Tag Archives | Design Practices

Designer Myopia

Vector Image of Rian Van Der MerweDesigner Myopia
October 5, 2016
Rian Van Der Merwe, Wildbit

The all-too-common phenomenon whereby, despite our best intentions, we sometimes design with a nearsightedness that results in websites and applications that please ourselves and impress our peers but don’t meet user and business goals.

About the Speaker

Rian Van Der Merwe (@RianVDM) is designs and builds high quality software that people love to use, and he wrote a book about it called “Making It Right“.

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PDX Design Research Group

Smart(?)Watch: How to Find Out What Users Want from their Wearables with Zara Logue, Wells Fargo

In this presentation, Zara Logue will talk about her experiences doing independent research on wearables, including the Apple Watch, Android and Pebble watches. She’ll talk about best practices for conducting the research and also share some initial findings.

Zara is currently VP of User Experience Research for Wells Fargo. Her past experience includes working at Answer Lab, running her own consulting business, and teaching at PNCA and the Art Institute of Portland.
Time: Informal networking is from 6:30 – 7:00, with Zara’s talk to begin promptly at 7:00.
Location: eBay’s downtown office, 1400 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd floor. Portland, OR  97201.

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Let’s Pretend

September 14, 2016
Carolyn Chandler, Mira Fitness
Anna van Slee, Sideshow Collectibles

To uncover the most common problems, designers must empathize with their users and come to know the spaces and times in which they move. In this interactive presentation, UX guru Carolyn and game designer Anna take personas and other empathy exercises to the next level.

About the Speakers

Vector Image of Carolyn ChandlerCarolyn Chandler, Mira Fitness
Carolyn has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, and was named one of “Chicago’s Tech 50” by Crain’s Magazine. Now she leads the Experience Design efforts at Mira Fitness, which offers a wellness-focused wearable designed for women.




Vector Image of Anna van SleeAnna van Slee, Sideshow Collectibles
Anna is Director of New Brands at Sideshow Collectibles, a production manager who is hands-on with production, particularly in writing/editing, visual design, UX/CX design, brand strategy and content creation.

Together, Anna and Carolyn, coauthored Adventures in Experience Design which teaches experience design to beginners with games and activities.


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Expose UX Live Taping

Expose UX is the web TV show where startups compete for prizes while getting feedback from user experience experts. It’s Shark Tank for UX design. Learn from the experts’ advice and improve your own product! Watch past episodes here.

BE A VIP ($12): Come at 5:30pm to get your picture with Expose UX Host Richard Brevig and meet the experts and startups.  Socialize with new friends while enjoying pizza and soda.

GENERAL ADMISSION (Free): Please note that general admission is on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:30pm. A general admission ticket does not guarantee entry if capacity is reached.  VIP tickets are guaranteed entry.

Event Schedule

5:30 pm – VIP ($12): Food and networking
6:30 pm – GENERAL ADMISSION (Free)
7:00 pm – Episode filming
8:00 pm – More networking

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