Workshop: Making Design Actionable
Aug
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Workshop: Making Design Actionable

Part three of the Seattle Social Good Series, brought to you by IxDA Seattle & Open Seattle.


Learn how to take your user research and apply it to solve a design problem in this workshop lead by Kevin Decker and Melissa Quintanilha from Dupla Studios.

Wednesday, August 23  |  6–9p  | @ Zillow


Kevin Decker
Kevin Decker is an 18-year veteran in the field of User Experience. He has a degree in psychology and studied research design and statistics in graduate school. He entered the software development domain in 1999 and never looked back. His fourteen-year stint at Microsoft exposed him to a wide variety of software products from the consumer world, such as games (Xbox) and hardware (home networking devices and software), to highly complex products, such as the datacenter management tools in the System Center family of products. Moving back to a more consumer-centric path, Kevin joined Amazon and worked on their Internet browser for the Kindle line of products. After two years at Amazon, Kevin decided to move to a whole new set of challenges and fulfill a longtime goal of opening his own business with his friend and business partner Melissa Quintanilha.
 
Melissa Quintanilha
Melissa Quintanilha is the co-founder of Dupla Studios and a User Experience Designer with over 17 years of experience. She is an accomplished designer with proven track record of delivery using the latest technologies to produce experiences that are efficient, elegant, and user focused. She has worked as a designer both in Brazil and the United States, with most projects reaching a worldwide scope. She has tackled many different and challenging industries, ranging from IT datacenter management, to automotive, healthcare, and social productivity. Melissa strives to work at the intersection of design, art and technology. The combination of a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interaction Design, and years of industry and academic experience, allows her to combine these disparate disciplines in a way that is accessible and enhances people’s lives.
 
Dupla Studios
Dupla Studios is a research and design consultancy producing beautiful designs and data-driven outcomes. Dupla partners with businesses ranging from startup-level consumer applications, to enterprise-level cloud solutions. The firm has a unique perspective and approaches every challenge with the wonder and curiosity of a child. 

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Hackathon + Final Presentation
Sep
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hackathon + Final Presentation

Part four of the Seattle Social Good Series, brought to you by IxDA Seattle & Open Seattle.


Final push for all projects will culminate in this 24-hour hackathon followed by group presentations during the Seattle Design Festival!

 

Hackathon: Friday, September 15, 6p–9p to Saturday, September 16, 9a–6p  | @ Socrat

Tickets available soon.

Presentation: Saturday, September 16  |  6–8p  | @ Socrata

Tickets available soon.


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Workshop: Interviewing Users
Aug
2
to Aug 3

Workshop: Interviewing Users

Part two of the Seattle Social Good Series, brought to you by IxDA Seattle & Open Seattle.


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Learn how to interview users and get the right data for your project in this workshop lead by Devesh Desai of Microsoft.

Wednesday, August 2  |  6–9p  | @ HBO


Devesh Desai is design research manager at Microsoft where he helps bridge user needs with business realities. His research has taken him inside aircraft cockpits, critical care units inside hospitals, fast food restaurant kitchens and homes of mental health patients.

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UX Strategy and Why it Matters, w/ Jaime Levy
Jul
14
7:15pm 7:15pm

UX Strategy and Why it Matters, w/ Jaime Levy

User experience (UX) strategy requires a careful blend of business strategy and UX design, but until now, there hasn’t been an easy-to-apply framework for executing it. In this companion talk to her recently-released book (UX Strategy, published by O'Reilly Media), Jaime Levy will introduce lightweight strategy tools and techniques to help you and your team craft innovative multi-device products that people want to use

$12.50

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Design in Depth: Best Laid Plans
Jun
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Design in Depth: Best Laid Plans

This event is part of Design in Depth 2016: Innovations in Architecture, brought to you by the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Across time, Seattle has undergone many large-scale, city-redefining projects that have dramatically altered the look and feel of its natural and urban landscape. For every successfully completed project however, there are countless more that never come to fruition. Join Seattle Architecture Foundation for a look back at several grand, unrealized projects and a consideration of what Seattle may have looked like if they came to be.

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TICKETS ($5–$15)

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Inclusive Design: Design for 7 billion, design for one (w/ Sarah Morris)
Jun
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Inclusive Design: Design for 7 billion, design for one (w/ Sarah Morris)

Human diversity -- Is it a strength to product design or an obstacle to be mitigated? When creating products and services, businesses constantly face a critical question: Can one product be meaningful to billions of people? Human beings have been at the center of design practices for a long time, yet technology is poor at adapting to their unique needs. 

 

Join Sarah Morris from Microsoft’s inclusive design team for an interactive hour exploring how designing for human diversity can unlock more meaningful experiences for each of us, and result in better technologies for all of us. 

