• Practical UX Research Methods with Rob Vanasco - Partner Event

    Suncoast Developers Guild

    Let's join our friends in the Front End Design Meetup group and learn from our very own TBUX member, Rob Vanasco, about practical UX research. Understanding user needs is key to creating applications, features, and solutions that seek to solve problems, make a task faster or easier, and reduce stress in the daily lives of our users. However, finding the time and resources to do in-depth research studies sometimes just isn’t realistic for feasible. Demand to complete work is high and in our efforts to deliver results on time and under budget, we often forget our user’s needs in favor of getting our projects done. Join us as we take some time talk about ways to gain insights into how your users think, improve the functionality of an existing product, and test new ideas in practical ways that don’t take a lot of time, tools, and/or money. Bio Rob Vanasco UX Researcher @ Regions Bank Rob is passionate about understanding people and how they interact with digital products. With a background in English Education, and a varied work history, he brings over 15 years of experience in training, analysis, writing, and product development to the field of User Experience. He continually seeks new ways to engage users, understand their needs, and translate qualitative and quantitative data into meaningful designs. linkedin.com/in/robvanasco

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  • UX Coffee Talk

    Panera Bread

    Join your fellow TBUXers to start your day with caffeine and camaraderie! Using a “Lean Coffee” format, we’ll meet up to sip our morning coffee/tea and talk shop. Never been to a "Lean Coffee"? Here's how it works: Topics of conversation are up to everyone who attends, so it's a great place to ask questions and share your stories of UX in practice and theory. First, you suggest the topics, then we vote on the first topic to discuss. We will time-box the topics and vote whether or not to keep the conversation going or move on to a different topic. This Meetup is BYOC - buy your own caffeine - but great conversation is included! Hope to see you there!

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  • Love Design? Then Stop Saying You "Like" It.

    When someone says "I like it" in a design critique, what does that even MEAN? Despite being generic and unhelpful, it's also misleading by giving everyone a false sense of security that the design is fantastic, when realistically, it may or may not be. We'll discuss the pitfalls of poor design feedback and walk through a simple method to give good feedback that can actually help to improve the design. Then, we'll open the floor for a good ol' fashioned design critique where "I like it" and "I dislike it" are banished! We'll give local designers some helpful feedback on their actual designs. CALL FOR DESIGNERS! You can get a solid critique of your work at this Meetup! Any type of design for a website, UI, form, mobile app, etc. is welcome. Be sure to come prepared to speak to the goals of the design and the problems you needed to solve for the users/clients. Interested in having your work critiqued? Please reach out to TBUX co-organizer Beth Galambos.

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  • World Information Architecture Day 2019

    Flying Boat Brewing Company

    WORLD INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE DAY - TAMPA BAY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 Explore New Paths to Understanding TBUX is proud to support World Information Architecture Day in Tampa Bay again! Exploration, wandering in areas outside of what you know and understand, can lead to exciting discoveries, create broader context, and build empathy for others. Begin your journey at Flying Boat Brewing at our half day event. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND AT http://www.wiadtampa.org/. The full program agenda can be found at http://www.wiadtampa.org/program-wiad-tampa-bay.

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  • A Blink Accessibility Case Study with Special Guest Joe Welinske

    A Blink UX Accessibility Case Study Learn about the inner-workings of a project that Blink UX conducted on a software product that was already well into development. The overall objective was to ensure a robust experience for all users of the software. The review of the system used industry best practices for accessible design with attention to the WCAG AA. • The benefits and challenges of using keyboard-only access for testing • The benefits and challenges of the NVDA screen reader for testing • Specific findings, recommendations, and reporting • Working with colleagues with physical challenges as team members and participants Joe Welinske is Blink's Accessibility Director and also the Program Manager for Blink's annual conference ConveyUX. As Accessibility Director, Joe is charged with bringing innovation and training about supporting disabilities into every client project and to every staff member. Joe has taught accessibility at the U. of Washington and he is the co-organizer of the Seattle Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup group. From the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), Joe is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).

  • A Very Agile / Java / UX / Front End Design Holiday Celebration!

    The most wonderful time of the year! The organizers of your favorite tech Meetups – Tampa Bay Agile, Tampa Java User Group, Tampa Bay UX, and Front End Design – invite you to celebrate the holidays with us. Come out and celebrate the holiday with the Agile, Java, UX, and Front End Design communities of Tampa Bay and our generous sponsors. RSVP required to indulge in adult beverages and food. We are grateful to our sponsors Tampa Bay Tech, AgileThought, Lucas Group, and Russell Lane Technology for making this merriment possible.

  • TBUX Member Appreciation: A UX Happy Hour

    World of Beer

    • What we'll do About winning the award, so we need to celebrate YOU - our members! Revenue Management Solutions (+RMS) has graciously offered to sponsor this event so come and join us for a thank you drink and happy hour snack! Let's chat over tasty bites and stiff drinks. • What to bring Bring your super-cool self • Important to know We are SUPER thrilled and appreciative to have Dominic Mark | Director, Software Development at Revenue Management Solutions (+RMS) sponsor this event!!!

