The Goa Project

in Publishing & Appearances

Quicksand's Shiraz Iqbal was invited to speak at The Goa Project, an "unconference" that included performance artists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, hackers, activists, market researchers, and more. At one of the design sessions, Shiraz spoke about user-centered design, questioning the rationale behind having rigid inflexible processes in place for research and the popular persona fetish within the practice. The talk eventually evolved into a discussion about how humans are social creatures, and the way in which we use language to share experiences/ideas affects how we see and interpret the same; it became about how we close ourselves off to possibilities when we use language without considering the things that have not been said out loud.