• Creating Mirrors: Representation, Self-love, and Black Influence in UX Content

    As content strategists and content designers, we step up to the task of reflecting the people who use our products. But as Black content professionals, we also need to see ourselves reflected—in our industries, in our products, and in our communities. In Creating Mirrors: Representation, Self-love, and Black Influence in UX Content, we’ll talk to a panel of Black content professionals about equity, inclusion, belonging, and craft. Our panelists will open a window into their experiences in design and technology, from their first steps to their current roles. They’ll talk to us about where they see themselves in the design world now and in the future. And most importantly, we hope they’ll be a mirror for other Black content professionals and a reminder that they belong. NOTE: There's no fee for this event, but we suggest making a donation to Inneract Project: https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/41qvld9aoi6z Our panel includes: JORDAN CRAIG Jordan Craig leads the Product Content Strategy team at Twitter. She specializes in leading well-planned and holistic campaigns. She is skilled in content strategy, traditional and digital marketing, and sales. She brings special expertise in crafting voice and tone style guides, brand guidelines and scaling content strategy practices. She has provided strategic direction to Twitter as well as numerous non-profits and associations such as Pan American Health Organization, Public Broadcasting Service and Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. ALEXIS FOSTER Alexis is a Senior Content Designer at PayPal in San Jose. She hails from Tennessee and lived in Atlanta, GA before relocating to the best coast. Prior to PayPal, Alexis explored PR, photography and customer insights as a social media manager and ultimately landed in fin-tech after earning her UX Certification from General Assembly. At PayPal, she enjoys being a voice for the underrepresented and living out our mission to bridge the money gap between all users no matter where, or what place in life, they are. OSAS OBAIZA Osas is currently a content strategist at Facebook, focused on bringing the utility of Facebook’s small business ads and products to light. His time in content strategy has mostly been focused on small business success, and he hopes to bring more and more companies lacking traditional opportunities into the spotlight. ALADRIAN GOODS Aladrian is a Content Designer at Intuit who partners with designers across product and marketing teams to ensure content is clear, concise, and consistent throughout Intuit’s professional tax products. Prior to Intuit, Aladrian served in various marketing and customer success roles for tech start-ups and corporations like Toyota and earned her UX Design Certification at CareerFoundry to transition back into tech. When not working she cheers for the Lakers, DJs virtual happy hours, and is a successful plant mom. NATALIE DUNBAR Natalie is a UX Enterprise Content Strategist, freelance writer, frequent speaker, and creator of engaging content experiences. Natalie has worked with UX and visual designers to create award-winning digital experiences for a client roster including the FDA, Center for Tobacco Products, USDA-APHIS, and UCLA Extension. She’s an active member of Women Talk Design, and regularly writes about content strategy, careers, mentorship on a freelance basis for ClearVoice, Fairygodboss, and LinkedIn. MODERATOR: BRIA HUNTER Bria (she/her) is a product content strategist at Messenger, focused on making it easy for people to connect with their friends and loved ones even when they’re not together in person. She’s passionate about designing simple and emotionally resonant experiences using words and information architecture. She believes that finding the right words is an exercise in storytelling, design, and creativity. But more than anything, it's an exercise in understanding your audience.

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  • Building your UX Career Path

    Online event

    $3.00

    *Agenda* 0:00 - 3:00 - Welcome & Announcements 3:01 - 5:00 - Introduction/About Jim 5:01 to 45:00 - Main Talk 45:01 to 60:00 - Q&A Tonight we will take a look at what they don’t teach you in General Assembly. Jim Williams has a twenty plus year perspective on the ever-changing world of UX. He will be talking about how to turn your job into a career, how to keep your work fresh, stay motivated and provide greater value for your clients. and how to keep on top of your UX game. This session is for anyone: Looking to get started on a career in UX A few years into your career and wondering what next That has reached a plateau in their UX career Wanting to become re-excited about working in UX This talk will focus on: How to start thinking beyond your current job to your what your long-term career in UX might look like Ways of approaching you work that will improve your skills, your portfolio and make your clients happy What goes into a portfolio that will get attract the attention of recruiters and hiring managers Speaker Bio Jim Williams is an accomplished UX professional with more than 20 years of experience. He enjoys combining data-driven insight, with an understanding of human psychology and a passion for highly usable, functional design to shape behavior, inspire excitement and achieve results. Much of his work for the last five years has been focused on helping patients and customers achieve greater health and wellness. Passionate about education, Jim has been inspiring the next generation of creative technologists by teaching seminars and master classes at many institutions including Tufts University, Boston University, School of Visual Arts-New York, and the VCU-Brand Center. He is currently the User Research Lead for Ventera, a business technology consulting firm located just outside of Washington DC in Reston, Virginia.

