We gather every month for engaging presentations and lively discussions! This group gives UX researchers in the Greater Boston community the chance to interact with each other more frequently. Each event features three speakers to talk about something a good designer finds interesting along with discussions about UX processes, techniques and much more!
1. Ideating Mobile Experiences (6:35-7:00)
by Carlos Cardenas | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/carlos-cardenas/3/641/596)
We'll share the experience of using and developing the Mobile Ecosystem Matrix, a set of visual tools for generating mobile UX concepts for the Internet of Things. They are designed to assist in the creation, specification, and evaluation of new product and service concepts for future interactive experiences. They are developed to help rethink diverse input and output mechanisms that seek to extend functional, ergonomic, and proxemic behaviors afforded by our current mobile technologies. By overlaying technical functionality with social aspects of the intended user experience, it is also possible to create efficiencies in product features and specs and uncover potential for new services geared toward diverse audiences.
About Carlos. Carlos’ career has focused on the connections between technology, design, and the human experience. He is currently vice president of THE MEME design, a strategic design consultancy focused on helping organizations discover opportunities for innovation and on developing new products and services. Clients include Samsung Electronics, LG, Microsoft, iRobot, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been a guest lecturer and panelist at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stevens Institute of Technology, and at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s international conferences, teaching and speaking about strategic design research, experience design, and innovation. Prior to joining THE MEME he was co-founder of CAPO design as well as UX researcher at Harvard’s Center for Design Informatics. Carlos holds a Doctor of Design degree and a master's in design studies with distinction in the digital media concentration, both from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He also received a graduate diploma in multimedia design and a Bachelor of Architecture, both from Universidad de Los Andes – Bogota, Colombia.
2. Interactive Prototyping with Sketch & Invision (7:00-7:25)
by Jeremy Osborn | LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyosborn) | Twitter (https://twitter.com/jeremias)
Bohemian Sketch continues to gain popularity with UX designers who appreciate the program for its lack of bloat and ability to quickly generate UX prototypes and mockups for both mobile and web. Now you can take your Sketch designs to the next level and make them interactive. This session will show you how to best optimize and organize pages and artboards in Sketch for import into Invision. This is a practical session that will demonstrate how to add hotspots to add interactivity as well how to generate animated UI previews. Additionally you will learn the crucial "round trip" process between Sketch and Invision which involves sharing your prototypes, receiving feedback, and then updating your Sketch originals as needed.
About Jeremy. Jeremy Osborn is an accomplished author and the academic director of Aquent Gymnasium (http://gymnasium.aquent.com/). He has built websites for Boston-area startups, developed a Graphic & Interactive Design certificate program at Boston University, and consulted for a number of companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Adobe. His latest book, HTML5 Digital Classroom (http://www.amazon.com/HTML5-Digital-Classroom-Video-Training/dp/1118016181), is an excellent resource for learning the essentials of HTML5 and is available on Amazon.
3. Behavior Modes (7:25-7:50)
by lou suSi | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/loususi)
UX teams go to extraordinary efforts to outsource or research a set of personas to inform critical design decisions. Yet often these fictional artifacts of our early research become merely ghostly reminders of the people that use our designs in the real world. How can we better leverage these interesting character portraits? Can we somehow bring them to life to get a richer understanding of the experiences we’re designing? Behavior Modes introduces a new set of anticipated temporal complexities that nicely map to personas and scenarios, helping us to evolve more and more realistic stories with each iteration to drive key decisions throughout the UX design process.
About lou. At Arbor Networks (http://arbornetworks.com/)’ Security Experience Innovation Labs, lou suSi guides the way to long-term, strategic, 'Blue Sky' prototyping and immersive testing for the firm’s critically acclaimed DDoS application suite for Arbor's enterprise and service provider customers. And as Director of Human Awareness Research for myOwnMind, LLC (http://myownmindllc.com/), lou delves into his more personal and passionate entrepreneurial-side by designing unusually brilliant, inspiring storyFirst (http://storyfirst.org/) experiences that frequently touch upon Design for Good. lou has also taught a rather unique and tactile human centered interaction design (http://usefication.org/ixd) course at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (http://massart.edu/) and is slated to teach UX in the near-future for Brandeis' Graduate Professional Studies (http://www.brandeis.edu/gps/) program.
4. Kika Tapas! (8:00-9:00)
Network with designers and developers over sangrias and beer!
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