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Upcoming events

    • 18 Feb 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Harbor Steps 1221 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

    Looking for new ways to discuss design decisions and win over stakeholders or executives? Our February meeting will give you some tips and help you create the best user experience. As with all of our monthly speaker meetings, this event is free, but seats are limited, reserve your seat today through meetup.

    Tom Greever will be joining us to discuss his new book Articulating Design Decisions published by O'Reilly Media. Every designer has had to justify designs to non-designers, yet most lack the ability to explain themselves in a way that is compelling and fosters agreement. The ability to effectively articulate design decisions is critical to the success of a project, because the most articulate person often wins. Our discussion will include principles, tactics, and actionable methods for talking about designs with executives, developers, or other stakeholders who have influence over the project with the goal of winning them over and creating the best user experience.

    About Tom

    Tom helps companies and organizations design better websites and apps. He is the UX Director at Bitovi, a front-end design and development consulting company, and has worked with both small startups and large corporations across many different industries.
    Twitter: @tomgreever
    Book: http://amzn.to/1VD6dMp

    Date and time
    Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
    6:30pm - Light dinner and networking
    7:00pm - Presentation
    8:00pm - Q&A

    Location
    The Harbor Steps 1221 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (map)


Past events

09 Feb 2016 1st annual Seattle Super UX Meetup
21 Jan 2016 Brainstorming improvisation techniques for designers with Kat Davis
17 Dec 2015 UXPA Seattle, Puget Sound SIGCHI, and UX HH 2nd Annual Holiday Party
18 Nov 2015 When strategy meets reality with Laura Porto Stockwell
20 Oct 2015 Jennifer Romano and Nika Smith Auld - Being a UX researcher in government, industry and consulting
24 Jul 2015 Indi Young Workshop: Practical Empathy: Gain Greater Collaboration & Creativity in Your Work
18 Jun 2015 June Meeting with Lindsey Arnold: Therapist's Guide to UX Strategy
11 May 2015 Collaboration Through Creative Play with Anna Van Slee and Carolyn Chandler
23 Apr 2015 “Don't kill your mascot” and other branding lessons from Derric Wise, Creative Director at Moz
19 Mar 2015 Design as Inquiry: Tactile and Tactical Design
19 Feb 2015 February Meeting with Josh LaMar: The Science and Art of Creating New Methodologies
15 Jan 2015 January meeting with Ashby Fiser: Finding Flow in your career
20 Nov 2014 Whitney Quesenbery on Accessibility
23 Oct 2014 Qualitative Proof: Guerilla user research for content strategy with Misty Weaver
11 Jul 2014 UX STRAT Masterclass: Seattle
24 Jun 2014 PS SIGCHI's Last Meeting of the Season Networking Social
29 May 2014 Information Navigation: Going Beyond the Menu with Justin Marx, Principal UX Design, Nordstrom
25 Apr 2014 UX Careers Panel
27 Mar 2014 Sam Ladner: Practical Ethnography
20 Feb 2014 Integrating Action and Meaning in Cross-Cultural Social Media Design
23 Jan 2014 Beyond Boxes and Arrows: The Role of Ethics in User Experience
05 Dec 2013 Getting Stakeholders Involved in Agile User Research: The RITE+Krug Method
24 Oct 2013 October Monthly Meeting: Design Thinking Workshop with Ben Grossman-Kahn and Telle Zeiler
22 Sep 2013 Sit up Straight! – How Wearable Technology Can Support Healthy Living
21 Sep 2013 Photobooth
14 Sep 2013 Design-thinking Workshop: Designing for a Healthcare Movement: How to Get to a Minimum Viable Product Now
14 Sep 2013 Design-thinking Workshop: Designing Integrated Patient Experiences
20 Jun 2013 REACT Method by Terry Sullivan
31 May 2013 The UX Team of One Bootcamp
21 May 2013 May Meeting: Accessibility is the New Black by Wendy Chisholm
13 Apr 2013 UX Team of One Workshop Scholarship
28 Mar 2013 Strategic Networking - It's not who you know; it's who knows you.
28 Feb 2013 PS SIGCHI February Meeting: Innovation Minefield: Bringing Lean Startup and Design Thinking to Large Teams
29 Jan 2013 PS SIGCHI January Meeting: How to Plan for the Shift to Responsive Web Design
05 Dec 2012 PS SIGCHI, IxDA, UPA Holiday Social
14 Nov 2012 PS SIGCHI and IxDA November Meeting: Sale Skills for Designers Workshop
15 Oct 2012 PS SIGCHI and IxDA October Meeting: The Nature of Information Architecture
