October 6th: Self-Reported Metrics in Qualitative Usability Studies

We have a unique opportunity to get participants’ impressions on different aspects of their experience with the product at the end of a qualitative usability study. Participants have likely already spent an hour or more of their time in the study, so keeping the question set short, yet comprehensive is a challenge.

We’ll talk about what to measure, how to present the questions to the participant, and how to represent the results. We’ll look at some usability scales and scoring systems that have been around for a while, and some more recent ones.

This will be a presentation with an active discussion component for everyone to share the types of metrics they are using, what works well and what doesn’t work well.

Speaker

Inge De Bleecker is the principal and UX researcher at outriderUX. Inge works with companies of all shapes and sizes worldwide. She helps clients tackle their most challenging design decisions, and conducts user research, most often in a remote un-moderated setting. Inge is also the UX Practice Lead at Applause, where she started and continues to build the usability testing practice.

Schedule of Events 

Chit chat & food:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Host

We are grateful to Rackspace for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Jackie Bauer.

Rackspace Austin

9001 N IH35 #150 Austin, TX 78753

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September 1st: Accessibility is Usability

Accessibility is a critical usability consideration that can have a significant impact on our businesses, brands and our users ability to use our web sites and apps. This presentation will shed some light on what accessibility is, why it’s important and how we can improve the overall usability of our designs for all users.

Speaker

Patrick Fox is a technology director at Razorfish, specializing in front-end technology and modern web accessibility.

Schedule of Events

Chit chat & food:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Host

We are grateful to Mutual Mobile for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Julie Lowe.

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August 4th: Cross-device experiences and designing without screens

Historically, UX professionals concerned themselves with on-screen interactions – typically on an individual device – but increasingly, design challenges involve experiences across multiple devices, some of which may have no screen at all. Join us for a presentation and discussion of what it means to design for no screens.

Speaker

William Yarbrough is a UX designer at projekt202. William has been working in experience design for over a decade and has worked for product startups in China, agencies closer to home, and Fortune 500 companies in between. He is passionate about typography, crafting modernist furniture, mobile interfaces, and his beard. He also brews his own beer, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

Schedule of Events

Chit chat & food:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

RSVP on Meetup.com

Host

We are grateful to Mutual Mobile for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Julie Lowe.

Map and Directions

206 E 9th St   15th Floor

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If you have trouble locating street parking near Mutual Mobile’s office, you are welcome to park in the building’s parking garage located off of San Jacinto between 9th and 10th street (Capitol City Tower). Parking is $10

If you park in the garage on any floor below level 9, you will need to take the elevator to the ground floor and then use the main elevators located in the lobby to reach Mutual Mobile’s office on the 15th floor through the double doors.

If you park on level 9 or above, simply take the parking garage elevators to Mutual Mobile’s office on the 15th floor through the double doors.

If you enter from the bottom floor, simply take the elevator to the 15th floor and come through the double doors.

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July 14th: UX + Dev = Summer Rooftop Blowout with OpenHack!

It’s all about the user. You build great software and/or design amazing user experiences, but without both development and design/UX working together, and working well, that user eventually becomes disappointed with your product and moves on. You don’t want that.

So join us on July 14th for a multidisciplinary panel discussion with designers, developers and project management roles to explore what you can learn from “the other” discipline to improve your own work.

More information – what’s all this, then?

When working with developers, how can you be a better UX designer? What can you do to work with development teams better, to make their jobs easier (or at least, less of a living hell)? As a developer, how can you better enable UX designers to dream big? What tools can you build that will enable them – not limit them?

Building strong cross-disciplinary teams is vital for every successful digital product today. However, when designers, researchers, and developers get the chance to talk to each other, they often don’t seem to understand each other’s challenges and unique capabilities, which can cause communication breakdown and significant trouble for you, and by extension, your users.

This event will be hosted by projekt202 and held at their roof top lounge, with free drinks and pizza. Organization is through a joint venture between OpenHackATX and Austin UXPA.

Oh, and did we mention there’s going to be pizza? Yeah there’s going to be pizza. Mmmm, pizza…*drool*

Schedule of Events:

Chit chat & pizza:  7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Panel Discussion:  7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Directions and Map:

Google Map

On-street parking is free after 6pm. Additional parking available in the lot opposite of projekt202 on Guadalupe Street.

Sponsor and Host:

We are grateful to Rackspace for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups.com.

Our host will be projekt202.

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July 7th: Panel Discussion: Google Material Design

Interested in talking about “What’s Next in UX”? Join us while we explore Google’s new Material Design principles. Panelists will discuss how Material Design will affect user experiences in the future, and how brands might use it and still keep their unique identity within the evolving digital space. Come with your questions on Material Design and have them answered by some of the brightest in the business!

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Moderator: 

Victor Solares (@hamburgerbutton) is the User Experience Lead in the Experience Design team at GSD&M. He works with clients and teams members to design and communicate strategies that enrich and empower end users.

Panelists: 

Derek Dollahite is the Director of Experience Design at GSD&M. He leads a multidisciplinary team whose focus is to concept, design, prototype, and develop experiences that help brands find both relevancy and utility in the context of online, in-app, in-store and real world experiences.

Katherine Emsoff (@knemsoff) is the Director of User Experience for Dell.com. She leads a multidisciplinary team of user experience architects, visual designers, researchers, and content strategists to help craft intuitive experiences for customers who need help with their Dell products. Taking a research-led approach, Kathy and her team focus on what customers are saying through their unique experiences from Dell’s website through on and offline experiences.

Lawrence Najjar is an experienced, award-winning UX designer who worked for small design consulting firms and large enterprises to make the complex simple. He analyzed user needs, wrote personas and use cases, designed annotated wireframe scenarios, and gathered user feedback to design software enterprise applications, portals, mobile apps, Web applications, and e-commerce sites. Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Max Kassler is a software professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has a Ph. D. in cognitive Psychology and has held several UX-related positions. He was the Director of Cloud Product at e-MDs where he managed the product team which was located both in-house and offshore. Along with managing the product team he was responsible for the architecture of all user-interface elements and the user interactions for the cloud-based EHR product.

Map and Directions:

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Parking will be available on the side lots adjacent to GSD&M on Woods Street. Extra parking will be made available in the parking garage on Henderson Street, if needed.

GSD&M
828 W 6th St, Austin, TX

  • Just east of Whole Foods on 6th Street. Note that 6th Street is a one-way street.

Schedule of Events:

Chit chat & pizza:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Panel Discussion:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Host and Sponsor:

Our host and sponsor is Victor Solares of GSD&M.

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