Paper prototyping is a quick and easy way to communicate your design ideas, but using paper to describe interactive behaviors can be very challenging. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, an interactive prototype could be worth millions! Enter … Continue reading
VR is everywhere right now. As a UX professional how can you make the leap to this world? Together we will look at prototyping an application experience through low & high fidelity methods. We will collaborate as a design thinking … Continue reading
Crack your head open and release a surge of creative ideas with engaging activities that promote clarity, inspiration, and buzz within your organization. We’ll cover methods and facilitation tools to ensure you run fruitful brainstorming sessions, leading your team to … Continue reading
Looking for practice with in-depth user-experience research methods? You may have read about techniques in the past, but methods must be practiced to be understood. projekt202 has been employing these methodologies with great success since 2003. This workshop is your … Continue reading
How can yoga teach you to co-create? Join Lillian Lin for a four hour interactive workshop that focuses on communication for creative problem solving. Lillian is a UX architect and international yoga instructor. Come with an open mind, a mat … Continue reading
Jared Spool needs no introduction. We are proud to kickoff our 10th year with one of the leading thinkers in the UX industry. Ge there early to get the best seat. You will not want to miss it.
Accessibility – the capacity for people with disabilities to browse and use web sites and applications – is an overlooked, yet critical project requirement for more digital properties every day. Project and Product Managers can be the champions for accessibility … Continue reading
While the “UX” field redefines itself – generalist versus specialist, academic versus practitioner – we often fail to see the importance of the cyclical nature of our endeavors as contributors to an evolving body of both theoretical and practical knowledge. A … Continue reading
New technologies combined with innovative business models are creating new recipes for innovative disruptions (disruptivations). Join researcher and futurist Mike Courtney, for a taste of how emerging trends might blend together to create an interesting mix of unexpected, real-world implications.
Machine learning. It’s in the news. It’s discussed in corporate boardrooms. It’s on your mind. ML algorithms seem to be at once everywhere, yet nowhere. Can we possibly understand how this invisible force is shaping our world? How will it … Continue reading
Chatbots, Watson, IoT, AI – every day the buzz grows surrounding new and promising ‘smart’ technologies that will radically transform our lives. Artificial Intelligence is the future and here to stay, so how do we – as designers, developers, and … Continue reading
Remember that speech class in school when your teacher or instructor told you to “make sure you know your audience”? From there you started to find topics that would be of interest to you classmates. User experience professionals face two … Continue reading
Designing the work experience for designers might seem like a daunting experience. Your company craft an experience for designers through collaboration, training, onboarding, employee engagement, and more. In this talk, Kim Harris will share her insights on developing a work … Continue reading
The best mobile strategy has always been mobile first. But what happens when it’s too late, and you can’t go mobile first? One small agile team developed a strategy to rebuild a very large and heavily trafficked B2B web application … Continue reading
By 2026, the Cannabis industry is predicted to generate over $50 billion per year. From a UX perspective, this industry is heavily regulated by the federal government. Plus, this industry has a diverse set of stakeholders, which includes growers, distributors, … Continue reading
In the age of the Omni present Web and “Internet of Things”, designing accessible and Universal Web sites and Web-based applications is no longer an option. It is a requirement! Seda Maurer, the Accessibility Program Manager at Sabre, will present … Continue reading
You just joined the project team as the sole designer. The project is in flight already. In the past, the developers just wrote the first thing they came up with. It hasn’t been all bad, but consistency is definitely lacking. … Continue reading
It’s a simple concept, a new user is added and an email is triggered to let them know what to do to get started with the application. But is it that simple? There is so much to consider before creating … Continue reading
The job of user research is to help us be more certain in our work. Being more certain keeps us from building the wrong thing, and allows us to design and strategize with a little more accuracy. Sometimes being a … Continue reading
Amazon Skills for Alexa, Google Actions for Home – Should your company build a conversational voice interface for one of these systems, and if so, how? What are the differences between a voice user interface and other types of UIs? … Continue reading
Exponential Design is the idea that relatively accurate and actionable predictions can be generated using a conceptual framework that recognizes the realities of rapid, exponential and evolutionary change in culture, media, business, design and technology. The goal of ExD is … Continue reading
If you work in a big enterprise, you may have found some design success within individual teams, but it’s time to scale up. How do you expand your UX foothold in the Enterprise, and make it consistent everywhere? We’ve been … Continue reading
Remote teams are a fact of life in today’s technology companies. Whether it’s a cost savings measure or a company strategy for globalization, designers will be confronted frequently with the challenge of collaborating together across distances with other designers, developers, … Continue reading
Lunch is provided with your conference pass. Enjoy some food and drinks with your new friends or meet someone new.
