Category Archives: Special Events

UX Movie Night Welcomes Todd Zaki Warfel & UX Australia

We are super proud to have a special guest Todd Zaki Warfel host our next UX Movie Night. This special movie night will be held on Tuesday 24 August, just before UX Australia 2010. We think it’s a great way for the local’s to welcome our visitors to our wonderful city.

About Todd

Todd Zaki Warfel, founder and principal designer at messagefirst, has been designing products and services for over 15 years. Todd’s clients have included AT&T Wireless, Bankrate, Citi, and Comcast, Numara and NYU just to name a few.

An internationally recognized thought leader on research and design, and author of the prototyping course for the Web Standards Project Education Task Force, he has spoken at conferences and taught workshops around the globe.

His new book, “Prototyping: a practitioner’s guide” discusses how prototypes are more than just a design tool and shows you how to use prototyping to create a common language, market a product, gain internal buy-in, and test feasibility with your development team.

Todd currently lives in Philadelphia, blogs at, and twitters@zakiwarfel.

What’s happening?

Once again we are back at Horse Bazaar – as the venues capacity is limited please RSVP (on the right —>) to help us keep track of numbers and make sure everyone will fit.

We have a couple of videos picked out that Todd will introduce and talk too. Total running time 27 minutes plus discussion. See you then!

Special Event: Karen McGrane on Content Strategy

A wonderful confluence events has brought us a fantastic opportunity to hear the amazing Karen McGrane, and experience her thoughts on web content strategy: it’s the meat in the sandwich, not the icing on the cake:

Too often, organisations fail to deliver content that meets user needs and serves their business goals. Even during website redesigns, the editorial process gets short shrift in favor of building new features and creating new designs. Thinking about the content is always left until the last minute, always thought to be “somebody else’s problem.”

Ever wonder why so many websites feature dense, unreadable prose? Force you to navigate through pages of brochure copy and legalese? Look like they backed up a truck full of PDFs and dumped them in the content management system?

No content strategy, that’s why.

When done the wrong way, creating new content and managing the approval process takes longer and is more painful than anyone expects. But planning for useful, usable content is possible—and necessary. It’s time to do it right.

Still free!

Thank you to Aconex for their support to keep the event free.

When is it?

Wednesday, 23rd June 2010.

Come down from 5:30 / 6:00 PM, Karen will present from 6:30 PM.

New venue this month!

23 Meyers Pl
Melbourne VIC 3000

About Karen

If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For more than 15 years Karen has helped create more usable digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. Today, as Senior Partner at Bond Art + Science, she works with clients to create personalized portals that dynamically update based on user behavior, develops data visualizations that make complex quantitative information easy to understand, and consults with publishers on ways to make their sites more appealing to readers and successful for advertisers.

Prior to starting Bond, Karen helped build the User Experience practice at Razorfish, hired as the very first Information Architect and leaving as the VP and National Lead for UX. Over the decade she spent there, she led projects for dozens of clients, overseeing major redesign initiatives for The New York Times, Condé Nast, Disney, and Citibank.

Karen is also on the faculty of the new MFA in Interaction Design program at SVA in New York, where she teaches Interaction Design History, focusing on the key movements and trends that have shaped the field, and Design Management, which aims to give students the skills they need to run successful projects, teams, and businesses.

Photo Credit: Alison Grippo