July Be Responsive meetup

Schedule: Doors will be opened at 6:15pm, starting with food and drink. Talks then Q&A will commence at 6:45pm followed by a group discussion at 8pm.

Ben Tollady & Ben Rowe - Designing Delight 
In a world where the perceived value associated with delightful experiences can help set a product apart, how can designers stay on top of our game? What is this intangible ‘delight’ thing anyway, and is it possible to create it? In this talk, Ben ‘squared’ will explore what makes an experience truly delightful.

Ben Tollady is a user experience designer, usability consultant & user interface designer hailing from Oxford, now living and working in Melbourne, Australia. He’s also the user experience director & co-founder of UX design studio, Thirst Studios. Originally trained in industrial design and technology, he’s passionate about solving complex design problems in order to create useful products that make a positive impact on peoples lives. Ben Rowe is a user experience designer at Thirst Studios. He works across strategy, research and implementation of both large and small projects. With a marketing background, Ben is interested on where the fields of marketing and UX collide. He strives to create products and experiences that are simple, useful and have a positive impact on the world.


Susan Cowan & Angus Gordon - What does Content First really mean? 
The digital industry is waking up to the importance of content, with slogans like “content is king”, “content before design” and “content first” on everyone’s lips, and the discipline of content strategy gaining new adherents by the day.

But what do these slogans really mean? What difference would a content first approach actually make to your design process?

Using plenty of examples, this talk will walk you through the questions a content strategist asks during a typical web design process, and the practical steps you can take to make sure content is given the priority it deserves.

Susan and Angus are colleagues at Weave, a content-first digital agency based in Brunswick. Weave offers content strategy consultancy, web design and development, for government, not-for-profit, corporate and e-commerce clients.


Group Discussion 
Our discussion topic will be "How to keep our skills up to date". Feel free to submit your opinions or questions by tweeting it to @beresponsiveio using hashtag #brmelb.


Directions 
The easiest way is to go up the Southern Cross Station stairs (Pic 1), which is located at the corner of Bourke St & Spencer St. Once you are at the top, walk across the bridge towards Etihad Stadium and the first building on your right is the NAB building (Pic 2). When you've entered the building, take the escalator one level up to Level 3, and 'The Hall' will be on your right. Look for Be Responsive signs!


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  • Angus G.

    Great to meet you all last night. I've put my slides up at http://www.slideshare.net/angusgmelb/what-does-content-first-really-mean

    5 · July 9, 2014

    • Susan C.

      Yes it's Gather Content. They are constantly improving it too and love feedback from users. Angus has been in regular contact with them as the tool has developed.

      August 6, 2014

    • Matt J.

      Great, thanks Zendy and Susan :)

      August 6, 2014

  • Laura

    Hey all :) For those who couldn't make it to July Be Responsive, we've posted the videos from the event up on our vimeo channel. Watch & enjoy!

    Angus Gordon
    What does Content First really mean?
    http://vimeo.com/100773023

    Ben Tollady & Ben Rowe
    Designing Delight
    http://vimeo.com/100771011

    2 · July 22, 2014

  • Rem

    Photos from our last meet up : https://www.flickr.com/photos/beresponsive/

    1 · July 11, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    Thank you to Irith who has suggested us to have a Content Strategy talk. And thank you to Ryan Murphy for your discussion question. We really like when you give us some suggestions/feedbacks. Keep it coming and see you all next month :)

    1 · July 9, 2014

    • Ryan M.

      And thank you Zendy for doing that & for your consideration - greatly appreciated! I have to say the end of the night is one of the best parts for me. This is where everyone gets a chance to share ideas and collaborate on them - and we can all learn from this process. Much appreciation to the organizers and to everyone's input! :)

      1 · July 10, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      You're welcome Ryan! Thank you for your kind words. It's good to hear that you enjoyed discussion session. It's a great encouragement. If you/anyone else have new discussion questions, don't hesitate to let us know :)

      July 11, 2014

  • Arya L.

    It was my first time attending this meetup. Great presentation about 'delight' and content strategy. Looking forward to the next meeting!

    2 · July 10, 2014

  • Ryan M.

    Great night, great presentations & excellent input from everyone. The most successful meetup to date! Thank you!

    2 · July 10, 2014

  • Min C.

    Thanks Zendy and everyone made great one yeaterday. Was really good presentations!!

    2 · July 9, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      No worries Min. It was great to see you again the other night :)

      July 10, 2014

  • Matt J.

    Very good thanks.

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • Neha

    Thanks to all the three speakers. The talks were really awesome. Will love to come again

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • Yuan W.

    Our biggest turnout yet. Thanks to Ben and Ben (Thirst) and Angus and Susan (Weave) for the thoughtful and educational presentations. Great to see many of you staying behind for group discussions and drinks at the pub. See you all next month!

