IxDA Sydney Festive Drinks 2017 Dec 7

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.

The IxDA Steering Committee

Q&A with Alan Cooper, Nov 22

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!

IxDASyd Meetup, Oct 5 – Keeping it real

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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.

@wiggoaugogo on Instagram and Twitter

Coaching + Mentoring: What’s The Deal?

Rebecca Hendry, Principal, Meld

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.

Bec on LinkedInInstagram

Meld Studios Website and Twitter

Postponed: Design Foundations for Interactions in a Networked World, February 2017

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:

  • Designers
  • Developers
  • Product Managers
  • Content Strategists
  • Researcher

Matt Nish-Lapidus

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.

Please feel free to contact the organizer at katja@ixdasydney.org if you have any questions.

What’s the refund policy?

  • Tickets can get a full refund only if you give us 7 days notice and are otherwise non-refundable.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, but feel free to transfer them to another person.

Spring 2017 mentoring round

The final week for applications to the IxDA Sydney mentoring program.

This is a reminder that The Spring 2017  Mentoring session is starting soon. We need more mentors to come on-board! If you would like to participate, please fill in the survey below.

Remember! Even if you have been a practitioner for only 2 – 5 years, you can be helpful to people newer to UX and IxD than you.

Deadline for survey is August, 28 so we can match people with each other and they can start early September.

To be a mentor, please complete the following survey to help us match you.

To be a mentee, please complete the following survey to help us match you.

IxDA Sydney 25 Aug 2017 – From Branding to scenarios

All the interactions

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.

Liz Bacon

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.

Ben Pintos-Oliver

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:

Liz Bacon

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).

In the personal realm, Liz enjoys high-performance driving, as well as motorcycling, writing poetry and spending time with her family. Since moving to Sydney, she’s especially indulging her love of snorkeling and macchiatos (albeit not at the same time).
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethbacon/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ebacon
Web: http://deviseconsulting.com

Ben Pintos-Oliver

With 15 years experience and having worked for a number of agencies, consultancies, Ben is now challenging the norm, of how teams work together to deliver new products to market.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bpintosoliver/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bpintosoliver

 

IxDA Sydney Portfolio review, Aug 8 at UX Australia

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.

IxDA Sydney June 2017 – You talkin’ to me?

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

Donna Spencer

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

Jay Whittaker

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.


About Donna

portrait of DonnaDonna 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.

Donna on Twitter: maadonna
Website: maadmob.com.au

About Jay

portrait of JayJay is the Associate Director, Strategic Designer at Lab49. Jay has 12 years experience in Australia and the UK, working as a UX strategist, product manager and occasional futurist.

Jay on Slideshare: slideshare.net/JayWhittaker
Jay on Twitter: jaywhittaker1

 

Climbing Strategy Mountain: Mindset and tools to amplify your value

Sydney Cityscape at dusk

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:

  • Designers
  • Developers
  • Product Managers
  • Content Strategists
  • Researchers

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 conversation with Rachel Nabors (Microsoft, Seattle)

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.