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Emotional Life of Internet Things

An updated version of the June 15, 2017 email newsletter.

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I am helping organize an event that I think you will want to attend:

  • What: Michigan UXPA presentation of “The Emotional Life of Internet Things” by Pamela Pavliscak
  • When: Monday, July 10, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: U. of Michigan, North Quad, Room 2245, Ann Arbor
  • Why: Kicking off a revitalized UXPA chapter in Michigan (also serving the Toledo region)

More information:

Register ($10) at Eventbrite

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Upcoming UX Events

Happy New Year (belatedly)! Now that it is February and spring is around the corner, various user experience events are popping up. From today’s email newsletter.

Saturday 2/18 is World Information Architecture Day and several of us are planning to drive to Ann Arbor together for a day of talks about careers, data, innovation, design rules, and more. Register for a FREE ticket and RSVP with the Toledo Web Professionals to be a part of the caravan from Toledo (meeting at the Sylvania Kroger at 7:30am).

Some of you may be interested in doing UX work on Lake Erie innovation projects. Check out ErieHack: first Toledo information session is Wednesday 2/15! Toledo’s hackathon is in March, $100k in prizes awarded in May.

Online, the Experience Design/Agile UX group has been doing regular Google Hangouts for each chapter in the “Lean UX” book. You can still join them for the last two chapters on 2/19 and 3/1.

There is a Design Thinking workshop in Columbus on 2/20. On Tuesday 2/28, Detroit UX is hosting a meetup about voice user interfaces at Grand Circus in downtown Detroit.

Ignite UX Michigan is another event that we regularly carpool to Ann Arbor to enjoy. March 14th is the next evening of 5-minute talks in a nightclub setting. Save the date! Tech Toledo is helping organize it.

March 20th is the next big UX event in the region: an Unconference at Hanson (rescheduled from November). Bring your interesting UX topics or nagging UX challenges to the unconference to discuss with colleagues in small groups.

The next Rosenfeld Media virtual conference will be April 25th. I plan to host another local conference in conjunction with it, but have not started looking into venues, hosts or sponsors. Ideas welcome! The theme this time:

  • Wearables, VR, self-driving cars, the Internet of Things: every invention needs an intuitive, humane user experience to make them work. Easier said than done, right?
  • Let’s tackle rapid change by learning together. Our next virtual conference (tentatively called “To Be Designed: What’s Next for UX”) aims to help you succeed at designing what’s next in your world.

You can give input to the global program by completing a survey (before 2/22) to suggest topics and speakers.

Finally, looking ahead to the fall, the Midwest UX conference is returning to Ohio. After stops in Louisville & Pittsburgh, it is back to a few hours drive from Toledo: Cincinnati, October 12-14, 2017. MWUX is a top-notch UX conference! High-quality conferences like this are more common on the coasts, but MWUX is better, in my opinion, because of the midwest vibe to the program and the whole conference.

Save the dates and start planning your trip. Buy your ticket now, since it will likely sell out. Speaker submission is open until 4/16. Contact me if your company wants to sponsor.

Late April update

Last week, I sent out a mid-month email newsletter for people interested in user experience. Usually, I only do 1 per month, but there is lots going on.

Some of the hi-lites:

  • The 2nd Design Briefs went well! Track #ToledoDesignBriefs on Twitter for a partial summary.
  • Darren Kall’s talk “User Insights for the Whole Team” was well-attended and informative. It was also an interesting “smash up” of groups (students & professionals, for example). I heard from several people who they would like to have Darren make more visits from Dayton. He is willing.
  • The next big event for people interested in user experience is Peter Morville’s “The Architecture of Understanding” on June 15th. This is BIG! We just changed to a new venue, the Auditorium at One SeaGate in downtown Toledo. We can accommodate more people now. It is over lunch, so it may take extra planning to get away from work for 2 hours. Register! The event is FREE and lunch will be provided: a great deal. I will be sharing more news about Peter, the talk, and who you may want to invite to join us.

See the April 21 email newsletter for even more that is going on.



March Update

The March 2016 UXTR email newsletter went out at 9am today. Some of the more important bits:

  • If you attended the UX conference on 2/3, do not lose the Eventbrite email sent on 2/17. It has links to the MP4 & PDF files from the conference.
  • Two UX events of note in April: 4/12 at BGSUDesign Briefs at TMA on 4/21.
  • June 15th: NWSPUG is hosting an out-of-town UX superstar. Save the date for lunch with us in downtown Toledo!
  • Industrial designers from around the world will be in Detroit in August for the IDSA International Conference. UX will be a key part of the program. Start planning for it now.

Check out the March email newsletter for more information. If you are not already on the mailing list, sign up now so you do not miss the details for April, June and August.


Holiday Mixers & February Conference

Another email newsletter for the UX community in the Toledo Region went out yesterday.

The first section is about the holiday mixers in December. The Tech Toledo Geek Dinner Holiday Mixer is the main one: hope you can make it on December 10th.

The second section is about the February 3rd conference on Product Management and User Experience, another local event based on a Rosenfeld Media virtual conference.

The speakers are spectacular, as usual. Learn more about them: Marty Cagan, Jeff Gothelf, Laura Klein, Jeff Patton, Tomer Sharon, and Christina Wodtke.

The virtual conference event page has additional information, but do not register: we will get a “meeting room” ticket so we can participate together as a community at some cool location here in the Toledo region. It is more educational, more fun and less expensive to do it together.

Save the date – February 3 – and watch for more details!



October newsletter

The October email newsletter for the User Experience Toledo Region community went out yesterday. Check it out in the archives if you did not get it, deleted it already, or never pay attention to email newsletters.


  • Startup Weekend, Lean UX meetup & TWP meetup are all things in October that build upon Design Week activities.
  • The next Pitch and Pour, in celebration of World Usability Day, is the next big event to plan for (November 12).
  • If you missed all or part of Toledo Design Week, you can catch up by checking out the Twitter stream and slides.