UX Strategy and Why it Matters, w/ Jaime Levy
Jul
14
7:15 pm19:15

UX Strategy and Why it Matters, w/ Jaime Levy

  • Amazon

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
6:30 pm18:30

Design in Depth: Best Laid Plans

  • Impact Hub Seattle

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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Inclusive Design: Design for 7 billion, design for one (w/ Sarah Morris)
Jun
14
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • MOZ

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
6:30 pm18:30

Design in Depth: Rooted in Seattle

  • Impact Hub 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.

Living Future Unconference
May
11
May 13

Living Future Unconference

  • The Westin Seattle

The International Living Future Institute presents Living Future unConference 2016 with a full lineup of inspiring speakers, educational sessions, networking and a trade show.

Spock and Captain Kirk: Logic and Creativity Working Together
May
10
6:30 pm18:30

Spock and Captain Kirk: Logic and Creativity Working Together

  • Moz

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)

Design in Depth: Recycled Cities - Adaptive Reuse
Apr
19
6:30 pm18:30

Design in Depth: Recycled Cities - Adaptive Reuse

  • Impact Hub Seattle

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.

Community Speakers II: Enterprise UX
Apr
12
6:30 pm18:30

Community Speakers II: Enterprise UX

  • MOZ

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. 

[AIGA] Schmooze: Special (Re)New Member Edition
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

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

  • Vermilion

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

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The Value Design Brings to Business w/ Nathan Shredroff
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

The Value Design Brings to Business w/ Nathan Shredroff

  • Smashing Ideas

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. 

[AIGA] Design for Democracy - House of Learning
Mar
29
6:00 pm18:00

[AIGA] Design for Democracy - House of Learning

  • General Assembly – Seattle Tower (3rd floor)

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?

[AIGA] Gender Equity in Design Workshop
Mar
29
8:30 am08:30

[AIGA] Gender Equity in Design Workshop

  • School of Visual Concepts

A workshop with Leyla Acaroglu

Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop especially for designers.

UX as Activism w/ Jennifer Davidson
Mar
8
6:30 pm18:30

UX as Activism w/ Jennifer Davidson

  • Moz Headquarters

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. 

Feb
17
6:30 pm18:30

Articulating Design Decisions

  • WeWork

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

Nov
3
Nov 4

Seattle Interactive Conference 2015

  • The Conference Center (at WA State Conv. Center)

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)

Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

Ignite Seattle 28

  • Town Hall

Join Ignite Seattle for the 28th installment of their series! Ignite is an evening of fast paced talks on a wide range of interesting subjects, first held in Seattle in 2006. 

SCHEDULE
7:00pm Doors open
8:00pm Talks will begin

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Sep
12
Sep 25

Seattle Design Festival: Design for Equity

  • Various Locations Seattle, WA

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
6:00 pm18:00

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

  • TBA Seattle, WA

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
Aug 22

IDSA International Conference 2015: Future of the Future

  • Westin Seattle

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
6:00 pm18:00

Live Slow Make Fast (Lecture + Workshop)

  • 415 Westlake Ave N Seattle, WA, 98109 United States

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)

Jul
24
9:00 am09:00

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)
 

What We Mean By Meaning: New Structural Properties of IA (w/ Marsha Havery)
Jul
22
7:00 pm19:00

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

  • Aquent

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)

 

Jul
21
6:00 pm18:00

UX Book Club: Articulating Design Decisions

  • Stackhouse Lounge

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
6:30 pm18:30

The Politics of Navigation with Stuart Maxwell

  • Galvanize

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

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$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?

 

Jun
25
6:30 pm18:30

Kick-ass Brainstorming, Improvisation Techniques for Designers

  • SURF Incubator

Join us for a brainstorming session with Kat Davis of Frog, to learn the basics of support, teamwork, and the generative flow of ideas that will make you a better designer! Kat will lead us through the basics of "yes and" and supporting each other and will address how to apply these principles in real world situations. This workshop is fun and interactive, so come ready to try something new!

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$5

ABOUT KAT DAVIS
Kat Davis is an interaction designer at frog. She has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies, start ups, government agencies and NGOs on projects ranging from talent management software to new product development. Kat is a passionate teacher of design to both current and aspiring designers. She has led workshops at IxDA '15, IxDA South America, and UNICEF. She has also taught UX design at General Assembly in Seattle. When not designing, Kat moonlights as an improvisational comedian. 

Jun
18
6:30 pm18:30

Lindsey Arnold: Therapist's Guide to UX Strategy

  • GGLO Sapce at the Steps

Join Puget Sound SIGCHI for their June meeting with Lindsey Arnold! Learn from a licensed therapist turned user researcher on how to apply therapy techniques to your UX practice.

Skills you will learn include: facilitating groups and understanding group dynamics, motivating behavior change in individuals, reading your team members' nonverbal cues, and providing an environment for change to occur. The more you understand people's behaviors, the greater impact you can make in your UX work, both with your team and beyond.

SCHEDULE
6:30-7:00pm Networking
7:00pm Presentation
8:00pm Q&A

LOCATION
Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.

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