- Using IA and Taxonomy to Meet Strategic Goals
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!
- Panel discussion | UX Research journeys of 3 local companies
Microsoft Canada Excellence CentreCA$5.00
User Experience (UX) Research is increasingly valued and practiced in the local and global tech industry. But the teams who conduct user research, and the maturity of their processes, vary greatly from company to company. Plus the UX Research discipline itself is maturing and has evolved steadily in recent years. So what does UX Research look like in different environments today? How do technology product companies currently leverage user research? How would they like to leverage such research in the future? And what can your team learn from them? In this VanUE event, we’ll hear from a panel representing 3 product companies on different UX Research journies. We'll discover how research works at their companies, discuss opportunities and challenges they encounter, and learn from the panelists' experiences. Panelists (bios below): - Veronica Zammitto, Director of UX Research, Electronic Arts (EA) - Dilan Ustek, User Research Lead, Clio - Barry Po, Vice President AI Solutions, Universal mCloud Panel Moderator: - Rock Leung, UX Research Lead, Samsung R&D Canada When: - 6:00 to 6:30pm: Check-in and socialize - 6:30 to 7:45pm: Panel discussion and Q&A - 7:45 to 8:15pm: 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). Panelist bios: Veronica Zammitto is a leader at Electronic Arts where she focuses on corporate UX maturity and strategic improvements of the UX research practice. Veronica manages best practices and standards for executing high-quality research, efficiencies, exploring new processes, ensuring actionable findings, and departmental cross-functional collaborations. She has transformed how player experience is assessed at EA by introducing novel techniques. Veronica has extensive knowledge of research methodologies applied to video games, her efforts have led games user research on multiple projects across all EA, including Battlefield, Madden, FIFA, NHL, Star Wars: Battlefront, Plant vs Zombies, among others. Dilan Ustek is the User Research Lead at Clio, a legal technology company. She is building a User Research program that enables designers and product managers to conduct their own research. Prior to that, she worked as a product manager, leveraging research to inform her product decisions. She received an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Barry Po is head of product and UX at Universal mCloud, creating a more efficient future with AI and analytics. Early in his career, he led the global user research practice at HSBC before moving into leadership roles in UX and product management at organizations both big and small. He loves how Vancouver has become a city with some of the brightest UX talent in the world. A big THANK YOU to Microsoft Canada for hosting us! Above photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.
- Bitcoin + Blockchain: Economic Freedom
Finance and payments seem to have the slowest technology advancements in our world, but we are experiencing a new evolution of money, called bitcoin. Through blockchain technology, store of value was created through cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. What does it look like? How do we use it? What makes it different from any digital currencies in the past? As user experience designers, how do we improve adoption and embrace blockchain technology? Join us to get a deeper understanding of bitcoin, blockchain technology and the effects on the future of finance, commerce and user experience. Bio: Wayne is an early adopter, speaker and investor in bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He is the Co-founder of Assembly Block and Coincurve, a digital service to help Canadians buy bitcoins easily. Having previously held the position of Senior Director, Head of Product at nTrust, where he designed and developed a bitcoin wallet and exchange, Wayne is an expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and economics. As an Advisor of Mogo, he has led Mogo’s blockchain projects in early stages. Commercialization and User Experience is Wayne’s primary focus to transform crypto businesses into usable applications. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us!
- UX for your life: using research skills to design the journey that matters most
As experience designers, we have the superpowers to use empathy, observation, collaboration, insight, and prototyping to create incredible experiences for our clients or organizations. But what if we turned our design skills inwards, to intentionally craft our best, most meaningful careers and lives? In this small-format, 2 hour workshop, Mallory O'Connor shares a bit about her personal story and the journey of her mid-career challenge, insight, experimentation and evolution, and how you can: - Use your UX skills to develop insight into and align your personal, world, and work views - Get more of what you want and love in your work and life - Set yourself up to make intentional, value based decisions as you move forward in your career Bio: Mallory helps enterprise clients create great experiences. She works with people inside organizations to uncover the opportunities to create compelling changes to strategies, tools, systems, culture, processes and ultimately, experiences. Building on almost 20 years in the field of user experience, Mallory works with Habanero’s clients to solve holistic enterprise problems using collaborative techniques from the service and experience design perspective. She is a frequent conference, webinar, event and workshop speaker. Time: 5:45pm to 8:00pm (The Post) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (The Post) What's included: We are charging everyone $15 to attend the event to cover the cost of the venue space, beverages and pizza.
