UX Camp Fall 2018

UX Camp is a full day of UX Goodness–we’ll leave few topics uncovered and you’ll learn current topics and improved upon standards in one of the hottest fields today!

If you’re just getting your start in UX and you’re hoping to learn more, or you’ve been in the field awhile and want to stay current, UX Camp is for you. A full day–2 full tracks–of UX talks, surrounded by impressive keynotes and all for a great price that includes your lunch.

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Speakers
Gabby Hon
Gabby Hon
User Experience Lead
With 20+ years experience in UX, and having worked with Fortune 100 companies and top agencies, Gabby has seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
Natalie D. Hanson, Ph.D.
Natalie D. Hanson, Ph.D.
Principal, User Experience
ZS Associates
Natalie D Hanson is a Principal and partner at ZS, where she built and now leads the User Experience team. Prior to ZS, she worked at SAP, where she also built a User Experience team supporting Board-level projects.
Ryan Page
Ryan Page
VP of Product Design
Cars.com
Ryan Page serves as the VP, Product Design for Cars.com. In his role, Ryan leads a team of talented and multi-disciplinary product designers across the organization.
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
Senior Product Designer
Sprout Social
Amy Johnson is a Senior Product Designer at Sprout Social in Chicago, IL. She is a late-diagnosed autistic female and a neurodiversity and product accessibility advocate.
Cynthia Gelper
Cynthia Gelper
UX Content Strategist & Storyteller
I’m a content strategist and practitioner of human-centered content design. Based in Chicago, I got my start as a marketing and technical writer for digital agencies but was drawn to the usability side of things when I saw the sometimes profound disconnect between marketing goals and user objectives.
Brian Santiago
Brian Santiago
Senior Product Designer
Fastly
Brian has 15+ years of experience across all design disciplines from a wide range of industries including supply-chain, data science, and internet infrastructure.
Diana Deibel
Diana Deibel
Lead Designer
Grand Studio
Diana Deibel is a Lead Designer at Grand Studio in Chicago, a multidisciplinary product design consultancy where she focuses on VUI design, UX strategy and research. Her favorite work combines behavior theory, dialogue writing, and creating a useful, enjoyable experience – while hopefully avoiding breaking any UX laws.
Julie Morycz
Julie Morycz
Senior Designer
Grand Studio
Julie Morycz is a Senior Designer at Grand Studio where she focuses on visual/UI design and digital UX. She is an adaptive, inquisitive designer, and is passionate about creating human-centered solutions to common problems… with a side interest in all the crime shows.
Eva PenzeyMoog
Eva PenzeyMoog
Principal Design
8th Light
Eva PenzeyMoog is a Chicago-based UX designer who focuses on the emerging space of safety design. Before joining the tech field she worked in education non-profit and volunteered as a domestic violence educator and rape crisis counselor.
Garrett Polifka
Garrett Polifka
UX Team Lead
Paylocity
Garrett Polifka is a User Experience Team Lead with fifteen years experience in the creative industry; ranging from marketing to front-end development as well as software design.
Jon Yablonski
Jon Yablonski
Interactive Team Lead
Vectorform
Jon is a Interactive Design Lead at Vectorform, where he invents digital products and experiences. His passion lies in exploring the intersection of design and development, and often merges these two disciplines into a hybrid approach for solving digital problems.
Schedule

I am a Visual Designer in corporate America; I am also on the Autism Spectrum. I’ve thrived in my career using self-awareness as a tool for bringing out my best work and approaching design from a different direction. Growing a neurodiverse design team has its hurdles, but the pros far outweigh the cons. I will talk about improving work environments, identifying communication styles, and being a great team mate to those that are wired a bit different.

Key Takeaways:

Discover the benefits of hiring those with atypical brains
Learn how to best collaborate with individuals that have ADD, ADHD, Autism and more
Make your team work environment healthier and more flexible for all employees; both neurotypical and atypical

In my talk, I’ll discuss the role of content strategy in a project and how usability, no matter how researched and executed, stands and falls on the shoulders of content. This includes what user experience designers need to know to perform content strategy functions – even if the project doesn’t have the budget to hire a dedicated content strategist.

I’ll describe how content strategy contributes to a project, including a structure for creating a project goal and plan, from message architecture through editorial calendar to style guidelines. I’ll give examples of how content strategy can help accomplish business goals without leaving the users behind and help you think about how content will be sourced, managed and measured.

I’ll also give cautionary examples of what happens when you don’t include content strategy in your planning and when you put content last, instead of first.

Finally, I’ll talk about how UX and content strategy folks can help enhance the other’s work and collaborate for better results.

The reality of domestic violence doesn’t disappear when people leave enter the digital world. Abusers use technology to exploit and control their victims, meaning that technologists have a responsibility to ensure that users of our products are empowered to protect their safety. How can we prevent people with violent intentions from forms of abuse and control that are digital, such as browsing a victim’s computer, finding sensitive information about them online, or creating fake content in their name? How can our products that involve real people, such as software for building managers, protect against an abuser talking their way past a building’s doorman whose uses software to track approved guests? While there’s no simple answer and ultimately no way to ensure our users’ safety in all situations, thoughtful considerations and small changes while designing and building products can and does result in meaningful contributions to people’s safety. This talk will explore how to think through a lens of safety, create those thoughtful considerations, and advocate for an emphasis on safety.

This presentation will deal explicitly with domestic violence and may be triggering for some attendees. Please do not hesitate to leave the room at any time should you need to.

Mired in deliverable purgatory, and possessed of strategic skills that are continually undervalued, UX professionals are further humiliated by hiring requirements that include portfolios. I will explain why portfolios are entirely wrong for evaluating the worth of a UX professional, why hiring managers can’t seem to stop demanding them, and propose a path out of this quagmire.

As designers, we care about trying to bring things into the world that positively impact people’s lives. In trying to achieve our goals, sometimes we hold on tight to a lot of ideas about the way that we do things, the tools that we use, and how we work together. But what if getting what we want had to do more with letting go of things that are familiar in order to bring others into the design process. We’ll explore how embracing the idea of letting go – and what specifically we should try letting go of — will actually help us to be more effective within our organizations.

Few will argue the benefits of usability testing, but regardless if you are a seasoned UX professional or new to the field, traditional usability testing can be extremely time consuming. Often times many will completely skip testing because the friction is so high. In my talk, I will share the lessons I learned from when I introduced a low-friction and light-weight testing framework to my colleagues at Fastly, a company that powers over 10% of all internet traffic. This new approach increased our usability testing frequency by 4x in 8 months, gave teams greater insights into their products, and gained greater adoption of the testing process throughout the organization.

Much like true crime shows look at the notorious criminals in our culture, we will look at the notorious (and some not-so-notorious but equally “criminal”) UX/UI snafus in the recent years, including mistakes from our own work and what we’ve learned as individuals and a community about why certain tactics or styles don’t work in digital and conversational interfaces.

Emotional intelligence is a core competency that we should all explore to foster stronger bonds as a community. By being mindful of the moment, now, we’re better-prepared to sense emotions within. Through self-awareness, we can harness a shared power to work together more efficiently. Being more aware of ourselves through emotional intelligence, we can shape our perceptions and become a more mindful participant in the design process.

The human brain is so complex that understanding it has proven to be arguably the greatest challenge of modern science. It exhibits patterns that are integral to how we perceive and process information, which we’ve evolved for survival over thousands of years.

An understanding of these patterns is fundamental to designing human-centered experiences, and we can use established principles from psychology to guide us. Instead of forcing users to conform to the design of a product or experience, we can use this knowledge to design for how people actually are.

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