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Visual Design, Accessibility, and Design Thinking!

1: Visual Design in the UX World

It is time for visual design to have a greater place in the user experience world. Visual design is more than just “skinning wireframes” and “making things pretty.” At its essence, design goes beyond aesthetics; it is about strategy and problem solving. In this presentation, we’ll talk about bringing visual design right into the user research process. Together, we’ll discover why the best solutions emerge from a collaborative approach to design.

 

Bio

Emily Rawitsch blends user research, visual design and brand strategy to create effective and delightful experiences. Emily is a strong advocate of rooting visual design decisions in user feedback and data rather than personal preference. She currently manages the Design and User Experience team at Invaluable, the world's premier auction marketplace. Design solutions by Emily have been recognized in Communication Arts, HOW Magazine, The Black Book, STEP Inside Design, Rockport Publishers, and the One Show Design.

LinkedIn: Emily Rawitsch

 

 

2: The Accessibility Mindset

User experience professionals often view accessibility as a legal matter at best, or an inconvenient item on a release checklist at worst. In this presentation, we will discuss how to approach accessibility on the Web. We will do so by dispelling some common misunderstandings about accessibility, by discussing modern standards like ARIA, and by examining the accessibility of numerous real-world scenarios.


Bio

William Murray, Sr. Manager, User Experience at Starfish Retention Solutions, has worked in user experience for over 15 years, since before the term was even widely recognized. He has spent time in industries as diverse as financial services, government, and e-learning, and has had the good fortune to work alongside some amazingly talented individuals in the accessibility realm, including Jon Gunderson and Hadi Rangin with the University of Illinois, as well as Brian Charlson with the Carroll Center here in Boston.

LinkedIn: William Murray

 

 

3: What are designers thinking?

As front-end and CSS developers, we are one of the gatekeepers of the presentation layer. However we are not the sole contributor and therefore not the sole gatekeeper of said UI. Designers, UX and UI, share the glory, joy of the greatness of product and the shame of some of its shortcomings. The interaction between developers and designers and UX is one of the important aspects of the development process.

In this presentation, we'll outline

* Etiquette of a proper hand-off

* Deliverables from designers: how to read it, treat it, and deliver it

* Communication

* General rules of thumb

 

Bio

Jim O'Neill is the Creative Director at Above the Fold, a UX design agency in Cambridge, where he leads the visual design and front-end development of web and mobile apps for many diverse clients. He has 8 years experience as a UI/UX designer, exploring the intersection of visual aesthetics, psychology and code.

LinkedIn: Jim O'Neill

 

 

Show Schedule

6:15 - 6:30: Pizza

6:30 - 6:35: UX Opener by Akshat

6:35 - 7:00: Visual Design in the UX World

7:05 - 7:30: Accessibility and Universal Design

7:35 - 7:45: UX News by Steve

7:50 - 8:15: What are designers thinking?

8:15+ Beantown Pub (Downstairs)

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  • Luke H.

    Excellent. Very fine speakers.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • William M.

    Sorry that we couldn't get the live feed up and running again for my presentation, but I'll post the deck shortly and share the link here. I had a great time and enjoyed talking with other attendees afterward. Looking forward to the next event!

    3 · December 16, 2013

  • Maria M.

    I second Philip - the talks worked very well together. Also, I enjoyed the format of three shorter talks rather than a single long presentation. Looking forward to the next event!

    3 · December 13, 2013

  • Filip G.

    Thanks for a great event! The talks fit surprisingly well together. Since there was one talk on the developer - designer divide, one on the UX designer - visual designer divide, and one discussing design for accessibility that caters to both devs and designers... it seems anyone should have found something useful there.

    5 · December 13, 2013

  • Jim O.

    Hey everyone – thanks to all who came out tonight! The slides for my presentation, "What are Designers Thinking?" are available (PDF) here: http://www.abovethefolddesign.com/assets/presentations/what-are-designers-thinking/What-Are-Designers-Thinking-UXBoston-slides.pdf

    5 · December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great presentation Jim - glad I was able to attend thru the feed.

      December 12, 2013

    • Filip G.

      Thank you Jim! It's always interesting to see how other people struggle with boundaries of roles and cultures.

      December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very exciting talks this evening. worthwhile night! thanks to the speakers, UXBoston, and DockYard !

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Emily R.

    It was wonderful to meet all of you tonight. There is such a strong UX community in Boston! Here are the slides from my talk on "Visual Design in the UX World" http://www.slideshare.net/EmilyRawitsch

    4 · December 12, 2013

  • Steven T.

    Unfortunately we're having the same technical difficulties for William. I'm very sorry about this. We'll figure out what the issue was and correct it for the next event. Thank you so much for your patience!

    December 12, 2013

    • Christopher R.

      Thanks for the effort Steve.

      2 · December 12, 2013

    • Catherine

      appreciate the effort - first pres was great!

      December 12, 2013

  • Jed F.

    Have we lost the live feed?

    December 12, 2013

    • Steven T.

      Absolutely, I'm sorry for the difficulties, but glad to hear the first talk streamed well (Jim was fantastic)!

      1 · December 12, 2013

    • Erin T.

      Jim was great - thank you for making the effort with the feed.

      2 · December 12, 2013

  • Steven T.

    We're having some difficulties with Emily's computer, so we're not going to be able to live stream her talk. Sorry for the trouble!

    December 12, 2013

    • Steven T.

      I'm hoping to have the feed back up for William's talk - in roughly 10/15 minutes

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Steven T.

    Hi all! A little late on dropping this, I apologize. You can watch the live broadcast of tonights talks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oEbd4AZiUk

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Philippe H.

    Any chance you could get a bigger venue somewhere else? There's almost 30 of us in the waiting list. :)

    2 · October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's great! Will the vid still be available after the live stream?

      December 11, 2013

    • Steven T.

      Yes, it will be!

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Alex F.

    Is there an update on a live stream for this event? Will the presentations be made available afterward? I've been dying to find more information on visual design for accessibility since UXPA.

    December 12, 2013

    • Alex F.

      Womp. UPA Boston*

      December 12, 2013

    • Steven T.

      Yes! There will be a live stream and you'll be able to view it on the UX Boston youtube channel anytime you want :)

      http://www.youtube.co...­

      December 12, 2013

  • Filip G.

    Is there a Twitter hashtag for this event already?

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Steven T.

      We have not started one, but it looks like you have! #uxboston

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Andrea C.

    I have a space reserved for +2. I will be arriving with my first guest right at 6:15 but my second guest will be arriving at around 7pm... Will she be able to enter by giving my name, or what do I need to do to ensure that she has a spot?

    Thanks!

    December 12, 2013

    • Andrea C.

      Or is there any sort of ticket I need? Please answer as soon as you get a chance. Thanks!

      December 12, 2013

    • Steven T.

      You and your friend will be fine, if anyone at the door asks just say that you're here for UX Boston at DockYard and they'll let you up!

      December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it. I've changed my RSVP, but I don't know how automatic the wait list is. Sounds like a great night. I'll try to catch some of the feed.

    December 12, 2013

  • Amy G.

    Other plans, cannot attend.

    December 11, 2013

  • Veronica

    I'm excited for this event. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be out of town on Dec 12 (hope not!)

    September 29, 2013

  • Andrew J.

    Stoked to see a talk on Visual Design. It's really deep and extends into typography, semiotics, and graphic design principles all of which are complex and glossed over too often.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Al L.

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A "maybe" for us, we might be out of town by the 19th of December.

    June 18, 2013

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