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  • Customer/User Journey Mapping Overview

    Online event

    Join us for a 1 hour primer on Customer/User Journey Mapping (CJM) on an early Friday morning. RSVP to get the remote webinar invite link. Important note: This will be a webinar broadcasted from an in-person event held at Coworking office on the east coast, so we apologize for any audio issues and inability to ask questions. If there is demand, we'll do a webinar only specific event for the LAUX Meetup group members in the future. The goal of a CJM to understand your user's point of view – what that user/customer is feeling, wanting, or doing – and then use those insights to identify opportunities for improvement, reducing friction and maximizing acquisition + retention. Customer journey mapping can make it easier for designs and product managers to assess and adapt the experience perceived by the customer as opposed to only measuring the current success of customer interactions.

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  • We’ll Talk: UX (from home): Happy Hour Edition

    Online event

    Hello there! We are VERY excited to announce our new partnership with LAUX!! *** To attend, you must RSVP on Eventbrite - HERE*** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/well-talk-ux-from-home-happy-hour-edition-tickets-105603394596 -------------------------- Tired of Zoom yet? Well, we hope NOT because "We’ll Talk: UX” is finally joining the revolution! This is our first stab at doing it this way and although we’ve made a few modifications to the format, we’re sure it’ll work out just fine, and we’re very excited to see how it goes. So please JOIN US for a "virtual happy hour" on ZOOM as we discuss your projects in need of feedback. For those unfamiliar with "We’ll Talk: UX” we are a peer-to-peer discussion group designed to build and strengthen the UX community through mentorship and project sharing. We operate primarily out of North East Los Angeles (NELA) where we provide a safe, casual setting for UX/Product Designers, Developers and Project Managers to come together and present current, on-going, or new projects/products they are working on. No matter what stage it’s in, work-related or side hustle, a “community of strangers” will act as your own private "design team” to critique, evaluate, discuss and give solid feedback to help the project out. These discussions help presenters talk through, learn, and later iterate whatever issue(s) they might have with their site, app, etc… It’s not a “show and tell” but a place to get real actionable help, to get back on track, or just headed in the right direction. It’s a serious time but meant to be fun as well. **Schedule** 4:00 PM – Greetings / Show off our respective beverages (The most extravagant one wins) 4:10 PM – Kick off and Announcements 4:20 PM – Project sharing / discussion 4:55 PM – Wrap up We will send out the ZOOM link the day of to those who RSVP on Eventbrite. Thanks!! Jessica and Mike *** To attend, you must RSVP on Eventbrite - HERE*** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/well-talk-ux-from-home-happy-hour-edition-tickets-105603394596

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  • Webinar: Remote User Research: Common Constraints and What To Do About Them

    Please join us for a Partner Event with Shane Close (Bio below) this upcoming Wednesday *morning.* RSVP on Eventbrite to get webinar link: https://bit.ly/lauxuserresearch NOTE: This webinar will start at 9 AM (morning) Pacific Time / 12 noon ET. COVID-19 has introduced a great deal of uncertainty for startups, but that doesn't mean you can't gain valuable insights into users, their behaviors, needs and pain-points. Remote user research is no longer a difficult process or barrier to learning as it once was. Technology coupled with tried and tested methodology has made remote user research and testing more effective than ever before. In this short webinar, Shane Close will cover some of the more common tools and methods that help product teams understand their users, prioritize, and ultimately build better products. TOPICS COVERED Common User Research Constraints No physical access to users No access to actual users Remote User Research Methods and Tools Qualitative and Quantitative Data Moderated Testing Unmoderated Testing Interviews Focus Groups Surveys Analytics data and analysis Guerilla Research ABOUT THE SPEAKER Shane Close has worked in software and application design for over two decades, primarily in startups and large financial corporations. Currently, he is UCD Lead and Product Owner at Ventera Corporation, where he serves a team of 16 designers and researchers on a SAFe Agile project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. RSVP on Eventbrite to get webinar link for day of event: https://bit.ly/lauxuserresearch NOTE: This webinar will start at 9 AM (morning) Pacific Time / 12 noon ET.

