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Upcoming events

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • TUNE Inc. 88 Blanchard Seattle, WA 98121


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    • Member tickets: FREE (on Eventbrite, enter the promotional code sent to you via email)
    • General admission (non-members): $7.50. Tickets are nonrefundable


    Smashing Ideas worked on a proof of concept to demonstrate how voice-based UI (such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google) can drastically improve the patient care experience. As they progressed through the various technical aspects, they discussed how best to present this proof of concept — not really feeling inspired by cranking out yet another slideshow. The interactive nature of the story they were crafting demanded something more. Then someone said the word “diorama.” 

    Lulu Xiao, Antonio Holguin, and Drory Ben-Menachem will share the story of why they focused on healthcare, some of the existing challenges in the industry that galvanized this focus, and the decisions that drove the creation of the diorama. They’ll also touch on some of the questions generated during the course of the project, many of which are still actively being explored.

    Audience Takeaways

    • Insights into the current state of hospital care and how technology used thoughtfully can serve as powerful change-agents.
    • A fresh perspective on how we should approach designing and developing experiences for/with increasingly smarter devices.
    • An alternative to the conventional wisdom of how to present ideas to potential stakeholders.


    6:30 PM: Doors open
    6:30 - 7:00 PM: Food, drink and networking
    7:00 - 8:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
    8:00 - 8:30 PM: More food, drink and conversation
    8:30 PM: The event concludes

    About the Speakers

    Drory Ben-Menachem, Creative Director

    As a key member of Smashing Ideas’ design leadership, Drory is not what many would consider a "designer" in the classic sense (if there even is still such a thing). A self-trained designer, he taps into his experience in creative strategy, product design, and marketing to tackle crazy-complex problems that would give others hives. He leans toward the UX end of the scale (Lean UX jokes welcome here), but also likes making things pretty and crafting compelling stories for people to experience. He loves getting into users' heads and hearts to really understand what makes them tick and gets them excited – and then serving as their champion throughout the project. 

    On the side, he’s spent years trying to figure out how to combine his two aspirational hobbies into one – gourmet chef and rally driver. He’s also known for blending movie quotes into everyday conversation, splits time between ice hockey and rock climbing, and is confident he’d probably not embarrass himself too badly on Jeopardy. Probably.

    Lulu Xiao, Senior Strategist

    As a core member of Smashing’s Strategy team, Lulu is an advocate for user-centered design and leads product envisioning and user research efforts for Fortune 500 clients. With five years of experience in tech consulting, she specializes in identifying consumer as well as client insights and validating value propositions to drive design and development decisions. On the side, she is consistently striving to build open, feedback-rich teams that enable organizations to achieve a more positive, productive culture. Currently pursuing a Master’s in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington and with a B.S. from the Wharton School at UPenn, her happy place is at the intersection of UX and business. Lulu’s work has helped clients around the world and in a variety of industries – from Johnson Controls, Microsoft, Marriott, and Kraft/Mondelez to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management – create meaningful user experiences that meet their business objectives.

    One of Lulu’s dreams since childhood is to parent a pet teacup pig, who will likely be named Caesar. Outside of daydreaming about Caesar, you’ll find Lulu building things, growing her whisky connoisseur chops (sorry Caesar, her love for puns is too great), or globe-trotting the world. She loves discovery and experiences that build empathy for different cultures and people. 

    Antonio Holguin, Associate Principal Designer

    Part maker, part artist, Antonio has spent most of his professional life exploring the relationship between designed experiences and how humans perceive and interact with them. As a 10-year Smashing veteran, he lends his talents to the development of mobile apps, interactive websites, games, and connected smart products. With a passion for creating digital experiences that are accessible to all, Antonio is happiest at the intersection of physical and digital, and you’ll often find him experimenting with ways to make complex tech approachable and - gasp - simple to the user.

    While some designers are known to have their heads in the clouds, Antonio prefers the stars. As Smashing’s resident space expert, his passion for the expanse beyond our planet can be seen in his art and in his thorough Star Wars conspiracy theories (be sure to ask him about the relationship between Snoke and Luke). Whether it's designing, drawing, painting, tinkering with tech, or baking up a serious storm, Antonio’s drive to ‘create’ influences everything he does.

    Service Animals only for this event, please.

    Thank you to our food & beverage sponsor for the evening:

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16 Feb 2017 UX Design & Research for Virtual Reality: Stories from the Field
19 Jan 2017 Motivational UX™: The Art & Science of Digital…and Human…Behavior
07 Dec 2016 3rd Annual UX Community Holiday Party & Toy Drive
17 Nov 2016 The Gold Standard in UX Portfolios with Emily Stoll
20 Oct 2016 Designing to Help People Find Insights & Experiences in Personal Data
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19 May 2016 Cara Kleid: Tales (and tools) of a UX designer in East Africa
21 Apr 2016 Hunting Unicorns–What Makes an Effective UX Professional? with Patrick Neeman
30 Mar 2016 Nathan Shedroff: The value design brings to business
18 Feb 2016 Articulating design decisions with Tom Greever
09 Feb 2016 1st annual Seattle Super UX Meetup
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17 Dec 2015 UXPA Seattle, Puget Sound SIGCHI, and UX HH 2nd Annual Holiday Party
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14 Sep 2013 Design-thinking Workshop: Designing for a Healthcare Movement: How to Get to a Minimum Viable Product Now
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20 Jun 2013 REACT Method by Terry Sullivan
31 May 2013 The UX Team of One Bootcamp
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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.
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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
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16 May 2011 Ask a UXer anything: the inside scoop on life as a User Experience practitioner
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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
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21 Sep 2010 "Yes, My Iguana Loves to Cha-Cha: Improv, Creativity and Collaboration" Presented by Steve Portigal
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07 Jun 2010 Puget Sound SIGCHI/IxDA Joint Book Group
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25 Mar 2010 March 2010 Meeting: Cynthia Putnam Presents Personas
25 Feb 2010 February 2010 Event: Ethnographic Design with Norman Stolzoff
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