UX Night Vienna 2018 – Call for Speakers

The next UX Night Vienna will take place on the 28th of November at Impact Hub Vienna. For this year the focus topic is “UX for a change” and we look forward to interesting speaker proposals until 12th of October — send your info to hi@uxvienna.at.
See more details below.
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Location: Impact Hub Vienna, Lindengasse 56, 1070 Vienna
Date: 28th of November 2018 (Wednesday), 17:30–22:00
Tickets: free of charge, reservation needed 
Audience: 100 UX-Experts

Goal of UX Night Vienna

The goal of the UX Night Vienna is to give experienced UX and interaction designers a broader view on the diverse field and areas where user experience takes place. The focus topic this year is “UX for a change”.
3 talks covering the field from the research area to the applied design work should give insights in the important role of UX  in order to have a positive impact to the world.
In addition there will be enough time for a casual get-together to learn more about the ux community in Vienna.
About the Orga-Team
We are the Orga-Team from the UX Vienna Meetup (formerly known as Interaction Design Stammtisch).
In the last two years we have already organized similar events  —  the Interaction16 Redux (Event, Pictures) and the UX Night Vienna 2017 (Blog article, Pictures).

Information for Speakers

  • Language: English preferred (alternative: german)
  • Duration: 40 minutes talk + 5-10 minutes Q&A
What are your benefits as a speaker?
  • Share your knowledge with the community and exchange experiences
  • Support the UX-Community
  • Present your organisation in the ux scene and the job offers of your organisation
What we need from you?
  • Title of your presentation
  • Short description of your talk
  • Short info about yourself (short bio, 1–2 sentences / Xing/LinkedIn-Link if you want)

Please send the information about your talk to hi@uxvienna.at until 12th of October 2018. 

Upcoming conference: WebExpo 2018 – September 21-23, Prague, Czechia

We are media partners of the Web Event of the year in the Czech Republic. WebExpo will bring this year 63 international and local experts from well-known companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google or IBM among others, to share solutions on UX and Design Thinking, Web Development, AI & Machine Learning and AR/VR that you can learn through practical talks and 7 hands on workshops. Learn more in its program.

Some interesting speakers for us:

  • Dan Saffer – how do you find the best design opportunities the future of your organization? At Twitter, they’ve been using a combination of methods to plot out a set of possible futures for themselves, looking a few years into the future for product opportunities. He will explain their methodology and process so that we can use it in your work.
  • Val Head – 2018 is the year of Machine Learning. But, how does it affect the role of web designer and developer? Val will show to build AI-Driven features.
  • Douglas Powell He is a Distinguished Designer at IBM, directing the program to scale design and design thinking across the global tech company. He will present a discussion about how to measure the value of design for an organization.
  • Diamond Ho – Ever wonder how a designer at Facebook designs for 2 billion people around the world? It’s all about using design thinking methodology and working cross-functionally. In her session, she’ll make a (hypothetical) case study to learn about how they design product experience at Facebook.
  • Pamela Pavliscak Workshop – Emotionally intelligent design: If your smartphone could recognize when you have a bad day, wouldn’t use it? Pamela Pavliscak will teach at WebExpo how to prototype emotionally intelligent technology.

The organization informs that they will have different activities to encourage the networking such as workshops, meetings with speakers after each talk and meeting areas.

Thanks to this cooperation, we are going to give away one FREE Conference ticket to attend this event and provide a code with 10% off specially created for us: uxvienna (must be inserted in lowercase).

How to get a free ticket

At our August meetup we will give away the ticket to somebody who can answer the following question: Which speaker from WebExpo is the author of the book “Microinteractions”? (The answer is available on the conference website)

Hope to see you there.

148. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 11th of April 2017, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)

The Agenda: 7pm – 9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics,…

Topics for this meeting will be:

  • Field report of lookback.io by Oliver: a tool to support user reasearch and testing
  • BITV (Barrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung) by Claudia: Accessibility requirements in the german public sector and how you can use the BITV-Test to check the accessiblity of your site.
  • your topic?

If you have a topic for the upcoming meeting – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, your application, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Claudia

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

Retrospect 146. Stammtisch: Design Studio & How to start a new job as “UX team of one” and survive

In February 20 UX and Ixd fans decided to spend a very interesting valentines-evening at the Metalab. Design Studio Presentation

Design Studio – Jörg Linder

Jörg – @japhyat – presented the Design Studio method and we tried out the method.

Design Studio - Sketching
It’s sketching time…
What’s a Design STudio?
(Jörg Linder)

Design Studio it’s a workshop technique for collective idea generation (in our case: sketching) that has been used in Architecture for quite some time (to my knowledge). It became popular when the method of Agile Development required to create solutions to a problem much faster.

It work’s like this: First you have to set up a workshop and a group (about 7 people seems to be the best number for this). The group should not consist only of designers, but be composed of all kinds of disciplines that are occupied with the problem to be solved (marketing, customer service, IT, …).

