Come join us for a series of lighting talks on a variety of topics around product design. You’ll hear talks about usability data, design process, user research, developer/designer relationships, laying out design spaces and more! Lightning talks are a short (~10 minutes) informal presentation to share a wide variety of ideas in a small amount of time
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by Khoa D. Le Nguyen
Users are often unaware of the hidden mental processes and environmental factors that influence their behaviors. To uncover those, UXR could incorporate approaches and resources from psychological research, including (1) the systematic and theory-based psychology literature, (2) validated methods and measures, and (3) quantitative analyses and inferential statistics to reveal drivers of behaviors.
by Drew Wilson
In my experience, both privately and corporately, most clients first questions are about price, timeline, and then functionality. But when we allow the potential or current client to facilitate all of the questions during a discovery session, we almost destroy any chances of finding and prescribing to the root problem. Projects are well-planned when the discovery session is well-organized. Building a strong discovery template will aid the development of UX projects because the issue or desire is identified faster. When the discovery is executed effectively, the questions of timeline and cost won't be so difficult, because the client or company will understand the value in what you offer, and know that you care.
by Nicholas Cope
User Research the Devil's Right-Hand Man is a presentation on how everyone involved in UX design should share in the role of playing devil's advocate and devil's inquisitor when interacting with their stakeholders throughout a design's life cycle. By doing so a design will better represent a user's experience and thus help to better meet their unmet needs.
by Martha Wilkes
Your career plans can change in the blink of an eye. I was laid off after a 16-year tenure and found myself at a mid-life mid-career crossroad. On a whim, I applied to the US Digital Service, thinking it would be a sacrifice to work in DC for 2 years, but it would be a good way to make connections for my next job. Flash forward 1.5 years later: now I never want to leave government service! It's incredibly fulfilling and addictive to work in service of your fellow citizens. I think more mid-career designers should consider applying for USDS.
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