Collaborative Content Design- IxDASyd Feb 20 2020

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The collaborative craft of content design  – Mel Flanagan

Content, data, information, are the foundation of all products and services. Whether you are building a product, making a digital service, running a campaign, words and language are how we interact with each other – they can either connect, engage or alienate people.

As the UK Government eloquently states “Content is the user experience”. There is a growing movement of content strategists. A content designer is the person who does the doing. And it’s important to get them on early.

Creating content is a collaborative craft. Mel will take you on a whirlwind tour of Nook’s content design process, case studies, and the different entry point of how content fits into projects and products. She’ll explain why the ‘I’ is before the ‘T’ in IT. And why, if you want to make great products (and avoid a content crisis), everyone in your organisation needs to understand the value of content design, what needs to be done when, with who.

Recap of interaction20, Milan

As you may or may not know,Feb 3-7 is Interaction week and this year it was in Milano, Italy. Three Australians presented, including Tim Yeo, who took his October Leadership for Introverts to new shores. Joe will be giving a quick recap of the highlights as well inviting you to submit your ideas to next year’s interaction21 in Montreal.

About the speakers:

Mel Flanagan

Monochrome portrait of Mel Flanagan

Mel is a creative technologist, storyteller, information experience and service designer, and founder of Nook Studios. She used to be a film and theatre maker. Now she is an open government and transparency revolutionary – using content to bring complex information life, making data accessible to combat corruption – and designing products that people love. Her favourite past time is changing the status quo by making useful, strategic content and raising awareness about the value of participatory design.

Joe Ortenzi

Joe has been a local leader for IxDASydney since 2013 and an interaction designer for a very long time. Yes, I remember both Flash and Dial-up modems and Mosaic. As well as running the #IxDASyd for years, bringing the best of Sydneysider, Australian and global presenters, workshop facilitators and ideators to us, he’s led projects, teams and businesses to the bright side of better interactions and services.

Tickets

Update on World IxDD

In recognition of World Interaction Design Day 2019, IxDA Sydney hosted an event where we explored the theme of trust and responsibility. We believe that everyone should have a voice on this important topic, and we wanted everyone’s voice to be heard.
The session started with some stage setting by Susan Wolfe on good, the bad, and the ugly of products and services unleashed on the world. With that backdrop, in small groups, we explored themes around the ethics of our practices as designers, the organisations that we work with and for, and the solutions that we create. Insights arising from these discussions were reported back to the broader audience, and guided a panel discussion facilitated by Renato Feijó and Susan with four professionals for whom designing for trust and responsibility is paramount:

Bronwyn van der Merwe – General Manager, Asia Pacific at Fjord
Derek Wood – Founder & Director, Septa
Tarra van Amerongen – Managing Director, ustwo
Tracy Collier – Head of Strategy and Programs, Thriving Communities Partnership

The event concluded by reflecting on the best practice principles that we explored and prioritising the topics explored. The top five topics from the three themes follow.
Ethics of the organisations
• Alignment of values from the leadership
• Transparency in how businesses remain viable while reducing environmental impact
• Using “we do good” rhetoric, but not actually doing it
• Exploiting data / spreading misinformation
• Policy making too slow to solve actual problem

Ethics of our practices as designers
• Look at how we make impacts the overall human experience
• As designers we should highlight ethical risks, design in road bumps to allow reflection time
• Collaboration and inclusivity in design practices (and being able to scale it)
• Aligning value of design to business values
• What audit process can we integrate into our processes to ensure dark patterns / features are not created (QA for evil/KPIs that are baked in)

Ethics of our solutions
• Balancing business needs with ethical design considerations /
• Doing “guerilla sustainability” (measuring impact until you have a strong case)
• Redefining metrics for what success is and whose success it could be (Be a squeaky wheel: Keep bringing it up to clients, stakeholders)
• Asking how these solutions change the way we live (doing the right thing above all else)
• Need to connect hearts and minds to see potential possibilities

These high priority issues provide guidance for organising future for IxDA Sydney events. It is our ultimate goal to draft of our own local “ethical design manifesto” that we can make available to our community.

Happy “X”, IxDA Sydney!

