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The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup

Los Angeles is home to one of the largest volunteer-run User Experience (UX) professional development organizations in the world. The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup has more than 5,300 members.

Since the organization was founded on April 21, 2007 by Lynn Boyden (http://www.linkedin.com/in/lrb23), Chris Chandler (http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrischandler), Craig Nakano and Weston Thompson (http://www.linkedin.com/in/westonthompson), over 60 events have been held for User Experience Designers, Information Architects, Interaction Designers, UX Researchers, Usability Analysts and Engineers and others interested in UX-related topics. Our events are open to the public, are usually free and range in size from small gatherings to events with 400 attendees. Some of the topics covered since 2007 have been accessibility, taxonomy, internet technology, lean UX, Customer Experience (CX), mobile design, prototyping and much more.

The group also partners with other local UX groups to put together events. A listing of the other UX organizations in the area can be found on this Quora thread.

Throughout the years, many UX professionals in the Los Angeles area have contributed substantial time and effort to grow the community. In particular, these leaders played a crucial part in the group's history:

Alberta Soranzo (http://www.linkedin.com/in/albertasoranzo/)

Alex Vejnoska (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alex-vejnoska/10/8a5/705)

Alexa Roman (http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexaroman)

Alexis Antonelli (http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisantonelli)

Amy Li (http://www.linkedin.com/in/meidesign)

Angel Anderson (http://www.linkedin.com/in/angeljanderson)

Brian Clayton (http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=155165552)

Carlos (Charlie) Salazar (http://www.linkedin.com/in/charliesalazar)

Chris Chandler (http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrischandler)

Christian Sosa-Lanz (http://www.linkedin.com/in/csosalanz)

Christopher Rider (http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjrider)

Coco Chalfant (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/coco-chalfant/0/83a/906)

Craig Nakano

Crystal Ehrlich (http://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalehrlich)

Darren Wong (http://www.linkedin.com/in/sticboy)

Grace Lau (http://www.linkedin.com/in/gracelau)

Hannah Galloway (http://www.linkedin.com/in/hgalloway)

Janette Shew (http://www.linkedin.com/in/janetteshew)

Jason Gillard (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasongillard)

Jens Jonason (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jensjonason)

Jessica DuVerneay (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicaduverneay)

Jill Strawbridge (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jillstrawbridge)

John Khuu

Jon Plummer (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jplummer)

Kathy Mirescu (http://www.linkedin.com/in/kathymirescu)

Lara Fedoroff (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lara-fedoroff/7/982/344)

Lynn Boyden (http://www.linkedin.com/in/lrb23)

Matthew Hays (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/matthew-hays/6/3a0/759)

Michael Stancato (http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelstancato)

Monique Escamilla (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/monique-escamilla/2/1b9/89b)

Noel Saw (http://www.linkedin.com/in/noelsaw)

Nuzi Barkatally

Patrick Neeman (http://www.linkedin.com/in/usabilitycounts)

Peter Maziak (http://www.linkedin.com/in/maziak)

Rajesh Sharma (http://www.linkedin.com/in/rajeshxsharma)

Sam Bloomberg-Rissmann (http://www.linkedin.com/in/sambloombergrissman)

Sarah Stern (http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahstern)

Seth Gordon (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/seth-gordon/1/6b2/26b)

Steven Diebold (http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevendiebold)

Susan Oslin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanoslinuxdesigner)

Tai Green (http://www.linkedin.com/in/taigreene)

Tim Gallati (http://www.linkedin.com/in/timgallati)

Tim Richards (http://www.linkedin.com/in/nanotim)

Weston Thompson (http://www.linkedin.com/in/westonthompson)


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Upcoming events (4)

