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Ben Sauer – Death By Screens

Ben Sauer – Death By Screens

Our August book of the month is “Death by Screens: How To Present High Stakes Digital-Design Work and LIve to Tell the Tale” by product and design leader and speaker Ben Sauer. 


The hardest thing to explain about a design, is the elusive ‘why?’ Why is it like that? It’s tough to communicate your design decisions, especially when everyone has an opinion about design.

The remedy to this problem isn’t what you say about the design, it’s the story you tell about it. It’s more important than the design itself. Death by Screens makes it simple to craft a story about your design with an easy-to-follow process and a template presentation structure. You don’t need to be a rockstar presenter, you just need to get your story straight.

You already know how to design a great looking presentation – Death by Screens covers the not-so-obvious topics: what to say, what to show, in what order, and how to talk about it with confidence.

Whether you’re presenting in a high-stakes scenario or not, Death by Screens teaches you how to be a strong communicator, vital to developing a successful career. Engage your audience with a well-structured presentation, transform uninspired stakeholders into enthusiastic collaborators, and gain strategic influence.

For more details and to order your copy please visit Amazon website.


Ben Sauer is a product and design leader, speaker, and author on the potential of design, possible futures, voice technology, and team culture. From 2018 to 2020, Ben worked at Babylon Health, first as a Director of Design, and then as Director of Product where he led a large team of 100 designers, clinicians, data scientists, and engineers on AI-based products worth $100m+.

Having previously worked at Clearleft, Ben has worked with organisations like the BBC, Pearson, Tesco, and TCS to raise their product game.

Some of his achievements include –

  • redesigning the social network of a $100 billion dollar company with 400K employees (TCS)
  • designing an app that won Apple’s Newsstand App of the Year (Evo)
  • designing a ground-breaking science journal (eLife)
  • worked at the award-winning, design-changing agency Clearleft
  • used information architecture to help a city save decades of time, and procure millions of pounds for digital transformation (Brighton and Hove City Council)

Speaking Topics

Ben Sauer has spoken at dozens of events and companies around the world (The Economist, NEXT Conference, VW / Audi, UX London, Penguin Random House, UX Scotland, Reakt Breakpoint Helsinki, Smart Voice Summit, amongst others).

His speech topics include –

  • The Potential of Design
  • Possible Futures
  • Strategy
  • Ethics
  • Team Culture
  • Innovation
  • Voice Technology

For more info on Ben please visit his webpage and to order a copy of the book please visit Amazon. 


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.