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It’s high time we host another Rapid-Fire-Presentation-Evening. We have some of Calgary’s leading User Experience professionals and Visual Thinkers lined up to speak about the projects, ideas and questions that they are most passionate about. Each speaker will been given ten minutes to talk about their topic, followed by a lightning-round of Q&A. With an open-ended discussion to finish off the night.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time: 6:00-9:00 (presentations start at 6:30)
Location: Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub – 140, 10th Avenue SW, Back Room (just ask for the Calgary UX reservations)

RSVP: Via Meet Up

Confirmed Presenter line-up and topics (in no particular order, well, possibly some what alphabetical):

It’s not too late,  if you’re interested in presenting, feel free to shoot us an email with a short pitch of what you’d like to talk about and we’ll see if we can squeeze ya into to the exciting line-up.


CalgaryUX is joining up with Pixels and Pints for their next get-together on Tuesday, April 9.

Some CalgaryUX folks are already regulars at Pixel and Pints but if you haven’t been to one before, Pixels is a monthly intermingling of Calgary’s designers, writers, analysts, and developers… and everything in-between.

It’s a pretty casual group: just grab a drink, have a chat, listen to some announcements, and make some new connections!

You can arrive any time during the evening, but things get started at 5:30pm at the Rose and Crown Pub in Beltline (1503 4 St. SW). We’ll have a reserved section at the back.

RSVP for the “UX + Pixels + Pints = Awesome” event through Meetup

Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics  by Thomas Tullis, William Albert

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 6:30
Location: Hop In Brew Pub House (213 – 12th Avenue SW)*

*We are attempting to contact the author(s) to see if they will speak with us, via Skype. If we are successful in making these arrangements, we will have a different venue.

About The Book:
Effectively measuring the usability of any product requires choosing the right metric, applying it, and effectively using the information it reveals. Measuring the User Experience provides the first single source of practical information to enable usability professionals and product developers to do just that. Authors Tullis and Albert organize dozens of metrics into six categories: performance, issues-based, self-reported, web navigation, derived, and behavioral/physiological. They explore each metric, considering best methods for collecting, analyzing, and presenting the data. They provide step-by-step guidance for measuring the usability of any type of product using any type of technology.

Available at ChaptersAmazon or your favourite book retailer.

2011 UX Design Slam

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 5:3o to 8:30pm
Where: Habanero (1420, 144 – 4th Avenue SW)
RSVP: Via Calgary UX Meet Up

We plan to ‘design slam’ for 3 hours. The theme this year is EDUCATION: Designing for Social Change. Visit the World Usability Day website for more information.

NOTE: We’ll be meeting prior to this (Monday, November 7th) to have a quick brainstorming session to get some ideas on the table and give us a few days to get any materials we might need. So if you’d like to be apart of that, meet at Habanero (1420, 144 – 4th Avenue SW)

We will have author Erin Malone joining us via Skype!

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time: 6:30
Location: Mount Royal University – Communication Centre (O219)

Here are some links for maps and parking. Best to come in the West Gate entrance as this is on the second level.  The O-Wing is on the left side of the entrance, just past the Nickle Theatre.  O219 is half way down the corridor.

Lot #2 is closest to the West Gate

About the book:

This book presents a family of social web design principles and interaction patterns that we have observed and codified, thus capturing user-experience best practices and emerging social web customs for web 2.0 practitioners.

From the creators of Yahoo!’s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you’ll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it’s not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.

Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn’t, and why. You’ll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.

  • Understand the overarching principles you need to consider for every website you create
  • Learn basic design patterns for adding social components to an existing site
  • Rein in misbehaving users on an active community site
  • Build a social experience around a product or service and invite people to join
  • Develop a social utility without having to build an entirely new infrastructure
  • Enable users of your site’s content to interact with one another
  • Offer your members the opportunity to connect in the real world
  • Learn to recognize and avoid antipatterns: emergent bad practices in the social network and social media space

You can purchase the book online at Amazon or Chapters or try the old fashioned route of visiting your local library or local bookstore.