Sweat. Agonize. Offer up best effort. Get shot down. Repeat. Why won’t your product owner, manager, or whoever that business person is, sitting there destroying the very advancement of the Internet, LISTEN??!! Answer: You aren’t speaking the same language, or … Continue reading
Internet access is a basic human right for individual expression and collaboration. While many tools exist to help disabled people gain digital access, the majority of sites and apps are not accessible. Many gaps still exist between design methodologies, development … Continue reading
Taboos are a global phenomenon. Some cultural. Some universal. They change with time and seasons. Are they good? Are they bad? Or are they something else entirely? Taboos help set the standards by which we live as a society. There … Continue reading
Data is no longer for nerds only! Computers follow people around all day, and everytime we interact with them, that’s a data point captured. How that data is handled makes a big impact on the user experience. Every industry works … Continue reading
With more than 100,000 chatbots built on the Facebook Messenger platform alone, industry experts are claiming bots as the next big frontier in tech. Beautiful bots delight us. In this hands-on talk, Jayneil will share his journey for designing chatbots for … Continue reading
Why do so many internal interaction designers and user researchers feel like they have to fight to get UX research and design done? Is it because we’re not unicorns – that is, researchers, designers AND front-end developers? No. That’s not … Continue reading
The best stories surprise us. They elicit an emotional response and create value for the listener. Great stories help us think and feel. They are valued for the lessons they teach and how they help us make sense of the … Continue reading
From typography, colors and icons to coding conventions and grid systems, design systems encompass the tools, techniques and guidance for building cohesive products (and experiences) that share a common visual language. But the truth of the matter is that the … Continue reading
You want to be a badass designer? Impress your boss? Be a UX rockstar? The only way to achieve this is to not care about being a badass at all. In this talk, hear stories from close observation of what … Continue reading
Recent research shows that dyslexic designers greatly enhance design thinking workshops. Dyslexic people experience the world differently. They connect, learn, and communicate to account for their dyslexia. In design thinking workshops, you want different perspectives to make new connections and … Continue reading
Most phones are over 90% smaller than a laptop screen. Every pixel matters more on a smaller screen. In this talk, you will learn how the mobile development is evolving to be more of a design-driven job and less of a … Continue reading
Bridging the gap between designing and coding, this presentation will show the relationship between wireframes and design comprehensives and the actual HTML and CSS that creates the layout. Intending to bridge the gap between the designers and the developers, we … Continue reading
Many designers and CX leads argue the effectiveness of design thinking as a means of bringing together creative and science-based disciplines — two disparate groups — to innovate new products and services. While design thinking is a helpful tool in … Continue reading
This talk looks at a crucial part of teamwork – collaboration (no, this is not design by committee). As a designer it is very important to be able to collaborate with your team to come up with great ideas, better … Continue reading
The role and purpose of a User Experience Manager varies from company to company, person to person. You might even be a UX Manager yourself, working alone or with a small to medium group of designers. Whatever your situation is, … Continue reading
IBM Cloud Design is changing the way our users interact with the Bluemix and Softlayer platforms. From the conception of a product, our design teams work closely with engineering and offering management. Together, we create products which are feasible, meet … Continue reading
Tension. Conflict. Clash. Sound like a recipe for chaos? Maybe. But divergent thinking and creative conflict are the ingredients needed to innovate successfully. This talk will explore a simple framework for harnessing constructive conflict to spark innovation. Learn to identify … Continue reading
UX and Product are both relatively new roles or areas of expertise. Most UX practitioners will work with product mangers at some point in their careers and some of us will become product people along the way. Both areas of … Continue reading
Many blog posts and articles explain how UX is not UI, but you can’t truly know unless you remove UI out of the UX equation completely. What happens when UI is not under your control? This talk will present a … Continue reading
