- Integrating User Centered Design with Agile
Technological advancements and innovations in hardware, especially in the software space, are causing organizations to rethink their product/service design and development processes in order to move faster. However, these agile methodologies tend to focus on integrating working software in a short time scale within the product/service and not always prioritize user experience and usability. It is well documented that a User Centered Design (UCD) process places the user at the center of product/service design and development, thereby resulting in usable products that meet, or even exceed, users' needs and goals. Our speakers, Tonya Chouinard and Sasanka Prabhala, will demonstrate how to integrate UCD and agile to achieve a holistic product design and development methodology. Tonya and Sasanka will also share methods from their UX Toolkit, through the lens of a case study from the aviation domain. You'll come away with ideas and techniques on how UCD and agile can work together to achieve optimal results for your end users. AGENDA 6:00-6:20: Networking and refreshments, provided by our sponsor, TEKsystems 6:20-7:20: Presentation 7:20-7:30: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Dr. Sasanka Prabhala drives user experience vision, strategy, and applies user experience methodologies including ethnographic research, interaction design, and usability analysis to bring new products and services to market. He is an expert on bridging the gap between the users and the technology and regularly speaks at conferences sharing consumer centric insights. He is a recipient of the Affiliate Society Council of Dayton Outstanding Engineers & Scientists Award and a patent for consumer electronics innovation. He also co-edited a book titled “Transforming Ethnography: User Experience Methods and Practices”. He currently works at GE Aviation leading the research and design direction of customer facing application and services. Prior to this, he worked at Wright State University and Intel Corporation. Tonya Chouinard has a natural curiosity for understanding human behavior and exploring ways to improve experiences. This curiosity led her to earn a M.S. in Human Factors Psychology from Wright State University. She led many high-profile international research projects at LexisNexis, and was also a UX researcher at Hobsons. She has been part of teams that have won SIIA CODiE Awards and LexisNexis CEO Innovation Awards. She currently works at GE Aviation leading research efforts that are driving enterprise level strategy and design for a major engineering platform. ABOUT OUR SPONSOR TEKsystems Digital and Creative Services supports strategic marketing initiatives for clients ranging from boutique agencies to Fortune 500 companies by supplying skilled design, development, functional and technical resources. A division of TEKsystems, a $3.7 Billion global IT staffing, talent management and services leader, TEKsystems Digital and Creative Services thrives at the intersection of technology and marketing. We offer the focus of a specialized niche firm while providing the experience, scalability, depth and reach of a global partner.
- An Immersion Into Accessibility Testing
Accessibility has become a pronounced focus for the largest companies across retail and product services in recent decades, and for good reason. Failure to comply to ADA requirements has not only legal ramifications, but directly impacts the ability of millions of users to access the digital experiences that so many take for granted. In this talk, Troy will detail how to immerse accessibility testing into the already frenetic world of project planning, user experience deliverables and data analysis. Additionally, Troy will detail what tools user experience professionals can utilize to create experiences that support the needs of a substantial customer base with a wide variety of impairments, while adhering to specific Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). Troy will distinguish the value in providing subjective analysis (i.e., using screen reader tools) as opposed to running automated reports that may not be indicative of what the customers actually experience. This talk will inspire user experience professionals to dive more deeply into learnings of which tools are used to assist impaired users, and also why those tools are essential to delivering an empathic solution finding process that supports all users. AGENDA 6:00 - 6:20 pm: Networking and refreshments 6:20 - 7:20 pm: Presentation 7:20 - 7:30 pm: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTER Troy Woolery is a Senior UX Consultant with Fusion Alliance, in the Greater Cincinnati area. Troy’s work in the UX space has ranged from consumer brand eCommerce platforms to global retail online services with an emphasis on product design and development; working with clients such as Kroger Digital, Procter & Gamble (Gillette and Downy), Abbott Nutrition, Smucker’s (Folgers and Dunkin’), and ConAgra Brands. Troy’s recent work has led to developing a successful accessibility testing infrastructure with one of the largest global retail leaders. He has been an advocate for testing with users reliant upon supportive technology (screen readers, for example) to generate solutions that meet both customer needs and industry wide compliance standards. Additionally, Troy is an adjunct professor at Miami University, where he teaches Design Prototyping, a course designed for both Interactive Media Studies and Marketing majors. ABOUT OUR SPONSOR Fusion Alliance is highly regarded as an enterprise solution provider, delivering the practical insights, engaging customer experiences and human-driven technologies that transform the way our clients do business. We are a one-stop, data-driven business transformation firm with big-picture expertise across strategy, digital, data, technology and cloud. We partner with companies to formulate a technology-based strategy that aligns with their business goals. We then deploy our expertise across the enterprise in a cohesive, integrated framework.
