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More on Essential UX Skills panel

Join us for next week’s discussion about user experience skills that will help you make software easier to use, web sites more enjoyable, and apps that solve business problems. Get a start on a new career in UX or just become a better front end designer.

Participate in debates about the pros and cons of:

  • Communication and storytelling
  • Observation and listening
  • Facilitation and collaboration
  • Research, critiquing, sketching

and more!

Experienced UX practitioners are also invited to join us to challenge the panelists and share their own stories of how they got into a career in UX.


  • Mike Osswald, VP, Experience Innovation, Hanson, Inc.
  • Rhonda Grimm, IT User Experience Lead, First Solar
  • Ron Shrewsbery, User Experience Design Lead, Owens Corning


  • Keith Instone, User Experience Consultant, Toledo Region Experience Planning
  • Jerry Schnepp, Assistant Professor, BGSU


  • What: Essential Skills for a Career in UX, panel discussion, Toledo Web Professionals meetup
  • Where: BGSU Collab Lab, first floor, Jerome Library (see map below for driving directions and parking information)
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 7pm – 9pm
  • Free and open to the public. Pizza and soft drinks provided. Free and convenient parking (in Lot N).
  • Please RSVP at so we know how many people to expect.

Map to Parking

Essential UX Skills, 4/11

The next local User Experience event is in the works.

  • Essential Skills for a Career in UX
  • April 11, 7pm
  • BGSU’s Collab Lab, First floor of Jerome Library

RSVP at Map with parking instructions.

The event is a partnership between the Toledo Web Professionals and The Collab Lab, a new place for innovation at BGSU. Jerry Schnepp is the Lab director and teaches UX in the VCT program.

One audience for the event will be BGSU students. Here is a draft invitation for them:

Students studying visual communication, graphic design, computer science, marketing, or those just interested in designing technology to solve business problems and address social issues, are invited to a panel discussion about skills that are essential for a career in a User Experience related field. Learn what it takes to be an interaction designer, user researcher, web designer, information architect, usability engineer, or just work as part of a user experience team.

The other key audience will be TWP members. A draft invite for them:

Been involved in web development for a while but looking to make the websites and applications you build easier to use, more enjoyable, and better at addressing business challenges? Come to the next TWP meetup, a panel discussion about essential User Experience skills. It will make you a better front end developer, or give you a start on a career in interaction design or user research. If you are already a user experience practitioner, see if the panel suggest any skills you may need to hone, or challenge the panel with your own suggestion for essential skills.

What skills will we talk about? Who will be on the panel? Not sure yet.

I advocated for Empathy a few years ago, but also mentioned Sketching, Storytelling, Critiquing, Presenting, and Facilitating. There are UX team skills, skills grouped by category like business, communication, and technical, lists of top abilities, census results, meta skills, and UX shapes formed around attributes and skills.

We may talk about any of these, or something else. If you would like to suggest a few essential UX skills, and possibly be a panelist to advocate for them, contact me. List at least 2 essential UX skills; list at least 2 important but not essential UX skills.


Updated March 18th

Web Usability Panel, November 14th

Plans for World Usability Day in the Toledo region are taking shape. November 14, BGSU, panel about web usability. Here are some places to learn more – hope you can make it.