Welcome to the Houston chapter of the UX Professionals Association (UXPA ; http://uxpa.org/ ). Come meet a growing group of people who love talking about user experience. We are a volunteer-run group dedicated to encouraging professional development, providing networking opportunities, and resources to the user experience, interaction design, information architecture (etc!) communities of the 4th largest city in the country!
Have a question or want to speak at a meeting? Contact us by email at uxpahouston (at) gmail.com
The daily work of UXers requires being the room with key people, working through a range of challenges in shared spaces. We do this in workshop settings, for brainstorming and planning, and for the myriad ways we collaborate with teams, stakeholders, clients, and others. COVID19 has upended our ability to work together in this way. How do you make virtual collaboration not only effective but also feel authentic? How do you lean-in to digital instead of trying to force fit analog experience into digital boxes? There are best practices for remote and virtual ways to be together and approximate that "in the roominess." Along with expertise from many fields, UX practitioners can draw on our deep understandings about the way culture, meaning, ritual, and other dimensions of human interaction shape experience in physical and digital spaces. Join us for this talk, which includes:
1. A hands-on workshop that illustrates the practical implications of virtual collaboration:
2. Challenging our notions of what it means to be "there," and how to get that in the room in ways that feel authentic
3. How to design objectives for collaborative sessions that align with the virtual and digital
4. Best practices for creating interactive virtual spaces and facilitating virtual collaboration
Nichole Carelock is the Special Projects Director at Tech Talent Project. She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Rice University.
Martha Cotton is a Managing Director at Fjord/Accenture, where she is responsible for developing the design research practice for Fjord globally.
Carrie Yury is West Coast Lead for Design Research at Fjord/Accenture. She is interested in innovating how we conduct experience research and strategy, and has pioneered new ways of working, including Agile Research and Living Strategy.