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December 14 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm AEDT

The very first IxDA Sydney event was way back in 2011, in the Atlassian basement, kicked off by Jay Rogers and as far as we can remember, about 40-50 people keen on starting a community.

Now, 10 years on, after thousands of members and over 100 events, we are back where it all began, at the same Sussex Street building, which is now Ethos Urban, for an informal evening of chats, food and drinks to celebrate.

Send us your message

Many people across Sydney have participated in IxDASydney events; whether at a meetup presentation, the mentoring program, a portfolio review, one of our excellent workshops, World Interaction Design Day, a pre-UXAustralia conference Mega Meetup, end of year parties, or other casual events. We’d like to hear from you and invite you to submit a 20 second video of what IxDA Sydney has meant to you. We will play the best ones at the birthday party.

Join us in the same Sussex Street building, which is now Ethos Urban, for an informal evening of chats, food and drinks to celebrate. Tickets are on sale now and all food and drinks are included in the price.

Covid-19 Precautions

We’re obviously still in the middle of a pandemic and attendance means complying with NSW State Gov and venue covid restrictions. You will be asked to check in with the Service NSW app and show proof of vaccination.

If you’re not feeling well on the day please stay at home. You’ll receive a full refund if the health advice changes and we need to cancel the event.

$10.00 plus booking fee

IxDA Sydney

Ethos Urban

173-185 Sussex Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Sponsorship

At BCG Digital Ventures we are designing the next generation of startups.

We build businesses, companies and careers, working in multidisciplinary teams that challenge the boundaries of the industries we work in.

Are you curious about how businesses are designed? What makes a startup idea interesting and viable? How design can shape transport of the future? Or the next supply chain?

We do that here at DV and we’re looking for the brightest minds in the business to join us.

The DV experience design team is delighted to be hosting the 10th anniversary of IXDA Sydney in 2021.

End of year MegaMeetup

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December 2 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm AEDT

IxDA Sydney teams up with a few other Sydney Design meetups for special occasions and this is one more of them. After not being able to have so many of our meetups in person this year, we have decided to again team up and host an end of year Meetup to reflect and share our experiences from 2021. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with our community and to re-energise as we see out the end of 2021.

Tickets are $15+BF and include drinks and food until the bar tab runs out!!

Participating Sydney meetup groups include:

Can’t wait to see you all in person and to reconnect in what has been a difficult year.

Current Covid Guidelines:

Currently, we anticipate this will be an in-person meetup. As with everything else, we will be subject to any changes to the NSW Government Covid-19 restrictions. If anything changes we will be in contact to advise of any impacts.

$15.00 + Booking fee

Mega Meetup Organising Committee

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines

King Street Wharf, 22 The Promenade
Sydney, 2000 Australia
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IxDD 2021: Solidarity and Transformation

September 28 @ 6:00 pm 8:30 pm AEST

World Interaction Design Day is an annual event where we come together as a united global community to show how interaction design improves the human condition.

Our aim is to have a positive, long-lasting impact by facilitating activities that support dialogue and outcomes. Once again, Sydney IxDA Sydney kicks off the day, joined by the latest IxDA Australian Chapter, IxDA Brisbane, to bring together a few speakers, and time permitting, a Q&A panel of the presenters.

This year’s edition of IxDD will continue to be primarily a digital-first experience. We’ll come together, but apart, through regional live stream events from around the world on the theme of Solidarity and Transformation.

Save this to your calendar, and Join us at IxDD 21 via Zoom on 28 September from 6PM!

Schedule:

  • 18:00 AEST: Introduction and lead in: Lisa Railey and Kiat Lim
  • 18:30 AEST: Molly Lewis: Dark patterns and the impact of ethical design
  • 19:00 AEST: Chris Hayward: Transcultural design and design ethics for a shared humanity.
  • 19:30 AEST: Janna DeVylder: Transition to being Employee-Owned by Trust
  • 20:00 AEST: Q&A panel w/ Molly, Chris Janna and moderator Susan Wolfe
The Asia/Oceania section of the 2021 World Interaction Design Day sessions.

