• Partner Event: Present Yourself Craft Your First Talk and Deliver w/ Confidence

    General Assembly Santa Monica Campus

    RSVP with Women Talk Design (WTD): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/present-yourself-craft-your-first-talk-deliver-with-confidence-la-tickets-58148050384 In this workshop, we’ll provide new speakers with the framework and confidence to craft their first talk. Taught by experienced speakers and storytellers, attendees will have the chance to draft and practice their talk and produce the documentation they may need to be selected to speak at a conference. We recommend registering for both days but you can also sign up for Day 1 only. You must attend Day 1 in order to attend Day 2. DAY 1: Saturday, 5/18/19 Craft Your Talk On Day 1, we'll start with an introduction to speaking at conferences and public events. We'll then go over how to craft a compelling talk using storytelling principles. Understand how to design your talk starting with your audience and leave with an outline of a 5-minute talk. DAY 2: Saturday, 5/19/19 Deliver with Confidence Learn how to feel confident speaking on stage. You'll learn both how to prepare yourself before going on stage and what to do during your talk. You will have a lot of time to practice and get feedback. We'll end the day with final presentations. Your talk will be recorded so you have a video example, and you'll receive feedback from instructors and peers. You will leave the workshop with: -A framework for crafting a great talk -A draft of a 5-minute talk and resources on how to expand it depending on the length of talk -A video of a 5-minute speaking example -Resources for continued reading and exploration Please note: Pre-reading will be emailed to you prior to the workshop. Attendees should complete reading and come to class with a talk topic. Your homework between sessions will be to continue to work on your talk to be ready to present on Day 2. Note: Crafting slides will not be covered in this workshop. What past participants have said: "This workshop has gotten me exponentially closer to a goal I have had for nearly a decade. I can't believe I am walking away with a solid concept, outline, headshot and new community of support. Thanks" "I didn't think writing a compelling talk in 2 days would be possible, yet WTD helped me not only do that, but also helped me build the confidence to present it." "A great immersive experience. This session was an excellent lab for me to workshop by speaking ideas and speaking skills" SCHOLARSHIPS If the workshop cost is a barrier, please send an email to [masked] to request a scholarship application. Please take a moment to read through Women Talk Design's Code of Conduct before registering. By registering for this workshop, you are consenting to have photographs taken of you during the workshop, that may be used in press and marketing materials for Women Talk Design. If you would like to opt out, please let us know before the workshop. Interested in attending but not in Los Angeles, or can’t make the date? Sign up to be notified when we schedule our next workshop. ABOUT WOMEN TALK DESIGN Women Talk Design elevates brilliant talks by women and non-binary people, offerings training, events, and community for new speakers, and empowers event organizers with tools, approaches, and information to engage more diverse speakers. RSVP with Women Talk Design (WTD): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/present-yourself-craft-your-first-talk-deliver-with-confidence-la-tickets-58148050384

  • Partner Event: San Gabriel Valley UX #3 Impact of Culture on Design and Tech

    *** Remember to purchase your ticket for your RSVP to be valid: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-gabriel-valley-ux-3-impact-of-culture-on-design-and-tech-tickets-60232430822 *** This is a storytelling event. Everyone who attends will be the audience and anyone has the option of being a storyteller. If you want to tell a story of an experience you had where culture played a big impact on design or the other way around, . . . you fill out a slip with your name and drop it in a hat (it might be a bowl or bag). We'll pull names 10 times as they go.. 5 stories a small break and then 5 more. And that's the whole event. What's that? You want to really try going or speaking? Do you want to know more? The prompt is "How culture impacts design." Prepare a five-minute story about interesting design trends you've discovered on your travels or at home. How tourists and non-tourists react to American trends. Does culture matter for product design? What are the different ways in which people interact around the world? How might understanding and respecting cultural differences impact design and the technology we create? Beat the traffic and cowork at the Liferay office! Agenda: 7-7:20p Checkin + Welcome 7:20-8p Learn about our venue host: Liferay + Liferay Design 8p Stories begin 9:30p Wrap up The event will have beverages, sponsored by our host, Liferay, and kimbap from the Awoolim Kimbap Factory. This is a monthly meetup that takes place every first Tuesday evening of the month. A partnered event with the 626 Design and Product Entrepreneurs, the Los Angeles User Experience meetup and the Asian Creative Network: Los Angeles. A volunteer-led event. Lead the change you want to see in your community. Your ticket helps offset the cost of food, drinks. Bring your own Post-its and Sharpies. *** Remember to purchase your ticket for your RSVP to be valid: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-gabriel-valley-ux-3-impact-of-culture-on-design-and-tech-tickets-60232430822 ***