    2 · July 9, 2014

  • Bec G.

    Hands Down one of the best MeetUps I've been to in a long time. Interesting, engaging and "delightful" . Will definitely be spreading the word! Well Done to all involved!

    5 · July 9, 2014

  • Renee

    As a designer I was quite drawn to this meet up because of the topics however the presenters were the ones that made the night for me. I was more than 'delighted' to see two well prepared presentations delivered in an interesting and engaging way. Well done to both presenters who gave the audience great insight into these topics.

    5 · July 9, 2014

  • Billy O.

    Great meetup! Thanks

    2 · July 9, 2014

  • Maya

    It was very nice. Thank you :)

    2 · July 8, 2014

  • Stefan W.

    Thought provoking and engaging talks in an awesome venue.

    2 · July 8, 2014

  • Kiri

    Hi Guys,

    I could not able to come today. I've changed my RSVP status. So someone can grab it.

    Hope to see you next meetup.

    Kiri

    July 8, 2014

  • Indah I.

    Hi Zendy,
    What time is this meet up end?
    Going to check the time for pub transport cheers

    1 · July 6, 2014

    • Indah I.

      I see thanks for the info Rick. I can make it :) See you soon!

      July 8, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      See you tonight Indah!

      1 · July 8, 2014

  • Rem

    Hello everyone, if you can no longer make it can you please change your RSVP to no so that someone else can get a ticket. Thanks!

    4 · July 7, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    You asked for it, thus we have increased RSVP number to 120. FYI, we might not have enough food, but we will definitely more than enough drinks. Currently we are still working on to get extra sponsors :)

    2 · July 4, 2014

  • Indah I.

    Hi Zendy i would like to be rsvpd.

    June 23, 2014

  • Irith

    @zendy I'm not sure where things are with the CS topics... but there is now a CS Melbourne meetup, details here http://www.meetup.com/Content-Strategy-Melbourne/ I'm going to let them know about this thread. Think there's great opportunity to collaborate...

    June 21, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      hey @Irith, sorry I haven't given you any update yet. I've talked with Susan for the past month, and she's going to do a presentation next month. In fact, I'm going to open the RSVP tomorrow :)

      June 23, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    It's great that this topic generates a lot of interest. If any of you interested to give a talk about this topic, or know anyone who would like to do so, please contact me at zendywongso[at]gmail[dot­­]com. If we have a lot of candidates, then we can do it for future meetups. Thank you!

    April 23, 2014

  • Susan C.

    Irith contacted me about speaking on content strategy. Happy to help. We're working on a couple of content strategy projects at the moment. We've also presented on CS to a few different audiences - developers, comms and content people. We're also in the throes of setting up a CS group. CS is our 'thing'. Let us know if that's of interest.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      Hey Susan definitely interested to chat more with you. Could you please email me so we can chat more? My email address is zendywongso[at]gmail[dot­­]com. Thank you!

      1 · April 22, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      Thank you Susan!

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also interested :)

    April 23, 2014

  • Emma T.

    Would be fab. Really keen.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ophelie

    I would love to attend. We've done some major changes to our content strategy and architecture at sitepoint.com in the last few months, I'd be happy to speak about that if that's of interest.

    April 22, 2014

  • David A.

    If this is on during the first half of June, I'd definitely be interested.

    April 22, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      Ic! Yes we will definitely try to get this talks as soon as possible. That said, our meetup is always on 2nd Tuesday of the month, so hopefully that'll be okay with your schedule.

      April 22, 2014

    • Yuan W.

      Hi David, perhaps you can recommend a Content Strategy expert/presenter you will want to see/listen to?

      April 22, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    Hi Irith, this topic is definitely in our list. We've been trying to get a speaker for this topic. Do you know anyone who might be suitable to talk about Content Strategy?

    April 22, 2014

    • Irith

      I actually only know of a couple of professional CSers, not sure how across RWD they are, I can check them out. They're Hub Melbourne members....

      April 22, 2014

    • Zendy W.

      Great, thank you! Yes, please check with them, and you can email me later on at zendywongso[at]gmail[dot­]com

      April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent idea. I can offer to have it held at the 99designs office in Richmond if that helps?

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    Sorry guys, I need to close the RSVP for the time being. Please continue with the conversation, so we can schedule this for June or July. If you'd like to talk about this topic, please let us know! Thank you!

    April 22, 2014

  • Thomas G.

    Hey Irith. This sounds really interesting. I'd love to hear some different content strategy / information architecture perspectives on responsive workflow.

    I'll definitely check this out.

    Thanks,
    Thomas

    April 22, 2014

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