UX Camp Spring 2022

UX Camp Spring 2022 is a 1-day mini-conference that delivers great UX content at a price that lets anyone attend, from where you are.

On Saturday, May 20, 2022 at 10AM CT, from where ever you are—we’re serving up 2 awesome keynotes that bookend up to 4 really great presentations!

Interested in getting on a virtual stage? Submit your presentation idea!

We continue to provide a stage with inclusive continuing education that is great for our community. Don’t miss out–join us and expand your User Experience horizons–and don’t worry: we record the sessions so you can revisit them later.

And we’ve got swag! We’ve partnered with Nerditees (again) to bring you some cool UX-themed gear. We’ve got stylish Next Level Human-Centered t-shirts that come in blue with yellow or black with white.

Each swag item purchased adds to our pool of “Need 1, Take 1” passes that are available to anyone who has a need–no questions asked.

Event Details
Tickets
$6
Early Bird Ticket

Only 20 tickets at this price!

$12.50
General Admission

Only $12.50! An outstanding bargain!

Free
Pay What You Can

Any contribution is appreciated.

Free
Need 1, Take 1

For anyone with a need. Please join!

Speakers
Lisa deBettencourt
Lisa deBettencourt
Founder & Principal
Forge Harmonic
Lisa is a product strategy and design leader. She works with organizations in healthcare and life sciences to discover, develop, and operationalize innovative ways to improve the patient and clinical experience.
Christian Crumlish
Christian Crumlish
UX Leadership Consultant & Author
Design In Product
Christian Crumlish is a product and UX leadership consultant at Design in Product, where he also hosts a product/UX community.
Jaime Ventura
Jaime Ventura
User Experience Designer
IntelliBridge
As a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design professional, Jaime Ventura is an expert in implementing government procedures and requirements to digital platforms.
Casey Hald
Casey Hald
Senior Frontend Developer
Dispatch
Casey Hald has been doing web design & user experience since 2008. He has worked mostly on enterprise software—developing rapid prototypes and conducting usability sessions to determine usability for designs.
Emily Wachowiak
Emily Wachowiak
Senior Content Designer
Mozilla
Emily has worked with digital content for 10+ years, shifting from marketing copywriting and content strategy to UX writing and content design. She founded the UX writing practice at Peapod Digital Labs (the e-commerce provider for grocery brands such as Stop & Shop) before practicing content design team at Upwork and Mozilla.
Joanne Wang
Joanne Wang
Lead Product Designer
Reaktor
Joanne is an extremely thoughtful designer who thinks iteratively. She has a sharp eye for design and can quickly connect the dots on complex workflow products.
Julia Beauchamp Kraft
Julia Beauchamp Kraft
Founder
Speak To Inspire
Julia Beauchamp Kraft is the founder of the public speaking training company, Speak To Inspire. Founded in 2014, Speak To Inspire has trained 1000’s of entrepreneurs and professionals as well as 100’s of companies like LinkedIn, Salesforce, ZScaler, Twitter, etc.
Low-cost, high-quality events for the User Experience community.
Chicago Camps
Event Producer
Chicago Camps
Chicago Camps, LLC was formed and founded with the intention of bringing high-value, low-cost events to the User Experience community.
Schedule

We'll open the doors a little early and let folks in. Sometimes, we have surprises, sometimes, we play music, sometimes it's a little quiet. Get there a little early to be ready for kick-off!

Good Intentions & Bad Actors

As designers, we are able to leverage our understanding of the human condition and systems to transform technology into offerings that make millions of dollars for companies, while remaining idealistic about our goals of making people’s lives better or “changing the world.” But our process doesn’t make room to consider what things might just go sideways. I think this borders on negligence. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our profession, our customers, our colleagues, and the businesses who employ us to forecast the impact of our work at scale and work to mitigate risks. Let’s talk about how to integrate appropriate tools and the processes to do so properly.

15 minute break.

Cognitive Bias can impact the way we design and often, it happens without us recognizing what we’re doing, which in turn means that we could design and build systems that are flawed for our core users. When we recognize our biases, we can learn how to get around them, gain perspective, and make design decisions that are better suited for our users.

15 minute break.

UX Engineers are there not only to help enforce design patterns, but to be creative with coded solutions that assist in speeding up user testing in environments that add security for both the participant and interviewer. I am going to show how code methodologies and current frameworks can help communicate design decisions and drive a cohesive bond with other teams inside your organization.

