What we're about

SDXD is here to enrich the San Diego experience design community. Most members are UX research and design practitioners but we have a broad perspective. We want to bring together anyone who works in, or is simply interested by, the various experience design disciplines and techniques (UX, IxD, usability, prototyping, HCI, service design, industrial design, etc.)

Come make new connections, share ideas, learn best practices, and be inspired. Our meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome people from all fields; you do not have to be an XD professional to attend.

Upcoming events (5)

PARTNER EVENT: The Art of a Half-Decent Portfolio and How to Present It

Join our friends at Denver UX Newbies (https://www.meetup.com/Denver-UX-Newbies/) in welcoming Kian Lavi, Designer at Facebook, to present a light-hearted take on a serious topic: how do you even show off your work as a designer? Often one of the more daunting parts of getting hired is figuring out how to sell yourself and your design work. In this talk, Kian will walk us through how he frames his work at Facebook, and how you can create a compelling narrative for yourself. Whether it's to get a job or just to influence others, learning how to make a portfolio piece is never easy. This talk aims to make that process a little less painful. About the speaker: Kian is a designer, ethicist, and photographer at Facebook right now, where he works on building transparency and controls for the Privacy team. When he's not giving talks about topics he's wildly under-qualified for, he's usually out doing street photography in Oakland or petting his black cat, Raja.

COMMUNITY EVENT: 💻 Contextual Inquiry: Going Remote with an In-Person Technique

❗️Please RSVP via the link below to immediately receive the webinar Zoom link via the confirmation email (under the "Additional Information" section)❗️ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/contextual-inquiry-going-remote-with-an-in-person-technique-tickets-113292872030?ref=eios Deb Gelman will share tips and ideas for how to conduct contextual inquiry research in the age of a quarantine. About this Event As researchers, we use contextual inquiry as part of our generative-research toolbox, leveraging in-person observation to tell us about user needs, expectations, and behavior. It is an essential methodology that provides valuable insight into understanding the customers we serve. Now that we’re living in a social-distancing world, how do we make use of this key technique to help the designers in our lives create compelling experiences? This presentation will share ideas and tips for how to conduct contextual inquiry research in the age of quarantine, including collaboration tools, remote-conferencing opportunities, and ways to involve other researchers, designers, and product owners in the research process. Agenda 3:30-3:45 p.m. PDT - Introduction and announcements for UX Research and Strategy 3:45-5:00 p.m. - Presentation 5:00-5:15 p.m. - Q&A 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Break out rooms networking Speaker Deb Gelman, SVP of Experience Design at Bottle Rocket, has been creating digital experiences for global brands for over 20 years. Prior to Bottle Rocket, Deb served as the AVP of Design and User Experience at AT&T, where she led a design and research team in the development of digital products to support AT&T Business customers. Additionally, throughout her career, Deb has led UX teams at preeminent companies including Vanguard, Comcast, Nutrisystem and EPAM. Deb’s book, Design for Kids: Digital Products for Playing and Learning, was published by Rosenfeld Media in 2014. In her spare time, Deb enjoys fiber arts, spending time with her husband and daughter, and trying to cultivate a vegetable garden in this crazy north-Texas weather. Host: UX Research and Strategy - https://www.uxresearchandstrategy.com/ UX Research and Strategy is a registered 501c3 group devoted to teaching and exploring topics related to User Experience Research and Strategy. Started by three very talented ladies, Jen Blatz, Lorie Whitaker and Lauren Singer, who saw the need to address the gap in these topics in the local UX community. The hope for this group is to enrich and complement the UX Design community through knowledge sharing and partnership. Whether you are a researcher, designer, product owner, strategist, content creator, project manager, developer, technologist, marketer, customer experience pro or any other discipline, please join us. Thank you for your support!

SDXD and Tiled Present:✍🏼 Writing how it works - Get your team on the same page

How often have you collaborated with cross-functional teammates on designs, prototypes, or wireframes, only to get the question “what happens next?” or “what happens here?” It happens to all of us, especially now that most of us are working remotely. Collaboration is just that much harder (as if it wasn't challenging enough already). Things that we could previously quickly cover in a conversation now require...typing, Zoom calls, and extra notation. But there is a solution! In this interactive workshop, we’ll highlight a technique to concisely and accurately describe how your product responds to user interaction. You’ll learn about the Gherkin stories framework and pro tips to write crystal clear interaction scenarios Then you'll practice these new skills through activities and a super fun emoji app you'll want to share with your friends. ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Brian works at ServiceNow as a Product Manager for workflow automation products. Previously, he co-founded Arthur, an agency that specializes in design strategy and UX for SaaS products. Brian and his wife recently had their first daughter, Sable. Whenever Brian is not spending time with Sable, he’s always looking for new challenges. Currently, they include beach volleyball, new languages (Spanish and Esperanto), and improving at chess. He’s also a spreadsheet nerd, and recently built a “mad-lib meets choose-your-own-adventure” product to create short, unique children's stories (ask him about it). SPONSORED BY TILED Meet Tiled: a microapp platform that empowers brands to create interactive content experiences that inspire action. Deliver fully immersive brand stories to your audience and deliver real business impact — no code required, just creativity!

COMMUNITY EVENT: Testing for Information Architecture

Online event

PRESENTED BY BOULDER UI/UX: Information is the foundation of any website, app or product. To make that sound, we must conduct research to make sure that we are building the right thing to match the user’s mental models. We can no longer just work from assumptions or how product teams “want” the user to navigate the site. Research is the key to bring those worlds and perspectives together for success. -- Jen Blatz is a Lead User Experience Designer and Researcher with expertise that lends itself to any industry. Jen's path to UX started in journalism and graphic design where she learned the importance of aesthetics, organization, and catering content for the consumer. She has worked in a number of fields including finance, cloud storage, security and pet health. Jen is now at Fidelity Investments focusing on improving enterprise tools used by employees. Jen loves being active in the UX community to learn and grow while helping others do the same. She is the co-founder of the UX Research and Strategy group, a 501c3 with a local Dallas and international presence. She is the organizer of WIAD (World Information Architecture Day) Dallas, TX in 2019 and 2020, and speaker for several universities, meetups and international conferences like Convey UX, IAC (Information Architecture Conference), UX Research Insights Summit, Big Design and more.

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