World Usability Day 2019

  • 14 Nov 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • SAS, 200 SAS Campus Drive Cary, NC 27513
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Join us for the 2019 Triangle UXPA World Usability Day celebration on November 14th at 6:00pm at SAS for networking, dinner, and 2 talks.

This year's theme is "Designing for the Future We Want." Design has a huge influence on people’s lives. What we design today can have a lasting impact on the world. Let’s use this year’s theme, “Design for the Future We Want”, to focus our work to improve the world through better experiences and create a better future together.

Registration closes 1 day before the event (November 13th). If you register for the event but can no longer attend, please email so we can open up your spot for someone else.

Evening Agenda

6:00-7:00pm - Networking & Dinner

7:00-7:15pm - Introductions

7:15-8:00pm - Talk #1 by Pieter Kruithof and Gretchen McNeely + Q&A

8:00-8:45pm - Talk #2 by John Griffin + Q&A

8:45-9:00pm - Wrap up & Networking

Talk #1 by Pieter Kruithof and Gretchen McNeely

Your first manager helps you design the future that you want and, in turn, how you impact the world around you. They can help you shape work opportunities, a professional growth path, even the types of clients you partner with. It's a crucial relationship that can set you up for success, whether in usability or in related fields. Based on the number of LinkedIn postings, it seems clear that poor managers often stand in the way of designing that future. We all know that, but the posts don’t spend a lot of time on what makes a bad manager bad or a good manager good. 

Over the years, we’ve had our share of managers. We've created a set of questions to help recent graduates assess management environments, and help prospective managers determine where they themselves might have untapped strengths and areas to grow. 

The questions we present leverage a framework with three facets: domain experience, functional experience, and management skills. There are even a few “trick” questions to get at management style and corporate culture. Put these suggestions in your toolkit as you consider interviewing with a prospective employer, or as you consider a shift into management yourself. 

Talk #2 Designing a usable, accessible, universal, inclusive future by John Griffin

We all want to design products that are thoughtful, well-crafted and work perfectly for everyone. But budgets are small and deadlines are demanding. And let’s face it, many of our business partners don’t get it.

Let's explore the relationship between usability, accessibility, universal design, and inclusive design. We’ll share best practices and challenge ourselves to think beyond the marketing spin for this important topic.

No matter your level of experience, you'll walk away with some practical actions you can take to design for a more open and respectful future.

About The Speakers

Pieter Kruithof, MS, CUXP, CSPO is a highly pragmatic user experience research and design professional with deep domain experience in cloud technology spanning the infrastructure, middleware, and application layers. Over the past seven years, he has spoken with developers, architects, and operators over a wide range of topics including infrastructure management, CI/CD processes, and serverless.

He was previously the UX Team Lead for the OpenStack open source cloud project which included contributors from Red Hat, IBM, HPE, Intel, and Cisco. During Piet’s tenure, the OpenStack UX cross-functional team created cloud personas, redesigned the operations portal, and conducted over fifteen studies with customers from companies including Wikimedia, CERN, Intel, Spectrum, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Piet is currently a Sr User Researcher with the IBM Hybrid Cloud group and focused on both the middleware and application layers.
Most importantly, Piet has a sixteen-year-old lab named Waterbug.

Gretchen McNeely is a UX and design strategist with a background in physical product, environmental and service design, and digital content. Her focus is healthcare and consumer goods. She currently works with Product X.0 within Accenture. 

Areas of expertise include: ethnography, information architecture, opportunity identification, and branded content strategy. Gretchen’s additional professional interests include audio and conversational design, microinteractions, and way finding. 

She holds an AB in German from Dartmouth College (Fulbright Scholar) and a master's degree in information science from the University of Michigan.

John "Griff" Griffin leads the design team at First Citizens Bank. After 12 years as a creative director at USAA, he came to FCB to build a design practice inside the 120-year-old bank. Griff is a design thinker and doer who likes long walks on the beach, rye whiskey, and tasteful kerning.


SAS Training Room
Building F, Room 101
200 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513
See map: Google Maps

There will be a guard at the gate before and for a period of time after the event has started, let them know you're there for the TriUXPA event. If you arrive after the guard has left push the button near the guard station to connect to security.

Parking is available behind the building. There is a walkway from the parking lot behind the building to the Training Room (in the front of the building). Parking is also available in adjacent lots.


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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