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Mark the wind-down of summer: join us for UX Lightning Talks!

UX Lightning Talks aims to bring Toronto’s design community together to explore and share ideas around user-centred design. This group is for anyone currently working in design or for those interested in the field. If you're are excited to learn first-hand from practitioners about the latest trends, technologies, and discoveries in this exciting field, sign up today!

How is it going to work?

Each talk will feature 10 minute presentations + 5 minutes of Q&A. We'll bring in a diverse collection inspired designers from Toronto. Every meetup will be different and unique because it's all about the amazing speakers. Our goal is to source inspired designers to share what they’re working on, new tools they are using, and exciting projects they’re building.

Speakers:

Anita Sedgwick, Director of Strategy at Havas Digital

Anita enjoys working with brands that need help growing and understanding how to take advantage of today's landscape. Anita’s career and experience has given her an opportunity to work with large and small organizations that have very complex challenges, like Usability Matters and nventive. Currently the Director of Strategy at Havas Digital, Anita is passionate about understanding consumers and solving business problems to deliver results.

Justin Kirkey, UX Lead at Synaptive Medical

Justin has worked across various fields of UX: from designing websites and apps for big brands like Jeep, Intel, and Unilever, to designing software and various UI’s for diverse clients in the safety-critical healthcare, aviation, and automotive manufacturing industries. Each industry context presents its own unique challenges to a UX designer. Maybe it’s delighting a happy shopper browsing your website, or perhaps it’s ensuring an infusion pump interface won’t allow for a tired nurse to make a calculation error when administering a dose of morphine. The funny thing is, regardless of the industry, the UX process remains pretty much constant. Know your user. Know the context of use, and test your designs: over and over and over again.

Ana Hulshof, Senior Manager of Usability and Research at Cineplex

Ana completed her PhD at the University of Brighton in the UK, where her thesis was focused on a video on demand platform for young children. She has over 10 years experience researching interaction design for websites, mobile devices, interactive TV, and video games, both in academia and industry. Now back to the VOD world, she is part of the Cineplex in-home entertainment team.

Ryan Short, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Detour UX

Ryan has designed site maps, user flows, and wireframes for some of the world’s biggest brands; created award-winning digital campaigns, and crafted mobile applications for BlackBerry, Android, and iOS platforms. Typically involved in projects from inception to deployment, Ryan plays a key role in facilitation, strategy, and interaction design with a wide array of clients. At present, Ryan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Detour UX.

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Accessibility Info:

Entrance is off King Street West, and has a short flight of stairs with railings on each side. Doors are not motorized/automatic.

The building has an elevator with a 34-inch wide doorway. The doorways to each floor are 35 inches wide.

Washrooms are available on each floor and are gendered. There are two narrow stalls in the women's washroom, and one stall and urinal in each of the men's.

Our classroom tables on the third floor are readily moveable, whereas the table arrangement on the second floor is more fixed.

Please let us know how we can accommodate you within the confines of our space.