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3 lightning UX talks + free pizza

Talk 1. Best practices for conducting UX research

In this talk, we will outline research best practices for collecting user experience data that sets design projects on trajectories that will align with users' and stakeholders' expectations. We will discuss methods for collecting both qualitative (usability studies, interviews, etc.) and quantitative (eye tracking, surveys, etc.) data, as well as how to choose the right methodology for your project. The talk will give practical advice for those who would like to conduct their own user experience research or are looking to improve their research skills.


After seven years of providing technical support for hard-to-use interfaces, Dan found his calling when he participated in his first usability study. He then went on to enroll in the MBA+MS in Human Factors in Information Design program at Bentley University. After graduating from Bentley, Dan spent two years at an interactive agency performing usability and neuromarketing research studies. Dan is Vice President of the Boston Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association, has served on the conference committee for UXPA International, holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, and is particularly interested in visual space perception.

LinkedIn: Dan Berlin




Talk 2: User research methods on the cheap

The focus of this talk will be cost effective UX methods that can provide solid and useful user feedback on a shoestring budget. Practical advice and suggestions on methods to employ when you have little time or money will be discussed. Chris will present and discuss a very condensed version of a talk about user research on the cheap he has talked about previously with Jen McGinn.


After a decade of working in technical documentation of software products, Chris got really bored and wanted to be involved in the earlier phases of the product’s life – and found UX his new calling. Since then he has worked at a bunch of software companies as a usability generalist and user researcher. Currently by day, Chris works as a usability consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). By night, he is a lecturer at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University, teaching UX stuff. He is also involved in the UXPA and UXPA Boston. When not doing UX stuff, traveling around the North Atlantic world is his big hobby.

LinkedIn: Chris LaRoche




Talk 3: Design & government are not mutually exclusive

In this talk, Danny will present on his experience participating in the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, touch on responsive design, the federal government's 21st Century Digital Strategy, historic design research, open source design, and how the UX / UI community can get involved.


Danny Chapman has been improving citizen to government interactions online for over eight years. Most recently, Danny served as a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House. His work can be seen at the new, as well as for White House initiatives including and

LinkedIn: Danny Chapman




Show Schedule

6:00 - 6:30: networking/pizza

6:30 - 6:45: UX-y News by Akshat

6:45 - 7:00: Experience Review by Steve

7:00 - 7:20: Best practices for conducting UX research

7:20 - 7:40: User research methods on the cheap

7:40 - 8:00: Government & design are not mutually exclusive

8:00+ Craft beer @ some bar / Shoot the shit

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  • Steven T.

    Thanks to everyone who attended! We've received some great feedback from the first meetup in this reboot and are looking forward to bringing out the full potential of this group. If you have any questions, or more feedback, you can reach out to me or Akshat personally anytime.

    Looking forward to the December meetup!

    September 23, 2013

  • Sarah L.

    It was great having everyone at our office, if anyone is interested in applying for the Director of UX at Brightcove, here's a link:

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Danny C.

    Thanks everyone! I have my slides up here:

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My slides from tonight's MeetUp are now up on SlideShare:

    2 · September 19, 2013

    • Akshat

      Speaking of best practices and frameworks, I thought this was an interesting post. Its called the USEFul framework http://usabilitygeek....­

      September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Point one: not that I know of. Each study is different, so the documents will change drastically between studies. Point two: any time that I see "automated testing," I cringe. If a human didn't look at it, it didn't go through user experience testing.

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • Chris L.

    The slides from the complete presentation of User Research on the Cheap are available on Slideshare:

    2 · September 20, 2013

    • Akshat

      I just saw the mobile testing part in the slide...using the Point 2 View USB camera was a very creative solution. But people don't use their phones on a desk...they hold it in their hands. Doesn't the camera get in the way of that? Or does it not really matter and its better to just force the user to keep the phone on the desk for the purposes of testing...?

      September 20, 2013

  • Anthony T.

    Ugh last minute time!

    September 19, 2013

  • julie s.

    Looking forward to this!

    September 11, 2013

  • Jessica

    sounds like a great line-up

    July 31, 2013

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