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  • BarCamp 2018 - Register at barcamptampabay.org!

    University Mall

    The 11th annual BarCamp Tampa Bay will be Saturday, Nov. 10th at the University Mall (west end) - 2200 Fowler Ave. TO ATTEND, YOU MUST REGISTER AT https://barcamptampabay.org/. It's the 11th year of BarCamp Tampa Bay and you're invited to get your geek on! This year’s event will be the University Mall at 2200 E Fowler Ave. on Saturday 11/10/18. BarCamp Tampa Bay averages 800+ attendees and is the second largest BarCamp in the world! The event is completely free and open to everyone. While BarCamp is an UN-Conference (meaning there's no pre-assigned speakers), we will have over 20 rooms generating 150+ sessions running concurrently throughout. We need great speakers and the topics are almost endless. We have had talks on Ruby, Linux, PHP, Wordpress, Ad Words, SEO, blockchain, AI, VR, Gaming, cryptocurrencies, robotics, blogging and social media, to photography, podcasting, film, autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity as well as operational topics like intellectual property law, growth hacking, startup economics, managing outsourced development teams and a long list of others. Besides speakers, we also need volunteers. Anyone can register to attend or volunteer for the event here: https://barcamptampabay.org 7:45 AM Doors Open for Breakfast and Networking 8:00 AM Check – In & Speaker Sign Up opens 8:45 AM Opening Remarks 9:00 AM Sessions Start 12:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM Sessions Resume 4:15 PM Closing Remarks, Prizes and Raffle 5:30 PM Afterparty and the World of Beer! If you've attended or spoken and past BarCamps, you get it. If you've never attended a BarCamp, you are in for a treat. Join us for a day-long unconference of collaboration and peer-to-peer tech education. It is free to attend, we feed you, give you a cool t-shirt, and immerse your brain in all things tech. Time to get your geek on - see you on Saturday, Nov. 10th!

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  • World Usability Day Tampa Bay 2018 Workshop: Avoiding 'Accidentally Evil' Design

    World Usability Day is Thursday, November 8, 2018, and we're putting Tampa Bay on the map! 2018 Theme: Design for Good or Evil Design has a huge impact on the usability and usefulness of anything and everything. We know that user-centered design produces usable products and services. Whether or not something is usable has significant potential to make our day better or worse. Sometimes, our lives even depend on it. Location Update: Keiser University, 5002 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33634 Tampa Bay's Event: How to Avoid 'Accidentally Evil' Design Workshop For our local event, we'll focus on how we - as designers, developers, researchers, product people and other UXers - can be 'accidentally evil' when we create user experiences. This event will be interactive with a round of mini-workshop sessions where we'll discover the unconscious biases, tendencies and beliefs that end up into our work, and therefore, into the user experiences we create. About World Usability Day is single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. It is about celebration and education—celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better. It is about reaching out to the common citizen and spreading the message: We don’t have to put up with products and services that don’t work well and that human error is a misnomer. ***No one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology.*** Learn more at https://worldusabilityday.org/.

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  • When Qualitative & Quantitative Research Join Forces w/ Kat, Optimal Workshop

    Coming to us over the interwebs all the way from New Zealand, Kat Hardisty, Discovery Lead at Optimal Workshop, will explore a few ways in which qualitative and quantitative insights can get together and help each other out. Think about it... As UX researchers and designers, we spend a lot of our time looking at qualitative insights – who people are, why they do what they do, what their unspoken needs are, etc. Often, in another part of the organization, there are different people working with quantitative data and looking to understand things – what people are doing, patterns and trends in behavior, the impact of changes on customer behavior, and so on. The two roles are often asked for other insights – UX people are asked to prove ROI, to predict the impact of recommendations being implemented, and to size opportunities. Data scientists are asked how to shift behavior and patterns, and what is underlying the insights they gain. Imagine what we could do if we joined forces! Data scientists could help UX people show ROI and predict trends. UX people could help data scientists figure out how to shift behavior, and how to articulate why things are happening the way they are. This TBUX Meetup will be held entirely online using a web conferencing platform. Details on attending the Meetup will be sharing with those who RSVP before the event. About Kat Hardisty Kat started out as a developer and quickly became extremely frustrated with her team’s unwillingness to talk to users to find out what they needed and what was important. Soon after, she stumbled upon UX – this was back in the day when it was still going by the name of ‘usability’ and hardly anyone in New Zealand had heard about it. She’s been living and breathing UX ever since. These days Kat is the Discovery Lead at Optimal Workshop, where she leads the user research, data insights, and design areas, does hands-on deep-dive qualitative research, gets involved in the UXNZ conference organizing, and drinks too many hot chocolates from the cafe downstairs. In her spare time she reads far too many books, runs around after two small children, dyes her hair bright colors, and designs sewing patterns.

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