• Partner Event: UX Speed Dating (Networking)!

    Slickdeals, LLC

    ***RSVP ON PARTNER EVENTBRITE*** https://092519.eventbrite.com/?aff=MU **UX SPEED DATING (NETWORKING) FALL 2019!** In our efforts to create better connections in the enormous UX community of Los Angeles we are trying something new! Instead of putting 300 people in a room to passively sit and listen to a great speaker or 150 people scattered in various places in a bar like our previous happy hours, with most leaving without making a meaningful business connection, we're going to try using a mock speed dating format. We'll give you a set of questions and you'll have 5 minutes to chat with someone you've never met! At the bell, you'll switch partners and continue these quick ice-breaker micro conversations. Instead of a bar, we've teamed up with Slickdeals who are generously hosting us in their gorgeous offices in Hollywood - with 360º views, great food and drink! It's our hope this event will lead to creating those quality relationships that help you in your career - long term. **WHO SHOULD ATTEND?** • HR Professionals with Open Positions In Their Company • (NO Recruiters/Agencies/Agents) • Those Seeking Work (Full time/Freelance/Contract) • Seeking Networking Connections • Seeking Tech Community Connections • UX, Product Design, Research Professionals • Back and Front End Professionals • Visual, UI, IXd, Motion Graphics Designers • Information Architects, UX Writers, Content Strategists • All others **HERE'S HOW THE EVENING WILL WORK:** 6:30-7:00 PM: Meet at Slickdeals for food, drink and socialize. You will also receive a set of printed questions when you check and receive your name tag. 7:00-7:30 PM: Business and Community time! You know the drill - We thank and acknowledge our generous sponsors as well as give YOU an opportunity to share about upcoming events, job openings or if you're looking for a job - to stand up and give us 60 SECONDS about you! 7:30-8:30 PM: When you received your name tag at check-in, you were given a set of ice-breaker questions. Now you're going to paired off with someone YOU DON'T KNOW. You'll be given 5 minutes to learn as much about each other as possible. You'll have 9 rounds of "UX Speed Dating!" to meet and connect! 8:30-8:55 PM: More socializing and continued conversations with those you met. 8:55-9:00 PM: Raffle and Good Night! **UX SPEED DATING / POST EVENT:** So that you can keep in contact with each other, we'll make available a spread sheet with your first and last names and LinkedIn URL's of only those that actually attended - so that you can follow up with contacts after the event. As always, we'll post an Event recap page to UXPALA.org website too! **VENUE:** SLICKDEALS - HOLLYWOOD 6255 Sunset Blvd #1110 Hollywood, CA 90028 Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uEyNbRE4Aqk **PARKING** Please see Eventbrite page: https://092519.eventbrite.com/?aff=MU **PARTNERS:** SLICKDEALS HOLLYWOOD The Slickdeals community of 11M shoppers share and review the very best deals found in stores and online to help fellow shoppers save money and discover new products. Set up a deal alert today for the next art supply or graphic design purchase you intend to make. VISIT SLICKDEALS!: Slickdeals Web - https://slickdeals.net Built In LA - https://www.builtinla.com/company/slickdeals Twitter - https://twitter.com/slickdeals Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/slickdeals Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/slickdeals/ Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/slickdeals/ ADOBE AND ADOBEXD - DESIGN TOOLING REIMAGINED https://www.adobe.com/products/xd.html OPTIMAL WORKSHOP https://www.optimalworkshop.com/ **SCHEDULE** 6:30 — Check-in, Network, Refreshments 7:00 — Business, Sponsors, Community 7:30 — SPEED DATING BEGINS! 8:30 — Networking 8:55 — Raffle! **RAFFLE** • Adobe CC 1 Year License! • Books **SOCIAL MEDIA** Event Hashtag — #UXSpeedLAF19 @UXPALA @Slickdeals @OptimalWorkshop @ADOBE @ADOBEXD

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  • Analytics and UX Design with Amplitude (2 night event series)

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    Partner Event with LAUX Meetup. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/264248770/ Are you interested in using data to inform your decisions? If so, you can't miss this 2-night event series taught by the master of analytics! The LAUX Meetup group is excited to announce the return of the Amplitude team on September 11th and 12th for two consecutive nights of talks with the Amplitude team! The format of the first night will be a presentation talk and the second night will be a talk + workshop-style event. Please note you’ll need to RSVP separately for each night and your ticket includes dinner/drinks. DAY 1 - Leveraging quantitative data seems like the ultimate way that designers can finally make undeniable customer cases, understand user behavior and show how their designs are successful, but where the heck do you start? Talk RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/264248770/ Day 2 - How can analytics transform your design strategy? The second half of our talk will go into how data can help designers influence and shape the strategic vision of a product. Talk + Workshop RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/264248865/ Partner Event with LAUX Meetup. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/264248770/

  • Figma Toolkit Workshop

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/263179606/ 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. SPONSORED BY TRIBE Tribe is a community of tech and creative professionals who’ve come together to build a better way to find work and hire talent. https://Tribeworks.io FILL OUT THE SURVEY TO GET A CHANCE TO WIN A TICKET! https://forms.gle/1WdgQktVCbYbJwgz8 RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/263179606/

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  • Partner Event: UX of Play - Designing Entertainment Experiences

