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We want to share a few interesting articles from some well-lit areas (and some of the darker corners) of the web that we are reading. Enjoy!

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Learn how the system of atomic design can provide more involvement in the design process while simultaneously saving you time and money.

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Atomic design is a system of designing complex interfaces by first focusing on the parts of which they are comprised. The system allows designers to spend less time on large scale site mockups and instead focus on creating reusable elements that ensure a comprehensive design system and consistent user experience.

The result is a website that’s easy to modify, rebrand, and integrate with your organization’s larger communications goals.

This webinar will cover:

  • an introduction to the system of atomic design
  • why your organization should adopt more iterative design strategies
  • how atomic design better supports responsive design

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Habanero‘s ‘UE Done Right!’ Course is back! Create exceptional user experiences for websites, intranets, mobile…

Date: June 3rd – 4th
About the workshop:
User Experience Done Right! explores real-world tools and techniques that are necessary to create first-class user experiences. Participants will practice the techniques described in the seminar through hands-on-activities.
You can find out more information here:

If you are looking for more reasons why you should attend, here are a few! 10 reasons to attend User Experience Done Right!

Space is limited to 22 students for the best learning experience, so register soon!

Inmates are Running the Asylum

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity

By Alan Cooper
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 6:30
Location: TBD
RSVP: Via Meet Up

As part of a series of book clubs looking back on “classic” and influential books about user experience, we’ll be kicking it off with Alan Cooper’s The Inmates are Running the Asylum (on

About The Book: Imagine, at a terrifyingly aggressive rate, everything you regularly use is being equipped with computer technology. Think about your phone, cameras, cars-everything-being automated and programmed by people who in their rush to accept the many benefits of the silicon chip, have abdicated their responsibility to make these products easy to use. The Inmates Are Running the Asylum argues that the business executives who make the decisions to develop these products are not the ones in control of the technology used to create them. Insightful and entertaining, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum uses the author’s experiences in corporate America to illustrate how talented people continuously design bad software-based products and why we need technology to work the way average people think. Somewhere out there is a happy medium that makes these types of products both user and bottom-line friendly; this book discusses why we need to quickly find that medium.

The Craftsman

The Craftsman

By Richard Sennett
Date: TUESDAY, November 26, 2013
Time: 6:30
Location: Beer Revolution | 1080 8 St SW, Calgary, AB (map)
RSVP: Via Meet Up

About The Book: Defining craftsmanship far more broadly than “skilled manual labor,” Richard Sennett maintains that the computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen engage in a craftsman’s work. Craftsmanship names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, says the author, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. In this thought-provoking book, one of our most distinguished public intellectuals explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today’s world.

View ‘The Craftsman’ on

FYI: The book is broken down into 3 sections: Craftsmen, Craft, and Craftmanship. Each sort of stands alone. Some of you may wish to just focus on a single section. That’s your call. :)


Date: October 5, 2013

Location: John Fluevog Boots & Shoes Ltd (207 8 Ave SW)

Cost: $319 (Register by 1 October)

Instructors: Laura Worthington & Shelley Gruendler

Details: This Type Camp will focus exclusively on script lettering.


After an introduction to varieties of scripts, we will help you develop your own hand lettering script style. You can cultivate a new visual identity or just experiment with possibilities.

By the end of the workshop, you will have a beautiful, brush lettered, and stylized finished piece that you can use for a variety of practical purposes. It could be used as your email signature or a wordmark for your business cards or even for your own personal greeting cards. The lettering and script skill set and procedural method can be applied to all kinds of future projects.


Habanero recently redesigned their own website using responsive techniques and experimented with a number of approaches such as content-first design, retina/high-DPI support, etc. Some things worked well and some didn’t, which the team will share.

Date: Wednesday, July 24th

Time: 10am (MDT)

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The session will be led by Pablo Romero, a customer and employee portals consultant with over ten years of experience in marketing, customer care, and business strategy, and Jas Shukla, a senior consultant who teaches our User Experience Done Right! course across Canada. Jas was also an integral part of the designing and planning process behind Habanero’s own responsive website redesign.

Jas and Pablo will share best practices, ways to increase customer engagement, and explain the benefits of using responsive design techniques. By using Habanero’s own website responsive redesign as background, we’ll delve into why this design philosophy can increase the quality of customer experiences across different devices, especially important given today’s high-DPI screens.



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