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.
Check out the exploreUX Meetup page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: