SydDT #99: Designing Tomorrow Book Launch with Martin Tomitsch & Steve Baty

We were lucky to have Martin Tomitsch and Steve Baty speak at SydDT #99 last Thursday night as part of their Designing Tomorrow book launch tour. They did a couple of readings with key insights, and shared a bit about the journey that led to the book. 20 lucky people also scored a free copy.

Designing Tomorrow draws on global trends, academic research, and case studies to explore how designers and decision-makers can leverage strategic design tactics to drive positive change in organisations. Designing for the long now.

Thanks to ThinkPlace and Dynamic4 for sponsoring this event… and to everyone who came and made it a fun night! Couldn’t make it or just want to relive it? Watch it now.

Check out the Designing Tomorrow book website for more details and to buy the book, download free resources and templates, and the Tomorrow Shop – it’s not your usual merch shop, proceeds go to Common Ground.

A shout out to Alan Chen and Diana Ayoub from Sh8peshifters who did the great book illustrations and visual design.

Our next meetup is SydDT #100: Delivering Inclusive Experiences in Public Services (13 June). We’re lucky to have Therese Konwerski and Keith Diamond sharing some of their stories of designing inclusive digital products and services in public services.

We’ll also be celebrating a couple of milestones. Our 9th birthday… and 100th meetup! There might even be cake 😃

And we’re closing in on 10,000 SydDT members. For some fun – and as an incentive to join SydDT (for free) – everyone who joins between now and 12 June will go into the draw to win a copy of my book Solve Problems That Matter. I’ll put all names into a randomiser and draw the winner at our meetup on 13 June… and you don’t need to be in the room to win – we can only fit ~80 😄

Tickets are going fast, so grab your ticket now. See you there!

Meetup Announcement

Thursday, 30 May 2024 @ 6pm. ThinkPlace, Sydney

We’re lucky to have Martin Tomitsch and Steve Baty talking about their new book Designing Tomorrow and the journey that led to the book. You’ll have a chance to grab one of 20 free book copies that Martin and Steve will be giving away as part of the SydDT book launch. Get your ticket now!

As designers, we constantly make decisions about what and how we design and who we involve. Those decisions cause ripples that can negatively affect ecosystems and future generations. Drawing on global trends and academic research, the book offers strategic design tactics to drive positive change.

Designing Tomorrow is your ultimate guide, packed with practical tools and strategies to create positive change. Whether working solo, in a small agency, or a big organisation, you’ll learn how to embrace planetary perspectives and think long-term, even in a profit-driven world. Discover how to make mindful decisions, transform your design practices, and influence company strategies to leave a positive impact for future generations.

Come join us for some fun and engaging conversations.


Martin Tomitsch

Martin is a Professor and Head of the Transdisciplinary School at the University of Technology Sydney and a founding member of the Life-centred Design Collective.

He grew up on an organic dairy farm in the Austrian Prealps before moving to Vienna to study information technology. While on exchange in Stockholm, he discovered what was then called ‘user-centred design’, which led him to complete a PhD in human-computer interaction and his first academic post at the University of Sydney’s Design Lab.

Through his work as a design academic and educator, Martin advocates for the transformative role of design as a framework to imagine speculative futures and drive positive change. Martin’s other books include Making Cities Smarter and Design Think Make Break Repeat.

Steve Baty

Steve is a strategic designer with over 25 years experience as a business founder, keynote speaker, awards judge, Interaction Design Association (IxDA) president, conference organiser, and UX Book Club founder. He has worked with hundreds of clients in digital systems, e-commerce, UX, service design, and strategic design.

Steve is co-founder of both Meld Studios, an award-winning agency based in Sydney with clients from across the world, and UX Australia, which hosts industry conferences for designers and leaders. Steve is driven by his desire to see a sustainable and just world in which everyone has an opportunity to thrive, well into the future.

Event Sponsors

A huge thanks to our sponsors for this event… ThinkPlace for hosting and catering and Dynamic4.