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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)

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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Jul
14
6:30 PM18:30

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!

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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?

 

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Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Zombie Apocalypse & Other Honeymoon Ideas: Creating an Indie Comic Book

This month's IA/UX meetup is co-hosted by IxDA Seattle and sponsored by Porch. Join us to learn from two designers about presenting your own work, as well as what's involved in creating an indie comic book.

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Honeymoon Ideas: How one Designer couple created their Indie Comic Book

Sarah Braly and David Phillips are the creators of the independent comic book High Fructose Zombies. In the span of 2 years, they went from having nothing to a 6 issue graphic novel, a successful Kickstarter and window display in Grand Central Station in NYC. 

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Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Design as Inquiry: Tactile and Tactical Design

  • Bagley Hall, University of Washington (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Design as Inquiry: Tactile and Tactical Design with Daniela Rosner, PhD

In this talk, Professor Rosner describes a research approach that relies on technology design not as an end in itself, but as a way to understand social phenomena, from how artists use new technologies to foster insight and action, to how community members engage public space to produce new modes of citizenship.

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Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Evolution of Design Agencies - Seattle IA and UX meetup

The Evolution of Design Agencies

Creative agencies today must not only deliver outstanding work to clients, but must also have their finger on the pulse of digital trends, be strategic advisors who can make sense of the ever-changing marketing landscape and staff themselves with top talent who can successfully execute on these demanding challenges.

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Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Content Strategy & SEO Panel Event

We are once again hosting this mont's IA/UX Meetup in partnership with Content Strategy Seattle and with support from AIGAASIS&T, and UXPA.

January's Meetup features Content Strategy and SEO with a panel discussion at Moz Headquarters. Our presenters will give brief talks with their key advice about working with SEO and content strategy in harmony, then take on questions submitted by our registrants.

Our panelists: 

  • Adria Saracino, Head of Content Strategy, Distilled 
  • Trevor Klein, Content Strategist, Moz 
  • Rachel Price, Content Strategist, Radio Tower Digital 
  • Panel Host: Misty Weaver, Content Strategy Lead, Portent

It's a shorter than usual evening so we'll start with a brief networking and nosh session, then go straight into our panel. Help us plan the program by submitting your questions when you register.

Tickets $10

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Huge thanks for Moz and General Assembly for sponsoring this event! That is so, so awesome.

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Dec
12
8:30 AM08:30

Creative Mornings Seattle - Mona Akmal and Code.org

Creative Mornings Seattle presents another edition of their popular morning lecture series, a talk by Mona Akmal from Code.org.

Mona has a long history of building products (like OneDrive) for real people at companies like Microsoft and Amazon. She’s explored many aspects of product development in her professional journey (from being a developer to running a product team). Being a Pakistani woman in the high-tech industry in the US, the issue of diversity has great personal meaning for Mona. As director of product at Code.org, she is dedicated to bringing computer science education to all children and in doing so, helping eliminate the stereotypes that plague this sector.

Free

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UX Holiday Party 2014
Dec
9
6:30 PM18:30

UX Holiday Party 2014

IXDA Seattle is excited to team up with UXPA SeattleAIGA Seattle and ASIS&T with support from IA/UX MeetupUsability SeattleContent Strategy Seattle and UX Happy Hour for one spectacular holiday event!

Come celebrate with your friends and colleagues for a first-time event in Seattle!  Combined UX groups, representing more than 6,000 members, are throwing a party to celebrate and reflect on 2014.

Tickets $25

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Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Accessibility as Innovation - Puget sound SIGCHI monthly meeting

Accessibility as Innovation: Looking more broadly at user research & usability testing with Whitney Quesenbery

This presentation is aimed at connecting the goals of user experience and accessibility, showing how they not only work together, but that focusing a design on accessibility first can result in innovative web sites and applications.

 

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Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Experiential Design in our Environment

Seattle Chapter of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) presents an event about taking a local look at the integration and application of experiential design (XGD) and how it is impacting the feeling of place within our Pacific Northwest community.

Join fellow practitioners and leaders in the field for an evening of dialogue about the work being done, the insights into the future, and the approach to implementing great design through digital experiences that shape the world around us. 

Panel includes: Mark Bashore - Creative Experiences, Steven Ochs - Bit Lab International, David Johnson - Mind Opera, and Gabe Kean - Belle & Wissell.

