THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

I truly enjoy spreading the word about user experience –
the field in general, best practices, and introducing others to the field.
Here are some highlights with my involvement in the UX community.

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

 

RECENT ENGAGEMENTS


exploreUX


Transitioning to a UX Career Panel Discussion, September 2013.

exploreUX is a sounding board for UX enthusiasts interested in discussing trends, challenges, and best practices about all aspects of user experience.

I started exploreUX as a way to connect UXers to each other and to those interested in UX. I believe one of the ways to add value and validity to our field is to educate others about it. We meet in-person every other month to discuss a topic and network.

Topics span:

  • Transitioning to a UX career
  • Tips and tricks of client education on UX
  • Ask a recruiter getting that UX dream job
  • UX portfolio review day
  • DIY mobile usability testing sled

Check out the exploreUX Meetup page.


UX CAREERS

 

THE UX PORTFOLIO: AN ACTION-ORIENTED PRESENTATION TO GET YOU PAST "PORTFOLIO CREATOR'S BLOCK"

I created a really short presentation based on workshop that hit all the important pieces without going through the exercises. I was only given 30 minutes, but I was able to get through everything in 20 minutes leaving 10 minutes for questions. In all the portfolio-focus events I've been a part of, people always ask really great questions. It speaks to the need for more talks like this and hopefully it really helps people out with their UX careers. I presented this version at User Focus 2014.


 

UX PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP

I've hosted a few UX portfolio workshops, which have all been based upon getting over that portfolio creator's block that can hold back even the best of us. These are slides from my last workshop, which was a 2-hour event during UXDC and was attended by 45+ people (Presented October 2015). I love doing this workshop because each time, I learn more about people's challenges and get a feel for what they have questions about. I take this feedback and improve the content of my workshop. I'm also going to be expanding my workshop to include tackling the UX resume.

  • The first UX portfolio I led was at exploreUX, April 2014. See comments and see the slide deck.
  • I was also an invited panelist the Portfolio Panel Discussion for the immersive programs, General Assembly, Washington, DC July 2014.

 

UX YOURSELF: A BUSINESS GUY'S PERSPECTIVE

I co-authored this presentation with John Totten and our “business guy” Dave Rinaldo delivered it. This presentation provided an overview on the hiring landscape for UX roles and how to best prepare yourself, your resume, and your portfolio to find that UX dream job.

Presented at:

  • UXPA International, Washington, DC, July 2013.
  • UXPA International Redux, Washington, DC, October 2013.

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE: USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN AT ROCK CREEK

I created this presentation about what it's like to be a UX designer at Rock Creek Strategic Marketing. This was geared toward soon-to-be UXers from the General Assembly UX Immersive class, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in the UX field. Presented July 2014.


COLLABORATION

 

UN-SILOING YOUR PROJECT TEAM WITH COLLABORATIVE SKETCHES AND DIGITAL PROTOTYPING

We had the opportunity to present at Drupalcon Austin 2014 about my collaborative sketching approach to web projects. Since this was a developer conference, we also included a heavy focus on how we use Drupal to create digital prototypes as a communication tool for clients and as a way to really get a jumpstart on developing the final site. We've tried this method for several projects, each time iterating on the process and making it better. We were really excited to share this method with the Drupal community! Presented with Kat Kuhl and Ika Lestari, June 2014. Check out our video recording.


 

A COLLABORATIVE WIREFRAMING TECHNIQUE

For Poster Night at IA Summit '14, we presented a poster on a collaborative wireframing technique I used for one of our site redsign projects. To get a better sense of how well the collaborative technique worked, we also illustrated the traditional, silo'd approach. See a PDF version (1.1 MB) or read more about the technique. Illustrations by Jess Hang, layout design by Patrick Quill. Presented March 2014.


 

UX+DEV PLAYING NICELY TOGETHER

This is one of my earlier presentations on the benefits of cross-functional team collaboration. With the UX and Dev duo collaborating on a project, ideas get communicated better, problems are worked out earlier, and everyone benefits from it.

Co-presented with Jessica Hang, Sarah Thrasher, and Andrew Wachholz at:

  • Capital Camp, Washington, DC, July 2013
  • MoDevEast, McLean, VA, December 2013


UX TECHNIQUES

 

ILLUSTRATING YOUR POINT (FROM START TO FINISH)

At exploreUX and Triangle UXPA, we hosted a lightning talk evening covering people's UX process - not their overall process, but a small part of their workflow. We had topics ranging from working with clients to accessibility. I presented on the importance of sketching. Presented July 2015.



 

USING ANALOGIES (BEHOLD THE POWER OF ANALOGIES!)


Poster Image


Poster in Action!

For Poster Night at IA Summit '14, we presented our approach of using analogies to describe information architecture, content strategy, and card sorting with clients, colleagues, and participants. Using analogies helps people who are unfamiliar with these abstract ideas and activities relate in ways they understand. When using great analogies things "click" better, less misunderstood, and people can focus on the actual task at hand. For IA Summit, we had visitors play with the actual analogies and contribute their ideas for analogies. See a PDF version (888 KB). Illustrations and layout design by me. Presented March 2014.



 

DIGITAL PROTOTYPING: WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER

This presentation discusses using digital prototyping as a means of efficiently creating a responsive set of wireframes. Instead of creating three sets of wireframes (smartphone, tablet, and desktop), we encourage people to use digital prototyping to create one set of wireframes that’s responsive to smartphone, tablet, and desktop platforms. Check out the the accompanying website.

Co-presented with Andrew Wachholz at:

  • MoDevEast, McLean, VA, December 2013
  • MoDevGov, Arlington, VA, February 2014 (Invited presenters)


 

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