If you consider accessibility as something you “must” do to meet external disability guidelines – we invite you think again. Embrace accessibility as design thinking and watch your process improve. Digital projects that bake in accessibility solve problems that may … Continue reading
Lessons and stories gleaned from 20 years of experimenting with work, teams and customers. Rolled up into 10 stupid things you can do every day – actual behaviors that will help designers get the most out of their customers, their … Continue reading
Have we gone too far with minimalism in digital design? In an effort to achieve greater usability, have we sacrificed what makes a product desirable? Look around and there are many devices that tell you the time with clarity and … Continue reading
As an Experience Designer you have more power than you think. Mobile is not about the ability to personalize content, make it specific for a certain geolocation or the ability to do something create with the hardware like the camera … Continue reading
Vision becomes blurry when you cannot focus correctly. This is true for sight as well as innovation. Focusing on proactive adaptation, company culture, and 3 fundamentals of implementing an innovative idea will make things clearer. Several examples from the real … Continue reading
Content strategy has never been an easy place to be. Plagued by tradeoffs between curated or open-sourced, paid or freemium, and original or sponsored; it’s been tricky for content-centric companies to find the perfect balance. And wrap Software as a … Continue reading
Stories make the world go round. As people who do user research, we love stories. At its simplest, our job is to gather stories and to retell them. War Stories are stories about contextual user research (research out in the … Continue reading
When designing digital experiences for adults, we focus on the “destination,” making sure our users can complete key tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. When designing for kids, however, we get to focus on the “journey,” and all the … Continue reading
Enjoy some light refreshments and visit the trade show before going to the closing keynote.
Pamela Pavliscak is better known as Pam in the Lab. She is the Founder of Change Sciences and our closing speaker on Friday, September 15th.
Any Cueva is the Founder and CXO of Mad*POW. She is a very creative, UX Designer. Amy is our opening keynote on Saturday, September 16th.
I know, I know. UX researchers are supposed to be in love with their post-it notes and affinity diagrams. Forgive me, but when it comes to note-taking and distilling findings from user research and usability testing, I think we might … Continue reading
Product and service improvement often relies on survey data, but surveys are usually awful. Awful surveys yield bad data. Bad data leads to poor decisions. The good news is that designers already have the skills to make surveys easier and … Continue reading
Why does Donald Norman, after introducing the concept of “affordance” to designers in 1988, now tell us to abandon them? What do signifier signify and what is its significance for modern designers? We’ll discover the difference between signifiers and affordance … Continue reading
Designing and delivering as a team isn’t always easy. Sometimes teams get crosswise with each other, clients get suspicious, deliverables get dropped, and things just aren’t going your way. This session will explore core characteristics of successful teams, how to … Continue reading
Faulty content designs can make users wince, cause their energy to wane, veer their attention away, and finally, end their conversation with the interface. This decision to stay or depart from an interface is made by a user in barely … Continue reading
Working in the tech industry can be fun and exciting. But sometimes working in an enterprise company, your life can feel more like a Dilbert cartoon than a TechCrunch article. Pushing for modern product and design thinking in the enterprise … Continue reading
Let’s assume you have already identified your customers and built out journey maps. In that process, have you identified all of the ways your customers interact with our company? But, you still feel like there are some nuances that you … Continue reading
We know design can add value to business, but what type of value and how to set and measure it? In this talk, participants will learn how to forecast, assess & measure various types of design value. They will also … Continue reading
Vitamin T presents a panel of experienced hiring managers within the UX community that address common challenges for UX and digital creative professionals looking for work and offers solutions on how to overcome them.