  • Design Sprint Principles Workshop

    Blankspaces Santa Monica

    $50.00

    As user experience professionals, we often find ourselves over-investing in our ideas without getting any feedback, which often leads to wasting time, energy and resources. Design Sprint principles give us the tools to efficiently define problems, decide on solutions and walk away with actional steps to run short experiments that help us maximize our learning loop. In the first half of this workshop, you’ll learn Design Sprint principles and how to leverage them through a Lightning Decision Jam exercise, to quickly go from an ambiguous problem to tangible and actionable next steps for you to experiment with as an individual or a team. In the second half, we'll go deeper into maximizing your learning loop by learning how to craft questions on an existing idea and testing those assumptions with the people in the room. Our goal is to make user research as accessible as possible and that begins with writing questions and talking with real people! – WHAT YOU’LL LEARN Design Sprint principles What happens in a Design Sprint week Lightning Decision Jam exercise Value of user research Maximizing your learning loop – WHO SHOULD ATTEND This workshop is for creative professionals and students interested in learning the fundamentals of the Design Sprint process and how to apply these principles in what you're working on today. – ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR Maicol Parker-Chavez is a business designer working with companies to build better solutions faster through inclusion and design. He brings together diverse perspectives across teams, company hierarchy, and customers and includes them into the product development process creating alignment, understanding, and efficiency. – FAQs Is this the same as the Official Design Sprint workshop? No, the Official Design Sprint workshop focuses on taking you through each day of the Design Sprint so that you can facilitate your own Design Sprints with your team or company. In this workshop you’ll learn about the core principles from the Design Sprint, apply them in a team setting called a Lightning Decision Jam and learn tactical tips on how to conduct basic user research. Do I need to be part of a team to attend this workshop? 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. Will I get teamwork experience from this workshop? Yes, during the Lightning Decision Jam exercise you will be grouped into teams of 4-5 and you’ll work together to define a large and ambiguous problem and walk away with tangible action steps you can try in the following weeks as an individual or as a team. Can I do anything to prepare for the workshop? All we ask is that you bring an open mind into the workshop, but if you’d like to study ahead of time, you can always visit thesprintbook.com and watch AJ&Smart’s video on the Lightning Decision Jam (https://youtu.be/33hBnZzoFAg) Do I need to be a designer to attend? Nope! If you can write words on a sticky note and care about learning how to test your ideas, then this workshop is for you. Do I need a computer? This is a device-free day, in both exercises, you'll be getting hands-on experience by writing on post-its and paper and voting on ideas with little tiny sticky dots. 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 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. SPECIAL THANKS Blankspaces for hosting our workshop.

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  • Data for Designers with Amplitude

    The Black Tux

    $15.00

    Join the Amplitude Design team for an insightful evening around data. Learn from the masters how to: - Incorporate data into your design workflow - Validate your design decisions - Measure your impact Amplitude is a leading behavioral analytics platform. Their design team not only uses data in their work every day, but is responsible for designing the most user-friendly data tool on the market. They are coming down from San Francisco to share their rich knowledge and stories from their own work. This event is not to be missed! Your ticket also pays for food and drinks. This event is part of a short series on data and design. Stay tuned for future events. SCHEDULE 6:30pm - Doors open 7:15pm - Presentation 8:30pm - Networking 9:00pm - Wrap Up SPEAKERS Tareq Ismail, Principal UX Designer @ Amplitude Ran Liu, Senior UX Designer @ Amplitude About Tareq Tareq spent far too long being a Software Engineer and then a Product Manager until he realized his true passion was in Design. Now, as a Principal UX Designer at Amplitude, he's passionate about teaching others analytics and he truly believes anyone can leverage the power of data. Previously, he led the UX team at Maluuba, a voice assistant AI company that was acquired by Microsoft, and before that he led his own start-up, Szello, that specialized in iPad apps. About Ran Ran is a data-driven product designer who creates delightful user experiences through a user-centered design process. Before joining Amplitude as a Senior UX Designer, Ran designed user experiences at Marketo and Chartboost. She holds a MS in Computer Science from University of Maryland College Park where she focused on Human Computer Interaction and Data Visualization. PARTNER GROUP Special Thanks to our amazing friends at Design + Data (Lex Roman and Louis Elfman) for helping to organize this event.

