Specific to Systems – April 12

Matt Anderson from Canva will be talking about the The process of setting up and maintaining the design system at Canva. As well as how the learnings can be applied to products and projects of all shapes and sizes.

In addition, we also have Krystal Higgins from Google. It’s tempting to create one-size-fits-all onboarding experiences, constrained to a new user’s first day with your product, but onboarding can serve a much broader purpose. Products are constantly evolving, people are constantly learning, and everyone acclimates at different speeds. In this talk, Krystal will share how the techniques that underpin onboarding can be effective at other points in the customer journey. You’ll see why it’s important to design guidance that addresses a range of product and user situations, and how onboarding makes sense as part of a longer-term approach to guidance in your product.

The presenters

Matthew Anderson

Matt is a Product Designer at Canva, an online design and publishing tool which makes graphic design simple for everyone. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 10 million users across 190 countries, with more than 400 million designs created, at 13 designs per second.

Matt looks after the design system at Canva to ensure a seamless editing user experience. He brings with him over 8 years of experience, having looked after product design for several startups.

Twitter | Website

Krystal Higgins

Krystal is a senior user experience designer who loves tackling complex design challenges. An area she is extremely passionate about is the onboarding of new and existing users. She shares tips for designing in-product education on her design blog and maintains a collection of onboarding reviews from websites, apps, and other products.

In addition to teaching teams about guiding users, Krystal designs all sorts of experiences for web, mobile, and wearable products. She has worked at companies like NVIDIA, eBay, and, currently, Google, where she helped launch Android Wear 2.0 and now works on new opportunities for Google Photos. Krystal rounds out her design work with watercolour painting and scuba diving.

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Tickets available on Eventbrite  Monday April 9 at 10AM

Designing friendly experiences in chat platforms April 14 with #slack’s Bear Douglas

Sat April 14 at the NSW State Library

There’s several decades of history and precedence for many interfaces we’ve become accustomed to. Buttons, dials, sliders, levers and other controls are familiar from their metaphorical translation across from the physical world to the digital/virtual one.

Creating good user experiences for apps inside messaging platforms poses a relatively new design challenge. Messaging platforms shake up the types of input that apps can accept, change designers’ canvas size, and demand a different set of assumptions about how users communicate. In this workshop, we’ll practice designing good user experiences for apps inside chat, addressing questions like: what problems make sense to solve through messaging platforms? How can you design experiences that are efficient, effective and friendly? Where does conversational UI make sense, and where should you rely on traditional elements like buttons?

This workshop will be facilitated remotely, by Bear Douglas, straight from   slackHQ in California. Formerly of Twitter and Facebook, Bear has a lot of experience with messaging systems and leading workshops remotely. Slack have also kindly donated a stack of their App UI Guidelines for all participants.

This workshop has three phases:

Bringing a workflow to messaging

What user experiences make sense to bring to messaging platforms? What kinds of tasks are made more efficient or more pleasant through a conversational interface?

Designing for onboarding

Although many people nowadays have interacted with chatbots, many have not. A good onboarding flow needs to introduce your product and invite an end user to make the most of it.

Building a conversation

You will pick one of the tasks they identified as being suited for a chat platform, and design the user story end to end.

Facilitator: Bear Douglas

Bear Douglas leads Developer Relations at Slack, where she and her team help developers build more pleasant and productive ways to work. Before Slack, she led the Developer Relations teams for the mobile and data platforms at Twitter, and worked on native mobile DevRel at Facebook and Parse. She’s passionate about developer experience, great documentation, and a-cappella music.

Tickets available at Eventbrite. Register now!

Professor Genevieve Bell, Wed Feb 21

Photo by Andy Kelly on Unsplash

Starting the year off on a high, we have the pleasure of bringing Professor Genevieve Bell to the meetup, who has come to share her thoughts about “Talking to Machines”, a continuation and extension of her Boyer lectures late last year.

Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

Prof Bell heads the 3A Institute, co-founded by the ANU and CSIRO’s Data61, tasked with building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

Prof Bell also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lecture series for 2017, which I highly reccommend you listen to/watch.

Image: 2017 Boyer Lecturer, Professor Genevieve Bell from the Australian National University. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)

Agenda:

  • 6:00 – 6:30 Entry, pizza, networking, no entry after 630.
  • 6:30 – 6:40 Intro
  • 6:45 – 7:15 Mary Nolan – Redux from interaction18
  • 7:15 – 7:20 Shoutouts! Are you recruiting or looking for partners for your idea?
  • 7:20 – 8:00 Genevieve Bell – Talking to Machines
  • 8:00 – 9:00 More networking at Stacks around the corner

Tickets available on Eventbrite Mark it well! 

Photo by Andy Kelly on Unsplash 

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

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.

Workshop has been cancelled due to Facilitator unavailability.

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.