- Assimilate & Adapt: UX lessons from the spread of the English language
In this duo talk, Jeff and Darren will examine how English became the dominant, global language it is today and consider its growth as a model for how UX can continue to become a dominant force in design. How has UX become one of the fastest growing and most desirable careers? The answer for both is assimilation and adaptation. This talk will inspire designers to blur the lines between different fields of study—anthropology, visual design, library science, psychology, motion design, data science, coding, industrial design, and countless others—and bring their personal passions into their work and into the future of UX. AGENDA 6:00 - 6:20 pm: Networking and refreshments, provided by Paycor 6:20 - 6:50 pm: Presentation 6:50 - 7:15 pm: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Darren Kall Darren is a UX expert who has led teams that made technology better for millions of people globally. Before leading the international UX organization for Sophos, Darren co-founded Specific Clarity, worked at Microsoft, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, LexisNexis, HELP, and IBM. He was a US representative to the standards body of the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies. He has degrees from Dartmouth College and Rutgers College. He holds 11 US patents, 6 international patents, and has 185 patent citations. Darren is based in Dayton, OH, and when he isn't creating better UX, he is a husband, a dad, a beekeeper, a sculptor, and a painter. Jeff Stevenson Jeff inherited an affinity for understanding people from his dad (a psychologist) and a preference for logical, usable systems from his mother (a librarian). Add a degree in Technical Communication, and you have the raw ingredients for a researcher, information architect, writer, and designer. For over a decade, Jeff has been leading UX work at startups, agencies, consultancies, and software companies. He currently leads a team of talented designers at Paycor, a fast-growing HR software company. ABOUT OUR HOST Paycor provides small and medium-sized companies with intuitive, cloud-based onboarding, HR, payroll and timekeeping software with the goal of enabling businesses to be more efficient and to make smarter decisions about their people and processes.
- Effective Microcopy: Little Words with a Big Impact
Join us for an interactive session to learn more about microcopy and UX writing! Our focus will be on best practices for content and messaging in your digital products. We'll cover some do's and don'ts, as well as the importance of inclusivity and function over "proper" grammar. We'll touch on how to develop your product's content strategy and what resources you'll need to get started. We'll even discuss how to get everyone on board and practicing your new content strategy. Our time together will be part talk, part activity, and part Q&A. AGENDA 6-6:15: Networking and refreshments 6:15-7:30: Presentation and discussion ABOUT OUR PRESENTER Autumn Heisler works within the product design team at Paycor as a Senior Content Strategist. She supports product teams in creating a user experience that sounds human, looks wonderful, and works efficiently. Autumn is a graduate of the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising. Prior to joining Paycor, she was a creative director at a social media studio. She loves spicy food, lives for dogs, and thrives on caffeine. Sarcasm is her first language. ABOUT OUR REFRESHMENTS SPONSOR Ingage Partners is a different kind of company. Our talented team of consultants serve greater Cincinnati clients of all sizes and industries by providing management and technology consulting expertise through our design, build, and deliver model. We are inspired to blend our careers with our desire to make a measurable difference in the world. Our success as a business fuels our ability to create a positive impact on our community. ABOUT OUR VENUE HOST Paycor provides small and medium-sized companies with intuitive, cloud-based onboarding, HR, payroll and timekeeping software with the goal of enabling businesses to be more efficient and to make smarter decisions about their people and processes. A NOTE TO ATTENDEES Free parking is available in the Paycor lot. Attendees will need to check in at the front desk and will receive a name badge to wear during their visit.
