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Anti Patterns in User Experience Design

  • Apr 25, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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Let’s face it, as designers we've all been guilty of carelessly adopting popular usability and design conventions from time to time. Usually, we get the benefit of someone else’s thoughtfulness and research - no effort required. Unfortunately, popular solutions to user interface problems are sometimes actually counterproductive.

In this session, Michael Boeke will be discussing user interface antipatterns - design conventions that appear to be good solutions at first, but actually end up hampering usability. We’ll look at a number of real life antipatterns collected from around the web, and explore some better approaches. Hopefully, we’ll all walk out with a few new items in our design toolkit, and an increased awareness (and wariness) of design conventions.

Michael Boeke is a designer, product guy, and startup veteran, who currently designs and manages products at online payments company Braintree. He focuses on applying design thinking and modern technology to shake-up traditional (and boring) industries. Prior to Braintree, Michael launched the first web-based CRM and accounting platforms for hedge funds at Backstop. Previous to that, he launched the CarePages social support platform for hospital patients, which is now part of the Everyday Health network.

Michael lives, works, and runs countless miles in the wonderful city of Chicago. He writes about product design and start-up life at and on Twitter @mvboeke.


Doors open at 5:45 pm with presentation starting at 6:15 pm. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and networking after Michael's presentation.

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  • Michael B.

    Thanks again to everyone who came out last Thursday, and thanks for sticking around for some good discussion. Here is a copy of my deck, with some rough notes. If you have questions, hit me up on Twitter @mvboeke.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation. Would have loved to see more examples.

    April 26, 2013

  • Christian M.

    great presentation

    April 26, 2013

  • Sara D.

    I enjoyed the presentation The examples were so true, and I've encountered every one of them.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel so late, work is going to keep me here for a while :(

    April 25, 2013

  • David

    working tonight

    April 25, 2013

  • Jayne S.

    Sorry, I'm sick and can't make it tonight after all. :(

    April 25, 2013

  • Ruby

    Will this session be streamed or recorded? Can we get a link or see the presentation deck?

    April 25, 2013

    • Judi W.

      I'm thinking of trying UStream tonight... but I can't guarantee anything since I've never used it before, and the camera/mic will be what's in my computer.

      April 25, 2013

    • Ruby

      Thank you!

      April 25, 2013

  • Sankar B.

    Need to miss this badly, at SFO this week for work. Wondering it can be streamed over uStream :)

    April 24, 2013

  • allison

    Can no longer make it - hopefully it'll free up some space!

    April 24, 2013

  • Jacque H.

    Is there something funky going on with meetup, or is it just me? I thought I had RSVP'd yes to this one, but it doesn't appear so when I visit the site . . . oh well, I'm waitlisted now.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great.

    April 17, 2013

  • Tracey H.

    Not sure I can make it so I'm changing to a no

    April 10, 2013

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