RUX October – User Research for Everyone

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Where: United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – 700 N 4th St, Richmond, VA 23219

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RichmondUX has hosted three previous Rosenfeld Media virtual conferences, all at the Gather RVA downtown location. Though we love hosting events at Gather, the largest space available allows only 40 attendees.

Based on past interest in these virtual conferences as well as last October’s “User Research in the Age of the Customer,” we felt a larger venue would make sense. Thanks to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) for opening up their main conference space for us, allowing us to double the number of possible attendees. We hope you can join us at the local viewing of User Research for Everyone!

Anyone can conduct effective user research. You just need to know how.

Your company might still believe there’s not enough time or money to do research right. Or maybe you lack professional researchers on your team. Or you’re new to user research and need to gain confidence and experience. Don’t let those issues stop you. The User Research for Everyone one-day virtual conference will show how to succeed with research that leads to products users want to use, buy, and recommend to friends.


  • 9:30-10: Check-in and open networking
  • 10-10:45am: Just Enough Research with Erika Hall
  • 11-11:45am: The Right Research Method For Any Problem (And Budget) with Leah Buley
  • Noon-12:45pm: How to Find and Recruit Amazing Participants for User Research with Nate Bolt
  • 1-1:45pm: Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing Discussion/Q&A Session with Steve Krug and Laura Klein
  • 2-2:45pm: Creating a Virtuous Cycle: The Research and Design Feedback Loop with Julie Stanford
  • 3-3:45pm: Making Sense of Research Findings with Abby Covert
  • 4-4:45pm: Infectious Research with Cindy Alvarez

Check out full session descriptions and speaker bios. Note: we will provide coffee and baked goods in the morning, as well as food during Nate Bolt’s presentation (think of it as a working lunch).


  • $5 students (with valid ID)
  • $20 Early Bird pricing (limited number)
  • $25 General Admission

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Who should attend

  • Designers: Incorporate user research to confirm where your concept works and where it doesn’t.
  • Product managers: Use research to improve adoption rates and reduce expensive and time-consuming product rebuilds.
  • Engineers and developers: Learn how end users interact with products so you can make smarter decisions that improve usability.
  • Managers: Use research to save time and money and help cross-functional teams get the biggest bang for the buck to make remarkable products.
  • Teams: Spend the day learning together so you can collaborate to integrate research more easily into your product design process.
  • …and (of course) User researchers: Brush up on the basics, or get up to speed if you’re new to the field.

What you’ll get

  • 6 practical, comprehensive presentations from some of the best-known user research experts on the planet
  • Q&A sessions with each expert following their presentation
  • Lifetime access anytime with streaming and downloadable files
  • Free 30-day trial to UIE’s All You Can Learn Library

Design Disruptors | RVA Screening


When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Grace Street Theater – 934 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 – View Map

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Richmond Design Community: the wait is OVER! Design Disruptors is coming to the Grace Street Theater Wednesday, September 7th! RichmondUX is thrilled to partner with AIGA Richmond, AMA-Richmond, CreativeMornings RVA, Ladies that UX Richmond, Richmond Product Management Meetup, RVA Content Strategy, and UXPA RVA to bring you this powerful new documentary!

Produced by InVision, a leading design collaboration platform, the film showcases conversations with dozens of top product designers and design leaders from today’s most innovative and influential companies— Airbnb, Coursera, Dropbox, Etsy, Eventbrite, Evernote, Facebook, Google Ventures, HubSpot, MailChimp, Netflix, Pinterest, Salesforce, Spotify, Twitter, Xero, Zendesk, and more.

Now more than ever, design is setting the pace for the future of business. Technology, architecture, interfaces, and physical products are evolving faster than consumers can keep up while designers are breaking the expectations of decades-old industries. Design Disruptors reveals a never-before-seen perspective on the approaches these companies use and how they are overtaking billion dollar industries through design.


  • Free for students (with valid ID)
  • $10 for members of participating design organizations, including RichmondUX
  • $15 general admission.

Note: All proceeds after expenses will go to Art180 and Art for the Journey, Richmond-based non-profits that run art-related programs for people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression.


5:30 – Doors open, network/catch up with your RVA design community peers
5:50 – Welcome + Introductions
6:00 – Screening of Design Disruptors begins
7:30 – Continue dialogue at location TBA

About the Film

The documentary team interviewed more than 90 design leaders at the world’s most influential digital companies of our time to discover the true nature of the design-driven business revolution happening around the world. Set as a series of snapshots the film follows renowned designers behind the scenes to demystify how the design choices they’ve made directly impact our daily lives. Design Disruptors talks to leaders like Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook; Alex Castellarnau, Head of Design at Dropbox; and John Maeda, Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins about how design solutions have formed booming, billion-dollar companies and how we can keep up the momentum.

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RUX August – Can I See Your Portfolio?


When: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar
Where: The Depot at VCU – 814 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 – View Map


When thinking about hiring you for a web design or development job, Most managers don’t care where you went to school, what your GPA was, or even what “skills” you say you have. They don’t even really care that much about where you have been working the past few years. What they care about is seeing your portfolio. Whether it’s a resume sent by HR, an email from a friend, or a business card handed to them at a conference, they immediately look for that URL which will show your body of work.

