Lightning Talks: Instructive Conductive

  • 14 Mar 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • WillowTree, 800 Taylor Street, Suite 300, Durham, 27701


  • Standard Membership ($29.95) plus free admission to the workshop. Subscription period: 1 year No automatically recurring payments. The Standard Membership gives you access to all Triangle UXPA events at the member's discounted event fee.
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Hey All!

Come join us at the new WillowTree office in the Golden belt for a series of lightning talks on a variety of topics around product design! You’ll hear talks about user testing, developer/designer relationships, laying out design spaces and more!


  • 6:30-7:15pm: Sign-in, grab some refreshments & food, networking
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Lighting talks
  • 8:30-9:00pm: Wrap up and networking


Rachel Starnes

I’m Rachel—a Senior Product Designer, working and playing at WillowTree in Durham, NC. Currently obsessed with inclusive design, design systems, & coconut La Croix.

My talk will explore the intersection of visual design & product design. How can visual design influence and inform user experiences and vice versa?

Thomas Stokes

My name is Thomas Stokes and I’m a Senior Product researcher at WillowTree. I got a PhD at NC State studying applied cognitive psychology and human-computer interaction. As a product researcher, I’m here to help the team understand user’s needs, wants, goals, thoughts and behavior— I use a mixed-methods approach to help guide ideation, evaluate designs, generate measurement goals, and supplement product strategy.

This talk focuses on the dichotomy between formative and summative research as its commonly taught, and how usability testing is rarely entirely one or the other.

Matt Corbett

Matt cannot be killed by traditional means; the gypsy cursed him long ago to wander the earth eternally, so he now calls Durham home and works as a software engineer at WillowTree.

How can we make sure that our designs are not only wonderful but also accessible to the engineers that will implement your vision? See how your designs might be interpreted through the eyes of an engineer and find a design that provides the best experience for both your users and your engineers.

Amy Lai

Amy is a UX Designer at Blue Acorn iCi in Raleigh. Outside of work you can find her checking out new places to eat with her pup, Albie.

Curious about UX Bootcamps? I’ll be walking through my experience with General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive, a full-time 10 week course.

Julia Swenson

Julia is a designer and manager with nearly 10 years of experience in the digital agency world. She is currently Director of Product Design at WillowTree, a mobile product agency with offices in Charlottesville, VA and Durham, NC. She engages with clients to deliver work on the forefront of technology, modern design and usability.

My talk will cover my personal stance on the importance of the spaces we create, and how they influence culture, productivity, and happiness. I will also talk a bit about the process of building out the new WillowTree offices.

Radoj Glisik

20 years of experience. Teaching, designing, UX-ing, wrestling sharks, VP-ing, product-deploying, marketing and other questionable activities. Currently Radoj is working as a VP of Digital Strategy & Experience at Blue Acorn iCil attempting to stand up a bonafide digital strategy and UX practice.

Have you faced a situation where you had to review, get feedback and ultimately get approval on a design from a ton of stakeholders? It’s not pretty. We will walk through a strategy that may help you next time.


Registration is $3 for Triangle UXPA members and $7 for non-members. You also have the option to purchase a Triangle UXPA membership (on this event page) and receive free admission to this event.

Refunds are available until 24 hours before the event starts.


800 Taylor St, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27701


There should be ample parking in the lot. 

Below is a visual aid to help you get to the right place. You will want to enter through the “grand gallery,” which is a glass entrance with black trim. Once inside, the person working the security desk can direct you to the correct elevator and let you up to the third floor.


If the event fills up, you can join the waitlist. Two days before the event if there are spots available, we'll notify those on the waitlist. Any available spots will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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