Ticket prices vary

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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Wearable 3.0 Talk Austen Angell presented by IDSA

  • Zworykin Ave Beaverton, OR, 97005 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Charles Austen Angell, Founder and CEO, Modern Edge will be giving a talk on “Wearable 3.0″ Abstract:

Wearable technologies were originally envisioned as embedded electronics in consumer apparel, but instead developed into standalone accessories for health and fitness tracking, communication, and productivity. This talk argues that wearables are going back into apparel at significant consumer scale. Catalysts for the shift include improved battery chemistries, small, cheap components, and improved wireless networking protocols, as well as strategic consumer use cases driven by the apparel industry. Apparel integrated wearables will be invisible to the user and designed into garments so that their function and experience is in line with the aesthetics and consumer experience focus from clothing makers. Some examples will be discussed including use cases that enable or enhance positive social communication among adolescents. 

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Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

User Experience Design Bootcamp

General Assembly hosts a one-day workshop on user experience design.

T half-day bootcamp aims to demystify UX by giving a practical and simple introduction to what UX is while also explaining some of its core concepts of usability. This is a field that affects all areas of business — prepare to dip your toes into an ocean of new concepts and ideas that will enlighten your perspective on user experience.

$100

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Nov
14
8:30 AM08:30

Creative Mornings with Hillel Cooperman

Creative Mornings hosts Hillel Cooperman for this month's theme, Crossover

"Hillel worked for Microsoft from mid-1997 to late 2006 as a program manager, a product unit manager, and all the positions in between. While at Microsoft he helped ship Internet Explorer for the Macintosh, several versions of MSN Explorer, and the Windows Vista User Experience. Hillel built the user experience discipline in those organizations to a level of expertise and accomplishment that helped deliver a new level of polished and usable products from Microsoft. After the Vista user experience had been conceived and designed he founded the team that incubated and released several versions of Microsoft Max. Now Hillel is the co-founder with Jenny Lam of Jackson Fish Market, a premier user experience and branding consultancy in Seattle, WA as well as makers of Slide Bureau and A Story Before Bed."

Free

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Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

Puget Sound World Usability Day 2014: Get Engaged!

Puget Sound World Usability Day brings together a variety of User Experience (UX) disciplines for a one-day conference that celebrates one common goal:  Make services easier to access and products simpler to use.  World Usability Day is celebrated in more than 30 countries throughout the world on the same day.  

The conference features more than 20 leading UX professionals from Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma areas, and also recognized national and international guest speakers, who share practitioner tips, strategy, new methods, future research, professional advancement, business applications, case studies, educational perspectives, and other valuable insights and learnings related to a common theme.  

$22.50 (Professionals), $10 (Educator/Student), $10 (Seeking Work)

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Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

How to Establish Your MVP

General Assembly hosts Jody Rogers for a workshop covering the concept of minimum viable product (MVP) for startups, new products, or new features. Real world examples will be provided to prepare you to identify what an MVP is and what can be captured in the product backlog.

Takeaways

  • Convert ideas into manageable and testable hypotheses.
  • Explain how defining your target audience affects MVP.
  • Establish metrics as a core aspect of an MVP.
  • Create a rough draft of an MVP and describe how to put it into action.

$35

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Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Pour Back: Thanksgiving Edition

AIGA Seattle host a special Thanksgiving edition of their recurring fundraiser series, Pour Back

Join them for a pre-Thanksgiving party, as support design for good. All of the ticket sales will go to the Pour Back Fund, a grant given to designers with projects that benefit the Pacific Northwest Community.

Event includes a silent auction, raffle, photobooth, games, beer and more.

Price unknown

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Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

UX in Automobiles: Balancing effective UI design & driver safety

The IA/UX Meetup, hosted this month by AIGA Seattle, welcomes Jake Zukowski, Associate Creative Director at frog, for a talk on automobile UX design.

Complex interfaces have become a common feature in consumer automobiles. As these systems functionality has expanded, drivers ability to interact with so much information has grown more demanding. At this stage automotive UX design is in it's awkward adolescence phase, but going forward how will designers ensure motorists can accomplish tasks while increasing driving safety?

This talk will demonstrate successful (and not-so-successful) ways that in-car designs currently happen and what we all need to be aware of in the future to create beautiful, useful designs to keep drivers informed and safe simultaneously.

$10

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Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Coding for Beginners: HTML and CSS

General Assembly hosts Judah Stevenson for a one night crash course on HTML and CSS.

"HTML and CSS are the fundamental building blocks of the web. Whether you're a beginner who wants to get started in web development, a designer looking to hand-code your concepts, or a marketer who wants a little more control over their CMS, you'll need to know HTML and CSS to get the job done.

This session, designed for the beginner programmer, will assume no previous coding knowledge. You'll go over key coding terminology and principles, introduce languages like HTML and CSS—what their functions are, how they work together—and use that new knowledge to write our own code."

$25

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