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UXPA Chapter Meeting: Past, Present & Future of UX

  • May 23, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Light Appetizers and non alcoholic drinks will be served before the panel

Past Present and Future of UX

The theme of the panel discussion is the Past, Present and Future of UX. We plan on covering the following three questions and appreciate suggestions for additional questions:

  • What were the major trends in UX when you started your careers?
  • What are today's trends in UX and which companies are doing a particularly good job of staying on top of them?
  • What UX trends will we see in the future, and what should UXers be doing now to prepare themselves for these trends?


  • Ian Swinson is a senior director of user experience for the Platform and Analytics design teams at He has spent the last nineteen years solving design problems at startups, design studios, and enterprise software companies. Ian is a graduate of McGill University’s Film and Communications program.
  • Larry Tesler has more than fifty years experience working as an engineering and user experience professional. He’s worked as a hiring manager at several companies including Apple, Amazon, and Yahoo!. Over the course of his career, he has hired hundreds of people with at least one UX-related skill, dozens who had several.
  • Sara Ortloff Khoury is the VP of user experience, insights, and analytics for Walmart Global eCommerce. She leads multidisciplinary teams to deliver customer experience solutions across web, kiosk, mobile, and television platforms. She holds a B.F.A. in Design from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. in Design from Art Center College of Design.
  • Fred Gilbert is the Director of Design for Google's Social product area which includes Google+.

    At Google, Fred has been part of the mobile revolution by being one of the original designers behind Google Maps for Mobile, Latitude, Navigation, and Messenger. He built the Google+ Mobile and Real Time Communications teams (Hangouts, chat and more). He was the first to acquire a design firm to bolster Google's visual design capabilities which led to the formation of the Google+ Alliance for Spit and Polish (GASP). Through Google+ and GASP Fred is pushing the boundaries of Google design.

    Fred's background spans design, development, management, teaching and research.

  • Irene Au is VP of Product and Design at Udacity, a startup dedicated to bringing higher education online and making it accessible and affordable to everyone.  Irene has employed several hundreds of user experience professionals, as she formerly headed Google’s entire User Experience team for six years and built and ran Yahoo’s User Experience and Design team for eight years prior to that.  She also holds certificates from two highly acclaimed yoga teacher training programs and teaches yoga.


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  • Avi S.

    Meetup was well organized. Speakers were very inspiring.

    June 17, 2013

  • Chelsey G.

    For anyone who missed the panel, the recording of the discussion is located here:

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Kristyn G.

    Thanks so much to Udacity for hosting the May BA UXPA Chapter meeting. They put together a wonderful panel. My only regret is that we had to limit the discussion to 1 hour.

    2 · May 26, 2013

  • Rita A.

    Outstanding meetup! Thanks to the speakers, organizers, and hosts.

    May 24, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Agreed. Was great to hear the panel members' perspectives, and to meet people. Thanks to all involved.

    May 24, 2013

  • Duncan L.

    Great event and great topic for discussion. Thank you to the organizers and panel for all the helpful tips and feedback.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Can W.

    Great event! Where can we find the recording?

    May 23, 2013

    • Chelsey G.

      Thanks, Can! I'll post the recording to YouTube within the next few days.

      3 · May 23, 2013

  • Max J. C.

    Great crowd and great speakers. Thanks for organizing these events!

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the book! I enjoyed watching the panel.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Erik-Paul G.

    I'm stuck in traffic. Not going to make it :(

    May 23, 2013

  • Kristyn G.

    Anyone want to carpool from Morgan Hill area?

    May 23, 2013

    • Jeanne

      I would love to carpool, I am in Santa Cruz. OH well....

      May 23, 2013

  • Chelsey G.

    For those of you on the waiting list, we might livestream the panel discussion, which will start at 7PM after a few UXPA announcements. Stay tuned for more details.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Can W.

      Maybe we can record it?

      1 · May 23, 2013

    • Jeanne

      I like the idea of recording it!! The panel looks interesting!

      May 23, 2013

  • Katie

    Shoot, the spot opened up too late. I don't have time to get down there. Hope someone else can go!

    May 23, 2013

  • Laura K.

    Changed to 'no' since livestream will be available.

    May 23, 2013

  • Matt S.

    I'm a Product Manager with a local nonprofit that promotes savings. Would love to attend!

    May 23, 2013

  • Tarzine (.

    My daughter has a concert tonight. Next time.

    May 23, 2013

  • Bhabani

    Looking forward to this

    May 22, 2013

  • gary

    Can anyone give me a ride from SF? Happy to pay gas provide entertainment

    May 21, 2013

  • Chelsey G.

    Irene will be moderating the discussion with Ian, Sara and Larry. What questions would you like her to ask? We'd love some suggestions!

    May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There's been talk about Product Managers owning the lean testing and the insights. I've heard about UXers switching to these roles. Should we switch or take some of that on? What does that panel think?

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a new member but would love to join this chapter meeting if there's space.

    May 13, 2013

  • Chelsey G.

    Also, here's the schedule for the evening: 6:00 - 6:45 networking
    6:45 - 7:00 announcements
    7:00 - 8:00 panel discussion
    8:00 - 9:00 more networking

    May 10, 2013

  • Jason W.

    UX Designer at Amazon's subsidiary R&D lab126

    May 5, 2013

  • Chelsey G.

    Did everyone see the launch of the online version of UXPA's UX Magazine? Check it out and feel free to leave comments in response to articles!

    4 · April 26, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • IBM

    IBM has generously hosted several Bay Area UXPA meetings.

  • Facebook

    Host for the September BA UXPA Chapter Meeting

  • Key Lime Interactive

    A Full User Research Firm & Host for January Chapter Meeting.

  • Walmart

    Walmart is our May host. This is the third meeting they have hosted.

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