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  • UXPALA Webinar: Getting a UX Job - Building a Case Study From Scratch

    *** RSVP ON EVENTBRITE *** https://tr.im/CC04MULAUX --- 15% DISCOUNT CODE: CV1915P ## CASE STUDY REVIEW #04 - ENTERPRISE PRODUCT We're taking an 11-page densely written Google doc of a Case Study and transforming it into a Web-ready presentation! In this webinar, we show you a case study, critique it and then SHOW YOU the AFTER with notes about how and why changes were made - focusing on usability and readability. _____________________________________________ ## Want your case study considered for a future webinar in this series? Submit here! http://bit.ly/37xp6h7 ____________________________________________ ## EPISODE GUEST: Nathalie Perez https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathalieprz/ Nathalie Perez is a multilingual UX/UI Designer and data-driven consumer advocate, passionate about the future and emerging technologies. She is a UX Strategist and UX creative risk-taker with a background in Advertising and Set Design for films and photo shoots. Nathalie focuses on balance between user experience and business needs through an iterative process and loves putting users needs first. Nathalie also finds she mixes physical and digital products in her passion of user experience as she finds both worlds better connect between people and everyday things. Nathalie Perez Web https://www.nathalie.world/ ## HOSTS ## MARCELLA MISSIRIAN - PRESIDENT OF UXPALA Marcella is a UX Leader, Community Leader, Entrepreneur, UX Designer, Visual Designer, Teacher, Mentor and Coach. Marcella has worked in everything from consumer/tech to entertainment and gaming to startups on both the digital and physical products and services. Marcella now offers UX and Career Coaching services like case study and resume writing, portfolio and website feedback, interview prep and techniques, salary negotiation and much more. Let's work together! UX Coaching http://bit.ly/3aPO5OL Marcella is the President of UXPA, Los Angeles Chapter, and CEO/Founder of Marcella Creative Inc. Connect with me - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcellamissirian/ https://twitter.com/Marcella_UX ____________________________________________________________________ # WHO SHOULD ATTEND - ## ANYONE ALREADY WORKING IN, THINKING ABOUT TRANSITIONING OR SEEKING A JOB IN: • UX, UI, Product Design, IXd, Motion, Visual Design • UX Researchers • UX Writers • Interactive/Interaction Designers This event is open and relevant to anyone interested in forward thinking future design ____________________________________________________________________ SCHEDULE 10:00 - Intro and overview 10:05 - Case Study Review and Feedback 10:45 - Your Questions 10:58 - Raffle ____________________________________________________________________ ## PARTNERS: ## MARCELLA MISSIRIAN - CAREER COACH https://marcellacreative.com/ux-coach/ ## CAREER COACH SERVICES: Just graduated from a boot camp or intensive program? Looking to get into the UX field and unsure of where to start? Want coaching on how to improve your resume and interview skills? Want to know what holes you have in your training that you should fill? Want to grow in your current role? Sign up for a free 20 minute intro session and see where you can go! ## ADOBE AND ADOBEXD - DESIGN TOOLING REIMAGINED https://www.adobe.com/products/xd.html ## AIRTABLE https://airtable.com/ ____________________________________________________________________ By registering for this event, you are agreeing to UXPALA's Community Terms of Use.

