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.
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.
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
* General rules of thumb
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
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)