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Design in Depth: Rooted in Seattle
May
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Design in Depth: Rooted in Seattle

Through new advancements in technology and software, local designers can become increasingly engaged in global exchanges of ideas. How do these advances affect how local design professionals further their missions and brands in multi-national locales? Join Seattle Architecture Foundation as representatives from local firms share how design ideas are communicated to the world through their Northwest headquarters.

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Spock and Captain Kirk: Logic and Creativity Working Together
May
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Spock and Captain Kirk: Logic and Creativity Working Together

Join two UXers and two engineers from Moz as they share tips for healthy working relationships before you want to “set phasers to stun” in the workplace.

Learn what works to build trust, communication, and stronger working relationships through stories from both new and veteran UX and engineer pairs:

• New UX/Dev collaboration on a brand new product with Christine Ryu (UX Product Designer) and Kenny Martin(Software Engineer).

• With over 4 years under their belts at Moz, hear about how collaboration and their career paths have adapted as the software as a service company has grown with Courtney Davis (UX Manager) and Devin Ellis (Engineering Manager).

EVENT INFORMATION & TICKETS ($12.50)

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Design in Depth: Recycled Cities - Adaptive Reuse
Apr
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Design in Depth: Recycled Cities - Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings allows structures to take on new life, with many successful examples becoming more sustainable, better utilized versions of their former selves. How do designers and developers work with tenants and communities to reimagine and preserve these buildings? Join Seattle Architecture Foundation for a look at adaptive reuse projects in Seattle and their role within the ever-changing built environment.

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Community Speakers II: Enterprise UX
Apr
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Community Speakers II: Enterprise UX

We’re opening up the floor to IA/UX Meetup community members who want to give 5-10 minute talks. Never given a talk before? Want to do a trial run before submitting a talk to a conference? Or maybe you just want share something you’ve learned -- this is your chance! All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged. 

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[AIGA] Schmooze: Special (Re)New Member Edition
Mar
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

[AIGA] Schmooze: Special (Re)New Member Edition

Join AIGA Seattle for their Spring 2016 Membership Drive Schmooze event! 

AIGA Seattle invites you to their Special (Re)New Member Edition Schmooze! Whether you are considering becoming an AIGA Seattle member, you’ve just joined or you’re a regular, come spend a night getting to know your fellow creative community and local chapter board members. Find out why AIGA Seattle membership is so important and what you can do to make the local chapter even stronger.

All are welcome and the event is free, but your bar tab is on you. Unless you can sweet talk a new friend or AIGA Seattle board member into getting a round. Hey! It could happen.

So what are you waiting for? Join AIGA Seattle for a night of revelry and support your profession.

Get social, Seattle. #AIGAbelong

EVENT INFORMATION

RSVP (Free)

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The Value Design Brings to Business w/ Nathan Shredroff
Mar
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Value Design Brings to Business w/ Nathan Shredroff

Designers of all stripes often have trouble articulating the value they can provide to their business peers. In addition, business dogma often obscures the necessary context for creating value for customers and users. If designers better understand these mechanics, they can be better advocates for their customers and themselves. 

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[AIGA] Design for Democracy - House of Learning
Mar
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

[AIGA] Design for Democracy - House of Learning

  • General Assembly – Seattle Tower (3rd floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s an election year, and politics dominates the news cycle. How can designers and creatives get involved? Are there places that design and democracy intersect? Can we use design to redefine interactions between our government and its citizens? Can we design a better future for our democracy?

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UX as Activism w/ Jennifer Davidson
Mar
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

UX as Activism w/ Jennifer Davidson

IA/UX Meetup – This talk will give specific examples from the speaker's own experiences on how to create space in UX for work that incites social change. You'll walk away from the talk with a different way to think about UX, and tips on how to be mindful when choosing projects, creating research studies, and giving feedback to other UXers. 

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Feb
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Articulating Design Decisions

ABOUT TOM GREEVER
Tom Greever helps companies and organizations design better websites and apps. He is the UX Director at Bitovi, a front-end design and development consulting company, and has worked with both small startups and large corporations across many different industries. You can hire him to design your app, train your team, or speak at your next event. He lives in Illinois with his wife and five kids. He is probably cleaning up the house right now.

Check out more from Tom!
Book: http://amzn.to/1VD6dMp
Video Series: https://player.oreilly.com/videos/9781491921579?toc_id=216259
Bitovi: http://bitovi.com/ux
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomgreever
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-greever-32310157

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Nov
3
to Nov 4

Seattle Interactive Conference 2015

  • The Conference Center (at WA State Conv. Center) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Seattle has emerged as an industry pacesetter, and a critical new hub for the digital marketplace. Sessions at this conference will cover marketing, branding, communications, UX/UI design, and professional development, along with structured networking events. 

