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Healthy and Creative Work Environments Workshop

  • Avvo 705 5th Ave S Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

Usability Seattle and IxDA Seattle are delighted to welcome Dan Szuc and Steve Portigal to Seattle for two back-to-back events beginning on Tuesday, August 19 with an intimate, interactive workshop on developing healthy work cultures.  

In order to have a close, collaborative evening between Dan, Steve and attendees the event is limited to 20 tickets (a limited waitlist will be available if seats become available).

Tickets $30

Event details & tickets

On Wednesday, August 20 they will present, Soft Skills Are Hard: A Journey To Healthier Work. Please visit the event page for more information on the talk (tickets sold separately).


The opportunities to work differently is upon us today and terminology like innovation, creativity, collaboration, lean startups and disruption are used generously, but what does that really mean given the realities of today’s work? In this participatory workshop, Steve Portigal and Dan Szuc will lead a series of exercises and discussions to help uncover the elements of our work cultures that we are missing, what is blocking us from establishing our desired state and some ways of getting there.



Dan Szuc is a Principal Consultant at Apogee, as well as the co-founder of the UX Hong Kong conference. Previously, he worked on a usability team for Telstra Australia. He has been involved in the UX field for 20 years and has been based in Hong Kong for 15 years. Dan has lectured about usability, user-centred design and user experience in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. He co-wrote The Usability Kit an implementation guide providing best practices and guidelines for usability teams and holds a BS in Information Management from Melbourne University in Australia. Dan Szuc was the Vice President of the UXPA International and is also on the Editorial Advisors Board of Rosenfeld Media. Dan recently published a book on “Global UX” with Whitney Quesenbery.



Steve Portigal is the author of the Rosenfeld Media book Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights, and is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized San Francisco firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. He has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories.

Steve speaks regularly at corporate events and conferences such as CHI, IxDA, Lift, SXSW, UIE, UPA, UX Australia, UX Hong Kong, UX Lisbon, and WebVisions. His articles about culture, design, innovation, and interviewing users have been published in interactions, Core77, Ambidextrous, and Johnny Holland.



6:30 Registration and networking (light snacks and drinks included)
7:00 Event begins
7:10 Breakout session #1
8:10 Breakout session#2
8:30 to 9:00 Q&A Conclusion

Getting there

Avvo is located across from Uwajimaya in the International District at 705 5th Ave S.  Event space is located right off the lobby.

Nearby buses (One Bus Away)
Neaby parking (Google Maps)


The Creative Group, a leading creative staffing agency in the Seattle area, specializes in placing experienced creative and marketing professionals with a variety of firms on a freelance and full-time basis. Their Account Managers are former marketing, advertising and creative professionals who know the business – and the marketplace – with the proven track record to place the best talent with the best companies.

Our sincerest gratitude to Avvo for helping make this event possible. is the web's largest legal marketplace for consumers and attorneys. In Avvo's Q&A forum, consumers can get free legal advice 24/7 from more than 160,000 participating lawyers, and Avvo's directory provides comprehensive profiles, client reviews, peer endorsements and the industry-recognized Avvo Rating for more than 97 percent of all lawyers in the U.S. Avvo also helps lawyers grow their business with Avvo Ignite, a cloud-based marketing platform and website solution designed specifically for attorneys. Founded in 2007, Avvo is privately held with funding from Coatue Management, Benchmark Capital, Ignition Partners and DAG Ventures.


Due to the costs related to food and drink, no refunds will be granted within 5 days of the event. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.