edUI 2014

EdUI 2014  |  Mon. 9.29 to Wed. 10.1
eduiconf.org – Discount code: RVA ($100 off Standard Price)

EdUi 2014 is next week! Don’t miss your chance to participate in Richmond’s biggest UX event. Even though it starts with “Ed,” it’s not all about education. If you have done (or want to do) work for large organizations or institutions, there are topics aplenty for you: content strategy, story mapping, innovation, user research, and accessibility. And even though it ends with “UI,” it’s not just about user interfaces. In addition to the topics already listed, there are sessions on prototyping, personas, iBeacon, UX strategy, to name a few. Check out the full schedule.

The closest UX events of this scale and caliber get to Richmond is D.C.—it’s like that, minus driving 2.5 hours (or more) on 95 and paying to stay at a hotel. And with discount code “RVA,” RUX members get $100 the Standard price. Single day tickets are available too, if taking off three days from the office would be a challenge.

EdUi is the biggest UX event Richmond hosts, so come out and learn some new skills, meet UX peers (and luminaries), and show your passion for UX here in RVA. Hope to see you there! http://eduiconf.org/register/

A little further north, our friends in IxDA and UXPA DC have a couple of events planned for the middle of October. See our previous post for details and discount codes!


Upcoming Local UX & Design Conferences

If you’re looking for opportunities to get educated or inspired over the next month or so, you need look no further. Starting with RVA Design Week this Wednesday and followed by edUi 2014 at the end of the month, there will be more design, UX, and web-related events in the area than usual. All of them are affordably priced—some remarkably so—and we have discount codes for the more expensive of the bunch. Check them out:

RVA Design Week  |  Wed. 9.17 to Sat. 9.20
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Richmond’s first Design Week, produced by our local AIGA chapter, starts with a kick-off party at Hardywood on Wednesday, featuring Richmond’s Coalition Theater. Thursday evening, there will be a screening of Design the New Business at the Grace Street Theater, followed by a panel discussion on the role of Design and Design Thinking in business. RUX co-organizer Hope Norman will be on the panel, which will be moderated by another RUXster, Mark Badger. Friday evening features a talk by Debbie Millman (also at Grace Street), followed by two separate Adobe training workshops at Gather on Saturday. Apart from the kick-off party ($5), event prices are $15 for AIGA members and $20 for non-members.

EdUI 2014  |  Mon. 9.29 to Wed. 10.1
eduiconf.org – Discount code: RVA ($100 off Standard Price)

For the fourth year in a row, Richmond is hosting the edUi conference. Produced primarily by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, edUi offers a rare lineup of speakers, including top web innovators that will inspire and enlighten web designers, developers, managers, and user experience and interaction design professions from any industry. This year’s featured speakers include Stephen P. Anderson, author of Seductive Interaction Design, and Matt Novak, contributor to Gizmodo, WSJ, and The Atlantic. RUX founder and co-organizer Joe Sokohl will give a talk on bringing your wireframes to life through prototyping, and RUX co-organizer Mark Badger will be presenting on iBeacon and eduction. EdUi is Richmond’s biggest UX-focused event, and we are excited to be able to offer a discount code (RVA) to make it that much easier to attend. With the discount, you get three (3) days of presentations and workshops for $500. Single day registrations are also available.

ConvergeRVA  |  Fri. 10.10
convergerva.com – Discount code: RUX ($20 off)

ConvergeRVA is a design conference focusing on people who creatively change the landscape of the ways we work for and on the web. It features talks that cover; user experience, visual design, illustration, front-end and back-end development. This year, ConvergeRVA takes place in the beautifully restored Hippodrome Theater. In addition to the inspiring talks, there will be plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and party with the speakers and other attendees. Early bird pricing is still available ($99, $45 for students & AIGA members).

A little further north, our friends in IxDA and UXPA DC have a couple of events planned for the middle of October.