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  • Peer-to-Peer UX Design Reviews

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    $6.50

    The LAUX Meetup is excited to restart our popular Peer-to-Peer UX Design Review. We will be reviewing each other's work and providing constructive feedback. If there’s time, we'll also have an open conversation about emerging UX trends at the end of the meetup. The LAUX Meetup, which has more than 6,000 members, brings together the city’s brightest UX designers and collaborators. By regularly attending these gatherings, you'll have the opportunity to strengthen your connections within the local UX community, improve your work, learn how to conduct UX Design critiques and polish your communication skills. This event’s format is loosely based around the principles of the Agile Manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html). Please feel free to bring friends, co-workers, mentors or collaborators. Just make sure that any guests you bring to register to attend. Hope to see you there! NOTES • We will be starting at 1PM sharp. Plan to arrive at 12:50 PM or earlier. • There will be a projector for presentations. • WiFi will be available. • Don’t forget to bring your power cord and VGA adapter for connecting to the projector. • If you want to present, please mention it in the event's comment section. REQUIRED READING | UX DESIGN CRITIQUE RESOURCES Structured UX Design Critiques Google Docs: http://bit.ly/lauxcritique - which is based on the material from The Apprentice Path blog (http://www.theapprenticepath.com/) by Lane Halley. WHY SHOULD DESIGNERS OF ALL LEVELS ESP. SENIOR DESIGNERS PARTICIPATE? We recently asked two Senior Level Designers for their feedback on this event and they shared with us some of their thoughts. David Randall said, “I really enjoyed being able to connect with and mentor younger designers, learn what new skills and practices they being taught, and get feedback from fresh eyes." Terry Rib said, "It’s a great opportunity for venture founders and team leaders to see LA's new talent, to learn from leading edge case studies, and to give back by participating in peer-to-peer reviews. The event team facilitated a wonderful session that includes time to network, learn, and contribute." 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 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. FOOD & BEVERAGE SPONSOR - TBD Interested in covering the cost of food and beverages for the UX professionals attending this gathering? If so, please email us at [masked]. SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS MONTH Please note that this Month's event happens on a Sunday. (We will resume our normal day - Saturday in March.)

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  • Partner Event: Women Talk Design - Design Your Talk Topic

    RSVP with Women Talk Design (WTD): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-your-talk-topic-los-angeles-tickets-57844724127 Women Talk Design is on a mission to see diverse speakers on stage, and we want to help you design your talk topic. We're excited to partner with LAUX and Hexagon UX LA on this workshop! Do you want to start speaking at conferences? Maybe public speaking terrifies you but you know it’s good for your career. But where do you start? You have a lot of ideas, but what are you actually qualified to speak about? Join us for a workshop to learn how to get started. You'll get practice identifying: - Your personal ‘why’ - Your audience - What topics you can speak about - Walk away with ideas you can start building into a talk! 6:30 - 7:00 - Networking 7:00 - 8:50 - Workshop 8:50 - 9:00 - Closing Time ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR Jill DaSilva Jill is a Global User Experience Strategist, Educator, Mentor, Speaker, and Consultant. In addition to being the Head of UX Strategy and CEO of Digital Karma, Jill also serves as an IxD Advisory Board Member for Santa Monica College and served as the Lead UXDI Instructor + Global Education Strategy Team Member at General Assembly. Jill began programming when she was 8 years old and has been designing digital experiences since the early 2000’s. Jill is a serial entrepreneur and thrives on creative collaboration and solving design challenges. Jill was also voted one of 50 LA tech CEOs, founders, executives, hackers, & investors you must follow on Twitter. She tweets at @dasilva_jill. Women Talk Design workshops are intended to give women and non-binary people in design and tech the framework and space to become a more confident public speaker. Please take a moment to read through Women Talk Design's Code of Conduct before registering. By registering for this event, you recognize that photographs will be taken during the event, that may be used in press and marketing materials for Women Talk Design. If you would like to opt out, please let the registration desk know when you check in or send us an email at [masked]. RSVP with Women Talk Design (WTD): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-your-talk-topic-los-angeles-tickets-57844724127

  • Design Impact Case Study: Box full of hopes and STEM programs

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    $6.50

    How design helped bring STEM programs to 12,000 kids in SoCal Swapna Kulkarni, Founder Hopscotch and Doodles will share her journey as both a UX Designer and social entrepreneur. Her case study will provide insights on how she designed STEM programs in a Box for the LA county Library on a shoestring budget and part time endeavor. As part of the event, you will also get to participate in a fun and hands-on activity that she uses to teach User Centered Design to kids. Believe it or not but designing like kids can teach us all some new tricks! We’ll wrap the evening with an audience feedback plus a Q&A session as we learn how to make a difference in our communities through the lenses of Social Entrepreneurship and Design.

