- FusionConf: UX Edition – All of the Methodologies
The first FusionConf event kicks off. Come join us on Friday, April 12th for an afternoon jam packed with sessions from some great speakers. Topics will be centered on methodologies for this event and we'll cover service design, design thinking, lean UX, research, and design sprints. Register at https://fusionconf.io/ Check out the schedule: • 1:00pm – Introductions to the new Charlotte IxDA • 1:10pm – What the Methodology? with Bermon Painter, Innovation & Product Strategy Lead at EY Digital • 1:30pm – The Role of Service Design in Organizations with Carol Massá, Service Designer at Harmonic Design • 2:10pm – Design Sprint Basics: Design, Prototype, and Test Products in 4 Days with Samantha Shaibani, UX Strategy & Design at Wily • 2:40pm – Case Study: Design Sprints in Action, Heather Buchma Director of UX Red Ventures • 3:20pm – Artificial Intelligence & Information Architecture, Laura Oxenfeld Lead UX Researcher at Allstate • 3:50pm – Facilitating Effective Design Thinking Workshops, Andy Vitale UX Director at Suntrust • 4:30pm – Panel: Methodologies & Techniques, All Speakers We're looking forward to seeing you there. You can register at Register at https://fusionconf.io
- Crafting a UX Strategy
In the work that we do as UX designers, the ultimate goals we have are to create products and services that people enjoy using while also providing value back to the business. To achieve those goals there can a number of challenges that prevent our success, end up minimizing customer delight, or put in jeopardy the return on investment to the business. In this session we'll: - Outline a typical UX strategy - Talk about the roadblocks and gotcha's that can limit our success - And ways to implement a successful strategy
- FusionConf: Community Edition
Join us for the final conference event of 2018. FusionConf is a quarterly mini-conference focused on web design, user experience, and development. The final event of the year will be on Friday, December 7th. We've decided to highlight a few teams local to Charlotte making some great stuff. Register at fusionconf.io and come join us. We've highlighted a speakers from local companies in a somewhat "Made In Charlotte" for this community event and are excited to have Red Ventures, AvidXChange, Kroger (formerly the Harris Teeter team), Hygge, and Blktech Interactive participating. Our full speaker list includes: 1:00 – The Cliche of Community, Garrett Tichy from Hygge 1:30 – Nobody Knows What They're Doing (And That's Okay), Stephanie Irigoyen from App Innovators 2:10 – Untangling Invisible Knots: UX in Voice Products, Brian Ahearn & Jessica Kainu from Kroger 2:40 – Evolving Process at Scale: Big Wins and Hard Lessons, Heather Buchma & Jon Aaron from Red Ventures 3:20 – Session 5, Enovia Bedford from BlkTech Interactive 3:50 – Design for Trust, Elsida K. Shehi & Justin Kent from AvidXchange 4:20 – Lessons from the Frontier of AR & VR, Erin Summers from Facebook We look forward to seeing you at our final event of the year. Register at fusionconf.io and come join us.
- Heck Yeah, Accessibility!
Heck Yeah, Accessibility! Join Caitlyn Mayers and Virginia Booth to learn about Accessibility: what it encompasses and why it’s critical to user experience design, how accessibility impacts design decisions and how you can begin incorporating accessible best practices into your workflows. - Food will be provided at 6:30pm by The Creative Group. - The talk will begin promptly at 6:45pm. About the Speakers: Caitlyn Mayers is an Interaction Design Manager at CapTech based in Richmond, VA. Caitlyn is a passionate advocate for inclusive, accessible design and uses her expertise in UX / UI design and front-end development to create meaningful, usable digital experiences. Virginia Booth is a Customer Experience Manager at CapTech Consulting in Charlotte. A strategic-minded User Experience Architect with over 7 years of design experience, she’s passionate about creating intuitive, easy-to-use, and delightful experiences for customers while still satisfying the business' objectives. She’s found over 100 four-leaf clovers, proving her keen eye for detail (oh yeah, and that she’s pretty lucky). Outside of the office, you’ll find her brewing beer with her husband or harassing their cat, Mudi.
- Design Thinking Fundamentals: PART 2
This is Part 2 of our Design Thinking meetup. In this 2 hour session, we will: - Review the fundamentals of design thinking - Tackle a real-life problem using Design Thinking - Break out into groups and conduct activities to empathize with your users, define your problem, ideate, prototype potential solutions, and test your concept - Present concepts with the group About Design Thinking: You may have heard "design thinking" tossed around as another buzzword in the industry. The intent behind the design thinking methodology is to help you listen and be empathetic to your users and help you and your teams refocus efforts round collaboration and experimentation. Bermon Painter joins us from the EY wavespace™ (http://wavespace.ey.com) team where he leads innovation and strategy in Charlotte.
- Design Thinking Fundamentals: Part 1
You may have heard "design thinking" tossed around as another buzzword in the industry. The intent behind the design thinking methodology is to help you listen and be empathetic to your users and help you and your teams refocus efforts round collaboration and experimentation. In this session you'll discover: - the fundamentals of design thinking, - how to apply the methodology to solve complex challenges, - ways to combine design thinking and analytics decision making, - and develop new ways to collaborate In October we'll cover part II with a 2-hour design thinking workshop. Bermon Painter joins us from the EY wavespace™ (http://wavespace.ey.com) team where he leads innovation and strategy in Charlotte.
- Building Stakeholder Empathy
Overview: As UX experts, we speak with users because we know that creating a product that is intuitive to them makes for a better product. Do we do the same with our stakeholders? How often do we “study” our stakeholders in order to present our ideas or facilitate a discussion in a way that makes sense to them? In this talk, I discuss how building empathy for our stakeholders can lead to better solutions by breaking down barriers, removing distractions, and improving communication. Speaker Bio: Leilani Johnson began her career as a Project Manager in the advertising industry. Over time, she found herself gravitating toward managing projects that involved UX and wanted to learn more about enriching lives through good product design. Leilani returned to school and earned her Master's in Human-Computer Interaction. She is now a Senior UX Architect at Cardinal Solutions, specializing in IA with a growing interest in Product Strategy. On the weekends, she enjoys brunch, fitness classes, and playing with Shug Avery, her American Pit Bull Terrier.
- Addressing Change Blindness with UX
Most designers are aware of "Banner Blindness" (occurs when users overlook banner ads and other important content that looks like banner ads). But have you heard about "Change Blindness"? Change Blindness occurs when a user fails to notice a change in the user interface, despite visual cues. During this talk, we will define Change Blindness and how it occurs in digital spaces. We'll also show examples and discuss what designers should consider when trying to prevent change blindness for users. About the Speaker: Michael Head is a senior front end developer at Ally Financial, where we focuses on creating great user experiences through solid engineering. He’s worked for companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 50 companies. He’s a graduate of UNC’s School of Information and Library Science, where he received his MS in Information Science, focusing on UX and HCI topics.