• Career Guide: Career Paths in User Experience Design

    Online event

    🗺️ The variety and quantity of UX career paths can be overwhelming and confusing. SDXD and GA are bringing you a panel of UX professionals to talk about various career paths and top skills needed to succeed. Join us, bring your questions, and hear an overview of the UX career paths landscape.

    🚨 Register for event here >>> https://generalassemb.ly/education/career-guide-career-paths-in-user-experience-design/san-diego/196392

    ✋ Submit questions for the panelists in the SDXD Slack group >>>

    Who should join:
    Whether you are just starting in UX or are an experienced UX professional trying to take your career to the next level, this event is for you.

    You will hear about roles such as:
    - UX Designer
    - Product Designer
    - UX Researcher
    - UX Strategist

    About the speakers:

    🎓 Kavita Appachu
    Principal, Moves The Needle | Board Member UX Speakeasy
    Kavita Appachu (@kappachu) is a product + user experience leader and growth leadership coach who works with organizations to elevate the practice of customer-centric collaboration to drive transformation. As a Principal at Moves The Needle, she consults with organizations of all sizes to address growth challenges by building internal capability and new leadership skills to transform company culture toward continuous innovation. She has helped unlock the entrepreneurial spirit of teams and leaders at organizations including Intuit, Cox Automotive Media, AARP, Roche, and Procter & Gamble by coaching them to embrace change, understand the importance of risk-taking, and create solutions that create value for the business and customers. She also co-hosts the podcast SHIFT, interviewing leaders that are making an impact on the front lines of transformation so that others can be inspired to do the same.

    She is committed to addressing the gender gap in organizations, focusing on the broken rung -- the first step up for women to becoming a people leader -- by facilitating open conversations to surface implicit biases.

    🎓 Daniel Huss
    CEO + Founder, Gravity AI
    Daniel is a product scientist, with a ridiculous bias to action and an unflappable belief that meaty problems can be solved through repeatable processes and a dash of grit. He's run multiple businesses, built diverse interdisciplinary teams of designers, data scientists, financial experts and engineers. He's launched successful AI products at huge organizations, and lectured in front of crowds of thousands. His new venture, gravityAI, dramatically accelerates the ability for enterprise companies to source, procure, and integrate AI solutions.

    🎓 Ali Hussain
    SVP, Head of User Experience & Design, American Specialty Health
    Ali is a digital intrapreneur and design thinking evangelist with 20+ years of executive leadership experience at global enterprises like Citibank, Monster, and AOL. Ali is passionate about creating and maintaining a culture of trust, optimism and progress. He has worked and built strategic partnerships with brands like Apple, IBM, Salesforce, Samsung, Facebook and Microsoft to accelerate innovation. Ali is a recognized speaker at Fintech and Design industry events, while serving as a Board member to advance human-centered innovation in San Diego.

    🎓 Anthony Restivo
    Product Designer, Dropbox

  • UX Holiday Happy Hour

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    Happy holidays, everyone ⛄ Join SDXD and UX Speakeasy for a special holiday happy hour!

    🚨🚨 Official event registration at this link >> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ux-holiday-happy-hour-tickets-210148177857

    Please go to the Eventbrite page to officially register for this event. Space is limited for covid safety. RSVPs to this Meetup page are not a registration.

  • A Journey into Scaling Design for Positive Impact

    Online event

    🧭 This is a talk about the journey of implementing a design system in a large corporation. This is not a talk about what design systems are and the theory behind them.

    Featuring practical advice and learnings on how to create and govern a successful system, which allows design to scale and positively impact a portfolio of products.

    A creative leader with over two decades of experience in user experience (UX), product design, visual design and creative strategy. Claudio Baptista's career has spanned large corporations, global agencies, start-ups, and his own design shop. Claudio is a former UX Design leader at Disney and currently is heading GoPro's Direct-to-Consumer Experience Design team.

    🕰️ Agenda (PST):
    5:30pm - 5:40pm: Opening statements
    5:40pm - 6:00 pm: Presentation
    6:00pm - 6:15pm: Audience Q&A
    6:15 and beyond: Optional post-event networking

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    At MetaLab, we make interfaces. From Fortune 500 companies to stealth startups, we help our clients design, build, and ship products and services that people love. Explore career opportunities at https://metalab.com

  • UX bottlenecks: Users’ psychological receptivity to designs and solutions

    Tech entrepreneurs and UX designers know the challenges posed in earning user attention and engagement. But these are only the beginning of the psychological constrictions that help users decide whether your design elements and entire apps are signal or noise, whether they advance their narrative or not.

    Join Dr. Evans to hear about “receptivity theory,” which he has been developing with his students at the University of Washington. Refresh yourself on psychology and implications that your users are “built to filter” and how it can ensure your innovations succeed and spread.