Design Sprint Principles Workshop

BLANKSPACES - Coworking Office Space Larchmont


What will it take to compete in today’s complex, rapidly changing environment where we’re faced with an insatiable demand for innovation? Teams must be lean, agile, and human-centered, equipped with the tools to thrive in those environments. Some of the most effective tools we use today have been built on the principles of Design Sprints. Design Sprint Principles help us tackle business challenges by bringing together diverse perspectives, eliminate unnecessary conversations and remove bias to quickly build understanding, make better-informed decisions, remove risk and increase efficiency in order to create the most effective solutions and deliver the highest value to customers. In this workshop, you’ll learn the Design Sprint Principles that help you make better decisions, faster and how to engage customers to ensure a deeper understanding of their needs. – In the first half, you’ll get hands-on experience as you learn the Lightning Decision Jam process which enables you to quickly identify the highest priority problem, decide on a high-impact solution and end with clear action steps to execute in the following days. – In the second half of the workshop, you’ll learn how to craft interview questions for potential customers to help you validate your assumptions about their pain points. We’ll put this into practice by crafting questions around an existing idea and testing assumptions with the people in the room. – WHAT YOU’LL LEARN Brief intro to Design Sprints Design Sprint Principles Lightning Decision Jam process How to craft interview questions and engage with potential customers – WHO SHOULD ATTEND This workshop is for team leaders, product owners, project managers, product designers, UX designers, and engineers interested in learning the fundamentals of designed processes, how to make better decisions, faster, and how to better understand and engage customers. – ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR Maicol Parker-Chavez is a business designer and the founder of EmSprint, where he works with companies to build better products, faster through inclusion and design. He helps business leaders and teams develop the most effective products that deliver the hights value to customers by bringing diverse perspectives into product development and facilitating designed processes. – FAQs Q: Is this the same as the Design Sprint Bootcamp? A: No, the Design Sprint Bootcamp takes you through each day of the Design Sprint process so you can facilitate your own Design Sprints with your team or company. In this workshop, you’ll get a brief intro of the Design Sprint and learn foundational Design Sprint Principles along with a designed process called the Lighting Decision Jam that uses Design Sprint Principles to make better decisions, faster. Q: Do I need to be part of a team to attend this workshop? A: Teams are welcomed, but not required. We know not everyone is working in large teams and/or for large companies, so this workshop has been designed to give individuals tangible takeaways that they can apply to their current professional or personal projects. Q: Will I get teamwork experience from this workshop? A: Yes, during the Lightning Decision Jam process you’ll be grouped into teams of 4-5 (if you come with a team, you can work together) and work to define a large, ambiguous problem, decide on a high-impact solution and walk away with tangible action steps to try in the following weeks as an individual or as a team. Q: Do I need to be a designer to attend? A: Nope! If you can write words on a sticky note and care about learning the fundamentals of designed processes and how to make better decisions, faster then this workshop is for you. Q: Do I need a computer? A: This is a device-free day! LUNCH A light lunch, snacks, and drinks are included as part of the workshop fee. PARKING Please use the street meters along Larchmont or Melrose. SPECIAL THANKS to BLANKSPACES for hosting our workshop.

Figma Toolkit Workshop

BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space


You’ve read the Medium articles. You’ve heard the buzz. Come check out what Figma has to offer in our workshop via our instructor, senior Product Designer, David Randall aka DR. DR first encountered Figma..."while working in San Francisco my team was around the corner from the Figma offices and they quickly converted a few coworkers into fanboys. I was hesitant. I’d just picked up and optimized sketch, but after struggling with file management, syncing and sharing I finally took the plunge and Figma has quickly become the most indispensable tool in my arsenal." Our workshop will focus on concepts around interface design, but we’ll work our way through the full set of Figma tools. • Basic Primitives and short cuts • Typography, Styles and Style Stacking • Basic UI Creation & Spacing • Reusable Components • Vector manipulation (icon creation etc.) • Prototyping and Sharing WHY FIGMA? What jobs does Figma do that the competition doesn’t? Foremost is the cloud-first approach of course. There are no files, nothing to sync or set up, just seamless collaboration with multiple users across multiple platforms all in real time. But it’s the fit and finish of the app that really make this app something you’ll love coming back to. The UI is elegant, the performance is unbelievably snappy, and when they decide to tackle a feature they do the research and ground up reimagining to get it right. Smart selection* is a great example, something neither Sketch or Adobe figured out how to do well. *https://help.figma.com/article/189-smart-selection WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD IT? https://www.figma.com/downloads/, though of course you can just use the app in browser with no need to download anything. IS FIGMA FREE? Figma is free up to 3 projects and 2 members. After that it starts a $15-12/mo. https://www.figma.com/pricing/ WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ALREADY? Some basic understanding of graphics programs and tools like Sketch and Illustrator will certainly be helpful, but isn’t required. We encourage you to try Figma and give it a whirl before the workshop. ARE DRINKS AND SNACKS INCLUDED YES? We’ll have light snacks and a variety of drinks for our workshop students. WHERE SHOULD I PARK? We recommend the public parking structure for Santa Monica Library main branch at: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 https://goo.gl/maps/44iqHsZQMC5sY6Wm8 The entrance to the structure is off 7th street. It's a flat rate $5/day on the weekend and a lot cheaper than the parking lot across the street from Blankspaces. Also, you'll avoid the traffic jams on the street and parking lots on the 2nd/3rd street area on Saturdays. AT THE DOOR FEE We encourage everyone to register ahead of time on Meetup. If you'd like to swing by the day of the event, the fee is $65.00.