- World Usability Day 2018: Design Thinking for Delightful Experiences
Since this event is a joint partnership with IxDA Cincinnati, Ladies That UX and UX Dayton, we are only taking registrations at https://wud2018cincy.eventbrite.com World Usability Day is a single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. We are excited to bring the celebration to Cincinnati, by IxDA Cincinnati, Ladies that UX and UX Dayton partnering together. At the center of our event will be a fast-paced experiential Design Thinking workshop, where attendees will work shoulder to shoulder with peers to research, ideate, and design a software application that will delight and inspire your users. This Design Thinking workshop has been facilitated by our speaker Jeff Hendrickson in four countries to more than 700 people, from major corporations such as Air Canada, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Fidelity Investments, along with Queensway Carleton Hospital, York Regional Police, and The Michigan State Police to name just a few. Attendees will learn: - Why empathy is a crucial factor in every successful design project - How to conduct productive interviews - The importance of “fail early and fail fast” - What “The Sweet Spot” is - How to present your ideas for honest and open feedback No matter your industry or your end product, this methodology has produced effective teams, highly adopted products, and millions of dollars of cost savings to companies large and small. AGENDA 5:30-5:50: Networking and refreshments 5:50-7:20: Workshop 7:20-7:30: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTER Jeff Hendrickson is currently a UX Lead at Kroger and a life-long questioner of everything static and status quo. Jeff began his professional career in the fashion industry in NYC. Upon switching to the tech industry and building Knowledge Management systems for the Pentagon and The Defense Intelligence Agency, he quickly began to understand that his role in life is to break down antiquated, complex systems and teach others how to do the same. He has consulted to companies such as General Motors, American Express, FedEx, Orion Health, The Chicago Board of Trade, and many others across a wide variety of industries. Jeff developed this workshop more than three years ago with a BI company in NYC and is now spreading his ideas to Cincinnati. In his spare time, he writes novels, makes craft cocktail bitters, writes a style blog for dudes, creates online UX courses, and tries his best to stay out of trouble. (Needless to say, he hasn’t written very many novels.) ABOUT OUR SPONSOR Paycor provides small and medium-sized companies with intuitive, cloud-based onboarding, HR, payroll and timekeeping software with the goal of enabling businesses to be more efficient and to make smarter decisions about their people and processes. ABOUT OUR HOST ORGANIZATIONS IxDA Cincinnati is a local chapter of the Interaction Design Association. It is for individuals interested in sharing ideas in interaction design, user experience and digital design, to share their knowledge and new techniques with the Cincinnati community. Ladies that UX Cincinnati is an organization focused on creating a welcoming, transparent community of women that are interested and passionate in making the world a better place for users through UX! UX Dayton Meetup is for anyone interested in improving technology for the people who use it. It's not just about the web. UX Dayton is industry and technology neutral. If a human being interacts with the thing you make at any point in the end-to-end journey, then UX Dayton wants to hear about it. Since this event is a joint partnership with IxDA Cincinnati, Ladies That UX and UX Dayton, we are only taking registrations at https://wud2018cincy.eventbrite.com
- Measuring the Impact of Visual Appeal
Visual design profoundly impacts first impressions, as well as perceived desirability, usability and credibility. Therefore, better understanding the emotions that a visual design elicits in your users can help you optimize its appeal. Our panel of User Experience Researchers are excited to share their techniques for understanding and measuring the impact of a visual design. Each panelist will talk about their preferred method, followed by moderated discussion. Attendees will learn how to add these methods to their toolkit, as well as when and how to apply them, to help inform visual design decisions that are right for your target audience. AGENDA 6-6:15: Networking and refreshments 6:15-7:30: Panel presentations and discussion OUR PANELISTS INCLUDE Tonya Chouinard, UX Researcher at GE (General Electric) Nick Hawes, Sr. UX Designer at Fifth Third Bank Jonathan James, Assoc. Director UX at Barefoot Proximity Troy Woolery, Sr. UX Consultant at Fusion Alliance ABOUT OUR SPONSOR Paycor provides small and medium-sized companies with intuitive, cloud-based onboarding, HR, payroll and timekeeping software with the goal of enabling businesses to be more efficient and to make smarter decisions about their people and processes. A NOTE TO ATTENDEES Free parking is available in the Paycor lot. Attendees will need to check in at the front desk and will receive a name badge to wear during their visit.
- AIGA Design Week: The Design Sprint
For our September Meetup, IxDA Cincinnati is partnering with AIGA Design Week to present a workshop on The Design Sprint: Creative Collaboration. The Design Sprint is a problem-solving framework created by Google Ventures that answers critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with final users and customers. During this session, you will hear from a panel of five product designers and UX professionals who will explain each day of The Design Sprint, followed by a workshop where you will run your own mini-sprint with a team and facilitator. Breakfast, coffee, and snacks will also be included. Learn how you can compress the endless debate cycle into a jam-packed five days of creative collaboration! Schedule: 8:00 - 8:45 am | Introduction and presentation 8:45 - 9:00 am | Panel Q&A 9:00 - 10:30 am | Breakout / Workshop 10:30-11:00am | Discussion and closing Ticket Price: AIGA Member - $5 AIGA Student Member - FREE Non-Member - $10 To register, visit https://cincinnati.aiga.org/event/the-design-sprint-creative-collaboration/ (Unfortunately we cannot process registrations through Meetup.)