Your portfolio is the key to any user experience job. If you don’t have one, then you need not bother to apply. You can have all of the fancy schooling available; you can know the entire Adobe Creative Cloud product line like your own family; you may have have even worked at Ogilvy while moonlighting at Frog, but if you do not show your design thinking process, you might as well go into chartered accountancy.

Jason has been hiring UX professionals for over twenty years, and will share some of the insights he has gained about what works (and does not work) when presenting your portfolio, whether it’s to a prospective employer, client, or other designers.

What attendees will learn

  • Who is the audience for your portfolio
  • What every portfolio has to have
  • How to present your portfolio effectively


  • 5:30-6:00 – Networking
  • 6:00-6:45 – Featured Presentation
  • 6:45-7:00 – Q&A
  • 7:00-7:30 – Discussion / Networking

About Our Speaker, Jason Cranford Teague

Jason designed the first web based magazine, Computer Mediated Communications, in 1994 and has been at the forefront of digital innovation ever since. He wrote the first book for designers on Cascading Style Sheets in 1996. He was the lead designer on WebMD when it launched in 1998. He built the first online interactive comic book reader in 2006. He wrote the first book on modern web typography in 2009.

Jason is the co-founder and lead creative at The CranfordTeague Group, which specializes in digital communication strategies. He is also working on Invisible Jets, a start-up company that wants to revolutionize how we trust each other online.

Jason is finishing work on a new book, The NEW Web Typography, with Stephen Boss (Spring ’16) and has written several other books and dozens of articles for print and online publications over the last 20 years. He’s lived in London (off and on), Charlotte, Atlanta, Durham, and DC (not necessarily in that order) with his 3 cats, 2 kids, but just the one wife.

Twitter: @JasonCT
Company: @CranfordTeague

RUX July – UI Software Design Cage Match


When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar
Where: CapTech Consulting – 7100 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226 – View Map


This year has been a watershed one for UI design tools: Adobe finally launched X D, their direct competitor to Sketch, Sketch itself has not stopped evolving and is about to switch to a subscription model, and the venerable Photoshop remains a default install for many a UI and visual designer.

Though UI design is only one aspect of UX, it is the part of the process that defines the look and feel, as well as creating the assets for development. In that respect, choosing the best tool can have a big impact on both the quality of the designer’s work as well as their efficiency.

So, has the rise of Sketch and the advent of X D changed the playing field? Join us July 27th at CapTech as UI designer Rob Musser presents his analysis of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, X D, and Sketch.

Get ready to RUMBLE!!!


RUX June – Happy Hour

Dear RUXsters – we are overdue for a meetup! We got plans for July and August and beyond in the works, but for now we just want to say hi, catch up, and find out what everyone’s up to. There’s been a lot of UX and Design stuff happening in Richmond, and all of it is worth chatting about over a drink, alcoholic or otherwise.

To that end, and to change up venues a bit, we will be meeting at McCormack’s Big Whiskey Grill near the Regency Mall. We figure it’s pretty centrally located, whether you work in West Creek, Glen Allen, the Near West End or Downtown. Plus, as a group dedicated to cultivating experiences, the Big Whiskey Grill has that in spades (or shot glasses, again…if that’s your thing).

Richmond UX will take care of the food and non-alcoholic beverages. The rest is up to you.
We miss seeing everyone, and we hope you can join us. Other than a few announcements, the only thing on the agenda is whatever happens to be on your mind.

June 29th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill
(The one near the Regency Mall, not the one in The Fan)
1420 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA

We look forward to seeing you there!

WIAD 2016: RVA—It’s going to be one for the books


The first World IA Day: RVA is less than a week away, and we still have tickets available! We are thrilled to have four great speakers lined up for you, along with a full day of discussions, sharing, and networking. To make things even better, we will be providing great software and book giveaways and raffling off some terrific door prizes to those in attendance (you must be present to win). Take a look!

All attendees will receive:

  • 3 months of access to myBalsamiq
  • 3-month full license for InVision
  • 2-month full license for
  • 48-hour access to any seminar in the UIE library
  • One free digital copy of the newest edition of the Polar Bear book, along with a 40% off coupon toward purchase of a physical copy

All Attendees will have a chance to win:

Tickets are free, but please cancel your registration if you find you are unable to attend. We will be providing lunch, and we’d like to have an accurate a head count as possible.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Eventbrite - World IA Day 2016: RVA

Thank you to our local sponsors!



Inaugural World IA Day: RVA – 2.20.16

On Saturday Feb. 20, 2016, RichmondUX will be producing Richmond’s first World IA Day: RVA! We are planning a full day of discussion, learning, sharing, and networking.


Our world is full of information, and more of us than you may realize are involved with making decisions about the structure, placement, relationships between, and characteristics of information. Whether we are using the latest mobile app, watching the local news or navigating our way through the post office or grocery store, information is all around us.

Because of the ubiquitous nature of information, information architecture is not just practiced by specialists. If you work in any of the following domains, you’ll be right at home here: user experience (UX), user interface (UI) design, web or mobile design, product design and management, data visualization, content strategy, library science, customer experience, and even service design.

In short: if you analyze, synthesize, or organize information, content, or data—or if you just want to learn more about information archtecture— we would love you to see you there! Please visit the WIAD:RVA event page for details on speakers and schedule and to get your tickets. Please note: Attendance is free, but Eventbrite registration in advance is REQUIRED.

Thank you to our local sponsors for making this event possible! Please check them out.