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!
Note: Eventbrite registration is required for this event.
Back in November, we hosted a local, sold-out viewing of the UX Futures virtual conference, presented by Rosenfeld Media. Those who attended thought watching the online sessions together—and networking before, during and after—featured all the benefits of a larger, one-day conference, minus the hassle of travel. We asked if you’d like to participate in an event like that again, and the response was a resounding “yes!” Rosenfeld Media has announced their next virtual conference, and we are excited to bring you, People Skills for UX. See below for more details, from Rosenfeld Media.
People Skills for UX
The skills no one told you you needed.
Many of us feel comfortable managing the nuts and bolts of research and design. What stumps us are people—delightfully difficult, unpredictable, and irrational. How do we get better at understanding, collaborating with, and motivating the people who are integral to our efforts to make experiences better?
In People Skills for UX, our one-day virtual conference, we’ll explore four critical soft skills themes: listening, facilitation, negotiation, and leadership. We’ll do it with a unique outside-in twist: pairing presentations by experts from outside the design world with responses from UX experts who are deeply in it. If you’re interested in the people skills that are behind great user experience design, please join us.
Conflict is a natural part of life in general and UX work in particular—whether you’re at an agency or in-house, whether you’re the design director or you just joined the team. When competing for projects, collaborating with developers, or bargaining for better salaries. Negotiation is how we align our conflicting interests. How can we negotiate the best deals & mash the ones where both parties come out as “winners”?
- 10-10:45am: Michelle Katz, formerly VP of Business and Legal Affairs, Universal Studios New Media
- 10:45-11:15am: Harry Max, VP Product, AllClear ID
- 11:15-11:30am: Discussion
Statistics suggest that 37% of our time is spent in meetings—and it isn’t exactly spent productively, much less enjoyably. Effective facilitation changes the equation by making groups work—functionally and culturally—by squaring individuals’ needs with organizational dynamics and goals. What does it take to facilitate in ways that transform our meetings—and our organizations?
- 11:45am-12:30pm: David Sibbet, President and Founder, The Grove Consultants International
- 12:30-1:00: Kevin M. Hoffman, author of Meeting Design (forthcoming)
- 1:00-1:15 Discussion
1:15-2:15 pm: Lunch break
2:15-3:45 pm: Listening
Listening is one of the most critically important—and misunderstood—human skills. As a matter of course, we listen—but few us know how to really listen. We regularly miss out on opportunities to challenge our own assumptions about the people around us and to learn what makes them tick. How can we listen more effectively to our colleagues and customers, better understand their motivations and environments, and align our work with their goals?
- 2:15-3:00pm: Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business and TED speaker
- 3:-3:30pm: Steve Portigal, author of Interviewing Users
4:00-5:30 pm: Leadership
Leadership is in flux. Organizations, their business models and their cultures are changing dramatically, and traditional command/control models are increasingly irrelevant. Leaders must rely on new approaches: modeling productive behaviors, working alongside their teams, inspiring possible futures, encouraging independence, and even celebrating mistakes.
- 4-4:45pm: Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
- 4:45-5:15pm: Kim Goodwin, author of Designing for the Digital Age and VP of UX, PatientsLikeMe
After the last session we will be raffling off some terrific UX-related prizes, including the Grand Prize: the entire Rosenfeld UX library in digital format to one lucky winner!
Your cost to join us at Gather is just $25. On your own, this event would cost $179—with no discussions, door prizes, or networking. To attend an event of this caliber outside Richmond would be an even greater investment of time and money. Seating is limited…get your ticket today!
Thank you to our sponsors:
On April 29, RichmondUX—along with RVA Content Strategy—is proud to welcome Stephanie Hay, Instructor of “Writing for Web and Mobile: a Lean Approach,” to Richmond to talk about Content-First Design. Registration is free but required, and closes at 4 PM on April 28. Reserve your seat via Eventbrite.
We spend a lot of time trying to solve communication problems through design. We design first, write later, and end up iterating endlessly, only to start the process over again — design first, words last. What would happen if we wrote the words first—agnostic of technology or channel—and then designed an experience to bring those words to life? That’s what Steph Hay and her content strategy team are doing at Capital One. She’ll show us content-first techniques—like content prototypes, language boards, and conversation maps—that result in faster learning, fewer iterations, a more cohesive voice and tone, and higher engagement.
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST) Location: Capital One Town Center, 15075 Capital One Drive, Room C1, Richmond Schedule
- 5:00-5:30pm – Networking
- 5:30-6:15 – Steph’s presentation
- 6:15-6:30 – Q&A
- 6:30-7:00 – Socialize/Networking
How do I get tickets? This event is free to attend, but we have limited seating available. RSVPs on our Meetup site will not guarantee you a seat. Please register using Eventbrite to save your place. Who should attend? Anybody who researches, manages, designs, or builds user experiences, especially if you think about creating interaction architecture or writing for digital. OK, so who is Steph? Steph Hay is a pioneer of content-first design and Lean Content testing, two low-risk methods for proving traction before building a product. She leads Capital One’s Content Strategy team, which designs experiences “to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time,” and she also runs their weekly design shares (across 11 locations and 150 design team members). Steph’s a two-time startup founder, former consultant (working with Ben & Jerry’s and Coldwell Banker), international speaker, and mentor (500 Startups, The Lean Startup Conference, and CV Labs). Ask her anytime about Ohio, CrossFit, or ramen noodles—three things she loves. Thank you to our sponsor!: Capital One
RichmondUX is proud to welcome SapientNitro ACD Phil Golub to Richmond on February 25th to talk about how the intersection of story and system—art and science—inform the user experience. Registration is free: reserve your seat via Eventbrite.
As channel lines blur, and marketing and technology budgets combine, designers should have an understanding and appreciation of omni-channel storytelling, allowing customers and companies to create shared brand experiences.
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
Location: The Depot (VCU), 814 W Broad Street, Richmond
- 4:00-4:30pm – Networking
- 4:30-5:15 – Phil’s presentation
- 5:15-5:30 – Q&A
- 5:30-5:45 – Socialize/Networking
How do I get tickets?
This event is free to attend, but we have limited seating available. RSVPs made here on Meetup will not guarantee you a seat. Please register using Eventbrite to save your place.
Who should attend?
Anybody who researches, manages, designs, or builds user experiences. Have an opinion about whether UX is more about the qualitative or the quantitative? Please join us. Curious about whether UX, CX, and 😄 are actually all the same thing? Get your ticket today.
OK, so who is Phil?
Phil Golub is an experienced Creative Director and thought leader, having spent 17 years in the digital creative space specializing in User Experience, User-Centered Design, Information Architecture, Content Strategy and User Research.
Thank you to our sponsor!: Regular Joe Consulting