SPAN 2015: London

Conversations about design and technology

Thanks to everyone who joined us for SPAN London on November 12, 2015! Check out highlights from the day below, and be sure to check out our recap from SPAN NYC.


Doors Open



Opening Keynote

Luna Maurer, Moniker

Luna Maurer’s work at Moniker oscillates between analogue and digital and making programmatic ideas legible, playful, human, and inspiring. At SPAN she will share some recent work and reflect on her own “conditional design” process.



Session 1

Workshops, Panels, and Talks



Design Tools

Google’s Chris Conover will host a panel with designers and engineers from Form, Pixate, Framer, Sketch, and Zeplin, exploring the latest design tools and how they’re shaping the look and feel of software today.



Digital Making For Kids

Bethany Koby of Technology will Save Us and Shiva Jaini of YouTube Kids will lead a discussion and workshop on designing and programming for the next generation of digital makers, followed by a workshop with Electronic Playdough.



Served at the venue




Justin McGuirk, Design Museum (London)

Curator and architecture critic Justin McGuirk will discuss the ways in which global urban contexts of privacy should propel us to think more carefully about the ways in which we craft our products and experiences.



Session 2

Workshops, Panels, and Talks



Designing For New Products

Google Ventures will host a panel discussing the the art and practice of innovating for new products with product designer Hannah Donovan, Utku Can of Offset, Nick Marsh of Lost My Name, and Denise Wilton of Workable.



Jessica Brillhart, Principle Filmmaker for VR at Google

Filmmaker Jessica Brillhart will share her experience making films for VR and explore the challenges and endless surprises she’s encountered along the way.


Coffee Break



Session 3

Workshops, Panels, and Talks



Colophon and YES Studio

Anthony Sheret & Edd Harrington of Colophon foundry and Simon Earith & James Musgrave of YES Studio will each give two short portfolio talks exploring their typographic work and what it means to blur the boundary between print and digital work.



Davide Fornari, SUPSI

Historian Davide Fornari will tell the story of Arte Programmata, a cross-cultural movement of artists who pioneered new forms of spatial perception and interaction under the auspice of Olivetti.



Closing Keynote

Ken Wong, Ustwo

Ken Wong, Lead Designer of Ustwo, will talk about what it takes to create a runaway hit like Monument Valley and how designing for VR has quite literally augmented his ability to design “virtual worlds.”




Baio, DJ

The best way to end the day: a DJ set with Chris Baio of Baio and Vampire Weekend. The party ends at 8:00 PM.


All day


It’s Nice That

It’s Nice That will curate an exclusive pop-up installation and retail experience in our cafe area.

The Yard IPR Shoreditch

89 & ½ Worship St Shoreditch London EC2A 2BF


Shoreditch High St Station Old St Station London Liverpool St Station Liverpool St Station Moorgate Station


Who can attend SPAN?

SPAN is targeted to leaders in the design community. Due to limited capacity, the event is invite-only. To stay updated on future events, follow us on Google+ and Twitter.


How can I register for the event?

If you received an invitation from Google, follow the link to access the registration form and confirm your attendance. Please be sure to use the email address from which you received the invitation to register.


When does registration close?

Registration for SPAN London will close on October 30, 2015.


Can I edit my registration after I’ve submitted it?

No. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to edit your registration form after you’ve submitted it, but you can email any changes directly to


I already registered but am unable to attend. Can someone else attend on my behalf?

If you can’t attend the conference, you are able to cancel your registration using the form. To do so, go to the confirmation email you received and click the link to get back to the registration form. To nominate someone else to attend, please use the link in the original invitation email to suggest them for SPAN.


How do I get to the venue?

The Yard Shoreditch is located at 89 & 1/2 Worship Street Shoreditch, London, EC2A 2BF, just a few minutes walk from several tube stations including Old Street, Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Barbican.


Where will the happy hour be held?

The party will be hosted in the same space as the event and will start immediately after the last session of the day.


Why have you renamed the conference from FORM to SPAN?

FORM was our first-ever design conference. As an inaugural event, we were keen to see how programming would be received and take shape. This year we’re redoubling our efforts and expanding our design conference to two cities—New York and London. Renaming the conference to SPAN acknowledges the ways in which our efforts have evolved and grown, as well as our goal to bridge the conversation between makers and thinkers working in design and technology today.


Registration Terms and Conditions

Photographs and/or videos taken at SPAN by Google, or others on behalf of Google, may include your image or likeness. You agree that Google may use such photographs and/or video for any purpose without compensation to you.


Anti-harassment policy

Google is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, national identity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. All attendees must abide by our anti-harassment policy.


Conduct Policy

Google reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from SPAN (including future SPAN events) at any time in its sole discretion. This includes but is not limited to attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with the terms and conditions herein.