For nearly two decades, Stephen has worked in most areas of product strategy & design, both on the frontline and leading teams to create great experiences. His messages are often timeless in their application, with recurring themes of learning through play, entrepreneurialism, and human behavior threaded throughout his diverse body of work.

As a presenter (and former grade-school teacher), Stephen is known for sharing original ideas that inspire attendees and leave them challenged with practical tools that can be used in the workplace.

Stephen is — at conferences and for organizations.

“From Paths to Sandboxes”

Delivered at UX Salon in Israel, 2015

What Conference Attendees Say:

Raw, unsolicited feedback culled from twitter. Updated after each major event.

“favourite talk at this year's #CanUX. Awesome and applicable to so much.”

Pierre Chevrier @jpchev Nov 14

“At #CanUX today @stephenanderson gave a fascinating talk on game design and interaction design. Closely related but very different.”

Alan Cooper @MrAlanCooper Nov 12

“Magnificent, thought provoking talk on board games and #uxdesign by @stephenanderson #CanUX”

Anton McConville @antonmc Nov 12

“@stephenanderson just gave a crazy inspirational talk #gamify everything #gamedesign #CanUX #UserExperience”

Shamima @shamima Nov 12

“Teaching us through the experience - @stephenanderson No.1 presentation of #mktfest”

Anna Rehakova @annarehakova Oct 22

“My favorite underlying theme of most @stephenanderson talks is to keep having fun, no matter what you’re doing. #CanUX”

Boon Sheridan @boonerang Nov 12

“Wow! Really impressed by Stephen Anderson's thoughts at #CanUX Thx! @stephenanderson”

David Mackey @dbmackey Nov 12

“.@stephenanderson’s talk is singlehandedly making #CanUX worth every effort to attend. Kick-ass!”

Martin Kuplēns-Ewart @mkuplens Nov 12

“Really liked the talk from @stephenanderson on #mktfest .. refreshing after all those nothing-but-data presentations. Experience matters.”

Janina Dvorakova @Dzanyna Oct 22

“Thanks to @stephenanderson I once again feel the urge to expand my expertise from Analytics to UX. #mktfest”

Lukáš Čech @cataLuc Oct 22

What Workshop Participants say:

Anonymous, post-workshop feedback

“Positive, humble and generous speaker who knows how to (re-)ignite the spark of creativity amongst his audience.”

“Incredibly well structured. The pacing was excellent and the activities engaged the audience well. I found the use of personal examples compelling and they provided just enough guidance for participants.”

“Here it is the day after and I'm still thinking of some of the things I learned. I'm even applying it to new ideas. Nice work!”

“I re-gained confidence in my ability to create, and in the ecosystem of creativity itself… The whole workshop felt like a nudge to unlock what is ‘already there’ in us, with just the right tools and concepts to enable that, plus enough pointers to let us dig deeper on our own.”

“One of the best workshops I've been able to take part in.”

“I was engaged the entire time! I would definitely seek out other opportunities to hear Stephen speak again.”

Past Events:

Stephen has spoken at more than 100 design, technology, and marketing events across dozens of countries.
  • 2016:
  • World IA Day
  • UIE Virtual Seminar
  • Dallas Startup Week
  • IA Summit
  • UX Sofia
  • UX Week
  • Big Design Conference
  • Creative Mornings
  • Marketing Festival
  • CanUX
  • 2015:
  • UX Salon, Israel
  • UX Lausanne
  • UX London
  • Interactions South America, Cordoba Argentina
  • Previously:
  • HOW
  • SXSW
  • TEDx
  • …and about 100 more events dating back to 2006.

Upcoming Events:

Coming to a city near you?
Event Type Where
Refresh Dallas Presentation Dallas, TX
IA Summit 2017 Workshop Vancouver
UX Days Tokyo Workshop & Keynote Tokyo, Japan
North Dallas Agile Product Owners Meetup Presentation Dallas, TX
UX London 2017 Workshop London, UK
Amuse UX Workshop & Keynote Budapest, Hungary

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Speaking Topics

Is Stephen a good fit for your event? Here's a list of themes Stephen is currently exploring:

Psychology & Design

Applying what we know human behavior and decision making to design projects.

Games, Play, & Learning

Exploring our innate desire to take on challenges and learn through failure and accomplishment.

The Visual Display of Information

Using space and visual encodings to aid in cognition and understanding.

Product Strategy & Design Leadership

Aligning an organization around the customer experience.

Fostering Innovation

What are the habits of highly innovate people, and how do you help others develop these habits?

Emerging Technology & Near Futures

From tangible bits to pervasive computing to data privacy & human rights, what kind of future are we building?

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Favorite Talks:

Because there's always a favorite.