The sessions

Dark patterns and the impact of ethical design – Molly Lewis

Dark patterns are deceptive UX/UI interactions that have been carefully crafted to mislead users into behaviours that are detrimental to their experience. There are many ways for user experiences to cross an ethical line—or at least wade into a moral grey area. Designers are on the front lines of these concerns. The goal of designers should be to champion the needs of their users, including their users’ ethical expectations. We will explore dark patterns are, and a look at how effective design could lead to unethical results and why designers must strive to avoid it.

Molly Lewis

Product designer at FJORD, part of Accenture Interactive. Based in Sydney, Australia. Molly has had years of experience solving business problems designing for a range of different brands and touchpoints. She brings a human centered focus that drives creative, meaningful, user-friendly solutions. Molly has worked arcoss a range of design disciplines both in-house and within agencies. She is passionate about human behaviour, ethics and solving complex problem spaces for businesses. Molly is also a local leader for the Sydney ixda chapter.

Transcultural design and design ethics for a shared humanity – Chris Hayward

How do we make ethical and culturally tuned design decisions when everyone is your potential customer? This session will explore the increasing globalization of design, digital and physical experiences, technologies and consumption asking the question:  is it even possible to design solutions that are globally ethically safe, and culturally relevant?

Chris Hayward

Chris is a design researcher and applied anthropologist. He currently works at the intersection of architecture, experience design and strategy at global design firm Populous. Chris holds degrees in anthropology and design, and is currently enrolled in a PhD bringing together the fields of medical anthropology and material culture with a focus on rural healthcare cultures in Australia. His interest in interaction design is based on the deep historical ways that technology has been central to human life and the transformation of people and cultures. Of relevance to World IX day is the production and consumption of digital technologies and content as part of places of mass gathering and new urban developments in multi and transcultural contexts.

Transition to being Employee-Owned by Trust – Janna DeVylder

After a year-long journey of working through existing Australian legislation, Meld Studios recently transitioned to being Employee-Owned by Trust. This is a huge milestone in Meld’s story, and in Australia’s company ownership story. In this chat, we’ll explore the motivation and implications for doing so, and how it leads to ensuring the sustainability of Meld’s mission of improving the everyday lives of people as they interact with the world around them. This is truly a story of transformation and solidarity.

Janna Devylder

CO-FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL & DIRECTOR MELD STUDIOS.

Janna is an experienced researcher and designer with a background in psychology, social science and anthropology. Her work focuses on humanising products and services, defining the strategic plan, and positioning of products and services down to the most detailed of interactions within them. Janna has had the privilege to lead design work across many industries, designing for both the customer experience and the organisational experience. Janna served as President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Board of Directors, as well as the Co-Chair of the global Interaction Awards.

The Where and the How

No need to book, just join the stream as described on https://interactiondesignday.org/, find the events you’re interested in, and add them to your calendar.

More videos available at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/8367048

Free Online via Zoom

IxDA Sydney

IxDA Sydney/UX Australia 2021 Portfolio Review

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August 24 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm AEST

IxDA Sydney portfolio review, online.

Free yes, free!

IxDA Sydney

In collaboration with UX Australia, IxDA Sydney will be holding an online portfolio review session with top CX/UX Seniors and Managers on the evening of August 24 Via Zoom. This is an opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed by an expert Experience Designer without the pressure of a real job interview. Use the session to get constructive feedback to help you put your best foot forward.

If you are a new, beginner or well established Interaction Designer, CX/UX/SD Practitioner, or recent graduate, complete the form and reserve an appointment for a 25 minute Zoom session.

Complete the request form to let us know you’d like a spot at : https://forms.gle/ThdaGYcxJSpWavtT9

UX Australia Mega meetup

August 23 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm AEST

After having a year off, we are super excited to have the 2021 Mega Meetup as part UX Australia’s 2021 conference. 

We are going to be having this on the eve of the conference and will be having speakers from the conference share some of their insights with our communities. It is a great way to be part of the week that is UX Australia and also hear from some of the speakers if you are not able to come along to the conference itself. Our speakers from the UX Australia conference include Petra Gulicher & Scott Burns from the ABC, Aaron Cheang & Michelle Pickrell from eHealth NSW, Martin Tomitsch from the University of Sydney and Kim Chatterjee from CorDiFio Health.

