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Anti Patterns in User Experience Design

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Let’s face it, as designers we've all been guilty of carelessly adopting popular usability and design conventions from time to time. Usually, we get the benefit of someone else’s thoughtfulness and research - no effort required. Unfortunately, popular solutions to user interface problems are sometimes actually counterproductive.

In this session, Michael Boeke ( will be discussing user interface antipatterns - design conventions that appear to be good solutions at first, but actually end up hampering usability. We’ll look at a number of real life antipatterns collected from around the web, and explore some better approaches. Hopefully, we’ll all walk out with a few new items in our design toolkit, and an increased awareness (and wariness) of design conventions.

Michael Boeke ( is a designer, product guy, and startup veteran, who currently designs and manages products at online payments company Braintree ( He focuses on applying design thinking and modern technology to shake-up traditional (and boring) industries. Prior to Braintree (, Michael launched the first web-based CRM and accounting platforms for hedge funds at Backstop ( Previous to that, he launched the CarePages ( social support platform for hospital patients, which is now part of the Everyday Health ( network.

Michael lives, works, and runs countless miles in the wonderful city of Chicago. He writes about product design and start-up life at ( and on Twitter @mvboeke (

Doors open at 5:45 pm with presentation starting at 6:15 pm. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and networking after Michael's presentation.

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