Beyond the Design Team

Strategists describe to make. Designers make to describe.

How do you design for a future so ambiguous that all things we take for granted bitcoin trader in philippines turn out to be assumptions? What if cars drive themselves and people need insuring? How do you ensure a home in a world where we are climate change nomads? What if homes were printed not built..?

This talk crypto trading investment explores how IAG is using Design as a prototype for a new kind of future practice. Where the opportunity of being a Design team inside an organisation offers the chance to leave the current design business model behind, using the craft to create ‘nests’ where the business can explore possible futures and play with new futures in a way that builds adaptable strategy.

Harriet will explore broker for crypto trading how they’re learning new forms of ideation and some of the more confronting (and exciting) opportunities it offers for their teams, their people and their organisations.

Harriet Wakelam

Harriet Wakelam‘s work at IAG uses design to challenge consensus supporting IAG in delivering to their customers a safer Australia. She uses design techniques across innovation, future strategy and customer experience design. She is fascinated by ‘why’, making real things, experiences that enable us to operate in an increasingly uncertain world.

She’s worked at NAB, CAPCO, Medibank and is an active supporter of the UK and Australian startup community. Her work has taken her to the US, UK, Russia and Eastern Europe. She has some medium-sized humans and is not averse to a good Negroni.

UX Mega Meetup Wrap Up 2018

Melbourne’s UX community is coming together to celebrate the end of the year with Mega Meetup 2018 Wrap Up!

This December, nine of Melbourne’s UX communities are coming together. You are invited to join us and share your stories with your fellow colleagues, practitioners and enthusiasts.

Register at

Thank you InVision and Askable for sponsoring this event.
Thank you REA Group for hosting Mega Meetup 2018 Wrap Up.

Code of Conduct
UX Mega Meetup has a Code of Conduct that all organisers, sponsors and guest must adhere to.

Please take the time to read the Code of Conduct ( so everyone can enjoy a harassment free event experience.

Venue Details
All gender accessible bathrooms

The venue is accessible for your mobility device. Venue has wide hallways and accessible bathrooms are available.

End Of Year Mixer: The last talk, networking, drinks and nibbles (from $10)

From just $10 (buy tickets at, join the Melbourne tech and creative community for their fourth official end of year party!

Mixup Melbourne starts with a welcome and celebration of the community, followed by an inspiring and intriguing talk from Sarah Spencer on Printing with Knitting Machines.

The rest of the evening sees a generous bar tab and finger food, to see you through an enjoyable opportunity to network with friends, new and old.

As with last year, we hope to have some exciting extras and giveaways. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed ( for the latest information.

UX Book Club Author Event: Donna Spencer and “A Practical Guide to IA”

We are excited to announce that internationally-renowned author, service designer and user experience designer Donna Spencer will be joining us in person at our next book club!

Donna – a leading UX practitioner, regular conference speaker, workshop teacher and start-up mentor – has written three books including titles on writing for the web and card sorting.

In this book club, we’ll be centering our discussions on Information Architecture and Donna’s book, “A Practical Guide to Information Architecture”.

Donna will share some thoughts about the book, its topics and themes. Then, after our break-out group discussions, Donna will join us in our whole group discussion on the book and information architecture.


Donna’s book is both a brilliant introduction to information architecture and a goldmine of tips and tricks for more experience practitioners.

It’s divided into five parts that cover understanding information architecture, understanding people, understanding content, designing an information architecture and designing navigation.

With over 300 pages of no-nonsense, practical information to help you work smarter, this book includes dozens of case studies, illustrations, and examples.


You can download the book today from UX Mastery:

Our friends at UX Mastery have kindly provided us with the code UXMELB33 for a 33% discount!

And as a bonus, you get free additional content including a PDF poster, IA templates and video training resources.


Anyone is welcome to join our walking bus to and from the venue. A walking bus will be departing at 6pm from Holliva directly opposite Richmond Station. Look out for one of the UX Melbourne event hosts who will be holding a sign. A return walking bus will be departing MYOB at 8.30pm for the 10-minute walk back to Richmond Station.


6.00 – Join us at the venue from 6pm for drinks and snacks

6.00 – Walking bus departs from Richmond station to MYOB (See above)

6.30 – Donna will talk to us about the book, its core topics, themes and ideas

6.50 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points.

7.20 – We all share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group.

8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!

8.30 – Walking bus departs from MYOB to Richmond Station (See above)


Thank you to UX Mastery ( for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB ( for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

UX Mega Meetup

Hello UX Melbourne friends! We have a double feature of sorts for you this month as Melbourne prepares to host UX Australia. Join us on the eve of the big event (and the night before a special book club).

We’ve designed two kinds of experiences for you:

Love talks, activities and a vibrant atmosphere? There will be great crowd energy and lightning talks at Zendesk! You’ll be hearing from Amirul Nasir, Zoe Rose, Kira Eviston, SueSue Zhou, Farai Madzima and Benson Low before they lead you into some break out activities.

More into chilled out conversations, ink illustrations and a relaxed atmosphere? We’ll also have space for you at CultureAmp (10/31 Queen St, Melbourne), where the noise level will remain at a gentle hum.

More of an ambivert than an introvert or extrovert? If your moods shift during the night you’re free to move between the venues which are located 100 metres apart!

We’ll be providing the food (thanks REA Group at Culture Amp!) including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free & FODMAP friendly options.

UX Mega Meetup is an alcohol free event this year. You’re welcome to join us at the Mitre Tavern (located in Bank Place, across the road from Zendesk) after 8pm to continue the evening if you’re keen to mix your soda with something stronger.


We’re taking RSVPs at this Eventbrite link so we can keep all 10 groups’ responses in one place. 🙂