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.
Workshop has been cancelled due to Facilitator unavailability.
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.
Humans have been conversing to get things done for thousands of years. The rise of the speed and power of modern CPUs combined with fast networks and clever algorithms allow us to go beyond prepared scripts. Clever AI allow digital systems to adapt and learn from interactions, so that we now have new ways to automate conversations for a user goal.
This meetup centres on what Interaction Designers need to do and consider when approaching this new emerging interface.
Classification, cognition and the future of UX work
Come and learn about how categories, concepts and language work in our brains. An understanding of this is fundamentally important in any UX work that involves categorising, grouping and describing ideas with language. It’s only going to get more important as we start working with algorithms that affect what and how we offer services to our users.
Using Conversational UI to challenge our concept of an App
Marshall McLuhan said “the medium is the message”, meaning the medium changes how the message is perceived. J will tell a story about how he came to prototype a conversational UI, and how this new medium challenged the team’s thinking. This is less about the ‘how’ of constructing a Conversational UI and more about the ‘why’. What thinking we needed to challenge and why this approach helped achieve that. In a broader sense it reflects the evolution of the industry in the past 5 or so years.
Donna is a veteran UX freelancer, who has done all the UX things over the last 20 years, with a focus on information architecture and detailed design.
Based on Dave’s recent book published by UXPin, this half-day workshop on strategic planning will add or enhance the skill of strategic thinking that few designers are taught in their career paths. Thinking strategically is a valuable skill especially for those wishing to take on roles of leadership and management. This workshop will teach mid-level practitioners and managers to think and plan strategically utilising a set of valuable frameworks that can be used with cross-functional teams upon returning to work after the workshop.
The workshop will have 3 sections that follow the primary metaphor of a mountain climb. First, the creation of a vision that helps you find the “peak” your expedition will advance towards. Then map out the “path” you’ll use to achieve the goal of the vision, and helps all stakeholders with related goals along the way. Finally, how to use the key points along the path to observe, measure, reflect, evaluate, learn and adapt.
Attendees of this workshop will gain the following insights and abilities:
Insight into how an outcomes-oriented approach to strategy can help individuals create value for your organization.
A methodology for project planning their day to day activities to meet strategically valuable goals.
A framework that will allow them to go back to work and apply strategic thinkng at any level of zoom inside their organization.
This workshop would be valuable to the following roles in senior indivdual contributor or management roles:
By taking this workshop you’ll be able to go back to work with a strategic mindset and set of tools that will amplify your own contribution to your own organisation as well as your team’s.
Bio: Dave Malouf is a design studio coach specialising in how to help organisations amplify the value their design teams produce.
In collaboration with Respond conference and SydCSS, IxDA Sydney are hosting one of the leading minds in animation and web design, Microsofts Rachael Nabors. This interactive Q&A session chaired by Katja Forbes, local leader for IxDA Sydney and Fiona Chan, Local Leader of SydCSS, will explore hot topics related to web animation including:
challenges for web animation: it sits squarely at the intersection of web development, UX, and design. If these three groups are siloed or have communication problems, they can’t produce consistent, meaningful UI animation.
tools and devices for communication of web animation
improving UX with animation
the needs of motion designers coming into web development from the animation and app development industries
The Q&A session will be followed by beer & cider sourced from Newtown’s local drinks purveyor, Young Henrys in the Faculty of Architecture & Design.
Rachel works on the Edge browser at Microsoft. She also does a lot of work with animation on the web, cultivating the community around this important growing component of solid web design.
Rachel believes the future of the web is in motion. Literally. Motion design and UI animation are among the last things standing between web design and native app development. Good animation is the difference between a clunky jump-cut interface and a flowing gestural one; the difference between an interactive story game and a picture book.
She’s been crazy about this field since she gave her first talk on making music videos with CSS animations and HTML5 audio, and has been traveling the world, giving talks and training sessions on the topic and writing about her findings ever since.
In anticipation of GAAD on May 18, the IxDA Sydney April 2017 event focussed on the state of the Inclusive Design landscape and opens the door to what lies beyond the current state. Designing for all, Design Democracy and Inclusive Design are ways to describe aspects of design that include the spectrum of humanity in design decisions. It is both passionately advocated as well as insensitively dismissed; as you may guess, IxDA Sydney is a passionate advocate of Inclusive design. April’s Meetup had both a broad overview of Inclusivity, and in addition, IxDA Sydney is very pleased to have Tim Noonan present to us about the issues to be aware of, how to design for it, and some interesting advances in tech that are interesting.
Inclusive Service Design: Web, Mobile, Voice Interfaces and Beyond
Tim engagingly explores recent and emerging technological developments and the ways their designs can include (or exclude) different users. He discusses the role of accessibility standards and guidelines, and what we need to do when they don’t yet exist. Tim finishes with some key UX principles for designing and testing the fast-expanding field of voice-based systems and intelligent agents.
Everyone is different
Sarah kicks off the session with a brief overview of what Inclusive Design is and why it is important for Interaction and Experience Designers to understand the value it has for all users. Design is creativity with constraints, and constraints can boost our creativity and spark innovation, resulting in a better experience for all. Sarah takes us through the fundamentals of designing for inclusion that will help us be both better designers as well as more creative problem solvers.
About the speakers
Tim Noonan has a degree in Cognitive Psychology & Education and has been instrumental in the fields of inclusive service design and voice user interface design since the early 90s. Tim is the principle author of several standards relating to automated voice systems, telephone-based speech recognition and four industry standards on the accessibility of electronic banking channels and inclusive authentication.
Tim was engaged as the lead Inclusive User Experience designer for iVote – a fully automated telephone-based and web-based voting system for the NSW Electoral Commission. Tim’s consulting clients have included: Westpac & St.George banks; AMP; Optus; NSW Ministry of Health; Red Energy and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Sarah is co-founder and director of accessibility services for Intopia. She has worked in accessibility and inclusion in the digital space for 7 years, working with organisations strategically as well as at a project level. She is also founder of A11y Bytes and A11y Camp, Australia’s largest community digital accessibility events.
She likes to bang on about accessibility and inclusion – so watch out.
On 22 Feb, 2017, we bring you Jeff Gothelf, co-author of Lean UX and his latest, Sense and Respond. Warming up the audience before that, we will be bringing highlights from this year’s interaction17 in New York.
Scaling Lean: Principles over Process
The term Lean has become widely popular, particularly with the word “startup” attached to it. This has led many people to believe this is an approach to work relevant only to new companies or initiatives. Lean-curious companies who have tried to implement these ideals often stall at one or two teams citing organizational complexities, politics and dependencies as insurmountable obstacles to Lean Startup at scale.
Can Lean Startup practices be scaled — not just as culture and philosophy but as tactical process? In this practical presentation, Jeff will share several methods for scaling Lean Startup techniques in large organizations exemplified in detailed case studies and professional experience. Jeff will cover knowledge management, intra-team dependencies, infrastructure requirements and several other elements of ensuring successful Lean Startup practices in companies of any size.
To kick off the year we have a special guest bringing the highlights from this year’s premiere IxDA global event. You can check out the presentations from 2016 on the IxDA Vimeo channel.
Jeff is a Lean UX advocate and User Experience designer based in New York City. Jeff worked for 20+ years as a designer, team leader, author and coach. He worked in a variety of capacities both in-house and as a consultant at companies like iXL, AOL, WebTrends, Fidelity, The Ladders and Neo Innovation (as co-founder of the NYC office). These days he spends his time as a coach, workshop leader and public speaker.