Amber Case on Modern UIs and the Importance of Calm Technology

Key Takeaways

  • We are all cyborgs now
  • There is a clear sequence for a technology to be accepted in society, and trying to leapfrog the steps results in failure
  • The value of calm technology to overcome the shock of so many devices competing for our attention in different ways
  • The importance of security and safety in the always connected technology world
  • The risks, downfalls and benefits of technology in human lives

About QCon

QCon is a practitioner-driven conference designed for technical team leads, architects, and project managers who influence software innovation in their teams. QCon takes place 7 times per year in London, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Shanghai & Tokyo. QCon London is at its 11th Edition and will take place Mar 6-10, 2017. 100+ expert practitioner speakers, 1300+ attendees and 18 tracks will cover topics driving the evolution of software development today. Visit to get more details.

Announcing the Calm Technology Book Tour!

calm-technology-oreilly-amber-case Calm Technology: Designing for the Next Generation of Devices

How can you design technology that becomes a part of a user’s life and not a distraction from it? This practical book explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing a user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time. You’ll learn how to design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, and remain unobtrusive.

This year I’ll be touring around the world with my latest book, Calm Technology. I hope to see you soon!

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19-23: DENT Conference, Sun Vally, Idaho

29: O’Reilly Strata Conference, San Jose, California

12: Innovation Day Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (Private Industry Conference)

15: Design Week Portland, Portland, Oregon

16: What is Media? Conference, University of Oregon White Stag Building, Portland, Oregon

20-24: IoT Fuse Conference, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota

29: TBD: Craft Conf Budapest, Hungary (or) First Shannon Conference on the Future of the Information Age, New Jersey


12: MIT Media Lab Civic Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts

24-27: UXLx: User Experience Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal (Workshop on Calm Technology)


1: IT Futures Conference, Toronto, Canada


8-11: Yes & Yes Yes, Palm Springs, California


21: FutureM, Boston, MA


4-5: Plenary speech at Why the World Needs Anthropologists (note, link is to last year’s conference), Tartu, Estonia

Upcoming events to be announced soon.