Tesla has been using the design and connectivity of its cars to change transportation. Microsoft has been disrupting entertainment with the design and connectivity of its game consoles. That’s why we invited the designers of Tesla’s cars — Franz von Holzhausen — and Microsoft’s soon-to-be released Xbox One — Carl Ledbetter — to speak at our annual experience design conference RoadMap.
RoadMap will take place on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco at the awesome Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater. Franz and Carl will both do onstage interviews about their inspirations, their design philosophies, how to meld design and engineering into a commercial product and how connectivity changes all of this. And of course we’ll try to pick their brains on their companies’ upcoming product releases. You’ll be able to ask questions, too!
RoadMap is focused on experience design and throughout the event attendees will get to hear from the creative minds behind Instagram, Square, Gilt, Airbnb, Quip, Samsung, Nest, Behance, About.me, GitHub, Google Maps, Tinder and many more. See the speaking list here.
Tesla’s Model S is one of the first cars in the world to be designed from the ground up as an electric car (not a traditional car stuffed with batteries) and it’s also at the cutting edge of wireless connectivity and software, with its over-the-air updates and 17-inch screen. Franz was formerly the Director of Design at the Mazda North American Design Center, where he created the Nagare surface language design philosophy and was responsible for the design of all Mazda products in North America. He was also formerly the Design Director at General Motors.
The highly anticipated Xbox One comes out on November 22, and it’s at the forefront of UI, with its Kinect features and innovative game controllers. It’s also changing entertainment and communication with its live TV guide, and media apps. Carl has been Microsoft since 1995, in their Windows Hardware Innovation group and later led industrial design for Microsoft PC Hardware business group.
Don’t miss out on RoadMap. It’s the only experience design conference created for the tech industry. We hope to see you there.