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Great UX Portfolio Case Studies for Agencies, Hiring & UX Awards

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As UX professionals, we all struggle with how to represent and describe our work to 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 studies 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 join Ben Tregoing, KC Oh, Matt Weber, and Brian Ragan to discuss how to create winning UX case studies as part of a standout UX portfolio. These case studies can be used to get a better job, get into a fabulous grad program or win international Awards and gain broad acclaim for your work. 

The event will be structured in two parts. The first half of the event will discuss the UX Awards- the premier international awards for exceptional digital experience, which is now in its fourth year. The UX Awards submission window opens a few days later, so we'll focus on what the awards are, the submission process and what makes an exceptional submission case study. Great case study submissions for the Awards are also great case studies for your or your company's portfolio! 

The second half of the event will discuss broader needs around UX portfolios, hiring and presentations. Ben Tregoing, KC Oh, Matt Weber, and Brian Ragan will join the conversation to discuss UX hiring, portfolios and case studies that are effective and that cover the full range of UX process- research, strategy, defining the audience, testing, mockups, prototypes, design and implementation. We'll focus on how to create great UX case studies for various scenarios and types of projects that are sure to showcase your work in the best light and get noticed. 


Entry & Networking (6:30 – 7:00)

UX Awards 2014 – Introduction into Awards & How to make a Winning Submission (7:00 - 7:30)

Panel Discussion on UX Portfolios (7:30 - 8:00)

Question & Answer with Panelists (8:00 - 8:15)

Networking (8:15 - 8:30)


Beverly May is the founder, organizer and host of the UX Awards as well as the founder of Oxford Tech + UX, a boutique product strategy and UX consultancy.  Beverly is an experienced technology product executive with 17 years' in digital spanning digital agencies, software companies, startups, government and publishing and media in New York, Toronto and San Francisco. She has an MBA from University of Oxford, an MS from ITP at NYU, and a BA from University of Toronto. She is also the acting President of NYC - CHI, New York City's largest and oldest UX group. 

Ben Tregoing is the Co-founder and Director of the The Design Team, a firm which specializes in helping companies structure, build and integrate more stable and sustainable design teams as well as helping the designers to navigate their careers in a more meaningful, considered way. After spending a number of years embedded within the European UX community; focussing on London, Spain and Sweden, Ben saw a gap in the market for a new type of consultancy. The Design Team’s goal is to demystify the delicate process of building user centred design teams, and sustainably integrating them within complex organisations. 

KC Oh is the Interaction Design Lead at Fjord. KC is passionate about creating elegant solutions to difficult, real problems through interaction design, prototyping, user research, and product strategy. KC’s UX experience spans about a decade at various renowned companies such as Flixster, Etsy, Moment as well as a freelance Interaction Designer. He received a MCHI, Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University where he also received a BS in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction. 

Brian Ragan is Executive Director, User Experience, at MRY where he leads experience design teams responsible for product development, service design, branded apps, and e-commerce & marketing experiences for clients including Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Moleskine, Jägermeister, and a major bank about to launch an exciting new mobile-enabled investment product for consumers. Brian has nearly 20 years of experience with UX and with managing teams at various firms such as Omnicom’s Tribal DDB and Hyphen, Inc., KBS+, Dennis Interactive, MRY, and two start-ups: Hey, Neighbor!, a social network for neighbors, and, an incentivized goal achievement app. Brian attended George Mason University, where he received a BA in Communications. 

Matthew Weber is the CEO of Conjure which specializes in making complex data easy to use as well as an Adjunct UX Professor at NYU, where he is a UX curriculum board member. He has also had his work showcased by Apple and has lectured at the NASA campus in California. Matthew is passionate about building world-class web applications and mobile apps, particularly ones focused on harnessing big data. His UX and product experience includes highly technical, executive and product specialist roles for Fortune 1000 companies and startups, where Matthew created solutions for Thompson Reuters, CNN, Lincoln Financial, Morgan Stanley, Sesame Street, MeeGenius, Johnson Research Labs, Zoomdata and Persado. Matthew received a BFA in Graphic Design, Web Application Design at the School of Visual Arts. 

NYU's School of Continuing & Professional Studies offers many adult programs for continuing education in design and technology, including Certificates in User Experience Design, Graphic Design, Analytics and Data Visualization, and an MS in Advanced Digital Applications. More info:

The New York Chapter of SIG-CHI, (Special Interest Group - Computer Human Interaction) has over 1900 active members in all aspects of HCI, including information architects, interaction designers, user experience designers, service designers, product and museum experience designers, usability practitioners, digital librarians, user interface designers and UI developers. Join the active email group or our meetup group at 

The UX Awards are the premier awards for exceptional digital experience. Celebrate groundbreaking experiences that humanize and enhance technology. The UXies honor the innovators behind the digital products that define our world and inspire technologists to create human-centered products that solve customer problems. 

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