    🎊 Special Giveaway! 🎊 Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of the speaker’s book, "Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology". View book details here: https://www.amazon.com/Bottlenecks-Aligning-Design-User-Psychology/dp/1484225791

    🎤 Speaker Bio:
    David Evans holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and is a Senior Manager of Customer Research at Microsoft. There he influences the design and brand strategy for Microsoft 365. He teaches at the University of Washington and is the author of "Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology.” His recent work on brand memories was internationally recognized by ESOMAR.

    🕰️ Agenda (PST):
    5:30pm - 5:40pm: Opening statements
    5:40pm - 6:20pm: Presentation
    6:20pm - 6:35pm: Audience Q&A
    6:35pm and beyond: Optional post-event networking

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  • How to write good Microcopy

    Online event

    The words you put on the screen matter, they can make or break your product, no matter how small. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to improve your product by writing in a human, clear, and engaging way.

    Attendees will learn
    – What is Microcopy
    – Guidelines for writing in a conversational way
    – Dos and Don’ts: Modal Windows, Toasts and Error Messages

    Who should attend
    Product Designers, UX Designers, Interaction Designers, UI Designers, Product Owners. This workshop is not for specialists like copywriters or UX Writers, but for those who want to understand and practice the basics of Microcopy.

    I'm Inês, a Product Design Guru @ Critical Techworks, BMW Group. I have been working in digital products since 2012. I’ve worked in several areas, from E-Commerce to Services. As a Generalist, I love working on the full life-cycle of a product, from research, to design, to testing. Currently I’m a Product Design Guru at Critical Techworks, this means I support the creation and development of internal tools at BMW Group: I am responsible for designing and ensuring a product’s utility, ease of use, and efficiency.

    🔗 A link to join the event will be shared before the event.

    🕰️ AGENDA (PST):
    11:00 AM - 11:10 AM: Opening statements
    11:10 AM - 12:10 AM: Presentation/Workshop
    12:10 AM - 12:30 AM: Audience Q&A

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  • 🌆 Creating Citizen-Focused Smart Cities: Bottoms Up | San Diego Design Week

    🎟️ To attend this virtual event, register here ➡️

    🌆 How do cities today get a leg up on innovation? What does a smart city really mean? How does design thinking play a role, and how can that be enhanced by inviting bottom-up participation from the community? How can human-centered design — and you — be involved?

    There are a lot of questions around the global mission for cities to become “smart,” enter the 21st century, provide efficient services that address sustainability, and much more. Join us for a human-centered design approach to Smart Cities including the exploration of collaborative projects that have addressed issues such as parklets, housing, air pollution, and more.

    Gain insights into what has worked, what hasn’t, and why, and learn how our contributions are critical at this time. Attendees will be invited afterward to join an optional networking session with SDXD.

    🎓 About the speaker
    Sheba Najmi has been leading user experiences for 18 years, most recently as the Head of Product Design for the LinkedIn Profile and Search. She’s currently Head of Design at FreeWill and Founder & Executive Director of Tech for Change. Sheba is a former Code for America Fellow, where she led the creation of Honolulu Answers, a participatory web product that has been re-deployed in a dozen cities around the world. Sheba was also a UX Design Lead at Yahoo!, and holds MS and BS degrees in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

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    Learn more at sddesignweek.org

  • FOFSD + SDXD Present - From Sketch to Figma: A Panel With the Viasat CXRD team

    🚨Please RSVP at https://friends.figma.com/events/details/figma-san-diego-presents-from-sketch-to-figma-a-panel-with-the-viasat-customer-experience-research-design-team-an-fofsd-sdxd-joint-event/ to attend the panel!🚨

    Viasat Customer Experience Research & Design is a multi-disciplinary team of designers and researchers who work across Viasat’s diverse business segments (Consumer, Enterprise, Government) with the mission of making Viasat the most customer centric global ISP. The team will discuss their process, hurdles and victories as they moved their design system from Sketch to Figma. Attendees will gain insight into the technical, design and internal processes the team at Viasat employed and how their learnings may inform future migrations at other companies.

    The Viasat CXRD Panelists

    Rahmeen Shary–Lead Product Designer, Design Systems
    Joël Paynel–Senior Product Designer, UI, Design Systems
    Cole Benson–Lead Product Designer, Design Operations
    Neil McIver–Design Director
    Learn more about Viasat's CXRD

    This virtual event is co-hosted by Friends of Figma, San Diego and SDXD

    Friends of Figma, San Diego is a group of fans, champions and advocates of the design software Figma in the greater San Diego region. We have virtual sessions, panels, workshops and games as well as in-person events (in the not-too-distant future). If you have a passion for design, join our group! We welcome people new to Figma and hoping to learn as well as seasoned veterans crafting unique and powerful plugins.

    SDXD (San Diego Experience Design Professionals Network) 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.).

  • Analyzing poor interviews and building trust with challenging stakeholders

    😨 There are two big fears looming over a user experience researcher. One is forgetting to hit the record button. The other is ending up with very bad user data. No insights, no pain points. Nothing. What’s a UXer to do?

