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Hello WordPress Users :-)
Hope you all well.
This time around we'll have two exciting talks :-)
If you have missed our first few events, don't despair. You can find the slides of what we covered so far here http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/files/
A beginners guide to web accessibility by Graham Armfield. A presentation covering the definition of what web accessibility is, why it's important, what you can do about it, and when to think about it.
Graham Armfield is a Web Accessibility Consultant with his own company Coolfields Consulting. He works with organisations to help them improve the accessibility of their websites - by testing the websites for accessibility, and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He's also a WordPress developer, and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients. He's an active member of the Make WordPress Accessible Team and has spoken on accessibility to many WordCamps and other WordPress meetups.
Please don't forget to bring your own laptop along, WiFi available.
In the second half I'll have Nudging Good User Experiences Along Using WordPress by Tricia Okin.
Everyone keeps throwing around the term “UX” (user experience) like a new buzz word that can fix anything. HINT: You can only fix what you know about at any given time. A component of crafting a good user experience is tuning in to what people need from you and delivering it well. Thankfully, WordPress is already a great platform to do so, but we can go a bit further in helping our users along their happy paths. We also need to realize that people don’t just experience digital platforms only on desktop or mobile anymore. It’s most likely a combination of 2 - 4 different platforms: mobile, desktop, tablet & possibly kiosk. We’ll take a look at the multichannel experience and how people really use technology.
What we'll cover:
- A basic overview of user experience in everyday life both digital and analogue.
- Look at key principles to consider when designing and developing a holistic experience for people
- Review a user's journey and key pain points that can arise
- Look at the multi-screen experience that most people have throughout the day.
- Plug-ins that can help smoothen it out for people visiting your site.
- We can take a look at few member's sites for critique if we have time as well.
About Tricia Okin: I love learning about people, cultures, languages and why people do the things they do. I’m constantly searching for the “Why?” in a scenario. With all that, my primary love is designing (for) online communities, to connect people to others and to share in storytelling and their histories. In my spare time, I travel to experience new places and people. My work includes clients who extend across multiple industry verticals, including education, nonprofit organizations, entertainment, tech, and food & lifestyle. I'm currently a lead instructor for generalassemb.ly's User Experience Design Immersive course in both the London and New York city campuses.
Of course there will also be plenty of time for you to ask questions and network with all other WordPress users.
6:30pm – Sign-in and pizza
7:00pm – Welcome and news
7:15pm – A beginners guide to web accessibility by Graham Armfield
8:00pm – 15 minute break
8:15pm – Nudging Good User Experiences Along Using WordPress by Tricia Okin.
9:00pm – Wrap up and conclusion
The event will be held at the Hub Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, Westminster, London, SW1Y 4TE, which is conveniently located between Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
One of us will welcome you on the ground floor where you'll be asked to sign in and collect your pass. Please wear your pass at all times since we are part of a government building. Then make your way to the 1st floor via the lift (not the stairs, those lead to Narnia) and then follow the signs to the Strategy lab.
If you have any questions, here are two forums that can help you out. One About Meetups Discussion http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/messages/boards/forum/9788972 and one for WordPress Support & Help http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/messages/boards/forum/19803502
Last but not least, we are building some resources for you to consume, help yourself here under the "Table of Contents" http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/about/
Look forward to seeing you soon.
PS: If you sign up and then you can't make it to the event, please make sure you change your RSVP to let others on the waiting list to attend. We will keep a record of whose of you that will prevent others from taking part and we reserve the right to deny you access to future events, sorry.