Eye Tracking in UX Design  |  Thu. 10.16
eyetrackingux2014.com – Discount code: RUX

If you enjoyed Jennifer Romano Bergstrom’s RUX presentation last spring, this day-long conference is for you. RichmondUX is proud to be a strategic partner for The Eye Tracking in UX Design Conference, taking place on October 16 in Washington DC. Leading experts in eye tracking will discuss how they have taken advantage of eye-tracking technology to understand, design, and evaluate user experience. Want to attend? Please use code RUX when registering to get 25% off.

UserFocus 2014  |  Fri. 10.17
2014.userfocus.org – Discount code: RUX

The day after Eye Tracking in UX, join UXPA DC for their annual UserFocus conference. There, you’ll learn about the latest trends in UX, creative new tools, and innovative techniques in the field, connect to network about new job opportunities, and get motivated to use what you learn on your very next project! Again, please use code RUX when registering to get 25% off.

Thats’s it for now, but check back soon for details on Wearables + Things coming to D.C. October 20-21 and InnovateVA in Glen Allen on October 24th.


Special Code for Upcoming Eye Tracking in UX Design Event / RUXsters Get 25% off

eye-trackingWe are proud to be a strategic partner for The Eye Tracking in UX Design Conference, taking place on October 16 in Washington DC. Leading experts in eye tracking will discuss how they have taken advantage of this new technology to understand, design, and evaluate user experience. They will explore recent advances in the technology, which tracks how users interact with mobile devices, large-screen displays and video game consoles. Methods for combining eye tracking with other research techniques for a more holistic understanding of the user experience will be discussed. This is an invaluable resource to those who want to learn how eye tracking can be used to better understand and design for their users.

If you’re interested in attending, we have a special discount code for our members! Please use code RUX when registering to get 25% off! Hope to see you there! Follow #ETUX2014 on Twitter for updates and live tweets from the conference!

Schedule

  • 9:15am – Intro to Eye Tracking | Andrew Schall
  • 9:45am – Eye Tracking Visual Search Patterns | Dr. Soussan Djamasbi & Dr. Adrienne Hall-Phillips
  • 10:15am – Eye Tracking with Usability Testing | Erica Olmsted-Hawala
  • 10:45am – Physiological Response Measurements: Coupling Eye Tracking with EEG, EDA and Pupil Dilation | Sabrina Duda
  • 11:30am – Lunch
  • 12:30Pm – Eye Tracking the UX of Forms and Surveys | Dr. Jennifer Romano Bergstrom
  • 1:00Pm – Eye Tracking to Understand Information Architecture and Web Navigation | Andrew Schall
  • 1:30Pm – Eye Tracking how Users Interact with Web Content | Ian Everdell
  • 2:00Pm – Eye Tracking the UX of E-Commerce Websites | Wilkey Wong & Mike Bartels
  • 2:45Pm – Eye Tracking the Mobile Experience | Dr. Jibo He & Dr. Barbara Chaparro
  • 3:15Pm – Eye Tracking the Gaming Experience | Dr. Veronica Zammitto
  • 4:00Pm – Afternoon Break (Beverages & Snacks)
  • 4:15Pm – Eye Tracking with Older Users | Dr. Jennifer Romano Bergstrom
  • 4:45Pm – Eye Tracking with Low Literacy Users | Angela Colter & Dr. Kathryn Summers
  • 5:30Pm – Discussion: The Future of Eye Tracking & User Experience

Check out the session descriptions and speaker credentials at http://eyetrackingux2014.busyconf.com/schedule. Don’t forget to enter code RUX when you register!


UX Conference Opps and April Event Follow-up

ModevUX 2014

With ModevUX starting this upcoming Monday, you have only a few days left to take advantage of RichmondUX’s 25% registration discount. It’s looking like it’ll be a great event, and we hope to see you there! Our promo code is UX14RUX.

Giant Confererence

Fellow RUXster (and planning committee member) Bogdan Stanciu has a ticket for the upcoming conference in Charleston that he cannot use. As it was purchased early, it is available for $200 less than the current price. The conference runs June 11-14 and looks like another great event. Take a look and reply or DM him at @bog_dan if you are interested in going.