22 Sep 2012 Design-Thinking Workshops
02 Aug 2012 Joint PS SIGCHI / IxDA August Meeting with Peter Boersma: UX Beyond UCD
28 Jun 2012 June Event: UX Talks and Gallery Opening co-sponsored by PS SIGCHI and Blink
24 May 2012 Design Practice Session
24 Apr 2012 Product Archetype of Personal Computers as an Expression of the Collective Unconsciousness of People on their Hero’s Journey
29 Mar 2012 March Meeting with Black Pixel
01 Mar 2012 February Meeting (held March 1): International UX Research Best Practices with Miki Konno
26 Jan 2012 January Meeting with Scott Berkun
07 Dec 2011 Holiday Social with UPA
10 Nov 2011 World Usability Day
27 Oct 2011 October Meeting with Arnie Lund
23 Sep 2011 Workshop with Kim Goodwin
23 Jun 2011 Web-Native UX Design: Prototyping with HTML, CSS and jQuery
19 May 2011 IXD Bauhaus
16 May 2011 Ask a UXer anything: the inside scoop on life as a User Experience practitioner
05 May 2011 Tom Rideout presents, "It's not all about the user - tailoring experience design to your business"
28 Mar 2011 Manuel Lima presents, "Thoughts on Visual Complexity"
24 Mar 2011 Design Thinking: Integrating the left and right side of the brain for better decisions, better results
24 Feb 2011 OneBusAway: Improving the Usability of Public Transit
27 Jan 2011 Invisible Boundaries Around Physical Play: The Playspace and Kinect
08 Dec 2010 Puget Sound SIGCHI Holiday Party!
06 Dec 2010 Book Group Meeting
11 Nov 2010 World Usability Day 2010 at Microsoft
02 Nov 2010 "NUI: What’s in a Name? Perspectives from the Past and Future" Bill Buxton
01 Nov 2010 Book Group Meeting
28 Oct 2010 "Gmail Priority Inbox: Behind the scenes" Jake Knapp, Google
04 Oct 2010 Book Group Meeting
21 Sep 2010 "Yes, My Iguana Loves to Cha-Cha: Improv, Creativity and Collaboration" Presented by Steve Portigal
24 Jun 2010 Dave McColgin presents The Neuroscience of Visual Perception
07 Jun 2010 Puget Sound SIGCHI/IxDA Joint Book Group
20 May 2010 Puget Sound SIGCHI and IxDA Present Jared Spool
03 May 2010 Puget Sound SIGCHI/IxDA Joint Book Group
22 Apr 2010 April 2010 Event: Making as Thinking
25 Mar 2010 March 2010 Meeting: Cynthia Putnam Presents Personas
25 Feb 2010 February 2010 Event: Ethnographic Design with Norman Stolzoff
16 Feb 2010 IxDA Happy Hour Event
28 Jan 2010 January 2010 Event: Contextual Inquiry
19 Nov 2009 November 2009 Event: Career Perspectives
17 Nov 2009 Society for Technical Communication Event: The ABCs of Documentation Usability Testing
09 Nov 2009 Using Fun to Drive Social Distribution and Monetization Without Spamming Your Friends, A XEOPlayShop
27 Oct 2009 UX Book Club: Designing for the Digital Age Part II
24 Oct 2009 The Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit
21 Oct 2009 October Meeting: Experienced Voices - Panel on Integrating Agile with UX
20 Oct 2009 Society for Technical Communication Event: Writing for Mobile Devices
10 Oct 2009 InfoCamp Seattle 2009
24 Sep 2009 September Meeting: Dan Morris - Songsmith: Automatic Accompaniment for Vocal Melodies
23 Jun 2009 C-Suite Magic: Taking Chances and Delivering on Innovative Insights
28 May 2009 The Life Cycle of a Wireframe
03 May 2009 Refresh Seattle: What Makes a Design Seem Intuitive?
23 Apr 2009 April Meeting: Mapping targeted opportunities to improve user experiences in knowledge work
19 Mar 2009 March Meeting: Was it Good For You? Designing Desirable and Effective Email Marketing Programs
04 Mar 2009 User Researcher Networking Event Hosted by Excell Data
26 Feb 2009 February Meeting: Trust in User Experience
18 Feb 2009 UPA Event: Table-4-Eight event with Derrick Morton, CEO of FlowPlay
29 Jan 2009 UPA Event: LUTE Lab Tour
28 Jan 2009 AWCPS Event: Evening with Google and Girl Geeks
22 Jan 2009 Puget Sound SIG CHI January 2009 Meeting
11 Dec 2008 Puget Sound SIGCHI Holiday Networking Event co-sponsored by FILTER
19 Nov 2008 November 19th Meeting
18 Nov 2008 AWCPS Event: Understanding YOUR Business Value
14 Nov 2008 Service Innovation, Strategy, and Design
13 Nov 2008 World Usability Day
06 Nov 2008 CHIFOO Workshop: Creative solutions through Innovation Games®
23 Oct 2008 October 23rd Meeting
24 Apr 2008 Website usability critique
27 Mar 2008 Designing Frustrating Software: Why poor product design is all too common - and how to avoid it using six keys design ideas.
08 Nov 2007 World Usability Day
01 Nov 2007 Gerry McGovern on "Customer care words that make the sale, deliver the survice, and build the brand"
25 Oct 2007 Yes, Virginia, there is a perfect Web page
18 Sep 2007 The Taming of the New - Larry Keeley Workshop on Innovation

