RUX December – Happy Hour

Dear RUXsters – we are overdue for a meetup! And in addition to saying hi, catching up, and finding out what everyone’s up to, we want to thank everyone for another terrific year! A lot of UX and Design stuff happened in Richmond in 2016, and all of it is worth chatting about over a drink, alcoholic or otherwise.

As with our Happy Hour this past June, we will be meeting at McCormack’s Big Whiskey Grill near the Regency Mall. 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, you’ll appreciate Big Whiskey Grill’s atmosphere.

Richmond UX will take care of the food and non-alcoholic beverages. The rest is up to you.

Register via Eventbrite →

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.

When
December 7th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where
McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill
(The one near the Regency Mall, not the one in The Fan)
1420 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA

We look forward to seeing you there!


RUX June – Happy Hour

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.

When
June 29th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where
McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill
(The one near the Regency Mall, not the one in The Fan)
1420 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA

We look forward to seeing you there!


WIAD 2016: RVA—It’s going to be one for the books

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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:

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!

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Thank you to our local sponsors!

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Inaugural World IA Day: RVA – 2.20.16

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.

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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.

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UX & Product Management: Two (well, three) Upcoming Events

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).

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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.

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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!


RUX December – 2015 Year-End Event

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.

What
5-5:30 – Networking
5:30-6 – 2015 Recap
6-6:30 – Open Forum
6:30-7+ – Networking

When
December 2nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Where
Capital Ale House Innsbrook
4024 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

We look forward to seeing you there!


RUX October – User Research in the Age of the Customer

On October 28th, RichmondUX will be hosting and moderating a panel discussion on User Research. In addition to local UX and CX professionals from CarMax, CapitalOne, CapTech Consulting, and Singlestone Consulting, Richmond UX is proud to welcome Service Design expert Rebecca Horton to Richmond for our discussion.

Note: Eventbrite registration is required for this event. Earlybird tickets are $5; General Admission is $7 after October 25th; and tickets will be $10 at the door. Student tickets are free (valid student ID required).

Abstract
Given that User Centered Design seems to be common wisdom—if not always common practice—what is the state of user research and where is it heading? As early as 2011, Forrester Research has been touting the “Age of the Customer,” and has been entreating businesses to focus on the “Customer Experience.” But well before CEOs and CMOs were reading about user research in industry publications and attending CX conferences, UX practitioners were busy in the trenches observing, surveying, and working with users to understand their needs. During the discussion, we’ll dig into questions like:

  • Who owns (or should own) user research in the organization?
  • Is there such a thing as a UX process without user research?
  • How much research is enough?
  • What are the differences between market research and user research?
  • What user research methods provide the most bang for the buck?

We’ll leave plenty of time for audience questions, so come prepared!

Agenda
4:30-5:00 – Networking & Announcements
5:00-5:45 – Panel Discussion
5:45-6:00 – Q&A

Location
The Depot (VCU)
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Sponsors
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