  • UX and Tech Mixer + Happy Hour Santa Monica (Canceled)

    The Dudes' Brewing Co. (Santa Monica, CA)

    UPDATE: After careful consideration with our Leadership Team, this mixer event is unfortunately canceled due to public health concerns. Join us for our second Los Angeles User Experience Meetup event of the year in collaboration with our friends at UXPA LA. For our second event, we'll have a light round of "Tech Trivia." You don’t have to be a hardcore techie to join! This trivia is not technical, but more about trends like “Who is the father of UX?” or “What year was the iPhone created?” or “What was the codename of the iPad?” Bring a friend to join but this trivia contest will be individual. (We might introduce the ideas of teams later). Prizes include swag (hats and more) from the Dudes. In addition to UX Designers, we're inviting other tech groups so we'll have developers, marketing/social media, and entrepreneurs there too. Our host venue will be The Dudes Brewery at the Santa Monica Place mall so parking is easy peasy. They're located on the 3rd floor - you can't miss it! ## The Dudes Brewery at the Santa Monica Place https://www.thedudesbrew.com/santa-monica Located just blocks from the water on Level 3 of Santa Monica Place. Our bar offers 27 delicious Dudes’ Brews on tap, including your staple favorites, plus a selection of seasonal and experimental beers, we also offer a selection of rotating wine and cider. Our scratch kitchen provides tasty pairings to the beer including Neapolitan style pizza with a California twist, fresh salads and an extensive small bites menu. ## ** 21 YEARS AND OLDER TO DRINK AT THE DUDES BREWERY ** ## Most bars in Santa Monica card/ask for ID to verify if you're 21 or older. That said, The Dudes Brewery has a children's menu. If you are UNDER 21 -- please act responsibly and in accordance with state laws. UPDATE: After careful consideration with our Leadership Team, this mixer event is unfortunately canceled due to public health concerns.

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  • Career Club Webinar #03: Career Questions & Case Study Review

    *** RSVP ON EVENTBRITE *** https://tr.im/MULAUX ## UXPALA CAREER CLUB WEBINARS - Career Questions & Case Study Review Webinar #03 ## CASE STUDY REVIEW Do your case studies accurately reflect what you really did? Your thought process and decision making? Do you feel like you’ve accomplished little to nothing in the past year, or you've done so much you don't know where to start in reflecting that in your resume and portfolio? Apply for jobs and never hear back? In this webinar, we show you a case study, critique it and then SHOW YOU the AFTER with notes about how and why changes were made - focusing on usability and readability. ## CAREER QUESTIONS: We're welcoming a special guest to tell us about what the interview process is like at their company! ## Want your case study considered for a future webinar in this series? Submit here! http://bit.ly/37xp6h7 ## HOSTS ## MARCELLA MISSIRIAN - PRESIDENT OF UXPALA UX Leader, Community Leader, Entrepreneur, UX Designer, Visual Designer, Teacher, Mentor and Coach. Marcella has worked in everything from consumer/tech to entertainment and gaming to startups on both the digital and physical products and services. Marcella offer coaching services such as case study and resume writing, portfolio and website feedback, interview prep and techniques, salary negotiation and much more. UX Coaching http://bit.ly/3aPO5OL Marcella is the President of UXPA, Los Angeles Chapter, and CEO/Founder of Marcella Creative Inc. Connect with me - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcellamissirian/ https://twitter.com/Marcella_UX ## ALICE Z. LIU - UXPALA Content Strategy/Co-producter Career Club Alice Z. Liu is a UX and UI designer who is passionate about incorporating latest technologies to create a seamless experience for the every-day user. She also loves imagining a fictional world where UX and UI Design exists to not only solve problems but also ask challenging questions. When Alice not working, she's drawing, playing games, shooting pictures on her film cameras, or knitting. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliceliudesigns/ ____________________________________________________________________ ## EPISODE GUEST: TBD ____________________________________________________________________ # WHO SHOULD ATTEND - ## ANYONE ALREADY WORKING IN, THINKING ABOUT TRANSITIONING OR SEEKING A JOB IN: • UX, UI, Product Design, IXd, Motion, Visual Design • HFE, HCI, UX Researchers • Enterprise Designers • UX Writers, Producers, IA's • Back and Front End Devs • Interactive/Interaction Designers • Product and Product Managers • Project managers • Directors, VP's C-Level This event is open and relevant to anyone interested in forward thinking future design ____________________________________________________________________ SCHEDULE 10:00 - Intro and overview 10:05 - Case Study Review and Feedback 10:30 - Applying to a job with a direct link 10:45 - Your Questions 10:58 - Raffle ____________________________________________________________________ ## PARTNERS: ## MARCELLA MISSIRIAN - CAREER COACH https://marcellacreative.com/ux-coach/ ## CAREER COACH SERVICES: Just graduated from a boot camp or intensive program? Looking to get into the UX field and unsure of where to start? Want coaching on how to improve your resume and interview skills? Want to know what holes you have in your training that you should fill? Want to grow in your current role? These are just some of the types of things we can work on together! Sign up for a free 20 minute intro session and see where you can go! ## ADOBE AND ADOBEXD - DESIGN TOOLING REIMAGINED https://www.adobe.com/products/xd.html ## AIRTABLE https://airtable.com/ ____________________________________________________________________ Tickets are required for this event and walk-ups are not permitted. Space is limited, so register now. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to UXPALA's Community Terms of Use.

