When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)View MapWhere: Grace Street Theater – 934 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 –
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.
When: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) View MapWhere: The Depot at VCU – 814 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 –
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.
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
We look forward to seeing you there!
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 Proto.io
- 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:
- One license to Axure RP Pro (worth $589)
- One perpetual license to JustInMind (worth $228/year)
- One full Rosenfeld Media digital library (a $350 value)
- One copy of Intertwingled, by Peter Morville
- One copy of How to Make Sense of Any Mess, by Abby Covert
- One copy of Understanding Context, by Andrew Hinton
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!
Thank you to our local sponsors!
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.
…that taste great together. (Just so we’re clear: Product Management is the peanut butter to UX’s chocolate. 🙂 )
We hope you were able to attend our panel discussion last week on Building Balanced Core Teams, but rest easy if not. This February 3rd, we will be hosting a local viewing of Rosenfeld Media’s PM+UX at Gather, downtown. There are still spots available, but seating is limited, so get your tickets today! Thank you to our event sponsors: CapitalOne, CapTech Consulting, Fahrenheit IT Staffing & Consulting, Impact Makers, Regular Joe Consulting, and Snagajob.
Thank you, once again, to our event sponsors.
It’s almost as if we planned it.
Back in November, we began discussing our programming slate for the first half of 2016. In addition to hosting World IA Day on February 20th and chairing the UX track of InnovateVA on March 25th, we discussed having an event on product teams in January (Building Balanced Core Teams, January 20th at Snagajob).
Then earlier this month, Rosenfeld Media announced that they would be producing an event on Product Management and UX called, well, Product Management + User Experience. Given the success of our two previous virtual conference events, we figured: yeah…why not. So, in addition to our Core Team event on January 20th, we will hosting Rosenfeld Media’s PM+UX two weeks later to the day, on February 3rd at Gather.
As if that weren’t enough for you: friend of RUX and RVA Jeff Gothelf will be returning to Richmond on February 9th for an all-day workshop on Lean UX in the Enterprise. We’re not producing Jeff’s event, but we’re happy to help promote it!
So, that’s the news. Tickets to Building Balanced Core Teams are on sale now, with Early Bird pricing through January 10th; tickets for the virtual conference on PM+UX are also on sale now for $25. Follow the links to Eventbrite pages with detail on content, timing, and locations.
Hope to see you at two or three of these!
Get ready for our first annual year-end recap and networking event!
2015 was a banner year for Richmond UX, and on December 2nd we want to celebrate with as many of you as can make it. In addition to networking and getting to know each other better, we will recap 2015 and look ahead to 2016. As important, we want to hear from you. What’s been working, what could be improved, and how can we better fulfill our mission: to be the source for the theory and practice of user experience, research, design, and evaluation in the Central Virginia region; to promote the value of User Experience methods to businesses, schools, and other entities; and to cultivate a community of UX-related professionals through knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking.
5-5:30 – Networking
5:30-6 – 2015 Recap
6-6:30 – Open Forum
6:30-7+ – Networking
December 2nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Capital Ale House Innsbrook
4024 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
We look forward to seeing you there!
On September 24th, RichmondUX is excited to welcome Colleen Jones, author of Clout: The Art & Science of Influential Web Content, to Richmond! The venue is the Capital Ale House at Innsbrook, and will be a bit more social and casual in nature. Come ready to meet folks and network, before and after Colleen’s presentation!
Today, business is digital. That makes content critical. A new report from IBM finds CMOs now plan to spend more on content than on advertising (Marketing is a (Buyer) Journey, Not a Destination). Content also is the substance of the user experience for digital products and channels.
So, you might have enjoyed some success with implementing a content strategy for a single product, channel, or marketing campaign. Now, imagine repeating that success. How do you make your content strategy scale across products, brands, channels, markets and more?
It’s a question that often brings up many, many, MANY more questions for midsize and enterprise organizations. This session will help you answer them with 3 useful principles to scale your content strategy.
4:30-5:00 – Networking & Announcements
5:00-5:45 – Featured Speaker
5:45-6:00 – Q&A
6:00-6:30 – Socialize/Network/Exchange Social Media Profiles
With nearly 20 years of experience, Colleen (@leenjones) has led strategic initiatives for Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and boutique brands. She regularly consults with executives to improve their strategy and processes for content and has reached thousands more people through the cornerstone content book, Clout. Colleen also cofounded our content evaluation platform, ContentWRX and is the publisher of Content Science Review.
Over the course of her career, Colleen has held leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Cingular Wireless (now AT&T). At Cingular Wireless, she won several executive awards for leading an interdisciplinary team to improve the customer experience across channels including web, IVR, mobile, and point-of-sale applications.
With an M.A. in technical communication from James Madison University, Colleen is an active member of American MENSA, American Marketing Association, International Association of Business Communicators, and the Association of Computing Machinery. She also founded Atlanta Content Strategy and is a past chair of the executive board for the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery SIG on computer-human interaction.
On August 26th, RichmondUX is excited to host a long overdue presentation on a topic in the intersection between interaction design, UI design, and front-end development. IT Analyst at VCU and long-time RUX member Gaurav Gupta will talk about the Power of CSS Flexbox.
Tickets are $5 through August 21st and $7 thereafter, available via Eventbrite. (Tickets will be $10 at the door.)
Web developers have been trying to solve layout issues since the dawn of web. We started with tables, then floats and grids—each technique had its limitations. Thanks to Flexbox, it’s all about to change.
Flexbox is one of the most promising yet underutilized additions to the CSS3 specification. Using this layout model you can arrange elements in any direction, align them, distribute the space, assign sizes, stretch or shrink them to fit in parent element, wrap or rearrange them—all with far less CSS compared to grids.
Flexbox truly shines when used in responsive design. Changing the visual order, alignment, assigning proportional sizes of your boxes becomes a breeze. During this presentation, you will learn the basics of Flexbox specification and explore some of its practical uses.
Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Gather RVA, 409 E Main Street, Richmond
- 4:30-5:00pm – Networking
- 5:00-5:45 – Featured Speaker
- 5:45-6:00 – Q&A
- 6:00-6:30 – Socialize/Networking
Who should attend? Interaction and UI designers, front-end developers, UX practitioners. Create web based products or services? This session is for you. Get your ticket today. Get your ticket today.
Gaurav Gupta is an IT Analyst in the Office of the Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his current position Gaurav wears multiple hats. As a web designer and developer, he builds websites and web applications with an eye towards simplicity and usability. In his administrator role, he has led the implementation of University’s online course evaluation system and manages its day-to-day operations. As a tech expert, he gets to play with the latest instructional technology.