Becoming a UX/UI Contractor

Public group


725 Granville St #420 · Vancouver, BC

How to find us

We're on the 4th floor (suite 420) at 725 Granville St. There will be volunteers in the lobby to greet you and take you up to the event. Make sure you find a VanUE volunteer, sometimes there are multiple meetups in the same building!

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Is working for yourself as a contractor the right career decision for you? In this talk, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of starting your own business as a UX consultant.

From the outside, it can seem ideal to have more control over your hours, contracts and work life. It can also seem intimidating to walk away from the stability of a full-time job and into the sometimes chaotic world of contracting.

Together your presenters Anthony and Chris have over 30 years of UX consulting experience and will pass along tips and tricks that we have learned over the years on: the different types of contracting gigs, how to get your first contracts, how you can improve your skills and marketability as a contractor and how to maintain as a contractor over the long term.

The third member of the presentation team, Colleen (who regularly hires contractors for Apply Digital) will give the employer’s perspective on what employers are looking for when hiring superstar UX contractors.

This session is for anyone in a UX/UI or related role who are interested in becoming a contractor or who wants to improve as a contractor.

In this session you’ll learn:
• The different types of contractor
• The pros and cons of contracting
• The experience and skills needed to become a contractor
• How to get a contract
• What employers are looking for from a contractor
• Building your network
• Red flags during hiring / interviewing
• Navigating the ups and downs of contracting income
• Dealing with difficult clients / employers

• 6:00 to 6:30pm: Check-in and socialize
• 6:30 to 7:30pm: Presentation and Q&A
• 7:30 to 8:00pm: Networking

Bios for our speakers:

Chris Masterton
Senior UX Strategist and Designer
Masterton UX

A leading UX strategist and designer with 21 years of experience designing cutting-edge user interfaces for websites, desktop and mobile applications.

Chris has produced engaging and easy-to-use interfaces for more than 80 projects including complex websites for clients such as IBM and Honeywell; interactive sites for Yahoo, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft; and mobile interface design for Lululemon, Motorola and the NBA.

For 12 years, Chris taught User Interface Design in the University of British Columbia's software engineering continuing studies program.

Anthony Hempell
President / Managing Director
Antenna Consulting

Anthony is one of Vancouver's most experienced and respected leaders in UX and interaction design, with more than 20 years of experience of problem solving, design, and leadership.

In 2015 he founded Antenna Consulting, which is based on an innovative business model that fosters community and professional excellence among its consultants, while offering top quality service to clients.

Previous to Antenna, he worked with a diverse array of clients, including TELUS, BC Hydro, DirectTV, Starbucks, and Best Buy, while at Blast Radius, UX Guys, and other leading Vancouver agencies.

An active member of the Vancouver UX community, Anthony is a board member and organizer for the Vancouver UX Awards Society, and is currently mentoring at Microsoft Canada’s Garage internship.

Colleen Bin
Head of People Operations
Apply Digital

Colleen has been a human resources professional for over 15 years and has spent the last 10 years working at agencies. Most recently, Colleen has been helping build a high growth digital product studio, Apply Digital, running the human resources and recruiting functions. She regularly hires freelancers and has been a freelancer herself.