About the Authors:

Christian Crumlish has been participating in, analyzing, designing, and drawing social interactive spaces online since 1994. These days he is the curator of the Yahoo! design pattern library, a design evangelist with the Yahoo! Developer Network, and a member of Yahoo!’s Design Council. He is the author of the bestselling The Internet for Busy People, The Power of Many, and Designing Social Interface with Erin Malone. He has spoken about social patterns at BarCamp Block, BayCHI, South by Southwest, the IA Summit, Ignite, and Web 2.0 Expo. Christian has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton. He lives in Oakland with his wife Briggs, his cat Fraidy, and his electric ukulele, Evangeline.

Erin Malone has over 20 years of experience leading experience design teams and designing websites, web and software applications, social experiences and system-wide components and best practices. Prior to Tangible, she spent 4 years at Yahoo! building and managing the Platform User Experience Design team. Her team was responsible for creating the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and for providing design expertise to the popular YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). Additionally, she led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, helped develop the Yahoo! Open Strategy including social platform offerings, oversaw the redesign of Yahoo!’s registration system, developed the user experience design team’s intranet and worked on other cross-company initiatives including community products and platforms.

Before Yahoo!, she was a Design Director at AOL with teams working across community and personalized products including AOL groups, AOL Journal–the first AOL blogging tool–My AOL and You’ve Got Pictures–AOLs picture sharing tool–Netscape Radio, AIM and other products. Prior to AOL she was the Creative Director at AltaVista and launched the AltaVista Live portal and their community offerings. She built first generation entertainment guides and community tools at Zip2 for national newspaper partners including the NY Times, San Jose Mercury News and early websites for AOL greenhouse partners.

She was the founding editor-in-chief of Boxes and Arrows, author of several articles on interaction design history and design management and a founding member of the IA Institute. She has recently completed her first book for O’Reilly Media, Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns and Practices for Improving the User Experience, with Christian Crumlish.

We’ve gathered up all the photos from the Show & Tell event that were submitted to us. We’ve created a little gallery to share them with you. Thanks to Peter Mah, Meghan Armstrong & Chad Fournier for the pictures. And a HUGE thank you once again to all our great presenters.

With all the great work going on in Calgary these days we thought it was time to host another Show & Tell event. We have some of Calgary’s leading User Experience professionals and Visual Thinkers lined up to speak about the projects, ideas, and questions that they are most passionate about. Each speaker has been given ten minutes to talk, followed by a lightning-round of Q&A. We’ll end the evening with an open-ended discussion.

Event Details
Date:  Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time:  5:306:00 Networking, 6:00-7:30 Presentations
Location:  Hop In Brew Pub House (213 – 12th Avenue SW)

Register HERE to confirm your attendance.

Confirmed Presenters:

Meaghan Brierley, PhD candidate at the University of Calgary
Using examples from seventeenth-century Dutch artists, early 20th century physicists, and contemporary medical illustrators, Meaghan explores the concept of visual culture as produced, reproduced and changed through routine human activity.

Russ Giesbrecht, Whole-Brained Thinking
Reveals a bit about his approach to planning, which incorporates elements from UX practice, Agile and other forms of self-organization, quantum physics and chaos theory.

Catherine Saxby, Senior UX Designer with Shaw Media
Using the popular BBC Science Fiction drama, Dr. Who, Catherine will explore the need for foundation, wayfinding and delight when designing experiences.

Paul Nishikawa, co-Founder of UX Guys Inc.
Topic to be revealed at a later date.

Jason Kumagai, Principal Human Factors Consultant for Optimal Fit Inc. & a Human Factors Specialist with Alberta Health Services. Jason has over 15 years experience  in the application of Ergonomics / Human Factors in healthcare, military, counter-terrorism, transportation, office and industrial environments. Jason will discuss examples of projects at Alberta Health Services that demonstrate patient and family involvement to test and evaluate new facility designs prior to construction.  Jason earned his B. Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, Department of Kinesiology. He is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist, Certified Human Factors Professional, and Project Management Professional.

Linda Luu, User Experience Designer / Business Analyst  at ThoughtWorks
Customer Centred Design Downunder: What happens when you introduce concepts like empathy, insights and prototyping to a logical, numbers focused Australian bank? Linda Luu will showcase some projects using Customer Centered Design and the lessons learned along the way.

Are you interested in presenting or sharing the work you do? Feel free to shoot us an email and we can add you to a future event.


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