Event Details & Registration ($99-$599)

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Sep
12
to Sep 25

Seattle Design Festival: Design for Equity

  • Various Locations Seattle, WA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. Community members, city officials, citizen-experts, and designers all come together at workshops, performances, tours, exhibitions, talks, films, gatherings and more to exchange ideas. This year, the Seattle Design Festival explores how design can contribute to a more equitable society. 

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Aug
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

UX Book Club: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Join UX Book Club to discuss “Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data” by Charles Wheelan.

Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline that Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

Everyone is welcome to hang out and chat about the topic, even if you're not familiar with the reading material. Short excerpts from the book are read aloud to loosely guide the conversation along the topic.

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Aug
19
to Aug 22

IDSA International Conference 2015: Future of the Future

When designers, educators, students and business leaders come together to exchange information and ideas, exciting things happen. Join IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) in Seattle, Aug. 19-22, 2015, for Future of the Future, IDSA’s 50th anniversary International Conference, with Chair Surya Vanka, IDSA, former director of user experience at Microsoft. "For half a century, IDSA has advanced the design profession,” says Vanka. “I'm grateful for the opportunity to facilitate the conversations that will lead our profession into the next half century."

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Jul
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Live Slow Make Fast (Lecture + Workshop)

  • 415 Westlake Ave N Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ben Jenkins discusses his thoughts on how creatives might consider dedicating to the long haul of mastering their craft without leaving their spirit, relationships and health behind. Ben presents concepts for learning to focus on what matters in order to free up time to live and work. Learn why the idea of work-life balance is a myth for the creative person. Ben will reveal the difference between living a creative life that mindfully fuels your work and health vs. living the life of a person in the creative industry.

Event Details & Tickets  ($20 AIGA member, $30 non-member)

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Jul
24
9:00am 9:00am

Practical Empathy: Gain Greater Collaboration & Creativity in Your Work (w/ Indi Young)

Join Puget Sound SIGCHI for a full-day workshop with Indi Young to heighten your skills in collaboration and developing creativity.

Spend the day becoming aware of your assumptions and learning what cognitive empathy can mean for your work. Try out a new, deeper kind of listening, which forms the root of cognitive empathy, and apply it within your organization.

Event Details & Tickets ($295)
 

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What We Mean By Meaning: New Structural Properties of IA (w/ Marsha Havery)
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

What We Mean By Meaning: New Structural Properties of IA (w/ Marsha Havery)

We know we can’t design meaning directly, but we can certainly facilitate it. Join us to hear Marsha Haverty delve into theory to uncover the nature of meaning so that we may recognize new structural properties of information that do not just facilitate the emergence of meaning, but maintain its evolving thread in networks, cross-channel ecosystems, the Internet of Things, and other complex contexts.

Details & Tickets ($12.50)

 

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Jul
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

UX Book Club: Articulating Design Decisions

Join UX Book Club in discussing “Articulating Design Decisions: Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience” by Tom Greever.

“Every designer has had to justify designs to non-designers, yet most lack the ability to explain themselves in a way that is compelling and fosters agreement. The ability to effectively articulate design decisions is critical to the success of a project, because the most articulate person often wins."

You do not need to read the book to attend and participate in the conversation. Everyone is welcome to discuss the topic and share personal experiences, even if you're not familiar with the reading material.

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Jul
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Politics of Navigation with Stuart Maxwell

Join the July Seattle Information Architecture and User Experience (IA/UX) Meetup as Stuart Maxwell discusses the politics of navigation!

TICKETS & MORE INFO
$12.50 

FROM STUART
For years, REI.com's global navigation existed in a relatively stable equilibrium. It balanced the need to sell products and services, provide access to educational content, and inform visitors about unique aspects of the company. But a recent agency-led redesign threatened to disrupt this stability. Suddenly, a whole host of assumptions around the proper role of site-wide navigation were exposed. As REI's in-house IA, I had a front row seat to watch merchants, marketers, designers, and business managers wrangle over their competing expectations of REI's global nav. My job was to influence opinion and try to restore a healthy balance in the navigation while still supporting a new design direction for the site.

This talk will be a case study of the unexpected political struggles that were revealed during the design process. I'll attempt to fairly portray the full range of perspectives on global navigation, from customers to business owners, from agency designers to in-house designers, from accepted practice to emerging trends. I'll talk as candidly as I can about the discussions that took place throughout the redesign process, and where we landed on some fundamental questions about navigation: Who should we design for? Who should care about the global nav? And, particularly, what is IA's role in the creative process? In short, when politics enter the design studio, who wins?

 

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