    **RSVP ON UXPALA EVENTBRITE** http://bit.ly/2XWqico UX of Play - Designing Entertainment Experiences LA is the entertainment capital of the world. Come hear from those who connect fans to the entertainment they love.” Hear design leaders from gaming, tv & video, and live events discuss the challenges and approaches to infusing delight and joy into finding something to watch, play or attend. The event will feature the panelist below in a moderated discussion. Then we open up questions, from you, the audience. Refreshments and networking before the event starts with all the panelists. #UXLeaders #Gaming #TV #LiveEvents #UX #Entertainment #UXofPlay #UXUI PANELISTS: ANDREW MCCOMBIE, Vice President, User Experience Design, DirecTV/AT&T Andrew is responsible for leading the Experience Design Studio (XDS), an in-house human-centered design studio made up of UX, UI, motion and industrial designers, user researchers, design strategists, prototypers, and digital producers. The studio’s mission is to discover, define and build innovative products and engaging experiences that delight our video and broadband customers and transform them from consumers into fans. https://www.linkedin.com/in/amccombie/ Meghan Scanlon - SVP, Design at Ticketmaster / Live Nation Meghan thrives in making a space within the organization where great design + creative and research can happen. With the team, we create a design-driven culture, helping everyone in the organization understand what that means, and to continually deliver great experiences across all touchpoints of the customer journey. Meghan’s passion is to create a consistent brand experience – how it feels (structure), how it sounds (voice and tone), and how it looks (surface). https://www.linkedin.com/in/scanlonmeghan/ Andrea Abney - UX Director, TV Time Andrea leads UX research and design efforts for the TV Time platform. Before switching her focus to TV and movies, she was a games user researcher specializing in mobile games with previous roles at Disney and Scopely. She got her start in the field at UEGroup, a UX consultancy in Silicon Valley, where she gained experience working across a wide range of products and services for high profile clients like IBM and Samsung. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreaabney/ Dan Lee - Senior Director, User Experience at Fandango Senior Director of User Experience at Fandango. He heads up UX strategy for movie ticketing and streaming: Fandango, FandangoNOW, MovieTickets.com, and Flixster. Dan leads an award-winning UX team responsible for 5-star app experiences in the iOS App Store and Google Play. Dan’s team also provides UX expertise for smart TVs, streaming devices, and emerging technologies such as voice and messaging. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danleeux/ Celia Hodent - Game UX Consultant, PhD Psychology Celia Hodent is recognized as a leader in the application of user experience (UX) and cognitive science in the game industry. Celia holds a PhD in psychology and has over ten years of experience in the development of UX strategy and processes in video game studios. Through her work at Ubisoft (e.g. Rainbow 6 franchise), LucasArts (e.g. Star Wars: 1313), and as Director of UX at Epic Games (Fortnite), she has contributed to many projects across multiple platforms, from PC to consoles, mobile, and VR. https://www.linkedin.com/in/celiahodent/ Marc Sasinski - Head of UX Design, Riot Games Marc is currently Head of UX at Riot Games in Los Angeles, California. Prior to that, Marc worked at Citrix Online where he managed UX design for a core line of business. Previous experience includes working as a user research and design consultant with clients ranging from startups, to Fortune 500 companies. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcsasinski/ **RSVP ON UXPALA EVENTBRITE** http://bit.ly/2XWqico

  • Designing Your Career Workshop v1.1

    BLANKSPACES - Coworking Office Space Larchmont

    RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/262298745/ This workshop was designed for UX Designers by leaders who hire UX Designers. 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. PARKING There are many street meters along Larchmont Blvd. AT THE DOOR - DAY OF EVENT At the door registration will be $10.00. 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. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/262298745/

  • Figma Toolkit Workshop (Partner Event)

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/260520306/ 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 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 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. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/260520306/

  • Data for Designers with Amplitude

    The Black Tux (Corp. Office)

    RSVP at our LAUX Partner Group: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/260341048/ 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. RSVP at our LAUX Partner Group: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/260341048/

  • Partner Event: Box full of hopes and STEM Programs

    BLANKSPACES - Santa Monica Coworking Office Space

    RSVP at our Partner Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/259102850/ 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. RSVP at our Partner Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/259102850/

  • Partner Event: Building a Better Community: Expanding the Impact of Design Comm.

    RSVP at LAUX: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/256918191/ As we wrap up the year, we reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going, and we spend some time with the big questions. What is our place in a changing world? And how can our community make our shared experiences (“life”) even better? In that spirit, the Los Angeles User Experience Meetup group is proud to announce an exciting discussion panel of Los Angeles based UX thought leaders including Nate Bolt, Grace Lau, Mike Estano, and Nuzi Barkatally, with Lex Roman as our moderator. We’ll discuss how UX Designers can help each other - and the greater LA community - in the tech sector and as a larger society. As UX Designers, we train ourselves to empathize, solve problems, and anticipate the needs of our users and customers. Beyond our day jobs and gigs, are we applying our design thinking process to take care of ourselves and each other, too? Join us for an evening of thoughtful conversation on how helping others is helping one’s self. We’ll ask the panelists: what are the benefits of being involved in the community and how has it shaped our panelists’ career paths? Near the conclusion of the panel, we will cover how you can get involved in both the LAUX community and other civic organizations to help you and help others at the same time. And finally, we’ll have a ~20 minute audience Q&A session. Following the panel, we’ll have an after party holiday mixer so our panelists and attendees can continue the conversation at a nearby pub or bar. About the Panelists & Moderator: Nuzi Barkatally, UX consultant for Healthcare Startups Nate Bolt, founder Ethnio Mike Estano, UX Strategy/Creative Director UNICEF Kid Power Grace Lau, UX Architect PatientPop Arturo Perez, Founder Kluge Interactive <--- Just Added Lex Roman, Growth Designer (Moderator) Special thanks to our sponsor PatientPop! Looking forward to seeing you there! RSVP at LAUX: https://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/256918191/