  • Partner Event: Getting the Tone Right: Voice & Tone in Content Experiences

    Tickets available now! Reserve your spot with Content Strategy LA: http://bit.ly/Voice-LA Careful attention to voice and tone is key to effective content and design. Join us at IndieDesk in downtown Los Angeles for an evening of speakers from Credit Karma and Netflix, as well as the author of the just-published Voice and Tone Strategy: Connecting with People Through Content. Speakers: * John Caldwell, Content Design Strategist and author of Voice and Tone Strategy: Connecting with People Through Content John Caldwell is an established content strategist in the field of software design, including software as a service and marketing. His book Voice and Tone Strategy: Connecting with People Through Content provides the building blocks and frameworks content creators can use to win the game with meaningful content. * Oz Chen, Senior UX Writer at Credit Karma Oz is a UX Writer who lucked into the profession through the circuitous routes of business, blogging, product design and content strategy. He created UXBeginner.com to help people switch into UX. * Emily Atwater, UX Content Designer at Netflix Emily started her career as an art librarian in New York before discovering Content Strategy through an internship at the digital agency, Huge. From there she went on to work on the ad platform at Facebook, attempting to clarify the complex system of ad optimization. These days she is fighting the war on jargon, specifically within the entertainment industry, focusing on the tools Netflix is building for its productions and studio teams. Special thanks to our sponsor, Qordoba! Qordoba is an AI writing assistant for businesses. What makes it powerful is the style guide platform behind it. You can customize writing guidelines unique to your brand, and help everyone at your company write with the same style, terminology, and brand voice. Don't miss this event! Register by February 24 with Content Strategy LA: http://bit.ly/Voice-LA

  • UX and Tech Mixer + Happy Hour Santa Monica

    The Dudes' Brewing Co. (Santa Monica, CA)

    **** RSVP on EVENTBRITE **** http://bit.ly/2ujQrFp Join us for our first Los Angeles User Experience Meetup event of the year in collaboration with our friends at UXPA LA. There's no particular topic for the evening. The focus will be on you; our members and letting everyone catch up from the holidays in this new year. Let's chat about tech & UX industry trends, your goals are and how we can support our colleagues in reaching new milestones this year! In addition to UX Designers, we're inviting other tech groups so we'll have developers, marketing/social media, and entrepreneurs there too. Our host venue will be The Dudes Brewery at the Santa Monica Place mall so parking is easy peasy. They're located on the 3rd floor - you can't miss it! ## The Dudes Brewery at the Santa Monica Place https://www.thedudesbrew.com/santa-monica Located just blocks from the water on Level 3 of Santa Monica Place. Our bar offers 27 delicious Dudes’ Brews on tap, including your staple favorites, plus a selection of seasonal and experimental beers, we also offer a selection of rotating wine and cider. Our scratch kitchen provides tasty pairings to the beer including Neapolitan style pizza with a California twist, fresh salads and an extensive small bites menu. ## ** 21 YEARS AND OLDER TO DRINK AT THE DUDES BREWERY ** ## Most bars in Santa Monica card/ask for ID to verify if you're 21 or older. That said, The Dudes Brewery has a children's menu. If you are UNDER 21 -- please act responsibly and in accordance with state laws. **** RSVP on EVENTBRITE **** http://bit.ly/2ujQrFp

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