After an introduction to the method you’ll need to have some kind of material that allows the participants to empathize with the target users. You could use personas for this. Then you’ll have to explain the problem (what do you want to achieve?).

After that, a first round of sketching takes place. Each participant creates 4 different and very rough sketches on paper alone during a short limit of time (5min eg). The sketches should of course show a way on how to solve the problem.

After this first round, everyone presents his or her sketches and answers to questions from the other participant. This round of critique is also timeboxed (eg. 2 minutes per presentation).

After that, a second round of sketching takes place. This time, the participants can either continue with their own ideas or build upon/include the ideas of the other sketchers. In this round, only one sketch per participant is created. The time for this round is also limited (5min eg.).

After sketching round 2, another round of critique takes place (same procedure as first round).

After critique nr. 2, depending on the size of the group, it’s possible to do group-wise sketching. For example, a group of 3 participant could work on one sketch together. Again, they can use parts of other sketches explained during the critiques.

Afterwards you can do one more round of critique and sketching (this time doing one sketch together with the whole group).

Again, please remember that how many rounds you can do depends on different factors like group size, time constraints, the width of the problem space (design constraints) and so on. But basically the idea is that you will move from many very different concepts to one big concept that can incorporate many of the ideas that were generated in the group. It’s better suited for design work than brainstorming, for example, in that it works by synthesis and not by exclusion: The participants will build on ideas by others and use them.

If you’re interested, here are some links that will help you getting started:

Here you can find the slides from my presentation: Design Studio (PDF)

How to start in a new job as “UX team of one” and survive?

After the Design Studio workshop we started discussions about various topics. One was about how to start in a technical-led company as the first UX engineer – and what should be considered?

During the discussion we came up with the following recommendations:

  • People should be educated
  • You can choose one “champion” on whom you spend your efforts to start building up allies, else you likely exhaust yourself
  • You should understand how they currently work
  • Ask what they are seeing, where they see problems and possible improvements
  • Involve the people (e.g. bring the boss into the user context analysis)
  • Involve engineers in the experience themselve (e.g. usability testing, design studio session)
  • Be clear on why they hired you
  • For Quick Wins:
    • Guerilla usability tests and showing the main issues
    • Ask support team about the main pain point and work on that
    • Ask sales team, why they are selling/not selling. Why are customers quitting? (To which competitor do they leave?)
  • Make the engineers aware that UX is important. BUT appreciate what they have done because they have thought about the current result already.
  • Socializing (lunch, coffee, beer)

Recommended Events

Currently we recommend the following events:

  • UXcamp Europe Berlin 3.6.-4.6.2017 – volunteers can apply now! (Registration not open yet and usually sold out in minutes!)

https://twitter.com/UxCampEurope/status/828493982644760576

Job Offers

Jobs are available at Tieto (contact Bernhard) and Uniqua.

Vienna is Part of the IxDA Community

And finally we want to share with you the nice video done by the IxDA … and if you pay attention you will see Vienna too …

Interaction Design is … from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

Save-the-Date – next Stammtisch: 14.3.2017

Join us on Meetup or on our Mailing-List.
If you want to join our Slack channel contact me.

146. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 14th of February 2016, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)
Google Maps

We will have the following structure for our meeting:
– 7pm – 9pm: short slots (~30 min) for each topic
– from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics, …

Topics for this meeting will be:

  • Design Studio methods (hands-on-workshop by Jörg, 60min)
  • your topic?

If you have a topic for the upcoming meeting – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, your application, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Claudia

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

pps: there is also the IxDAvienna mailinglist if you want to stay in touch by email

139. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 12th of July 2016, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)

We will continue with the new format:
7pm – 9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics,…

Already planned topics for next meeting:

UXcampEuropePlanning
UXcamp Europe ’16 Session Planning

– Impact Mapping: how you can ensure that the features you build will have the impact you expect
– UXcamp Europe ’16: 2 weeks ago the UXcamp Europe took place in Berlin with 550 UX freaks from all over Europe. Jörg and Claudia will present their highlights.
– ….

You have a topic that you want to present? – we will find a slot…
Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, ….
→ please add your idea to the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

Hope to see you next tuesday,
Claudia

1. UX Quartalsrausch (Get-together)

Tuesday, 28th of June 2016, 7 PM
at Glacis Beisl (Museumsquartier), Breite Gasse 4, 1070 Wien

We try something new (again):
Some of us thought it would be nice to have a get-togehter of the UX community that is focusing on talking, drinking, communicating and laughing.

Whereas the Interaction Design Stammtisch (every second tuesday, every month @ Metalab) is more focusing on content and sharing knowledge, we want to establish a quaterly get-togehter that is not structured at all and more like a real “Stammtisch”.
The plan is that it happens every last tuesday in a quarter.

So again the info for the 1. UX Quartalsrausch:
Time: 28.6.2016 – 19:00
Location: Glacis Beisl, www.glacisbeisl.at, a table is reserved for “UX Wien”.

Hope to see you there,
Claudia