Back to Basics 02 - Wireframing & Planning

We’re back with another Back to Basics event. This time with a topic that all levels of developers will get something out of.

Planning your projects at the very beginning can be a fun yet daunting task. Showing clients early concepts, prototypes, wireframes and ideas at early stages can help you land the contract, or perhaps see concerns or new features for your own project that wasn’t apparent before. Michael McArthur and Paul Crimi, both of whom are Product Designers at BNotions, are going to walk us through their processes of how they begin a project, what resources they use, and what goes on in their minds as they get everything off the ground. More details and a description of the talk will come soon.

I’m limiting the capacity to 50 people right now until a venue is confirmed but I’ve received a lot of interest in this event so I would like to post it early.

Michael takes a very calculated approach to architecting optimal products and interactions. He has created award-winning interactive products for brands such as Nike and Range Rover. In his time at BNOTIONS, Michael has been fundamental in creating streamlined apps based on complex requirements for C Spire PERCS, Indigo, and Royal Bank of Canada. Michael excels in marrying core business objectives with those of the user to ensure that an application’s flow and general structure is designed for maximum efficiency, productivity, and overall ease of use.

Paul is a product designer, responsible for crafting products that are as functional as they are enjoyable. Paul’s highly intuitive understanding of the end-users of his products and persistent study of natural user interfaces empower him to make very effective product design decisions, especially around implementing creative and effective interfaces. With over 5 years in a senior graphic and user experience design role and over 10 years of industry experience, Paul has taken part in evolving how we interact with products to ensure end-users can intuitively interact with and derive significant value from the product. At BNOTIONS Paul has been the lead product designer for many successful projects including the Indigo mCommerce app and Sport Chek Scan & Save mobile App. Paul also teaches the Intro to User Experience Design course through the Yorkville Media Centre. Prior to working at BNOTIONS, Paul led the design of a new donations portal for World Vision Canada and the Business App Store for Rogers.

This session will be live streamed on our YouTube page so long as the venue has the bandwidth to do so however note that I am looking to get some great give-aways for this event, including tickets to SPOTLIGHT MEAN stack, JQueryTO, FITC Toronto and potentially NASA Space Apps Toronto (when it’s announced shhh).

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  • Raymond L.

    I like the workshop a lot.

    March 3, 2014

  • Michelle C.

    Here is a list of 30 Wireframing tools - Matthew will like number 25 - http://techdew.in/?p=208

    2 · March 1, 2014

    • Alfred A.

      Thanks Michelle, that's awesome!

      March 1, 2014

    • Matthew P.

      I like the name, but it’s an application rather than the actual utensil.

      March 2, 2014

  • Sol

    Great presentation. Very professional. Both presenters explained everything very clearly and took their time to answer questions. It made aware the very nature of web design is trial and error and adaptation, so its important to work out most changes in the wireframe stage.. Kudos to Matthew for setting up everything. The youtube video was great

    February 28, 2014

  • Eugene H.

    Really awesome job guys! I learned a bunch and feel more confident about what UX is now. The 9 steps were really helpful.

    February 28, 2014

  • Melanie B.

    Thanks to the organizers and presenters for a v. helpful and informative presentation last night. It made me think. ;)

    February 28, 2014

  • Mike A.

    Enjoyed the presentation. Both presenters were well prepared and knew their subject matter, well done.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not going to be able to make it so RSVP changed to 'No'. Someone should be able to get a spot.

    February 27, 2014

  • Vivi

    Won't probably make it till 8:00, might as well release my tix for someone who can be there for the entire event.

    February 26, 2014

  • Jan W.

    Hi everyone, if a spot opens up please let me know! Would love to attend this event.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Matthew P.

      I’ll be streaming on YouTube and have it recorded for you too if you cannot make it.

      7 · February 19, 2014

    • Jan W.

      Thanks Matt!

      February 20, 2014

  • Kaleem M.

    Man, gotta cancel from yes. Too much going on Feb 27th. (Tough decision)

    February 20, 2014

  • Tim G

    Any plans for a larger venue?

    February 19, 2014

    • Matthew P.

      Unfortunately not. It’s difficult to find a locale that can accommodate that will also have table space for people to draw on. If you have suggestions for future events, I would be ecstatic.

      February 19, 2014

    • Tm M.

      I'd be happy to introduce you to a spot or two. Message me when ready for one. Avid in this arena from a previous life.

      February 19, 2014

  • Kevin K.

    I'm out myself. I'll change my rsvp

    February 19, 2014

  • Tm M.

    I'd really like to attend. However I have set plans that Thursday around that same time.

    February 13, 2014

  • Maureen J.

    Lookinf forward to Back to Basics - Wire Framing and Planning

    1 · February 3, 2014

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