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.

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. OXD 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
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)

[ONLINE] Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Design Ops in Practice

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DesignOps is everywhere, whether we call it that or not. How it shows up in each organization is likely to be slightly different, but the outcomes it seeks to achieve are fundamentally similar.

"To strengthen the team, its leaders, and the individuals charged with creative delivery".
-- Jason Kriese, VP at Salesforce, as quoted in the State of DesignOps Report for 2022

This quote, in essence, describes the outcome DesignOps strives to achieve. What does that look like in practice from the people striving to do just that in their design and research teams? What has worked? What has been challenging? What's been the biggest benefits?

On January 25th, 2023, join Jacqueline Antalik, Director of User Experience at OXD, as she moderates the conversation with a panel of professionals to learn more about how DesignOps is managed within different organizations.

Panelists include:
Jadyn Aguilar -- Head of Design Operations at Gusto

  • Jadyn Aguilar is a design leader with over 15 years of experience driving DesignOps, omnichannel design vision and strategy, digital transformation, establishing quality standards, and building world-class design cultures.

Jennifer Cassidy -- Director of System Design at CGI

  • Jennifer Cassidy is a senior human-centered design professional with over 20 years of experience working in large, complex organizations such as provincial and municipal governments and post-secondary institutions.

Shabari Khaniyan kunnumel -- Sr. Technical Product Owner of the TELUS Design Centre of Excellence

  • Shabari is a Sr. Technical Product Owner at Telus Digital helping drive Design standards and guidelines within Telus. He has over a decade of experience in various techno-functional roles and has been working on delivering Design systems for multiple organizations with the goal of making design consistent across product lines, which ultimately translates into customer trust and loyalty. He is currently focused on incorporating Design operations and Agile delivery methodology into the world of designers, to balance and align design creativity with product delivery mandates

• 6:00pm to 7:30pm PST: A moderated panel discussion with time for Q&A from attending members.

Cover photo credits: Illustration by Ryan Liu. https://xd.adobe.com/ideas/perspectives/leadership-insights/designers-guide-lean-agile-ux/

Past events (74)

VanUE Winter Mingler

Lions Pub

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