Habanero‘s ‘UE Done Right!’ is back in Calgary, here are the details…
Date: June 18th – 19th
About the workshop:
Designed for everyone from designers to communicators to project managers and developers, this two-day course is packed with case studies, responsive design best practices, and tips to increase team collaboration. Participants will practice the techniques through hands-on activities and will be given a comprehensive set of course materials and templates.
The seminar runs June 18 – 19 in Calgary, but we also have availability in Toronto and Vancouver. You can find out more information here: http://www.uedoneright.com
We have a special promotion code for CalUX until May 31 to get the reduced rate of $699 – just enter CALUX in the promotion code box.
Space is limited to 22 students for the best learning experience, so register soon!
Also check out our new course running in September “Portal Management Done Right!” for the people who launch, maintain, and run the solutions we design! http://portalsdoneright.com
It’s high time we host another Rapid-Fire-Presentation-Evening. We have some of Calgary’s leading User Experience professionals and Visual Thinkers lined up to speak about the projects, ideas and questions that they are most passionate about. Each speaker will been given ten minutes to talk about their topic, followed by a lightning-round of Q&A. With an open-ended discussion to finish off the night.
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time: 6:00-9:00 (presentations start at 6:30)
Location: Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub – 140, 10th Avenue SW, Back Room (just ask for the Calgary UX reservations)
RSVP: Via Meet Up
Confirmed Presenter line-up and topics (in no particular order, well, possibly some what alphabetical):
- Andrew Wright, nForm - UX Debt
- Ben Ng & Meghan Armstrong, Habanero - FedEx Days at Habanero
- Brian Traynor, Mount Royal University – The State of Information Design/Usability/UX in the post-secondary studies world
- Chelsea Klukas, Decoder\Beaucoo\Chelsea Klukas Creative – Mobile & Tablet Apps
- Martin Stares, Online Business Systems - A glimpse through an IA’s eyes
- 1 or 2 more still to be confirmed…
It’s not too late, if you’re interested in presenting, feel free to shoot us an email with a short pitch of what you’d like to talk about and we’ll see if we can squeeze ya into to the exciting line-up.
By Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden
Date: TUESDAY, June 25, 2013
Location: To Be Determined (MAKE A SUGGESTION IN COMMENTS!)
RSVP: Via Meet Up
About The Book: The Lean UX approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today’s web-driven reality. In this insightful book, leading advocate Jeff Gothelf teaches you valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques from the ground up—how to rapidly experiment with design ideas, validate them with real users, and continually adjust your design based on what you learn.
Purchase the book at the O’Riley Media Book Store (use discount code DSUG for 50% off the ebook price or 40% off the print).
CalgaryUX is joining up with Pixels and Pints for their next get-together on Tuesday, April 9.
Some CalgaryUX folks are already regulars at Pixel and Pints but if you haven’t been to one before, Pixels is a monthly intermingling of Calgary’s designers, writers, analysts, and developers… and everything in-between.
It’s a pretty casual group: just grab a drink, have a chat, listen to some announcements, and make some new connections!
You can arrive any time during the evening, but things get started at 5:30pm at the Rose and Crown Pub in Beltline (1503 4 St. SW). We’ll have a reserved section at the back.
Brian Traynor from Mount Royal University’s Information Design program has invited Calgary UX group members to presentation at the school on Wednesday, March 20.
A representative from Noldus will be demonstrating their Observer XT software, an event-logging tool focused on the “collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data” – something that might come in handy when conducting user research and usability studies.
More information on Observer XT can be found on Noldus’ website at http://www.noldus.com
The presentation will be held at 3:30pm in the afternoon in room T295.
To help find your way around campus, please refer to the MRU visitor parking map and the level 2 campus map. (The easiest entrance to find the room from is the West Gate. If you are driving, you can park in Lot 2.)
VanUE is hosting an event tonight to share the findings of the survey that was sent out in the fall. They have set up a GoToMeeting so that you can join in remotely. There is only capacity for 100 remote participants so make sure to sign in early. A huge thank you to VanUE (www.vanue.com) for setting this up, and for the opportunity to join in!
presentation starts at: 7:00pm MST/6:00pm PST
panel discussion starts at: 7:30pm MST/6:30pm PST
Here are the details
How much is UX talent worth? What are companies looking for in a ‘UX’ person? What are the skills that matter? How do you find, hire, and keep a UX professional?
Last fall we asked the VanUE community to participate in the Work and Salary Survey. (Nope, not the IA Institute one, but a survey just for us Canadians!) This survey captured information on demographics, work experience and positions, and compensation of UX professionals across Canada. The goal for this survey was to gather up-to-date information about the state of user experience jobs to help all professionals understand the UX market and opportunities in Canada.
Now the time you’ve been waiting for has finally come. Answers have been tallied, numbers have been crunched, and Laura Ballay and Meghan Deutscher from Periscope UX will share highlights of the survey results.
Following the salary survey presentation, Gordon Ross from OpenRoad will facilitate a discusson of several senior UX professionals on the topic of finding, hiring, and keeping UX designers. The panelists come from a range of industry and professional backgrounds, but are all responsible for hiring user experience talent. They will be discussing their shared and unique challenges of managing UX staff against the backdrop of the salary survey findings.
Representing the following types of organizations:
Chris Ryan, VP Interaction Design and Usability at Vision Critical
Chris Miller, Director of Brand Services at Cossette
Blair Neufeld & Dominique Bohn, User Experience Design Team leads, BC Gov
Boris Mann, Managing Partner, Full Stack
Periscope UX is Laura Ballay and Meghan Deutscher, two User Experience and Interaction Designers based in Vancouver, BC. With their combined 20 or so years of design and usability experience and Masters degrees in Interaction Design and HCI, they provide a full range of user-centered design services to clients in web, mobile and software.
How to connect:
1. Please join my meeting, 2013-02-26 at 6:30 PM MST.
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (647) 497-9351
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Meeting ID: 901-731-032
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