We're re-launching The Digital Designers Toolbox after a hiatus. But we're back and ready to present some incredible speakers to ignite your imagination and change the way you solve problems. Join us to hear the talented speakers (below) and share in some food and drink on the night.
1st TALK - Mel Huang
Mel Huang will be talking about her most recent body of work which explores the idea of generating the medium of paint with code. She will discuss how a series of experiments led her to design and build a giant website for captioning and visualising a live theatre performance. Having only encountered the groans and moans that come internally when "accessibility" is mentioned, she will share the wonderful initiatives she uncovered in a world where culture is accessible to all.
Mel Huang is a local designer and digital artist specialising in interactive installations. She has helped design and build a variety of weird and wonderful projects from colour recognition ice-cream trucks to interactive fireworks to paint machines to stage visuals for the hearing-impaired. Passionate about the artistic side to coding, she is an advocate for simply "doing what you love", no matter how strange people look at you.
Portfolio link: http://melaniehuang.com/
2nd TALK - Ben Ralph
Creating Personas: A guide, not a template
Great software gets made when the people who make it care about the people who use it. This can be difficult to do: out of sight, out of mind.
We are busy, we are in offices, we have deadlines, and our users are somewhere we are not. Printing out personas and hanging them on the wall is an excellent way to keep our users in sight and in mind.
Personas are all about building empathy amongst your team.
In this session you will learn how to work collaboratively to create amazing personas. Don't lose weeks conducting research you never use. Don't just go through the motions.
Truly understand what motivates your users and how you can incorporate that knowledge into your software.
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Ben Ralph: UX teacher, writer and designer. Founder of Pocketful of Pixels. Over his ten year career in the application and web development field, he has had the opportunity to work across many different industries gaining hands-on experience across a broad spectrum of roles, including development, user research, UI and interaction design as well as product and team leadership.