We are going to do things a little differently and move you between two different zoom rooms to give you a chance to be ask more questions and explore insights raised by the speakers. 

We are also giving away books and prizes on the night which 5 attendees have the chance to pick up.. We will draw the prize at the end and you will have to be online to claim your prize!!

Free

IxDA Sydney

Introduction to Endineering with Joe MacLeod

July 24 @ 2:00 pm 6:00 pm AEST

The four hour Zoom session will be a mix of lectures, individual and group activities. Attendees will investigate bespoke new tools and approaches to help them create world class consumer experiences. They gain practical skills that improve the design of product, service and digital off-boarding.

The course will be limited to 20 seats, one person per ticket.

( $180 for students and unwaged, discounts for groups )

IxDA Sydney

Overview

This course is an introduction to creating consumer off-boarding experiences for products, services and digital products.

The four hour session will be a mix of lectures, individual and group activities. Attendees will investigate bespoke new tools and approaches to help them create world class consumer experiences. They gain practical skills that improve the design of product, service and digital off-boarding.

Attendees will build a new perspective of the consumer lifecycle and experience new approaches that define this emerging area of product development.

Delivered online via Zoom and Mural.

Why ends?

We create rich, emotional and meaningful experiences to on-board the consumer. In contrast, the off-boarding of the consumer experience is barren of emotion and meaning. This sacrifices consumer action, holds back engagement; limiting reflection and responsibility.

The off-boarding of the consumer is an untapped area of action in the consumer lifecycle. It can help businesses align with new business models, increase consumer engagement, raise customer satisfaction, broaden business influence, pre-empt legislation, and maximise sustainability.

If you’re interested in making a difference with your product experience then look at the end.

Who is it for?

It is relevant to those working in product development, marketing, design, service and interaction design, strategy, customer relationship management (CRM), sustainability. It can be applied to any area of consumer products including b2b.

Applicable for an audience of mixed skills. Accessible to many education levels and backgrounds.

Aims of the day.

Attendees will be among a few people who are engaging in this new approach to product development. The perspective and skills they learn in this session will enrich their working practice; bringing tangible benefits to the products they work with in the future. Amongst issues covered will be…

  • History of why endings are overlooked in the consumer lifecycle
  • Critical impact gaps exposed at the end
  • Selling the importance of endings to stakeholders
  • Types of endings experienced by the consumer
  • Phases of consumer off-boarding
  • Methods to minimise the impact of bad endings
  • Tools to help your team build better consumer endings
  • Business opportunities missed at the end

Feedback from this course

“So well facilitated. Very organised and digestible. I loved the interaction.“

“Raising awareness on one of the most important parts of the customer experience. Practical examples. Good group exercises to implement the leanings straight away.”

“I love Joe’s energy and spirit. It’s also a really important and interesting topic about lifecycle ending, a lot of knowledge shared about the topic.”


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The facilitator – Joe Macleod

Joe Macleod is founder of the worlds first customer ending business. A veteran of product development industry with decades of experience across service, digital and product sectors. Author of the Ends book. Head of Endineering at AndEnd. TEDx Speaker.Wired says “An energetic Englishman, Macleod advises companies on how to game out their endgames. Every product faces a cycle of endings, from breakage to customer burnout to falling behind consumption trends. It’s important to plan for each of them. Not all companies do.”


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The Ends book.

The Ends book considers the historical, philosophical, sociological perspective of why consumerism has overlooked off-boarding experiences. This provides a solid background to the wider theme of endings and this training.

The next book is: Endineering

The course will be based on some aspects of Ends and a great deal of Endineering. Neither book is required for the course.

Attendees of this course will get a free Ends e-book at course completion.


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Better onboarding journeys, with Krystal Higgins

July 3 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm AEST

What do workplace orientation sessions, carousels, instructional videos, a peppy paperclip, and user manuals have in common? They’re all attempts to onboard people to new spaces. In this fully online Zoom session, Krystal takes you through several aspects of creating good onboarding sessions.

The course will be limited to 20 seats, one person per ticket.