- Human-Centered Machine Learning
AI is arguably the most significant advancement in technology since the internet, It’s currently transforming everything we touch from text translation, to the core architecture of Netflix’s entire product offering. There are massive opportunities for the automation of services that used to be labor intensive, but beyond automation, there is a new frontier of innovative services that have no resemblance to current UX offerings. In his new talk, Scott Sullivan, Director of User Experience at LPK, will give an overview of what’s currently possible with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and outline the outcome-based UX opportunities of the emerging technology. Beyond the basics, Scott will outline design’s role and relationship with Machine Learning/AI, and delve in to the ethics and pitfalls of AI and behavior change. AGENDA 6:00 - 6:20 pm: Networking and refreshments 6:20 - 7:20 pm: Presentation 7:20 - 7:30 pm: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTER Scott Sullivan is first and foremost a creator: a builder of services and products that operate seamlessly in people’s lives. As Director of User Experience at LPK, Scott focuses on leveraging emergent technologies to embed invisible, intuitive influences into physical brand experiences. Prior to joining LPK, he was a principal at Adaptive Path in San Francisco, overseeing the launch and real-time evolutions of hardware startups. With an arts-driven education and diverse influences, Scott’s work has run the spectrum from education to energy; finance to interactive performance art. Scott has authored several publications on UX and the digital world, including editorial for Fast Company and a book, Designing for Wearables: Effective UX for Current and Future Devices. Find him on Twitter at @scotsullivan. ABOUT OUR HOST LPK is a brand, experience, and innovation consultancy, helping organizations build enduring brands that thrive in the emergent culture. Merging trends, insights, strategy and creativity, we create the now, near and next for B2Bs and B2Cs, startups and Fortune 50s. We’ve done it since 1983 across our network of offices worldwide. Find us in Cincinnati, London, Geneva, Singapore and Guangzhou—and on lpk.com.
- Content Evolution: Creating & Maintaining Effective Online Messaging
Join Jennifer Midkiff-Mitchell and Marc Macaluso as they delve into effective web writing and content management best practices. Jennifer will discuss an approach to writing for the web that incorporates aspects of Steve Krug’s usability for web design, and Marc will cover organizational and governance best practices for successfully incorporating that content into effective marketing programs. Gather insights derived from the Nielsen Norman Group on how users read web content and why that is so very different than conventional mediums. Additionally, gain practical insights on developing a high-performance context-specific marketing team that can accomodate early customer experience maturity through to more complex mature organizations. AGENDA 6:00 - 6:20 pm: Networking and refreshments, provided by Creatives on Call 6:20 - 7:20 pm: Presentation 7:20 - 7:30 pm: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Jennifer Midkiff-Mitchell currently leads an international team of web designers, developers, and analysts for a four billion dollar industrial B2B corporation. She brings her extensive knowledge and experience in web design and analytics to fulfillment as she applies them in a user-centric, data-driven methodology you will find both exhilarating and satisfying. Marc Macaluso has experience with industrial B2B manufacturing. He’s knowledgeable on topics such as context marketing, enhanced digital content, SEO/SEM, UX management, marketing automation, website build and migration. He focuses on enhancing the Digital Customer Experience (DCX), delivering mobile-first web platforms leveraging his broad understanding of the market. ABOUT OUR HOST Paycor provides small and medium-sized companies with intuitive, cloud-based onboarding, HR, payroll and timekeeping software with the goal of enabling businesses to be more efficient and to make smarter decisions about their people and processes. A NOTE TO ATTENDEES Free parking is available in the Paycor lot. Attendees will need to check in at the front desk and will receive a name badge to wear during their visit.
- Usability Testing Essentials
Emily Rhoades and Mary Anne Kirk, User Experiences Designers at Fifth Third Bank, will present an overview of Usability Testing methodologies. Hear about how and when to conduct usability studies, including in-person moderated Think Aloud Testing, as well as remote moderated and unmoderated testing. You will have a chance to see some testing in action and learn about best practices for test script writing, session moderating, and interpreting and applying results. AGENDA 6:00 - 6:20: Networking and refreshments 6:20 - 7:20: Presentation 7:20 - 7:30: Q&A ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Emily Rhoades is a User Experience Designer in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP in 2015, she began designing banker experiences at Fifth Third. With a strong passion for problem solving and usability testing, Emily enjoys the process of rapid prototyping and testing to uncover usability issues. She believes that no problem is too complicated to solve…so long as you have user input. Mary Anne Kirk has been a Senior User Experience Designer at Fifth Third Bank since 2015. Prior to this, she helped drive User Centered Design best practice in the healthcare tech and education industries. Over the years she has had the opportunity to employ many user testing techniques, from paper prototype tests, to moderated usability studies, remote testing, and remote unmoderated sessions. Mary Anne graduated with a degree in Art from the Ohio State University. She holds a Masters Degree in Public History and has completed Usability Engineering Coursework at Wright State University. ABOUT OUR SPONSOR Fifth Third Bank will be sponsoring the event at one of the newest additions to our Cincinnati headquarters - the innovation center named ONE67, which plays off Fifth Third’s name. ONE67 is a digital and innovation capability center – it is meant to draw employees in – acting as a lighthouse for the company, sparking excitement and curiosity. It has several types of workspaces which enable employees to be their most creative, productive selves and collaborate effectively. A NOTE TO ATTENDEES Paid parking is available in the Fountain Square parking lot, 416 Vine St. The event is also within short walking distance from streetcar and bus stops. Attendees can check in with security at the Fifth Third Tower, 38 Fountain Square Plaza. Hope to see you there!