June RUX meeting- Interactive Prototyping & Axure

Ever wondered about the ins and outs of Axure for prototyping? Here’s your chance to check out actual case studies as Marissa Beatty of Ironworks Consulting and Chris Eklund of Affinion Loyalty Group show off their Axure wizardry! They’ll walk through actual real world work and give you practical advice on how to use this tool.

When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 from 6-8pm

Where: Ironworks Consulting, 4121 Cox Road, Ste 205

One lucky attendee will win a free Axure license!

Richmond User Experience Group May Meeting- Prototyping in Practice

Prototyping in Practice
SnagAJob (in the training room)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Pizza and drinks provided by SAJ

“I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.” – Sir James Dyson

UX practitioners are often challenged to design web functionality quickly and under pressure. Our responsibility is to ensure design solutions are useful and usable. Prototyping is crucial part of the UX process. In this interactive session, Joe Sokohl (IxDA board member) and Tom Illmensee (SnagAJob) will lead a discussion on prototyping process and techniques.

As a group we will explore:

• reasons for protyping
• approaches (paper? throwaway digital? code-ready?)
• communicationg prototypes to stakeholders, developers, and users
• knowing when to walk away

Share examples, war stories and best practices. Ask your peers questions. We’ll also be giving away a copy of Prototyping: A Practicioner’s Guide by Todd Zaki Warfel to a lucky attendee, and we’ll be giving away digital copies of the book, too.

RUX is a group of information architects, librarians, web developers, usability experts, user experience designers, and other like-minded people from the Richmond/Charlottesville area. Our events are designed to facilitate communication and collaboration among UX practitioners in a relaxed and informal setting. Meetings are free and open to all levels of experience. Students are welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned user experience professional or a newbie, please join us for stimulating conversation!

April RUX meeting-

“User Research on a Shoestring: Knowing Your Users Without Spending a Bundle”

How can you design applications and Web sites if you don’t know who your users are? But what if you don’t have tons of time and heaps of money? Join Web Application Developer Erin White from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Library (VCUL). She will talk about their experience with Usabilla, the CrazyEgg heatmapping software they’re using at VCUL, their mini-feedback methods, and the guerilla tests they’ve run with our users. Also, Tom Illmensee from SnagAJob.com will share some experiences with keeping costs down.

In conjunction with her talk, Rosenfeld Media is giving a way a copy of Nate Bolt & Tony Tulathimutte’s book, Remote Research: Real Users, Real Time, Real Research (http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/remote-research/). Some lucky person will win the book as well as an accompanying PDF version. All attendees will also receive the PDF version of the book.

When? Wednesday, April 28, 2010
6-7:30 pm

Where? Snagajob
4880 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA

No RUX meeting in May

Hi everyone,
Just a quick note that since the last Wednesday of the month falls within the shortened Memorial Day week, we won’t be having a meeting in May. Stay tuned for details on our happy hour in June!

– the RUX planning team

April RUX meeting

Join us for our first RUX book club!

For April’s discussion, we’ll talk about the book Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path.

Format: (from UXBookClub.org)

A UX (User Experience) Book Club is a get-together in which people interested in the area of user experience come to discuss a book relevant to the discipline.

A UX Book Club would operate as follows:

* Everyone who attends should try and read the nominated book (you won’t be barred from entry, but it helps everyone get more out of the night);
* Everyone needs to jot down and bring along: 2 things in the book that really struck a chord; and 1 thing they either hated, disagreed with; or don’t understand.
* The book would be within the practice of user experience, which might include books like Indi Young’s Mental Models; Dan Saffer’s Design Gestural Interfaces; Todd Zaki Warfel’s forthcoming Prototyping; and classics such as The Design of Everyday Things; Don’t Make Me Think; The Inmates Are Running the Asylum; etc.
* The book should not be arduous to read!
* We’ll vote on next month’s book at the current meeting.

In keeping with the book-club theme we will meet somewhere like a wine bar or a bookstore. The important thing is that the noise level has to be low, and be able to accommodate a group of 15-30 people.

We’ll keep the book club updated via the UX Book Club site: http://www.uxbookclub.org/doku.php?id=richmond_va

You can also learn more at http://www.uxbookclub.org/doku.php?id=richmond_va


Wednesday April, 29, 2009, First Book Club Discussion Group
6pm – 8pm
Location: Borders Bookstore, 9750 W. Broad St, Glen Allen, VA
Book: Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path (http://tinyurl.com/cgzffc)

Looking forward to seeing you!
The RUX Planning Team

Thom Haller’s IA Course

Reposting this from the DC-IA email newsletter-

Thom Haller’s 10-week Information Architecture class at the USDA
Graduate School starts on Tuesday, April 21. It’s an in-depth
introduction to IA and the user experience that’s tailored to the
specific needs and interests of the class. The class offers lots of
guest speakers and a hands-on class project that will help a worthy
organization to improve its Web presence. The class also is a great
opportunity for networking, loads of fun, and a huge bargain.

But is it just fun fun fun? Heck, no. Here’s a testimonial from a
former student, Victoria Perry: “Since I have taken the course, I have
continued to apply the information architecture and usability analysis
skills I learned on a variety of projects. Aside from the personal
benefit, I believe that the knowledge and practical experience gained
in this class are also recognized by others (work colleagues,
potential employers, etc.). While many busy, working professionals
might be reticent to commit to more than a one-day seminar, this
multi-week course was definitely worth the investment!”

For more information or to register, see

(NOTE — although the online description says the class starts on
April 14, it really begins a week later.)

March RUX meeting details

Reminder RUX March Meeting!


What: Group Discussion Series: Selling the Importance of Usability & IA to Clients

Please join us for a panel discussion March 25, 2009 to discuss Selling the Importance of Usability & IA to Clients. Feel free to bring your ideas and advice about how you sell usability & IA to your organizations. Panel to include:

Chris Eklund, Solutions Analyst at Affinion Loyalty Solutions

Dan Chamberlain, Internet Strategist at Dominion Resources

Chip Trout, Director of Web Experience at Snagajob

When: Wednesday March 25, 2009, 6pm – 8pm


Where: Affinion Loyalty Solutions

7814 Carousel Ln

Richmond, VA 23294

One block east of the Parham and Broad intersection. Attendees should enter on the rear side of the building (the side closest to Parham Rd) and enter under the green awning. The meeting room is just to the left of the entrance and if the door is locked, they will need to go to the window and get someone’s attention.

Admission is free.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best, The RUX Planning Team

Presenting Yourself deck

Thanks to everyone who came out to the RUX meeting last night! It was a great turnout and a great conversation. I just uploaded the deck from the presentation [find it here]- this is really an overview and we talked in more detail about some of these topics, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions. Thanks again!