Go from idea to prototype faster with Adobe Experience Design CC (Beta), the first all-in-one cross-platform tool for designing and prototyping websites and mobile apps. In this session, Chris Griffith will show you how to design and prototype a complete … Continue reading
More and more companies see the value of designing with real data from the early stages of the design process. Unfortunately it’s not always easy for designers to gain access to this data as it’s often hidden deep in source … Continue reading
Lunch is provided with your conference pass. Enjoy some food and drinks with your new friends or meet someone new.
Story. All marketers know they need to leverage it. But success isn’t as simple as sharing a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s also not a ‘one narrative fits all platforms’ strategy. Audiences’ short attention spans and high … Continue reading
Has the Great Recession changed the perceptions of multiple generations about the workplace? Has it rearranged their priorities and goals for their professional lives? This presentation addresses the most notable changes in the workplace in the wake of the recession … Continue reading
Every day, we are exposed to conversations, meetings, emails, and presentations filled with near endless streams of “corporate buzzwords.” While originally intended to clarify complex concepts, many of these words and phrases have devolved into meaningless abstractions whose definitions vary … Continue reading
Pilots and flight attendants are unique personas who carry their own set of joys and challenges in tracking them down to study in the wild and in a lab setting. . Over the last two years, the speaker has studied … Continue reading
Verizon is a company of 200K+ Employees with a revenue stream of 132 billion dollars per year. We work in numerous areas from FiOS, Wireless, New Product Development and of course the various tools our employees use every day. It’s … Continue reading
Can a designer enter the corporate world and still remain inspired and a source for innovation? Historically, IBM has been an engineer lead company. Four years ago, it made the decision to put design at the center of its core … Continue reading
How do you justify design changes to a product experience in an organization that isn’t tracking user engagement? This case study outlines one approach for collecting user data to inform design changes that would have the greatest impact to the … Continue reading
UX engagement in innovation teams varies greatly whether they are a start-up, a lone entrepreneur or an intrapreneurial team in a large corporation. The variations are often about timing of the engagement, the capacity to integrate UX insights, findings and … Continue reading
Discussion about diversity and inclusion in tech is mainly focused on recruiting and hiring biases that keep certain talent profiles from entering the industry and on undeveloped company cultures that drive such talent away once they do. In this talk, … Continue reading
You should be using the powerful benefits of design, dataviz and visual storytelling in your own Personal Branding Strategy to communicate your own key abilities and attributes to potential employers and clients with visual content on a website, on LinkedIn … Continue reading
Atomic design, pattern libraries, modular design—the process of designing with a system goes by many names, but regardless of what you call it, the advantages of this process are clear. Whether you’re on a large team or a small one, … Continue reading
This session will teach participants how to embrace a strengths based approach to positively impact individual growth, team productivity, overall engagement and to choose projects accordingly to increase an organization’s productivity and bottom line.
As a Designer, we mainly think about user experience, how users interact with UI and working with engineers to help deliver a good user experience. But have you stopped to think about the other side of that? The business side? Learning … Continue reading
We’re entering a new world of virtual, mixed, and augmented reality — what some are even calling “the 4th design evolution.” This new medium comes with a fresh set of interaction challenges. Simple things, like organizing or retrieving files, placing … Continue reading
Moderating a one-on-one interview to elicit the most actionable data is an acquired skill. A primary aspect of this, which we don’t normally talk about, is the tone, timbre, and pace of our voice. Some say that a moderator should … Continue reading
Enjoy some light refreshments and visit the trade show before going to the closing keynote.
Alan Cooper is the closing keynote for Big Design 2017. Alan co-founded Cooper in 1992. He is widely known for his role in humanizing technology through his groundbreaking work in software design. He is also the author of the books About Face: … Continue reading