As UX professionals, we all struggle with how to represent and describe our work to potential clients, hiring managers and others. For many UX roles in hiring, graduate admissions and for digital awards, the emphasis is increasingly on showing an effective and compelling portfolio comprised of stellar case study narratives of individual projects. But what exactly should go into a UX case study? How do you best showcase a project? And what if you've created something really great and want to share it with the world?
In this event, Beverly May, founder and organizer of the UX Awards, will showcase and describe exactly how to create winning UX case studies for any need: to get a better job, get into a fabulous grad program, gain new clients or win international Awards and gain broad acclaim for your work.
This talk will be based on the award-winning submissions from last year's UX Awards, which will be shown and analyzed as to exactly why they were effective and how they were put together. 5-6 examples will be shown, with the major themes and consistent elements reiterated again for actionable direction in putting together a great showcase for any project and any purpose. There will be a brief introduction about the UX Awards and this year's submissions criteria in case any in attendance are inspired to submit for the 2014 Awards, which will be held in San Francisco in September (with a submission deadline of June 15!).
This event should be useful and relevant for anyone at any level who needs to showcase their work, as well as for those who just want to be inspired by great UX projects and process! We'll cover UX case studies that are just for strategy and research as well, as well as how to handle special scenarios like proprietary content and when, where and how to best share and present your work.
Alex Wright, Greg Petroff, Janice Fraser, Margaret Stewart, Brian Kralyevich, Michal Pasternak and Turi McKinley
EVENT VENUE SPONSOR
I'd like to thank General Assembly for the event venue sponsorship.
7-7:30pm Food and networking
7:30-7:40 Overview of UX Awards and submission process for 2014
7:40-8:15pm Award-Winning Portfolio Case Studies- a review of 6 great examples, why and how they're great
8:15-8:30pm Key points for portfolios and case studies; special scenarios and how to handle them; and the top UX skills in demand right now that you definitely want in your portfolio case studies
8:30-8:45pm Q&A & networking.
Founder of the UX Awards, Principal of Oxford Tech + UX Consulting, President of NYC-CHI. Beverly has over 17 years’ experience in tech, product development and user experience. She is the founder of Oxford Tech + UX, a boutique user experience and product strategy agency in NY and San Francisco that focuses on data-driven UX approaches. She is also the acting President of NYC-CHI, NYC’s largest and oldest UX and usability group, and the founder and organizer of the User Experience Awards.Beverly's experience spans management, strategy, UX, design, development, and content. After a few years as a music promoter, music journalist and print graphic designer, Beverly began her tech career in the 1990′s by helping found one of Canada’s first digital agencies and helping grow Canada's first startup incubator. Since then, she has worked on helping conceive, upgrade or launch hundreds of digital products and services at top digital agencies in NY like R/GA, iDeutsch, BBDO and Euro, at fast-growing startups and software companies like Wireless Generation, at major publishing and media companies like Rodale, and at the United Nations before starting Oxford Tech + UX in 2008. Oxford Tech + UX has aided many of NYC's top media companies, including Turner, Hearst and Consumer Reports, with a particular focus on CMSes, video and health tracking. Her passion is to evangelize the value and impact of great UX. Beverly has an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford, a technology Master’s degree in software systems design and new media from New York University, and a BA in English from University of Toronto. She is a triple UK- Canadian- US citizen.
Twitter: @UXAwards, @OxfordTech
Companies: uxawards.org, oxfordtech.us