Literalism & Co-design for Inclusion

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Mayday! Mayday! On Wednesday 1 May we’re meeting in-person for talks on literalism and co-design for inclusion. It is a great opportunity for UX professionals and enthusiasts to network, share ideas, and learn from industry experts.

We’re delighted by to be hosted by The Weir Group in their amazing offices on 1 West Regent Street Glasgow G2 1RW (view on map).


  • 6:00pm: Doors open – Say hello to other people in the community.
  • 6:30pm: Ryan Kane will be exploring the roots of common UI patterns, their physical origins and how this relates to service design .
  • 7:00pm: Vinishree Solanki will share examples where co-designing with underrepresented groups has revealed compelling insights and helped amplify the voice of everyone equally.
  • 7.30pm: Discussion and networking – what did you learn and how can you apply it in your work?
  • 8:00pm: Event ends


About the talks and the speakers


In this talk, Ryan explores the roots of common UI patterns, and their physical origins. He then expands this into marketing strategies, product design and a real example of his award winning Service Design of the UK’s first paperless mortgage experience.

He explains how being on the Autistic spectrum means his mind struggles with conceptual and abstract thinking, and how this naturally led him to UX Design given its roots in physical design.

Ryan Kane

With 15 years experience across UX, UI &. Service Design, Ryan is currently the global Head of UX for The Weir Group, an industrial product-led manufacturer in the sustainable mining sector. Ryan leads a centralised team of Designers, Researchers & Developers collaborating on strategic projects and defining & expanding a single Design System globally.

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Co-design for Inclusion: Best Practices 

Co-design is now a well-established approach embedded in any User-Centered Design or creative practice. Vinishree has worked collaboratively with several organisations adopting the co-design process and has been instrumental in engaging with excluded or marginalised groups.

She will share examples where co-designing with underrepresented groups has revealed compelling insights and helped amplify the voice of everyone equally.

Through short case studies, she will discuss:

– Differences between co-design and co-production and how to embed it in your project brief, and get organisational buy-in

– How to engage effectively with user groups with complex needs, vulnerabilities and barriers faced due to exclusion.

– How conditions were created for people to share their lived experiences while sharing power and creating an inclusive space for individual and collective expression.

– Creative co-design tools that were used, the challenges surrounding them, and how they were adapted along the way.

– When the co-design journey has been less extractive and a more rewarding experience not only for the designers but also for the people they have been working with.


Vinishree Solanki

Vinishree Solanki Vinishree Solanki is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative practitioner. She has been working as a design professional for 17 years and brings along, her expertise in design-innovation, user research methodologies, design thinking, circular economy and net zero strategies to effectively translate insights into planet-centric design solutions for people, products, spaces and services. Her initial work in sustainable architecture, lighting, and industrial design coupled with her recent projects in Service Design has broadened her practice of user-centered design that delivers social and environmental impact.

As a Design Lead, she has been working with organisations to create purpose and impact through co-design, inclusive and accessible experiences, while navigating the complex landscape of services, digital solutions, and just actions.

She enjoys working with people and communities and applies creative tools for community-engaged projects. She has extensive experience in working with under-represented communities and vulnerable user groups.

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Weir Group
1 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 1RW

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The space we are using has:

  • step-free access
  • power assisted doors
  • accessible toilets