Past Meetup

UX Inspiration | Lightning Talks to Spark Inspiration

This Meetup is past

50 people went

Price: CA$5.00 /per person
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Networking: 7:00 pm - 7:30pm
Event start: 7:30pm sharp


A unique evening for the VanUE community hosted in the inspiring and innovative Fluevog flagship store. The evening is meant to inspire, motivate, and get you to think about design in a different way. Four presenters will give short, concise presentations that will take about 7 minutes each on a variety of design topics from personas to typography.

At the end of the presentations, there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions to our amazing presenters.

Special Bonus: Our friends at Fluevog are offering a special VanUE 15% discount for shoes purchased that evening!


Ryan Opina: With over 12 years of experience working in the Human Factors and UX groups at Nokia and Microsoft Game Studios, combined with an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts, Ryan’s unique perspective guides Engine Digital’s Insight & Planning practice. Directing the discovery, research, and planning process, Ryan helps the agency team to better understand the user needs and behaviors that influence strategy. Through his work, Ryan finds new ways to apply existing and unconventional approaches to interaction, function, and content, developing memorable customer experiences that set the foundation of a connected brand.

Lauren Bacon: Lauren is a seasoned entrepreneur, published author, business coach, and lifelong learner/teacher. A veteran online strategist with a background in design, she co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, a digital agency serving nonprofits and other change makers, in 2000. More recently, she has been applying her collaborative, inquiry-based approach to her coaching and consulting work with startups, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all stripes – asking lots of questions, and employing her unending curiosity to help people align with their purpose and realize their visions.

Dr. Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a PhD and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, United States. Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, and How; has published articles in Communication Arts, Eye, How, Slanted, and Step; and has judged international typography for Communication Arts and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. She is proud to live in the Canadian Typographic Archipelago but she still loves to travel the world as the founding director of

Dorian Taylor [Bio being added soon!]


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