$250.00 ( $180 for students and unwaged)

IxDA Sydney

Better Onboarding Journeys

Onboarding is not just a single event in the user’s experience. It is a process that links together many events, over time, to acclimate people to a new product or service. A well designed user onboarding experience will guide new users toward retention and engagement, support different user situations, and guide them through multiple stages of their journeys as they interact with a product.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to apply guided interaction as an onboarding strategy;
  • How to define the end-goal of onboarding;
  • How to map new user onboarding journeys with your team;
  • How to prioritize key onboarding actions;
  • And how to apply guidance to a single onboarding action.

This workshop will be a mixture of presentation and hands-on-activities hosted via Zoom and digital collaboration tool MURAL.

Attendees of this course will get a free Better Onboarding e-book at course completion.

Facilitator: Krystal Higgins

Krystal is a senior User Experience designer who connects the dots between products, systems, and the people who use them, with a passion for onboarding. She’s the author of Better Onboarding, a book about designing better user onboarding experiences. She also shares tips for designing in-product guidance through talks, workshops, and through her blog at kryshiggins.com. Outside of her onboarding work, she’s spent more than 15 years on mobile, web, wearable, and new-platform products at companies like NVIDIA, eBay, and Google. When she’s not working on tech-meets-humans projects, she enjoys painting, illustration, and scuba diving.

IxDA Sydney/UX Australia 2020 Portfolio Review

August 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm AEST

In collaboration with UX Australia, IxDA Sydney will be holding an online portfolio review session with top UX Seniors and Managers on the evening of August 26 Via Zoom. This is an opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed by an expert Experience Designer without the pressure of a real job interview. Use the session to get constructive feedback to help you put your best foot forward. If you are a new, beginner or well established Interaction Designer, CX/UX/SD Practitioner, or recent graduate, express interest so we can get back to you to book a 30 minute slot for a Zoom session. Express interest: https://forms.gle/YsJxZiShpud5Q2ma6

Details

Date:
August 26, 2020
Time:
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEST
Cost:
Free
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Organiser

IxDA Sydney
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Make the most of your mentoring relationship

August 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm AEST

IxDA Sydney has been proudly running our Mentoring Program since 2012. In this session we will talk about what we have learnt about Mentoring through running the program these 8 years and how to make the most out of your mentoring relationship, whether it is our session or other mentoring relationships elsewhere.

We will also have a panel of some of our mentors and mentees share their experiences, what they learned and what worked for them to foster a good mentoring relationship.

If you have a ticket to UX Australia 2020, please register your interest to the Interactive Session or let us know you intend to.

This session is suitable for anyone who is looking to become a mentor or mentee or already in a mentoring relationship. Handy if you’re already in one and want to make it even better.

Details

Date:
August 25, 2020
Time:
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEST
Cost:
Free
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Organiser

IxDA Sydney
Email:
events@ixdasydney.org

IxDASydney Mentoring, 2020 Term 2

August 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm August 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm AEST

IxDA Sydney is proud to have successfully run the Design Mentoring program since 2012, providing opportunities for design professionals at all levels to learn from each other.

The program runs in two terms per year. This second term will run from September to December 2020.

ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING 2020:

This application is specifically for Term 2, one-on-one mentoring. Due to CoVid19, the session will run most likely run fully remotely rather than face-to-face.

KEY DATES

  • 12 Aug 2020 – Applications open
  • 28 Aug 2020 – Applications close
  • 7 Sep 2020 – Program starts
  • 7 Dec 2020 – Program ends

MATCHING PROCESS

The mentoring facilitation team from IxDA will review all applications and work on the matching based on survey responses, resumes, and professional experience/goals. We will contact you to let you know whether you. have been matched by September 7th.

TIME COMMITMENT:

To get the most out of the mentorship, we recommend that you aim to meet (online) with each other at least once a fortnight. If you know you’ll be away or will have a very busy work schedule between September and December, it is best to wait and apply for a future term where can commit enough time to meet, work on goals, and get real value out of the program.

There are two application forms, one for people who want to mentor someone, and a different one if you want to be mentored. Bear in mind, if you are a “middle” or “senior” practitioner, you may be interested in mentoring a junior / graduate, and be mentored by a Lead / Manager at the same time, which isn’t a bad idea if you have capacity for it.

If you have any questions, please contact the Mentoring Team directly.

Free