- Learning how to interact like a human …all over again
With Mixed Reality we have an opportunity to undo some of the unnatural and abstract paradigms that have come from computing’s start on 2D screens. But as we make the transition to a more natural way of interacting, what current UX concepts will help make the journey inviting for everyone? About our speakers: Darren Bennett started innovating with Microsoft in his first year there by incubating experiences in the first stages of the KINECT effort, right from some of the very first prototype experiences that got execs stoked, to Creative direction of the pack-in title KINECT Adventures! Darren has spent the years since KINECT working from concept to ship on HoloLens. First by driving the incubation effort on the experiences side, to the creative direction of the experiences portfolio and finally shipping the UX for the first Mixed Reality OS - Windows Holographic. Now he’s home in Canada again, helping workers be successful by applying the power of Mixed Reality to the Modern Workplace. As a professional artist and designer, Andy Klein has been working in real time graphics and visual effects for over a decade. He is currently focused on mixed reality projects at Microsoft Vancouver. Working together with NASA, Andy’s team at Microsoft enabled Kennedy Space Center visitors to use HoloLens just like scientists do; exploring Martian terrain using 3D data and holograms. Andy designed this interactive holographic experience and was also responsible for the creative and technical aspects involved in capturing 3D 360 holographic video recordings with Buzz Aldrin and Erisa Hines, who functioned as guides on Mars. Before Microsoft, he worked as VFX Director at Electronic Arts, where he helped build tools and workflows for Star Wars: Battlefront, PGA Tour, Dragon Age, Need for Speed, and more. These productions and experiences have uniquely equipped him with a vast expertise in the techniques which will power the future of human-machine interaction in our increasingly digital lives. He's happy to play a part in our great transformation from flat screens to volumetric mixed reality computing. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (Microsoft) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (Microsoft) Please note that doors to the building will locked at 6:00pm 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). Thank you to Microsoft for hosting us! We look forward to having another event here!
- Inclusive Design
Inclusive Design is something that goes beyond accessibility, it is about building things whether they are street fixtures, apps or websites that reframe disability around mismatched human interactions instead of a personal health condition. In this session, you will learn what inclusive design is, why it is important for designing and developing anything. About our speaker: Tommy Lewis is a Technical Evangelist Manager at Microsoft Canada who at 8 years old thought that there was a frog apocalypse happening in his backyard. It turned out that it was just the rain made all the frogs come out and hop around. Tommy is also very much an advocate of technology coexistence and thinks designers must look past dogma so that we can create a better future. He is also bent on eradicating all versions of Internet Explorer from the planet and will never stop, never. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (VFS) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (VFS) Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Thank you to VFS for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support.
- Design ethnography in practice: How to do it, when to do it, and how to sell it
This talk paints an honest picture of design ethnography in UX practice through real industry examples. The talk is made up of two parts: ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ ethnography, since it is believed that these are the two most common ways the method is applied in the UX industry. By studying examples from companies like PlayStation, HTC and Intel, we will learn lessons about how the method is best used in design, when it should be used, and crucially how to build a business case for doing it at your own company. About Gus Gus Waller is a UX researcher and designer from London who recently moved to Vancouver. He studied Social Anthropology at Sussex University specialising in virtual reality, and has since worked with clients including PlayStation, HSBC and The British Council. He has a passion for international research and has worked in over 15 countries including India, Ghana and Japan. He also is an avid Arsenal FC (soccer) fan and has a passion for photography. Twitter (http://twitter.com/gus_waller) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gus-waller-7556485b) When Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). A big thank you to our location sponsor! Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support.
- Interaction Design meets Social Science
It’s not always pretty. It is always surprising. That’s the take away from 12+ years of applying human centered design to real and messy social contexts. For the past 12 years, InWithForward has worked alongside young people in care, families in crisis, women fleeing domestic violence, lonely seniors, street-involved adults, and folks with developmental disabilities to co-design new kinds of social services, networks, and platforms. Come meet Dr. Sarah Schulman (founding partner) and Charlotte Secheresse (service designer) as they share case studies from their work abroad and here in Vancouver. Learn about how InWithForward weaves together service design, anthropology, social psychology, and transformative leadership. Hear about the limits of design. And find out how you can get involved locally. We’ve got jobs, fellowships, volunteering opportunities, and partnerships! About Sarah Sarah is a Founder of InWithForward, and its Social Impact Lead. As a sociologist, Sarah is fascinated by what makes individuals, families, and policymakers tick. She’s worked with federal, regional, and local governments in 6 countries to shift how policies are made and measured. From[masked], Sarah co-ran InWithFor and worked with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to launch 3 new social solutions including the award-winning Family by Family. From[masked], Sarah was the Youth Project Lead at Participle, one of the first social design shops in the world. She holds a Doctorate in Social Policy from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Masters of Education from Stanford University. In 2015, Sarah became a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow. This is Sarah’s fourth start-up organization. Fun facts: Sarah was once a sting agent. And she’s a mediocre tap dancer. About Charlotte A Service Designer who is certainly at your service. Charlotte is fun-loving and excited to try anything new. Just last year she finished up a social design project in India! Originally from France, her hometown is famous for having two cookie factories. Charlotte is also famous for bringing cookies from said factories. When Networking: 5:30pm to 6pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). A big thank you to our location sponsor! Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support!
- Vancouver User Experience Awards Demo Day
We're excited to host the very first Vancouver User Experience Awards Demo Day! Demo Day is an exciting opportunity to see what our finalists and sponsors have been working on. The event will feature up to 15 speakers who each get 3-5 minutes to briefly highlight a recent project, describe it's unique challenges, and share their innovative solutions. When Networking: 6:30pm to 7pm (Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre) Event start: 7pm to 8:45pm (Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre) Cost We are charging everyone $10 to attend the event to cover drinks and refreshments (make sure to arrive at 6:30 to take part!). We will run this event at a zero profit. A big thank you to our location sponsor Thank you to Microsoft Canada for hosting Demo Day! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support.