Cornelius Rachieru on Mapping Service Ecosystems (Eventbrite)

BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

RSVP here and more details: https://lauxmeetup.com/mse Want to take your stakeholder workshop facilitation skills to the next level? Learn the basics of service ecosystem mapping and how it applies to identifying and solving system-level problems in this hands-on workshop. While the increased popularity of service blueprints and customer journey maps is an encouraging sign for the proliferation of service design into the mainstream experience design toolbox, the fact remains that by themselves, they aren’t always the ideal methods when dealing with senior business stakeholders in the context of overall business discovery and strategy. The theory behind systems thinking and an approach to visualize the service ecosystem at a high level should be part of the toolkit of every design strategist. Learning the basics of facilitating ecosystem mapping exercises goes a long way towards being able to identify the role and influence a company has in its ecosystem, and to pinpoint which key parts of that ecosystem should be given strategic priority (and consequently be journey mapped/blueprinted in detail if those journeys are deemed critical). Understanding an organization's ecosystem is not (just) about visualizing and diagramming it. Being able to identify and apply the right lenses to craft a visual representation that tells a compelling story can become a key sensemaking tool in your arsenal. Q: What topics will be covered? A: The workshop will cover core concepts of systems thinking and how it differs from our traditional ways of representing and understanding complexity. In addition, the workshop will cover framing, boundary setting, and its importance in identifying the scope of an ecosystem. And, the most common types of ecosystems and a methodology for ecosystems mapping will be addressed. Q: What exercises will be done? A: Throughout the workshop, a combination of presentation, discussion, and individual and group hands-on work will be used to tackle an ecosystem of your choice. Participants will work in groups (4-6 per table) towards conceptualizing that service ecosystem map. Q: Any requirements for attending? A: This workshop is best suited for intermediate to senior designers, product managers and business leaders looking to add new techniques derived from systems thinking to their methodology toolbox. The workshop assumes some prior exposure to visual design thinking and a basic understanding of classic service design methods, though neither of those is a prerequisite. WORKSHOP OUTLINE Part I: Theory - Why is the topic important to designers? - Systems and systems thinking - Systems thinking and design ethics - What is an ecosystem? - Reviewing four UX-related ecosystem types Part II: Practice 5.0 - Mapping UX ecosystems Mapping activities include: 5.1 - Identifying primary and secondary ecosystem actors 5.2 - Drawing rich pictures of the ecosystem 5.3 - Grouping primary service clusters 5.4 - Expanding and diagramming the ecosystem 5.5 - Identifying and applying ecosystem lenses 6.0 - Further reading 7.0 - Conclusions / Questions / Discussion === ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Cornelius Rachieru is Founder and Managing Partner of Canadian UX consultancy Ampli2de Inc., where he explores his fascination with the politics of design while leading enterprise-scale experience and service design projects. Over the past 15 years, he has managed a number of large UX teams as UX practice leader at Deloitte Canada and Shaw Communications. He has consulted in a wide range of industries, from technology to financial services, healthcare, enterprise risk management, autonomous transportation and law. RSVP here and more details: https://lauxmeetup.com/mse

Designing Your Career Workshop - Extended Format

BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space


This workshop was designed for UX Designers by leaders who hire UX Designers. This is the "missing guide" to your UX Career that boot camps are not teaching you. In our Meetup group’s monthly Peer-to-Peer reviews, we see common questions arise: - Is my portfolio good enough? - How do I position my strengths? - How do I make that special connection with the hiring leader and team? - How do I figure out why I didn’t get that job? - How do I handle the stress and pressure of a job search? - What kind of mindset is constructive? In this workshop, you will answer these questions by using a Design Thinking approach. We’ll start with insights into the changing market for designers. MATCHING YOURSELF TO THE FIVE HIRING PERSONAS Then, we’ll review the 5 personas of hiring teams, from agencies and ventures to enterprises—and the different things that each team looks for in a design coworker. FINDING THE RIGHT JOB With these insights, you’ll choose your best-fit place to work, develop a readiness checklist, and outline the portfolio story you want to tell. WHO IS THIS FOR? For all job levels, from student intern to team director. WORKSHEETS & EXERCISES Based on feedback and team discussions from our previous three workshops, we'll have more worksheets and exercises to help move you further ahead. PARKING We recommend the public parking structure for Santa Monica Library main branch at: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 The entrance to the structure is off 7th street. It's a flat rate $5/day on the weekend and a lot cheaper than the parking lot across the street from Blankspaces. Also, you'll avoid the traffic jams on the street and parking lots on the 2nd/3rd street area. AT THE DOOR - DAY OF EVENT At the door registration will be $20.00. WAITLIST Unfortunately, Meetup no longer supports Wait Lists for paid events. If you'd like to be on the Wait List, please join our LAUXMeetup.com/slack group and join the #waitlist channel. On that channel, let us know your name and which event you'd like to try to get a spot on. If a spot opens up, it'll be first come first serve.

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