & outreach, and operational costs. AIGA Los Angeles is a nearly entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are thankful for your continued support.

This is a virtual event using Zoom. Once you are registered, an email will be sent at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 21, with a link to join the online event.

This event will be recorded and registered ticket holders will be able to gain access to the recorded session at a later date.

Accommodations for captioning and/or sign language interpreter can be provided. Please let us know at time of registration by emailing us at: administration [at] Zoom also offers accessibility features which can be found on their website.

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When & Where
Mon, Jun 21, 2021 - Wed, Jun 23, 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT