RUX August: Framing the Story: Using Comics for Better UX

Storytelling is a crucial UX skill. Who are the users? What problems are they trying to solve? Why do they need your website or software? Where will they use it? When? Comic strips and storyboards are a great way to communicate about people, their relationships, and context over time. When used at the right moment during a project, comics bring ideas to life, illustrate complex scenarios and simplify requirements. In this fun and engaging roundtable discussion, RUXsters will glimpse rare comics selected by Cindy Jackson, Archival Assistant for Comic Arts @ VCU Special Collections, share favorite comics and graphic novels, and discuss ways to use comics for better UX. Seats are limited to 25 (free admission), so sign up early for an evening of BZZZT!, ZAP!, POW!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
VCU James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA


RUX June meeting: FAIL Tales

Join us next week! From the Meetup event page.

When: June 27th, 6-7:30pm

Where: Corrugated Box Building, 201 W. 7th St., Richmond, VA

Thomas Edison said he never failed, he “just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Inventor James Dyson said: “I made 5127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.”

What’s your story? What has failure taught you? RUX June presents an open forum to share your UX fail tales. Attendees should prepare short presentations (5-10 minutes) describing hard lessons learned, sparks of inspiration from disaster, and how wreckage sometimes yields unexpected treasure.

Join us!

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:

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 for letting us use their awesome space this month!

Next meeting: Book club

For the next RUX meeting, we’re doing a book club! The book is Susan Weinschenk’s 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People. The date is December 7…the place is to be determined.

Why not support local business and buy the book from an indie bookstore, Fountain Bookstore in Shockoe Slip:

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.

Let’s get together!

How about a RUX happy hour this Wednesday night? Sound good? Y’all want to get together, chat about all things UX: VisD, IxD, IA, UT, CS, whatever.

Where: Xtras Café in Carytown: 3322-B West Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221 – (across from Mary Angela’s)
When: Wednesday, Feb 23, 6-8pm
Who: Information architects, interaction designers, user interface designers, web designers, software and Web developers, data architects, library and information scientists, content strategists, industrial designers, technical writers, business analysts–in short, anyone interested in building up the user’s experience in software and hardware.

Creating Value with Consistent User Experience and Multichannel Integration

Brand Image Director at ALPS Corporation Jonas LaRance talks about brand, experience, and business value. As he describes his talk:

Wow, what a title! If I could I’d work the word synergy in there too. Come discover the important lesson behind the jargon when I give an inside look how (no, not the shoes) a mid-size clicks-and-bricks retailer in Missoula, Montana (where?), gives its customers what they want and is ranked as the number-one online electronics retailer in Consumer Reports. It’s all in the user experience, the multichannel integration, and of course the reflexes.

Set your calendars for March 31, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location update!

We’ll be meeting at Ironworks Consulting, 4121 Cox Road, Ste 205 in Glen Allen. See you there!

RUX February Meet Up

Meet and connect with fellow UX practitioners from Richmond’s vibrant user experience community. IxDA board member Joe Sokohl will share highlights from the recent Interaction 10 Conference. Admission is free. Pay only for drinks and food.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Barrel Thief
11747 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 364-0144


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Barrel Thief

11747 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23233

(804) 364-0144


Meet and connect with fellow UX practitioners from Richmond’s vibrant user experience community. IxDA board member Joe Sokohl will share highlights from the recent Interaction 10 Conference. Admission is free. Pay only for drinks and food.

About RUX:

We are 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! Visit:

Presentation from the January Meeting

Here’s the PDF from Tom & Joe’s presentation at the joint RUX/Agile Richmond meeting.

Let’s Get More Agile for 2010!

If you missed Tom and Joe’s November presentation, here’s your chance to hear it as the Richmond User Experience Group teams up with Agile Richmond to present Agility for Agile Professionals!

Doors open at 5:30, presentation is from 6-7:30.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Apex Systems– 4400 Cox Road, Ste 100, Glen Allen


Agile team professionals often find themselves working on projects with tight deadlines, tighter budgets, and unreasonably high expectations for success. Too often user research, usability, and design processes are compressed or even cut entirely for the sake of time, while development and business analysis time is increased. As UX professionals become more involved with agile development methods, we have discovered novel approaches to user-centered design that are adaptable to any budget or deadline.

This discussion will explore how user research, usability, IA and interaction design practices are adapted and thrive in agile projects.

Focusing on their experiences at Agile 2009 in Chicago this past fall, they will discuss:

  • How to provide timely and valuable UX support to stressed web development teams
  • How to let go and modify research/design/development dogmas
  • How to advocate for users when time for user research and usability are unavailable
  • How to balance rigor, quality, and speed