You’re invited to a purely social IxDA festive event where we congregate at the Pumphouse in Darling Harbour and commingle! We’ve had an amazing year with some fantastic events and we’re thinking to cap it all off with an event where we can all chat, celebrate and imbibe.
Drinks (beer and house wine) and snacks will be sponsored up to a certain amount and once the money’s gone, it’s gone! The event cover charge is $8 (plus Eventbrite fees) and this money goes straight over the bar for you to transform into drinks for yourselves. As you know IxDA doesn’t have any money and we don’t keep any money.
Get in quick. This event will sell out!
In great gratitude to our generous sponsors TBA, for their support of this festive occasion.
IxDA Sydney has secured a session with Alan Cooper to answer your questions and share knowledge and experience on Interaction design with us, through the magic of the interwebs, straight from his home in San Francisco.
The “Father of Visual Basic”, Cooper is also known for his books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. As founder of Cooper, a leading interaction design consultancy, he created the Goal-Directed design methodology and pioneered the use of personas as practical interaction design tools to create high-tech products.
On April 28, 2017, Alan was inducted into the Computer History Museum’s Hall of Fellows “for his invention of the visual development environment in Visual BASIC, and for his pioneering work in establishing the field of interaction design and its fundamental tools.”
Join us at the Sydney Business School promptly at 8 to check in for an 830 start and prepare your questions for Alan!
The last meetup of the year, brings a couple of Sydney UX veterans to the podium to talk about what you need to grow and expand your Design skills and career.
wiggoaugogo’s Ninja Tricks
Adrian Wiggins, Experience Design Director, Pollen
Tricks & tips to help you win experience design knife fights in the dark.
Since 1998 he has helped create new digital experiences and strategies for storied brands and startups, for businesses in most sectors of the economy, for cultural institutions, social enterprises and not-for-profits, and for all levels of government. 2017 work: eBay, Gumtree, KinCare, Colgate, Sydney Living Museums, MCA, SLNSW & NFSA.
What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring? How can you tap into the gold that comes from these relationships or become one yourself? Explore the differences and real world examples to help you get started, get more from it now, or using coaching and mentoring to grow, give back and stay connected.
Bec is a passionate believer in the way design can impact people’s lives; through the organisations, products and services they encounter every day. She thrives in environments where she’s empowering others to tap into their own creativity, empathy and inherent capacity for growth. She has worked in, managed and led digital design teams for more than 18 years. Bec’s obsession in recent years has been in behavioural change and psychology, cultural change in organisations, and a good dose of neuroscience-based coaching.
A workshop exploring the new foundations of design for the networked world. Includes sketching techniques for exploring the properties of digital products including Agency, Opacity, and Feedback.
Foundations give us practices and language to understand, manipulate, and communicate the underlying properties of our medium and materials. In this workshop we will discuss new foundations that apply to interaction design, software driven systems, and the aesthetics of the networked world. We’ll learn what they are and how to practice applying them to complex problems.
The workshop will have useful practices and info for all levels of experience. The participants will learn a few hands-on techniques that they can use directly for their own work, including some sketching techniques, critique, and new concepts for communicating and thinking about their designs. Matt will be facilitating the workshop remotely from Toronto but as IxDA Sydney has managed in the past, fully present and attentive.
Attendees of this workshop will gain insights and abilities into how to bring sketching into techniques, effective critiquing, and to apply strategic thinking at any level of zoom inside their orhganisation.
This workshop would be valuable to the following roles in senior indivdual contributor or management roles:
Matt Nish-Lapidus is an independent designer and creative technologist based in Toronto, Canada, a design instructor at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), and an active musician and artist.
His work has included everything from a digital library catalog in use all over the world to enterprise software, video games, and large-scale public installations. He spent the first few years of his career assisting international new media artists including Stelarc and David Rokeby while developing his own art and design practice. He has since worked with organizations as big as Coca-Cola and as small as un-funded startups.
Over the past 10 years Matt has focused on developing a design practice that addresses the opportunities and challenges of living in a networked world, and how we can use beauty and expressiveness to make better products.
The next IxDA Sydney Meetup will be looking at two aspects of interaction design, both depending on a deep understanding of users, their behaviours and motivations. How users consider and behave with your product or service depends on both passive and active interactions, which our presenters will be discussing with you this August. Join Liz Bacon and Ben Pintos-Oliver as they take you on a journey through Branding and Scenarios.
IxDA Sydney / UX Australia Portfolio Review
In addition, in collaboration with UX Australia we will be holding a portfolio review session with top UX Seniors and Managers on the evening of August 8. IxDA Sydney Senior members will review your portfolio in order to help you put your best foot forward in interviews and the selection process. If you are a new, beginner or well established Interaction Designer, CX/UX/SD Practitioner, or recent graduate, book an appointment.
Scenarios: Humanize All The Things
Scenarios are a fundamental interaction design practice. From definition to delivery, this essential tool helps ensure that we design delightful — and successful — products and services. This talk illuminates the key qualities of scenario-based approaches, providing many actionable methods as well as enlightening theories.
Mind the Brand Gap
Where does Brand and Product design starts, finish and overlap?
With expectations of fast-tracking products into market, to quickly validate problems, solutions and experiences, we find a number of industries needing to evolve their own approaches and methodologies. While some practices have fully embraced this, there are some that are still playing catch up. Stating the obvious, we know the product first needs to be created before you can market it.
On a traditional path, a branding or advertising agency would then have 3-9 months to squeeze the product through their various methodologies, but this time-frame has now reduced, with ‘Product Innovation’ and ‘Build’ practices evolving their approach to be more iterative, seeking early validation. This has resulted in products landing in customer’s hands earlier, causing the agencies that are traditionally second in line, to work more collaboratively and efficiently.
While we might come from similar fields, we are almost speaking different languages, which has created a wealth of pain. So how might be solve this?
Fortuitously we have an opportunity to tackle the longstanding divide by refreshing Branding and bridging the gap with Product teams.
About the presenters:
Elizabeth is a Director Emeritus of IxDA Global. An innovative problem-solver, Liz has been practicing at the forefront of the UX and product management fields for almost twenty years. She began her career at Cooper, the pioneering interaction design consultancy. She’s passionate about making the world a better place and is particularly interested in the health and medical domains. Her strategic endeavors have included in-house roles (St. Jude Medical, Providence Health, and Cigna) as well as running her own consultancy (Devise) and starting up a business (Find Wellness).
Portfolio Review, August 8, 5:30-8PM, Hilton Sydney
We all know how hard it is to pick the right samples from your work to show your talents in their best light when approaching an interview. We can also appreciate that it is very hard to get good examples together when starting out after your education or training has just finished. Getting the right samples together can be very hard work. The same is true for either beginner or veteran; how can I show my work in the best light?
In collaboration with UX Australia we will be holding a portfolio review session with top UX Seniors and Managers on the evening of August 8 at the Hilton Sydney, Level 1. IxDA Sydney Senior members will give a 30 minute session to review your portfolio in order to help you put your best foot forward in interviews and the selection process.
If you are a new, beginner or well established Interaction Designer, CX/UX/SD Practitioner, or recent graduate, book an appointment for a session without the pressures of a real job interview.