UX Movie Night – An innovation center within a clinic

Health care is an area that requires constant improvements, thus innovation is crucial for the development of modern medicine. But how can we stimulate innovation in a sector that is highly controlled? How can we try new experiences to improve the work of doctors? Big companies such as Apple, are currently exploring new products that could revolutionize the world of health care.

However the Mayo Clinic, based in Minnesota (USA), didn’t wait for the next revolution. They have created an innovation centre within the clinic to stimulate innovation and improve every services of the clinic. In this video you will discover how the design thinking process is currently improving the work of thousands of professionals in health care. You will also discover the passion of a designer trying new experiences while working hand in hand with doctors.

August UX Bookclub – 100 Things Every Designer Should Know About People

For the August installment of the UX Melbourne bookclub we are going to look at Susan Weinschenk’s book ‘100 Things Every Designer Should Know About People’. It’s less than a month away so there’s never been a better time to start reading!

About the book:
“We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.”

The publisher PeachPit has given us a 35% discount code. To claim the discount just select the books you wish to purchase and use ‘USERGROUP’ as the discount code. 

Do I have to read the book?
All welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.

When is it?
Tuesday 19 August
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Where is it?
The Loop Bar
23 Meyers Place
Melbourne VIC 3000

How much does it cost?
Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.)

I can’t wait that long, what do I do in the meantime?!

You can join the UX Melbourne discussion group to participate in the conversation.

See you there!

UX Movie Night – Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide

User experience is not only about interfaces that we display on tablets or phones. User experience is also about the physical objects that we use in our day to day life, like the dashboard of our car or the thermostat in the lounge room.

Today digital interfaces and physical products are coming together. However user experience practitioners and industrial designers are different, but they share the same values; they deeply care about the users.

For a future Internet of Things we need to go beyond the user experience and also put a high consideration on the people that can take care of the physical product. This talk will explore how to better engage industrial designer with user experience practitioners. 

2015 Interaction Awards are Now Open

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The 2015 Interaction Awards are now open until 31 August, 2014 for submissions. In its fourth year, the Interaction Awards recognize and celebrate examples of excellence in Interaction Design across domains, channels, environments and cultures. We welcome entries for concept and production projects from students and professionals from around the world. We’re excited to continue inspiring the global Interaction Design community to share, discuss and celebrate the state of Interaction Design.

Find out more and enter at the awards web site.

PS. Our own Jeremy Yuille is on the jury this year! Congratulations Jeremy!

Rethinking UX, June UX Book Club

rethinking_uxFor the June installment of the UX Melbourne book club, we will be tackling Smashing Magazine’s ebook “Rethinking UX.” For eight years, Smashing Magazine has been a leader in interesting and useful perspectives on web design and development.

“Rethinking UX” is the newest UX-centred Smashing Magazine ebook. It is a collection of articles from six professionals.

It explores two main themes. Firstly it challenges tried and tested research techniques and provides practical insights about new ways for UXers to approach our work. Secondly, it explores the impact that new technology (such as Leap Motion and Google Glass) has for both designers and users.

The ebook can be purchased from Smashing Magazine’s online store.

Alternatively, all six of the articles are available online. Here are the links:

  1. Thirteen Tenets Of User Experience
  2. Improving Your Website Usability Tests
  3. Designing For The Multifaceted User
  4. 50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation (Part 1)
  5. Beyond The Button: Embracing The Gesture-Driven Interface
  6. What Leap Motion And Google Glass Mean For Future User Experience

Do I have to read the book?

All welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. However, we do ask that you have a quick read through the last article, What Leap Motion And Google Glass Mean For Future User Experience, so you can participate more actively in the discussion and get more out of the evening.

When is it?

Tuesday 17 June
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Where is it?

New Gold Mountain
Level 2, 21 Liverpool St
Melbourne VIC 3000

 

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.)

Alan Cooper: designing in a post industrialisation era

image-1At our next UX Movie Night, we will watch a video that features the father of Visual Basic, who also introduced personas to design and is the author of five books: Alan Cooper.

Alan Cooper gave a talk in Amsterdam at the The Next Web conference back in 2012. You will discover in this video why designing first is so important in the post industrialisation era. Alan Cooper tells us how he helps big companies to design products and about the importance of having a culture within companies that supports the creation of brilliant ideas.

A refreshing talk made by a world leader in design and software development.

When is it?

Thursday, 15 May 2014.
Come down to the bar when you finish work, we’ll roll the film at 6:30 PM.

Where is it?

Horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.)

Tell us you’re coming

Tell us you’re coming by emailing rsvp@uxmelbourne.org – it helps us heaps if you do.

And then tell your Twitter followers that you are coming…
I’m going to the next Melbourne UX Movie Night.

Responsive Web Design, UX Book Club April

Next up at UX Book Club we’re reading Ethan Marcotte’s, Responsive Web Design.

Are you designing digital products for different devices, screen-sizes, contexts, and who knows what else (internet-enabled toilets)? You probably are.

You can buy the book from A Book Apart. Use the code WI20FH for a 10% discount.

I don’t code. Is this book for me?

We think it is. We couldn’t find a book on responsive design that doesn’t include CSS examples. If CSS isn’t  your thing, focus on Chapter 5 and skim through the other chapters.

So you’re telling me to only read one chapter? Yep! And pay particular attention to this paragraph on page 118:

“Recently, the responsive projects I’ve worked on have had a lot of success combining design and development into one hybrid phase, bringing the two teams into one highly collaborative group … during this collaboration the developers act as designers, too; they’re just designing in a different medium.”

  • Is this the way you and your team are delivering responsive designs?
  • Has responsive design turned your design approach upside down?
  • Or is it really just the same old design considerations with a few new buzzwords?

We’d love to hear about your response to Responsive Web Design.

Do I have to read the book?

All welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.

When is it?

Tuesday 29 April
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Where is it?

Governor’s Lounge
The Royal Melbourne Hotel
629 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

(Turn left and follow the signs before the main entrance).

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.)