    Rachel will walk us through a healthcare project where she was brought in to analyze a mess of user data collected by the client. Walking through this recent case study, Rachel will share different paths that UXers can take to remedy terrible user data and tactfully guide a project to insights that are true to users and also satisfy clients.

    🎓 Speaker Bio
    Rachel Carmen Ceasar is a researcher working at the intersection of health, technology, and design. She’s the founder of Culture of Health+Tech Consulting, a women-owned research and design firm in Los Angeles that helps people develop culturally-responsive devices and services. She is also a public health researcher at USC Keck’s Department of Preventive Medicine where she examines people’s motivations for using cannabis, e-cigarettes, opioids, and heroin. She’s given talks and data analysis workshops at TEDx Crenshaw, dScout, Headspace, UXSTRAT, Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community (EPIC), QRCA, and the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy.

    🕰️ Agenda (PST):
    6pm - 6:10pm: Opening statements
    6:10pm - 6:35 pm: Presentation
    6:35pm - 6:50pm: Audience Q&A
    6:50 and beyond: Optional post-event networking

    ⚡️Powered by MetaLab
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  • PARTNER EVENT | Ask Me Anything! - DUX Newbies Hosts Joe Natoli

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    🚨 To attend this partner event, register here: https://www.meetup.com/Denver-UX-Newbies/events/279739331/

    Are you trying to start a freelance business but stuck on how to charge? Or are you jumping into the job search head-first with no idea what to put in your portfolio? Perhaps you’ve already broken into UX and now you’re not sure how to successfully pitch to stakeholders. Or maybe you’re struggling with what to do if you know you need research but there’s absolutely no time?

    Get all the answers to your burning UX questions, in this educational and uplifting “Ask Me Anything” event with Joe Natoli!

    Please input your questions ahead of time here (the chat will also be available for Q&A during the event):

    Our Guest:
    Joe Natoli is a UX consultant, author and speaker. Everything he does is born from nearly three decades of consulting with and training the UX, design and product development teams of some of the world’s largest organizations. He is also a regular keynote speaker and lecturer at conferences and events across the globe.
    Every aspect of his training and consulting approach revolves around one single, critical idea:
    Great UX isn’t the result of what you do with your hands — it’s the result of how you use what’s between your ears.
    That’s the core of what more than 180,000 students have learned in Joe’s online training courses, workshops and live events: that taking a strategic approach to UX is the only way to make it deliver on the promise it holds.
    Change the way you THINK about the design and development decisions you make and you take the first step to infusing great UX into everything you do.
    Whether you’re a UXer, Designer or Developer, Joe’s mission is to help you succeed — by providing a clear, simple alternative to the needlessly complex advice littering the Internet.
    Joe delivers practical advice delivered in clear, jargon-free language. Methods and advice that work in the messy reality of the real world, where we don’t always have the time, budget or approval we’d like.
    His courses, books, articles and free UX resources are available at givegoodux.com.

    For more information on Joe's UX 365 Academy learning platform: https://learn.givegoodux.com/

  • PARTNER EVENT | Behavioral Design: Using COM-B Model of Behavior Change in UX

    👏Join our friends from Denver UX for an engaging, interactive workshop on using the COM-B Model of Behavior Change in UX with Amy Bucher, Ph.D., Vice President of Behavioral Design at Lirio.

    🚨 Register for the event here🚨

    Behavioral design is a relatively recent UX subfield but one with enormous promise for designing products and experiences that support people through meaningful changes in their behaviors--things like adopting healthier lifestyles or preparing financially for retirement. In this talk, Amy will provide an overview of what behavioral design is, and then deep dive on a specific behavior change model, COM-B, which lends itself to use by most UX roles.

    Through examples, Amy will help us learn how to create research protocols and question sets that directly probe on capabilities, opportunities, and motivations as they relate to both desired and undesired behaviors. We will see how the COM-B framework has been used to identify themes in data and connect them to recommendations for design teams. Finally, we will learn how to connect the results of COM-B research to specific design categories and features that will be most effective at producing meaningful outcomes. The COM-B framework is an intuitive tool that provides an evidence base for designs that actually work.

    Our Facilitator:
    Amy Bucher, Ph.D., is Vice President of Behavioral Design at Lirio, where she leads a team of behavioral scientists and health experts focused on designing AI-powered behavior change journeys to drive better personal and population health. She brings over 15 years of experience in digital health product design coupled with deep behavioral science training. Amy is a recognized expert on applying the psychology of motivation to design, and authored Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change published by Rosenfeld Media and named one of Kirkus’ favorite indie books of 2020. Prior to joining Lirio, Amy was Vice President of Behavior Change Design at Mad*Pow, a strategic design consultancy, where her work included research and intervention development around workplace safety, healthy aging, behavioral health, general wellness, and many other behavioral domains. Amy also served as Senior Manager of Specialty Pharmacy Strategy for the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab, and as Associate Director of Behavior Science for the Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions Group. Amy earned her PhD and MA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and her AB magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University.