What we're about

The Vancouver User Experience Group is a diverse community of practitioners and students who are passionate about building better experiences and honing our skills. We meet regularly to share innovative research, diverse perspectives and inspiring real-world examples. We are also the proud hosts of the Vancouver User Experience Awards (http://www.vancouveruxawards.com/).

Organizing team

This group also meets 2 times per year to plan and execute the monthly event series. This team is responsible for planning the monthly event calendar, balancing the types of events held (presentations, workshops, panels, lightning talks, tours, etc), venues and logistics. Each event requires publication on Meetup, ticket management, on-site logistics and speaker coordination.


The financial mandate of VanUE is to run revenue neutral events with the help and generosity of sponsors and volunteers. OpenRoad manages the VanUE account for funds collected at the door for events. We have kept access affordable (typical monthly sessions cost $5-$10). Funds from these events are used to invest back in future events or speakers, or occasionally used to cover a portion of a social activity after the event. From time to time, when we bring in an out of town speaker or have a special event, tickets can be up to $20, but only to cover expenses of venue, catering and our speaker.


Founding sponsors include:

Habanero Consulting Group

OpenRoad Communications

Additional sponsors include POWERSHiFTER, VFS (venue sponsor) and additional venue sponsors throughout the year.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to provide a venue or help with travel or costs for an out-of-town speaker, please contact one of the organizers via Meetup or at info@vanue.com.


Via Meetup, the organizers share announcements of official VanUE events (and sell related tickets), UX related job postings and occasional cross-posting of related, local UX events and activities. There are usually 4-6 announcements per month.

Meetup members have access to a moderated VanUE community message board and can post messages directly to vanue-list@meetup.com. Messages must be posted using the email account associated Meetup.

Speaker/event suggestions

Suggestions for UX related topics are always welcome by contacting us at info@vanue.com or by contacting the organizers on Meetup.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are a local UX practitioner or student and would like to help out with VanUE events, please contact info@vanue.com .

Upcoming events (1)

Using IA and Taxonomy to Meet Strategic Goals

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre


Using IA and Taxonomy to Meet Strategic Goals Information architecture and taxonomy are often tools in the tool chest on content-heavy projects. When we're redesigning a website or intranet or talking about system integrations, "doing IA" or "developing taxonomy" are steps we go through. We can make this work more powerful by stepping back and asking about current challenges, problems to be solved, and strategic objectives, then creating an approach to address these specific items using IA and taxonomy. Not only does this allow us to create a better solution, but it also lets us evangelize to business leaders and content creators the value of a well-implemented content management system. Using examples of past projects, we'll talk about how every UX professional has the skills to step back to look at the big picture, help others understand the purpose of a CMS, then choose the appropriate tools to solve the problems. We'll define information architecture, taxonomy, and metadata and look at why these are fundamental components to a well implemented CMS. When: - 6:00 to 6:30pm: Check-in and socialize - 6:30 to 7:30pm: Presentation and Q&A - 7:30 to 8:00pm: Networking *Please note that doors to the building will be locked at 6:30pm sharp and we will not be able to let guests in after this time. Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Bio: Theresa Putkey applies content strategy, IA, and taxonomy to solve problems within a content management or digital asset management environment. With more than 15 years experience and expertise, Theresa brings a valuable external perspective to each project. She holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Theresa began her career in content management as a technical support analyst, and then moved into technical writing. She turned to requirements analysis and software design to make better software products. As content strategist, she applies her skills and passion for content and structure to produce great user experiences that meet business needs. She focuses on bridging the communication chasm between business leaders and developers and now acts as a liaison between stakeholder groups with divergent interests and drivers. Theresa lives with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Burnaby, Canada. When she’s not solving complex information problems, she can be found swimming in a local ocean or lake, cycling in beautiful British Columbia, attempting to learn Spanish, or traveling the world. To learn more about taxonomy, information architecture, and content strategy before attending this month's talk, you can visit Theresa's website at https://www.keypointe.com/ A big THANK YOU to Microsoft for hosting us!

Past events (46)

Panel discussion | UX Research journeys of 3 local companies

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre


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