The one thing every designer can agree on is that design sometimes doesn’t translate perfectly into production environments. There can be glaring alignment issues, misuse of fonts, and all sorts of weird color interpretations development teams make, simply because they make too many assumptions and rush to make deadlines. Imagine not just delivering a design file to developers—but an entire coded framework with precise css code that guarantees design fidelity. A UX Engineer is a designer’s best friend.

As UX continues to grow and evolve, the more need there is to have prototypes available to share with clients, pitch for funding and resources, and iterate patterns with design teams. UX Engineers allow designers to see and test their work in real world applications outside of design software, and create a more cohesive bond with development teams.

15 minute break.

Audits are a go-to tool for cataloging and optimizing website content, and they can also be your product team’s secret weapon. Examining key features and flows of your product through a content lens will help you systematically identify gaps, inconsistencies, and usability improvements. How can you make sure that your audit leads to concrete, meaningful product changes—not just lines on a spreadsheet? There’s no one-size-fits-all template, but there are a few frameworks, tips, and strategies for getting results—and buy-in—without getting overwhelmed.

Auditing a product is much different than auditing a website. Instead of scraping URLs, you’ll need to capture and track multiple screens and states, like errors and form fields. And you’ll need to translate your findings into a digestible story for product and engineering partners. From scoping and conducting your content audit to tracking and sizing your recommendations in an engineer-friendly format, this session will help you turn your audit findings into real product improvements.

15 minuted break.

Being a confident communicator is not just the way you act, talk, and look. It’s a habitual way of thinking and reacting.

In this talk, you will learn how to make small changes to your words, tone, and non-verbal communication to improve how you interact in high-stakes personal and professional communications.

This talk will help you develop the ability to:

Manage your nervous system when anxiety, fear and self-consciousness take over
Systematically develop rock-solid confidence you can rely on
Navigate the virtual speaking world and come across as a credible expert
Effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally for influence
Uncover what’s holding you back from being fully expressed
Even though everything has gone virtual the world still needs your presence and message. Open up to more visibility, confidence and comfort in your skin on camera and in life!

15 minute break.

Product Management for UX People

“Why is a product Manager telling me what to do?” “Plus, how is software even a product?” “What do product managers want and why are they so frustrating?” Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? Meet product managers where they live. They make decisions all day long. They don’t get to say “it depends.” Most of the time they don’t actually make the decision—they just make sure it gets made right. They have to keep the build, measure, learn cycle. They have to cajole engineers. They have to persuade stakeholders to support a focused roadmap. Have some sympathy for the PM.

I feel your pain. It can be a struggle to influence product direction (before it’s too late). It’s not easy to coax requirements out of PM partners. Presenting design & research work can feel like speaking a different language. How product managers generally prioritize initiatives can be opaque. These pain points are widespread because UX and PM roles are still feeling out how to work well together. What can you do?

Use your UX superpowers: Bring your creative problem-solving superpower to the table through your command of art, craft, and communication. Overcome the challenged of synthesizing product research with your systems thinking. Lend your taxonomy wisdom, whether via IA or content strategy, to your product partner’s amorphous model. Contribute your contextual inquiry and qualitative research skills to get beyond the what of data to the why of understanding. Facilitate the prioritization and alignment needs of the product behind all those workshop hours with the stickies and the dot voting. But most of all, design a good friggin’ user experience for the people trying to work with you.

As a design leader, one should know their value and set up boundaries. Ask for feedback to not only maximize your value and career development but to maintain a clear understanding of your worth to the team. As for boundaries, I learn how to push back when you feel your priorities slipping.

Steps to set up boundaries:

• First, define the boundaries; in which area do you need the boundaries.
• Second, what do you need to happen to support the boundaries
• Third, what are the benefits when your boundaries are respected?
• What actions will you take if your boundaries are not respected?
• What will you feel like if your boundaries are respected?

In practice, learn to ask for clarification and accountability (“what exactly do you need here? How should we reprioritize our backlog to accommodate for this task?”) when you feel others—client or team members—might cross your boundaries.

Tickets
$6
Early Bird Ticket

Only 20 tickets at this price!

$12.50
General Admission

Only $12.50! An outstanding bargain!

Free
Pay What You Can

Any contribution is appreciated.

Free
Need 1, Take 1

For anyone with a need. Please join!

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