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ChicagoRuby: Elmhurst - How Do I Build... ?

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Josh Walsh from Designing Interactive will present for us this month...

Making our users feel great
The psychology of making things easy to use.

The design industry has lost focus on what it means to be a user experience designer. It’s not about writing requirements, drawing wireframes, graphic design or even user research. It’s about making your users feel great.

While those other skills are important, they are just a means to an end. A way to enable users to accomplish what they need to accomplish.

We conduct user interviews and usability testing to learn directly from our users, but our brains aren’t wired to express how we feel. So, how can we learn from our user’s feelings to make our products better?

About Josh:

Josh Walsh is the guy you call when something is hard to use. He is an award winning user experience designer, interaction designer and self-proclaimed design raconteur. His work spans from 1 man startup companies to large applications for the Fortune 100 — from elementary school students to the worlds leading surgeons.

He currently serves as President of Designing Interactive in Cleveland, OH.

About the Meetup:

The "How Do I Build...?" format is somewhere between a hack night and a presentation.

The key question: "How do I build [X] in Ruby or Rails?" We might talk about the best shopping cart or calendar or whatever for Rails. We might talk about the best way to do database maintenance with Ruby, or the best tools for organizing Ruby or Rails development.

Every ChicagoRuby member is invited to drive. Let the group know what you want to do, what you've tried, and what would be interesting to you. Let's put our heads together and create!

Lunch After the Meeting
After most meetings, we go to lunch at the Elmhurst Restaurant, roughly two blocks NW of the meeting venue. Address: 441 West Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Join us!