Highlights from previous years

Check out many of the amazing events we've held over the years. We hope you'll join us at a future event.

2014-2015 highlights

Practical Empathy with Indi Young
Branding Lessons, Don’t Kill Your Mascot with Derric Wise
Therapist’s Guide to UX Strategy with Lindsey Arnold
Tactile and Tactical Design with Daniela Rosner, PhD
Microsoft, Science and Art of Creating with Josh LaMar
Finding Flow with Ashby Fiser
Whitney Quesenbery on Accessibility
Misty Weaver on Guerrilla Content Strategy

2013-2014 highlights

UX STRAT Masterclass
UX Networking social
Nordstrom Principal Designer, Justin Marx on Information Navigation
UX Careers Panel
Sam Ladner on Practical Ethnography
Cross-Cultural Social Media Design
Role of Ethics in User Experience
RITE+Krug Method in Agile User Research
Ben Grossman-Kahn and Telle Zeiler, Nordstrom, on Design Thinking
Seattle Design Festival 2013
UX Team of One Bootcamp with Leah Buley
Accessibility is the New Black with Wendy Chisholm
Strategic Networking with Skip Walter
Lean Start-up Design Thinking with Donald DeSantis
Responsive Web Design with Benson Chan

2011-2012 highlights

Sales Skills for Designers
Design Thinking Workshop
UX Beyond UCD with Peter Boersma
Product Archetype and Collective Unconsciousness with Hugh McLoone
Black Pixel
Scott Berkun Top 10 Mistakes That UX People Make
Arnie Lund on Influence
Kim Goodwin Workshop on Designing for the Digital Age
Tailoring UX to Business with Tom Rideout
Visual Complexity with Manuel Lima
Invisible Boundaries with Playspace and Kinect

2009-2010 highlights

NUI with Bill Buxton
Google, Gmail Priority Inbox with Jake Knapp
Steve Portugal with Creativity and Collaboration
Dave McColgin on Neuroscience of Visual Perception
Jared Spool
Personas with Cynthia Putnam
Ethnographic Design with Norman Stolzoff

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