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Our Oct/Nov event on the 13th Nov is almost fully planned, we're keen to get the info out to you all and get your interest spurring. Save the date!

We have three talks we're confirming.

The FIRST talk is from Graham Odds, a designer and developer working on complex systems across desktop, web and mobile. As Innovation Director at Scott Logic, he works primarily with financial services and energy trading institutions, creating everything from direct-to-consumer investment applications to research, trading and analysis tools.

His talk is entitled: 'The Mind’s Eye: How we perceive data'
Over the last couple of centuries, data visualisation has developed to the point where it is in everyday use across all walks of life. Data visualisation is generally recognised as an effective tool for both storytelling and analysis, overcoming most language and educational barriers. But why is this the case?
Scientific research is beginning to provide an insight into the neurological and psychological processes that underpin the principles of data visualisation. This talk will show how the science of visual perception explains why the principles of data visualisation are so effective, and how an understanding of the science behind best practice can improve the design of your visualisations.

Our SECOND speaker is Michael Haigney, whom at the time of writing this is "between roles" which plays to his interest in exploring "slow living", he's also a lover of minimalism. Michael just completed a contract advertised as a UX/UI consultant but to meet the needs of the team, project and organisation was actually a UI designer role!

Michael has a 20 year career in digital transformation and change, finding ways to improve experiences using new technologies and ways of working. He has driven international digital strategies, founded startups, worked as a consultant and contractor as a PM, PO, coach, trainer and everything in between.

In his talk: 'Is UX the new Agile?' Michael will explore his own journey and if organisations are finally ready to embrace UX and put it on the same footing as other disciplines.

The THIRD and final talk for this event is from Sam Dods.
Sam is a mobile developer and tech lead working at TAB, a digital consultancy focused on making outstanding user experiences—for everyone! He has spent the last two and a half years working on products for Tesco. Most notably the Tesco Groceries iOS app, which he is really proud to say is highly rated for its accessibility.

Sam's talk is titled, "Making Grocery Shopping Accessible to All." It provides a high level overview of digital accessibility in general and takes a deep dive into the specifics of the Tesco Groceries app. There should be something for everyone to take away and apply to their own existing products, and to bear in mind next time they're designing something from scratch. And with a bit of luck, he'll be able to use the app blindfolded!

We will post further refined details here and on social media, including if we have anymore information on content or the event.

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One of our new sponsors will be hosting us this month, Scott Logic.

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*Our events start at 6pm to begin at 6.25/6.30, allowing for time to grab some refreshments and chat away*

Come along for another great community get together, learn something new in the world of UX, Design and Tech.
Grab some food, beer and get to know other awesome people here with the same passion, especially our amazing international guest! Whether that’s user centred design, accessibility, design leadership, information architecture, usability testing.... so many things and the topics always change per meetup.