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

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!


  • 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

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

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!

Fun Facts from Interaction ’12

In Interaction Design Association’s annual conference recently concluded in Dublin. From co-chair Steve Baty as well as committee member Ben Arent, here are a few fun facts and a few points of note:

  • 749 people sat down to witness the opening Keynote from Luke Williams
  • Approximately 800 people were involved in the conference – full attendees, workshop-only, day passes, exhibitors and volunteers.
  • Interaction|12 saw around 170 more people in attendance than Interaction|11; and 270 more than Interaction|10. It was twice the size of Interaction|09; and around 375 people larger than Interaction|08.
  • More than 33 countries were represented a t Interaction|12, including every continent (except Antarctica)
  • Approximately 650 people travelled to Ireland from overseas – about 4.5 times higher than the international contingent at any previous Interaction conference
  • This was the first Interaction conference with live entertainment during lunch;
  • This was the first Interaction conference held outside North America
  • Despite the worst economic conditions seen in Europe or the US in 80 years, the conference was (marginally) profitable, delivering much-needed funding into IxDA to serve as seed funding for Interaction|13 and Interaction|14.
  • Speakers were drawn from more than a dozen different countries
  • The Interaction Awards were staged for the first time, and awarded during the course of the conference. This was truly a milestone event for the IxDA and the interaction design community. Jenn Bove and Raphael Grignani – and their organizing committee – did a fabulous job, and we have all benefited from their drive and insight.
  • #ixd12 had 3,378 tweets over all time, and around 2,876 during the conference.  http://cl.ly/131h0G1k403E231q1F3m/o ;
  • IxDAAwards, Docbaty, DaveIxD and Angel were the top tweeters. http://cl.ly/2y2D3B0l300b1a0k262G/o ;
  • Interaction12 facebook page has an equal gender divide, but it’s still mostly males between 25 – 34.
  • Our viral reach peaked during the conference. http://cl.ly/1o1U152y0n0j3S1P3m00/o (People love the photos)
  • Brazil was the 4th most reached country on our facebook page. http://cl.ly/3N1a2h3F0y1u1y181232
  • Our ‘Friends of Friends’ viral reach was viewed by over 162,000 people. http://cl.ly/0C2f0k2S3R050P0r2I00


Did you miss out on all of the User Experience Summits in the Midwest this spring? Well, here’s your chance to get a recap from some of our very own community to had the chance to be there in person!

Come listen on 27 April 2011 as we get the rundown on what some of the hottest topics were at Interaction ’11, the IA Summit ’11, and Midwest UX ’11.

SnagAJob.com will provide food and drinks!

Meet and greet is 6-6:30, and the presentation/ discussion is from 6:30-8. Hope to see you then and there!

4880 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA

Midwest UX Slides available

Last weekend the first Midwest UX conference took place. Held in Columbus, OH, it was a joint venture between two local groups: UPA Columbus and IxDA Columbus.

What an intensely incredible conference! More than 200 folks gathered from all over, including several countries. The preponderance of attendees were from the surrounding areas: Pennsylvania and Michigan and Indiana and Illinois and, of course, Ohio. Even our own Joe Sokohl attended (and presented).

Check out this great list of presentations you can browse. Also, set aside April 27 for a ReDUX of three conferences: IxDA, IA Summit, and Midwest UX. Place to be determined.

Exciting Workshop at TriUPA in Raleigh

Dan Brown will be hosting a workshop in Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM in Durham, NC. The workshop, Modeling Concepts: New IA Techniques for a Web 2.0 World, will help participants adopt concept modeling into their own processes. Besides introducing the deliverable and providing advice on how to create them, the workshop will help participants understand where and when concept models are appropriate to use. Learn more at TriUPA.

Call for proposals: EdUI Conference w/ Jared Spool, Michael Wesch, Molly Holzschlag and others

Colleagues,Please excuse cross postings.


* Have you completed an innovative Web project at your institution that you want to tell others about?
* Are you enthusiastic about introducing new technologies and techniques to other Web professionals?
* Do you want to share your ideas about user experience design and development for higher education or other large institutions?
* Are you ready to add something cool to your CV or resume?

Then we invite you to help make the EdUI 2009 conference a success! Submit your presentation proposal by July 1 2009.

— About the Conference —

The University of Virginia (U.Va.), in partnership with User Interface Engineering (UIE), invites presentation proposals for EdUI 2009: Remaining <strong>, to be held September 21–22, 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia on the U.Va. campus.

Economic times might be lean, but professional growth has never been more important. EdUI 2009: Remaining <strong> will provide an opportunity for Web professionals in higher education and local and regional businesses to share ideas about the opportunities and challenges surrounding web user interaction, interface design, and development. The conference will be particularly useful for:

* Web Designers
* Web Developers
* Webmasters
* User experience and interaction design professionals

We are delighted that our speaking lineup so far includes Jared Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering, as keynote speaker, with Michael Wesch, Dana Chisnell, Derek Featherstone, Molly Holzschlag & Dan Rubin as headliners. Jared, Dana, Derek, Molly, and Dan are some of today’s top authors and speakers in web design and development. Michael Wesch, featured in the most recent issue of National Geographic magazine, is widely known for his popular Youtube videos on the social and cultural impact of new media.

Find out more about these fantastic speakers at:

Keep up with the conference:
Email – http://eduiconf.org/joinlist
Twitter – http://twitter.com/edui2009
Facebook – search for “Edui 2009” and join our group

— Be a Part of It —

Please join us for this exciting conference. We seek dynamic speakers willing to share their knowledge and expertise about user experience design and development through case studies, workshops, tutorials, and poster sessions. Preference is given to presentations that offer practical methods and ready-to-use techniques and tools.

Possible topics may include:

* Innovation and change in higher ed or large institution web sites
* Web strategies
* User experience design / interaction design
* Graphics workflows
* User testing
* CSS tips & techniques
* Web standards
* Web accessibility
* Reusability in web development
* Web applications frameworks
* Interaction & web applications testing
* Use of social media

Conference sessions will be 40 minutes long with a 5-minute question and answer period. Longer topics can be proposed to spread across two consecutive sessions in a “Part 1, Part 2” format.

— Submission Guidelines & Important Dates —

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas online at http://eduiconf.org/proposals/ by July 1, 2009.

The Conference Committee will review all submissions. Notification regarding acceptance will be made by July 22nd. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a gratis registration to the full conference, including lunches and a reception. Conference organizers are not responsible for speakers’ travel and accommodation costs.

We look forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions by July 1, 2009.

Best wishes,
EdUI Conference Organizers