UserFocus 2014

Our friends at UXPA D.C. are ramping up for this fall’s UserFocus conference, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved already:

  • The call for proposal submissions is open but closes soon (June 1st), and they are seeking proposals from both new and experienced UX practitioners.
  • Every conference requires the help of volunteers, and UserFocus is no exception. If you’d like access behind the scenes and a chance to give back to the community, consider volunteering to review submissions or to help out at the conference itself.
  • Last but not least, early registration is now open!

All details are available here: https://userfocus.busyconf.com/bookings/new

Follow-up to April’s Meetup

Whether you were able to attend last month’s presentation, Eye-tracking and the User Experience: What You Need to Know, featuring Jen Romano Bergstrom, we wanted to follow up with a few details:

– The RUX Planning Committee


RUX May – The Ethics of User Experience: Empathy or Exploitation?

Date: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, 6 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Water Coastal Kitchen, 3411 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA (map)
As usual, please RSVP via our Meetup page for this event.

This month, we are trying something new: a book club without a book. There will still be a reading assignment, and we are still planning on a lively and engaging discussion, but we will be asking you to read a few articles rather than a book. To give credit where it’s due, we are adapting this idea from IxDA Boston’s April event on ethics and UX (we have kept two of their articles but added our own).

The Ethics of User Experience: Empathy or Exploitation?

Given our empathy for and understanding of the user for whom we are designing, how do we leverage that knowledge responsibly? Can we design experiences that generate value for our stakeholders while still serving the best interests of their audience? Is there really a dilemma?

At our May meetup, we will discuss the ethics of user-centered design and the User Experience. As food for thought, we ask that you arrive having read the following four articles:

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April Event Update / Perks / Jobs Page

Those of you already signed up to attend this month’s event, “Eye-Tracking the User Experience of Mobile,” with Jennifer Romano Bergstrom are already in for a treat, but we wanted to let everyone know that there will be some great door-prizes. For those who attend, we will be giving away the following:

For those who haven’t stopped noticed the additions to our meetup site, RichmondUX has taken on a new sponsor (Loop11, offering a free usability test for RUX members) and members receive discounts for both bmoresponsive (May 9th, Baltimore, code RICHMONDUX) and ModevUX (use code UX14RUX). Check out our sponsorship page for these and other perks as they become available.

Last, but not least, we have added a jobs page to our site at richmondux.com. Currently, we are showing jobs from Capital One, Carmax, the Federal Reserve, ICF Interactive, and WillowTree.

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for UX in Richmond. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, ideas, or feedback.

The RUX Planning Committee


RUX April – Eye Tracking the User Experience of Mobile: What You Need to Know

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

CapTech Consulting, 7100 Forest Ave, Suite 204, Richmond, VA (map)

It is important for mobile app and website designers to test their products with typical end users to ensure the products work as intended and that an optimal user experience (UX) is provided. What many designers do not know is that getting user feedback, including understanding what users look at while using a product, is not as difficult as it once was. Modern technology has made this technique quite simple and affordable.

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ModevUX Coming to McLean in May / RUXers Get a 15% Discount

We plan to write more soon about plans for RUX in 2014, but for now we’re just going to keep on posting about UX events we think you’ll find worthwhile. Along those lines, Richmond UX is one of the event sponsors for ModevUX 2014, which takes place May 19-20 in McLean, VA. As an event sponsor, RUX’s members are entitled to a 15% discount on registration using the discount code UX14RUX. (Apparently, the best pricing ends tomorrow, so get to it!)

What is ModevUX, you may ask? In their words (and some of mine…collaboration!):

modevUX 2014 - May 19-20 in McLean, VA

Now in its 3rd year, ModevUX is a 2-day conference, featuring more than 40 speakers—industry experts including Josh Clark, Lea Verou, Carolyn Chandler, Steven Hoober, and Sian Morson. (It just so happens that next month’s speaker, Jen Bergstrom, will be there too.)

There will be premium workshops and breakout sessions, where you can get your hands dirty, as well as industry case studies and insights from the main-stage talks and keynotes. Mingle, recruit, and network with hundreds of other UX professionals. ModevUX offers a superior conference experience and unbelievable content, at an unbeatable value. [Ed. Note: I haven’t been, so I can’t vouch for this claim.]

Schedule Overview

  • Monday, May 19 – ModevAcademy Half-Day Workshops and Mini Workshops, Opening Reception @ DIG
  • Tuesday, May 20 – Keynotes, Case Studies, and Panel Discussions

Featured Speakers:

  • Josh Clark – Author, “Tapworthy”; Founder, Global Moxie;
  • Lea Verou – W3C CSS Working Group Member; Author, CSS Secrets
  • Carolyn Chandler – Author, “A Project Guide to UX Design”, “Adventures in User Experience”
  • Steven Hoober – Author, “Designing User Interfaces”
  • Sian Morson – Author, “Learning Design for iOS Dev”; CEO, Kollective Mobile
  • Brett Bishop – Principal Design Strategist, Capital One Labs
  • Lilian Tydings – User Experience Director, Rosetta Stone
  • Cory Hudson – Sr. Creative Director, AOL
  • Rebecca Ormsby – User Experience Director, Hewlett Packard
  • Elissa Shevinsky – CEO / Founder, Glimpse

modevUX LogoCheck out the full schedule and speaker lineup at www.modevux.com. Don’t forget to enter code UX14RUX when you register!


RUX Related Event: RVA Content Strategy Hosts NBC’s Caroline Engle

After the success of last month’s event with Facebook’s Jon Colman, RVA Content Strategy is hosting another Google Hangout at 804RVA. On April 1st, Caroline Engle will discuss her work on NBC’s Sochi 2014 “second screen” app, Primetime Companion. From the RVA Content Strategy Meetup page:

Primetime Companion Second Screen app

An increasing trend in content strategy is the idea of creating distinct mobile experiences to complement TV shows, movies and live events. This “second screen” is exploding in popularity. Joining us this month via Google+ is Caroline Engle, producer of the Primetime Companion feature for NBC for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Primetime Companion was a feature that lived within the NBC Olympics Highlights and Results application. The feature offered engaging, complementary and interactive content that tied directly to the primetime shows as part of the second screen experience. Typically 200-250 pieces of content were produced for each show and released to the app at approximately the moment it was relevant to viewers. From the hours of 7p-12p, the app defaulted to the Primetime Companion.

Caroline Engle

Caroline Engle produced the Primetime Companion feature for NBC for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She was previously an employee of the CBS television series “Person of Interest” in New York as well as The Golf Channel in Orlando. Caroline graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a focus in media studies and production. She is also proud to be a Virginia native, having grown up in McLean.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: 804RVA, 1657 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA (map)

As for our next RUX hosted event, save-the-date now for “Eye Tracking in User Experience Design” with Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, PhD on April 30th. More details soon…


RUX Related Event: AIGA Richmond hosts Ethan Marcotte next month

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Our friends at AIGA Richmond are hosting Ethan Marcotte for a discussion on the ever-shifting landscape of the Web and creating adaptive experiences to reach audiences wherever they are.

The Map & The Territory

When we create for the web, we participate in a kind of public art. We code, we design, we build for an audience, shaping digital experiences that provide a service, or that create joy, or that simply connect readers with words written half a world away. But in this session we’ll revisit what we’ve learned about responsive design, and ensure our content, not just our design, is readily accessible to them wherever and whenever they are. In doing so, we’ll look at some ways in which our audience reshapes the way we think about our medium, and see where they might be leading us—and the web—next.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: Grace Street Theater, 934 W Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220 (map)
Tickets (via Eventbrite): AIGA Members – $15, Non-Members – $20, Students – $10