Talk 1. Best practices for conducting UX research
In this talk, we will outline research best practices for collecting user experience data that sets design projects on trajectories that will align with users' and stakeholders' expectations. We will discuss methods for collecting both qualitative (usability studies, interviews, etc.) and quantitative (eye tracking, surveys, etc.) data, as well as how to choose the right methodology for your project. The talk will give practical advice for those who would like to conduct their own user experience research or are looking to improve their research skills.
After seven years of providing technical support for hard-to-use interfaces, Dan found his calling when he participated in his first usability study. He then went on to enroll in the MBA+MS in Human Factors in Information Design program at Bentley University. After graduating from Bentley, Dan spent two years at an interactive agency performing usability and neuromarketing research studies. Dan is Vice President of the Boston Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association, has served on the conference committee for UXPA International, holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, and is particularly interested in visual space perception.
LinkedIn: Dan Berlin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/danberlin)
Talk 2: User research methods on the cheap
The focus of this talk will be cost effective UX methods that can provide solid and useful user feedback on a shoestring budget. Practical advice and suggestions on methods to employ when you have little time or money will be discussed. Chris will present and discuss a very condensed version of a talk about user research on the cheap he has talked about previously with Jen McGinn.
After a decade of working in technical documentation of software products, Chris got really bored and wanted to be involved in the earlier phases of the product’s life – and found UX his new calling. Since then he has worked at a bunch of software companies as a usability generalist and user researcher. Currently by day, Chris works as a usability consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). By night, he is a lecturer at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University, teaching UX stuff. He is also involved in the UXPA and UXPA Boston. When not doing UX stuff, traveling around the North Atlantic world is his big hobby.
LinkedIn: Chris LaRoche (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherslaroche)
Talk 3: Design & government are not mutually exclusive
In this talk, Danny will present on his experience participating in the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, touch on responsive design, the federal government's 21st Century Digital Strategy, historic design research, open source design, and how the UX / UI community can get involved.
Danny Chapman has been improving citizen to government interactions online for over eight years. Most recently, Danny served as a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House. His work can be seen at the new Hawaii.gov, as well as for White House initiatives including my.usa.gov and alpha.data.gov.
LinkedIn: Danny Chapman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/danieljchapman)
6:00 - 6:30: networking/pizza
6:30 - 6:45: UX-y News by Akshat
6:45 - 7:00: Experience Review by Steve
7:00 - 7:20: Best practices for conducting UX research
7:20 - 7:40: User research methods on the cheap
7:40 - 8:00: Government & design are not mutually exclusive
8:00+ Craft beer @ some bar / Shoot the shit