Because of the fantastic financial support of several sponsors, we got enough commitment to purchase a “group ticket” for the May 29th Rosenfeld Summit Webinar. We got a larger venue (enough for 70 people) at Levis Commons, so we can now let individuals register to join us.
The cost for individuals is only $25: a great price.
Learn more about attending the Rosenfeld Summit Webinar on May 29th in the Toledo region.
Help spread the word to your colleagues!
Thanks to everyone who completed the UX community survey way back in March.
The results are in – check them out!
One reason that compiling the results took so long was that I am already working to make the top 2 ideas happen. Attend the TWP meeting this Wednesday to hear some more about the results and what else is happening this month.
Over the last 3 weeks, I have been talking with many folks about how to organize and fund a local group ticket for the May 29th Rosenfeld Summit of 31 UX tips. Thanks to everyone who answered the attendee survey and provided other feedback.
I think we finally have enough details worked out to announce the call for sponsors to a broader audience.
Please check out May 29 Webinar Sponsorship, contact me if you are interested, and spread the word to potential sponsors. We already have commitments from several groups, so it is time to start making it happen for real.
One of our strategies for building a UX community in the region is to help existing groups add UX content to their programs. The next example of this is the May 8th Toledo Web Professionals Meet-up, featuring Josh Walsh of Designing Interactive (in Cleveland). I had heard of Josh’s tour when he made stops in Cleveland and Cincinnati earlier this year, so I suggested that TWP’s Greg and Dan contact him to see if he wanted to add a stop in the Toledo region. Josh quickly agreed.
Add this to your calendar, plan on attending, and let your colleagues know about it.
- Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6:00pm, at Seed Coworking. Pizza sponsored by Kforce. (Mud Hens home game that night: get there early or be prepared to pay for parking.)
- Talk starting at around 6:30pm: “Making Our Users Feel Great: The Psychology of Making Things Easy to Use”
- TWP meet-up event: RSVP here.
- Facebook event (by Seed): Invite colleagues to help spread the word.
Josh’s talk in Toledo may be similar to the version he gave in Cincinnati in March: watch the video to get a sense of what to expect. Description of one his past talks on his tour:
The design industry has lost focus on what it means to be a user experience designer. It’s not about writing requirements, drawing wireframes, graphic design, or even user research. It’s about making your users feel great.
While those other skills are important, they are just a means to an end, a way to enable users to accomplish what they need to accomplish.
We conduct user interviews and usability testing to learn directly from our users, but our brains aren’t wired to express how we feel. So, how can we learn from our users’ feelings to make our products better?
See you there! I will likely give an update on our UX community progress.
After using my blog’s UXTR section for a mish-mash of things to help develop the user experience community in the region, I decided to revive an old, parked domain (user-experience.org), install WordPress, and start using this site.
The current driver is planning and execution of a May 29th webinar.
Over time, I will “go back in time” and add remnants of past UX community efforts in the region (starting in 2003) here, to get the history all in one place.