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Learn how the system of atomic design can provide more involvement in the design process while simultaneously saving you time and money.

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Atomic design is a system of designing complex interfaces by first focusing on the parts of which they are comprised. The system allows designers to spend less time on large scale site mockups and instead focus on creating reusable elements that ensure a comprehensive design system and consistent user experience.

The result is a website that’s easy to modify, rebrand, and integrate with your organization’s larger communications goals.

This webinar will cover:

  • an introduction to the system of atomic design
  • why your organization should adopt more iterative design strategies
  • how atomic design better supports responsive design

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Habanero‘s ‘UE Done Right!’ Course is back! Create exceptional user experiences for websites, intranets, mobile…

Date: June 3rd – 4th
About the workshop:
User Experience Done Right! explores real-world tools and techniques that are necessary to create first-class user experiences. Participants will practice the techniques described in the seminar through hands-on-activities.
You can find out more information here:

If you are looking for more reasons why you should attend, here are a few! 10 reasons to attend User Experience Done Right!

Space is limited to 22 students for the best learning experience, so register soon!

Habanero recently redesigned their own website using responsive techniques and experimented with a number of approaches such as content-first design, retina/high-DPI support, etc. Some things worked well and some didn’t, which the team will share.

Date: Wednesday, July 24th

Time: 10am (MDT)

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The session will be led by Pablo Romero, a customer and employee portals consultant with over ten years of experience in marketing, customer care, and business strategy, and Jas Shukla, a senior consultant who teaches our User Experience Done Right! course across Canada. Jas was also an integral part of the designing and planning process behind Habanero’s own responsive website redesign.

Jas and Pablo will share best practices, ways to increase customer engagement, and explain the benefits of using responsive design techniques. By using Habanero’s own website responsive redesign as background, we’ll delve into why this design philosophy can increase the quality of customer experiences across different devices, especially important given today’s high-DPI screens.


Habanero‘s ‘UE Done Right!’ is back in Calgary, here are the details…

Date: June 18th – 19th


About the workshop:

Designed for everyone from designers to communicators to project managers and developers, this two-day course is packed with case studies, responsive design best practices, and tips to increase team collaboration. Participants will practice the techniques through hands-on activities and will be given a comprehensive set of course materials and templates.

The seminar runs June 18 – 19 in Calgary, but we also have availability in Toronto and Vancouver. You can find out more information here:

We have a special promotion code for CalUX until May 31 to get the reduced rate of $699 – just enter CALUX in the promotion code box.

Space is limited to 22 students for the best learning experience, so register soon!

Also check out our new course running in September “Portal Management Done Right!”  for the people who launch, maintain, and run the solutions we design!

Brian Traynor from Mount Royal University’s Information Design program has invited Calgary UX group members to presentation at the school on Wednesday, March 20.

A representative from Noldus will be demonstrating their Observer XT software, an event-logging tool focused on the “collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data” – something that might come in handy when conducting user research and usability studies.

More information on Observer XT can be found on Noldus’ website at

The presentation will be held at 3:30pm in the afternoon in room T295.

To help find your way around campus, please refer to the MRU visitor parking map and the level 2 campus map. (The easiest entrance to find the room from is the West Gate. If you are driving, you can park in Lot 2.)

VanUE is hosting an event tonight to share the findings of the survey that was sent out in the fall. They have set up a GoToMeeting so that you can join in remotely. There is only capacity for 100 remote participants so make sure to sign in early. A huge thank you to VanUE ( for setting this up, and for the opportunity to join in!

presentation starts at: 7:00pm MST/6:00pm PST

panel discussion starts at: 7:30pm MST/6:30pm PST

Here are the details

How much is UX talent worth? What are companies looking for in a ‘UX’ person? What are the skills that matter? How do you find, hire, and keep a UX professional?

Last fall we asked the VanUE community to participate in the Work and Salary Survey. (Nope, not the IA Institute one, but a survey just for us Canadians!) This survey captured information on demographics, work experience and positions, and compensation of UX professionals across Canada. The goal for this survey was to gather up-to-date information about the state of user experience jobs to help all professionals understand the UX market and opportunities in Canada.

Now the time you’ve been waiting for has finally come. Answers have been tallied, numbers have been crunched, and Laura Ballay and Meghan Deutscher from Periscope UX will share highlights of the survey results.

Following the salary survey presentation, Gordon Ross from OpenRoad will facilitate a discusson of several senior UX professionals on the topic of finding, hiring, and keeping UX designers. The panelists come from a range of industry and professional backgrounds, but are all responsible for hiring user experience talent. They will be discussing their shared and unique challenges of managing UX staff against the backdrop of the salary survey findings.



Representing the following types of organizations:


Chris Ryan, VP Interaction Design and Usability at Vision Critical

Chris Miller, Director of Brand Services at Cossette

Blair Neufeld & Dominique Bohn, User Experience Design Team leads, BC Gov

Boris Mann, Managing Partner, Full Stack



Periscope UX is Laura Ballay and Meghan Deutscher, two User Experience and Interaction Designers based in Vancouver, BC. With their combined 20 or so years of design and usability experience and Masters degrees in Interaction Design and HCI, they provide a full range of user-centered design services to clients in web, mobile and software.


How to connect:

1. Please join my meeting, 2013-02-26 at 6:30 PM MST.


2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.


Dial +1 (647) 497-9351

Access Code: 901-731-032

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting


Meeting ID: 901-731-032



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In recognition of World Usability Day on November 8th the Faculty of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University has put together a selection of speakers and have extended the invitation to CalUX.  Here are the details…

Measuring user experience during product development or after release can indicate if you got design right or where there might be potential problems. Each new product or service seems to have unique needs and extends our knowledge around user interaction.  On November 8, World Usability Day, come listen to industry experts share their experiences and best practices.  We have an outstanding list of guest speakers.
Date/Time:  Thursday, 8 November.   5:00 – 7:10

Location:  Room Y324 (videoconference classroom)

Note: Room Y324 is closest to the West Gate entrance on campus. I’ve included a link to our MRU Transportation & Parking website.


5:00  Introductions

5:05  Rob Lokinger, App Centrica Inc. (Toronto) – UX: What’s Unique About Business Systems

5:25  Darryl Prince, UserInsight,(Atlanta) – Small Business Personas

5:45  Alan Boykiw, SMART Technologies (Calgary) – Challenges of Multi-Touch Interfaces

6:05  Jennifer Hogan, Getty Images (Calgary) – Changing a Business Model through UX Research

6:25  Darren Northcott, UX Guys (Calgary) – Gesture Based UX: taking mobile to a new level

6:45  Erik Fields, Critical Mass (Calgary) – Just Ask Why. The success of Apple and all things successful

7:05  Wrap-up

Online Lync:
If you  can’t make it to the event in person, don’t worry as it will be presented as a synchronous session so you can join and participate online.

Guest access for online participation:
You will be asked to accept a Java download to access the collaborative environment.  You can validate your computer setup at the following
Blackboard link:


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