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  • Peer-to-Peer UX Design Reviews

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    $6.50

    The LAUX Meetup is excited to restart our popular Peer-to-Peer UX Design Review. We will be reviewing each other's work and providing constructive feedback. If there’s time, we'll also have an open conversation about emerging UX trends at the end of the meetup. The LAUX Meetup, which has more than 6,000 members, brings together the city’s brightest UX designers and collaborators. By regularly attending these gatherings, you'll have the opportunity to strengthen your connections within the local UX community, improve your work, learn how to conduct UX Design critiques and polish your communication skills. This event’s format is loosely based around the principles of the Agile Manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html). SPECIAL GUEST & TOPIC FOR THIS MONTH In addition to our Peer to Peer review, we often have a special guest who covers upcoming trends in UX Design for a 10-15 min. lightning talk. Please feel free to bring friends, co-workers, mentors or collaborators. Just make sure that any guests you bring register to attend. Hope to see you there! NOTES • We will be starting at 1PM sharp. Plan to arrive at 12:50 PM or earlier. • There will be a projector for presentations. • WiFi will be available. • Don’t forget to bring your power cord and VGA adapter for connecting to the projector. • If you want to present, please mention it in the event's comment section. REQUIRED READING | UX DESIGN CRITIQUE RESOURCES Structured UX Design Critiques Google Docs: http://bit.ly/lauxcritique - which is based on the material from The Apprentice Path blog (http://www.theapprenticepath.com/) by Lane Halley. WHY SHOULD DESIGNERS OF ALL LEVELS ESP. SENIOR DESIGNERS PARTICIPATE? We recently asked two Senior Level Designers for their feedback on this event and they shared with us some of their thoughts. David Randall said, “I really enjoyed being able to connect with and mentor younger designers, learn what new skills and practices they being taught, and get feedback from fresh eyes." Terry Rib said, "It’s a great opportunity for venture founders and team leaders to see LA's new talent, to learn from leading edge case studies, and to give back by participating in peer-to-peer reviews. The event team facilitated a wonderful session that includes time to network, learn, and contribute." SPONSOR Special thanks to the Convey UX 2019 Conference, which will take place on March 3 in Seattle. Learn more: https://conveyux.com/ 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 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. FOOD & BEVERAGE SPONSOR - TBD Interested in covering the cost of food and beverages for the UX professionals attending this gathering? If so, please email us at [masked]. SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS MONTH Please note that this Month's event happens on a Sunday. (We will resume our normal day - Saturday in March.)

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  • Fireside Chat: Applying UX to the Inner Workings of an Org

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    $6.50

    LAUX’s 2019 #DesignImpact series will be all about exploring ways to apply UX design principles in broader contexts, and in turn, uncovering creative ways to approach your work. This month’s session will be facilitated by Jane Garza of NOBL, an organizational design consultancy on a mission to eliminate dysfunction at work. Join us to dive into a conversation on how UX can be applied to the inner workings of an organization, specifically around the collaboration and navigating resistance to change. First, you’ll hear real-life business scenarios through a fireside chat with professionals working in UX, then we’ll work together through a short activity to help you learn and practice a new way of approaching these challenges in the future. Panelists: - Brian Clayton Experience, Director at Mainstay Interactive - Maicol Parker-Chavez, Business Designer & Design Sprint Facilitator at EmSprint - Nikki Thayer, Senior Designer at Carbon Five About NOBL NOBL (pronounced no-bell) was founded in 2014. Today, we operate from LA, NYC, London, and Vancouver. We have supported clients on five continents and across two-dozen industries. Our teams are a potent mix of organizational psychologists, change management practitioners, strategists, and service designers. Our vision is to improve work and culture for more than a million people before we are ten years old.

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  • Community Gathering in Honor of Jessica Brown

    Kluge Interactive

    As some of you may know, we lost our dear friend Jessica Brown recently. Jessica was a LAUX Organizer and Volunteer in addition to being a designer and our friend. We are deeply saddened by her passing. We wanted to provide a space to honor her and allow the community to heal from this devastating loss. We will be gathering at Kluge on Friday, March 1 from 7-9pm in Jessica's honor. Our theme is belonging. Please join us to celebrate Jessica's life and contributions to our design community. The evening will include: Art Sharing Please feel free to bring a poem, an instrument, a piece of art, a piece of writing, a craft, anything you like to share passively or actively with the group. Wall of support We'll write notes of support for Jessica, her family and for each other. Conversation This event will be largely unstructured. There will be plenty of time for conversing with one another. Interactive Live Feed We'll have some friends joining us from outside LA. Join us remotely using this link: 1.) Conference Style - https://zoom.us/j/350393565 2.) YouTube Live Stream - https://lauxmeetup.com/live Since this is a community event, we'd love your support with food and drinks. Please either Venmo @lex-roman ($5.00 is enough and be sure to say "LAUX" in the subject) OR bring something to share with everyone. Thank you in advance for helping us keep this low cost. Hashtags: #jsscbrwn @LAUXmeetup View the lovely tweets about how Jessica is so very missed. https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=jsscbrwn&lang=en

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