April RUX Meeting- Accessibility is Not a Checklist

Accessibility is Not a Checklist: A UX Designer’s Guide to Creating Accessible Interfaces

Too often, people approach accessibility only when required to, and simply by looking at a checklist. That approach rarely works, or it does so only at great additional cost.

But accessibility is not a checklist; accessibility happens by considering it from the beginning, understanding industry best practices, and by taking a user-centered design approach. This means knowing how people with various disabilities will interact with products in ways that are successful. So what do user experience professionals need to know and do in order to improve the accessibility of the web and mobile applications that their teams design?

Jimmy Chandler will demonstrate several concepts and methods to improve accessibility that all UX designers can use right away. He will also share stories from people with various disabilities, including how they benefit from accessible products and struggle with inaccessible ones.

This session will include Q&A and take away materials.


Jimmy Chandler, aka @uxprinciples, designed his first accessible website in 2001, and conducted his first usability test that same year. Jimmy is a frequent attendee, volunteer, organizer, and speaker for Accessibility DC, IXDA, UPA, UXCamp, and other accessibility- and UX-related events in the Washington, DC area and nationally.

Jimmy has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife @coolacctngchick (aka Nicole).

Wednesday, April 25, 6-8pm. Networking to begin at 6, presentation to begin at 6:15.

4851 Lake Brook Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23060

March RUX meeting- Tales from The StartupBus

This month, our own Wren Lanier will share her experience on The StartupBus, a 3-day, 1,800 mile startup bootcamp in which teams of hackers, hipsters, and hustlers launch companies at 70mph and compete for a chance to pitch to investors and venture capitalists at SxSW. Learn more about The StartupBus here: http://www.businessinsider.com/being-stuck-on-a-bus-at-60-miles-per-hour-for-3-days-changed-their-lives-2012-2

When: Wednesday, March 28

We’ll be meeting at
804 Richmond
1657 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Networking to begin at 6pm
Presentation to begin at 6:15

Thanks to 804richmond.com for letting us use their awesome space this month!

October RUX meeting details!

Destroying the Box: Experience Design Inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright

“When we said we wanted a house at Bear Creek,” client Lillian Kaufmann said to Frank Lloyd Wright, “we didn’t imagine you would build it ON the creek!”
To which Wright replied, “In time you’d grow tired of the sight of creek…but you’ll never grow tired of the sound.”
And he was right. Fallingwater stands as the most recognized house in architecture. yet it’s not just a landmark…it was a home. The Kaufmanns’ loved it.
Similarly, owners of other Wright-designed buildings may have struggled with the architect, the implementation may have had flaws, the builders and other constructors may have gone behind Wright’s back to fix perceived design flaws… but they all loved the buildings. The architect’s vision remains inspiration to this day.
This presentation looks at three Wright landmarks— Fallingwater in Ohiopyle, the Pope-Leighy house in Alexandria, and Taliesin West in Phoenix— and the experience architecture inspiration they hold for experience designers.
I also believe that, through Wright’s examples, we can learn elements that take our approaches to experience architecture to newly useful and inspiring levels for our clients and the users of our work.
During this presentation, we’ll take a look at pictures and principles from these three sites. We will explore analogs to our practice through these elements:
• Context: How does the site selection integrate with user needs and desires?
• Clients: What do Wright’s relationships with his clients teach us? Where did he innovate, and where did he fail?
• Connection: How does the architect connect the lives of the clients with the results of the design? Expect an interactive, question-and-answer format. And lots of pictures.

Presented by Joe Sokohl of Regular Joe Consulting

When: Wednesday, October 26, 6-8pm

Where: Snagajob
4880 Cox Rd, Ste 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Hope to see you there!

RUX September: Sophisticated Web Design

Join us as Wren Lanier gives us a sneak peek of her edUi Conference presentation, Sophisticated Web Design:

What makes a great design better than a good design? How do award-winning sites achieve the polish that sets them apart? This session will review a variety of visual design practices that elevate sites beyond the ordinary. You will leave armed with tools to delight users with a sophisticated style and better user experience on every site that you build.

Wednesday, September 28 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
INM United
201 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

August RUX meeting- Lean UX presented by Jeff Gothelf

Please join the Richmond User Experience group for a special presentation by Jeff Gothelf, Director if User Experience at TheLadders.com.

Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business

Traditionally User Experience Design has been a deliverables practice. Wireframes, sitemaps, flow diagrams, content inventories, taxonomies and “The Spec” defined the practice of UX Designers (IxD, UX Design, whatever, etc). While this work has helped define what UX Designers do and the value our work brings to the business, it has also put us in the deliverables business – measured and compensated for the depth and breadth of our deliverables (instead of the quality and success of the experiences we design). Enter Lean UX. Inspired by Lean Product and Agile development theories, Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed. This talk will explore how Lean UX manifests in terms of process, communication, documentation and team interaction. In addition, we’ll take a look at how this philosophical shift can take root in any environment from large corporation to interactive agencies to startups.

Jeff Gothelf is a user experience designer based in metro NYC. He has spent his career designing engaging experiences for clients big and small. He is currently the Director of User Experience at TheLadders.com where he helps executive jobseekers and recruiters make meaningful connections with each other. Previously Jeff helped shape the designs of AOL, Webtrends and Fidelity. Jeff publishes his thoughts on his blog (www.jeffgothelf.com/blog) and on Twitter as @jboogie.

Where: Snagajob
4880 Cox Road, Ste 200
Glen Allen, VA 23059

When: Wednesday, August 31
6-8pm, doors open at 5:30

This guest speaker is generously sponsored by Regular Joe Consulting. Refreshments will be provided!

We’re expecting a large turnout, so please rsvp to candace.nicolls@snagajob.com by Monday, August 29. Hope to see you there!

June RUX meeting- happy hour!

Come join your fellow RUX members for some drinks and fellowship! We’ll be talking about upcoming meetings and looking for ideas, so we’d love your input!

When: Wednesday, June 30

Where: Xtra’s Cafe
3322 B W. Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221

Everyone is welcome!

May RUX Meeting

Just Do It! How Making Something Every Day Will Make You a Better Designer

In June 2007, designer Noah Scalin decided he would make a skull out of orange paper. This simple creative act turned out to be the first step in a long journey of discovery and craftsmanship. Noah made a skull every day for a full year. Every day. And then kept going.

In this talk, Noah will describe the process, commitment, discipline and joy of making a something every day. This engaging and inspiring presentation is filled with practical lessons that designers at all levels can apply to their own life and work.

After the presentation:

  • Q&A
  • Buy a copy of Noah’s book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!

Richmond User Experience (RUX) hosts informal monthly meetings to help local designers network and facilitate discussions. Recent topics have included: UX conference recaps, design critique, prototyping, Agile/UX, personas, and book discussions. Meetings are free and open to practitioners at all levels.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Affinion Loyalty Group

7814 Carousel Lane
Richmond, VA

(Near the intersection of Parham and Broad)