Alastair Simpson


Alastair Simpson

Head of Design for Software Teams

Alastair is currently Head of Design for Software Teams at Atlassian. He is an advocate of using lean customer centric design and design thinking methodologies to solve complex business problems.

Previously, Alastair worked at global publishers Reed Business Information as well as a digital consultancy firm consulting to Qantas, FOXTEL and Telstra. He also owns a rather large tee-shirt collection.

11:15am – 12:30pm

Lightning Talk #11 @ Room 311

Designer spaces

You can’t take creative people, stick them in sterile, lowest cost per square foot spaces, and expect them to achieve the best work of their lives. Atlassian has been focussing heavily on the design of their work spaces, to create flexible, engaging, delightful, and yes productive places for their teams to work in.

It’s about a lot more than foosball tables and beanbags, and Alastair will share knowledge that can value a freelancer’s home office, to entire buildings (like Atlassain). As Atlassain has evolved from its engineering roots to incorporate a large design team, so have the needs of their office space to help the team work together as multi-disciplinary teams, and form real communities around their product and customer goals.

Hear Alastair Simpson from Atlassian talk about the creative spaces they’ve designed that have scaled with the changing needs of their teams and what they’ve learned about the benefits of creating better environments through thoughtful design.

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