Recordings: The UX Web Summit - The Online User Experience Conference
Why an Online Summit?
- Online Summits mean no travel hassle!
- Bring the experts live to your desktop!
- Time spent on the road is better spent instead with family, friends or in the office!
- Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
- See and ask questions directly to the speakers!
- Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recording whenever you want!
About the UX Web Summit
A great user experience (UX) can mean the difference between merely having a web presence and truly engaging your visitors so they’ll gladly come back over and over again. Practical techniques to create the best UX are hard to come by, though.
Join some of the Web’s most experienced UX professionals as they share experiences culled from working on sites big and small. Learn from the pros how to tackle user experience difficulties head-on with proven methods in use by some of the most popular sites on the Web.
Registration for The UX Web Summit is now open! The following experts are scheduled to appear—check back for details on speaking times and topics:
- 9:00 a.m. Daniel Burka and Rob Goodlatte — Designing the First 15 Minutes
- 10:00 a.m. Jackson Wilkinson — Product Strategy for UX Designers
- 11:00 a.m. Juliette Melton — Remote User Testing
- 12:00 p.m. Nick Finck — Sustainable UX
- 1:00 p.m. BREAK
- 2:00 p.m. Donna Spencer — Card Sorting
- 3:00 p.m. Cindy Li and Jenifer Hanen — Mobile UX
- 4:00 p.m. Dan Rubin — Practical Prototyping
The Summit Series lets you build your skill set without having to leave your computer. Each Summit is a virtual conference—all you need is a computer and internet connection to attend. A new presentation begins at the top of every hour, and attendees can chat with each other and ask questions of the presenters throughout the day.
Wait, a Virtual Conference? How Does That Work?
Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email with a reminder about the conference schedule and other helpful details.
On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like! Also, you can use an iPhone to attend the Summit.
Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.
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About Our Speakers
The director of design with a startup called Tiny Speck and for several years he was the creative director at Digg. He grew up in PEI, Canada, where he was one of the founders of silverorange. Aside from obsessing about interface design and CSS selectors, he is a frequently-falling rock climber, a lazy cyclist, and an often out-of-bounds disc golfer.
Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has dabbled in the web for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research.
Nick has created web experiences for Fortune 50 and 500 companies including Adobe, Boeing, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Cisco, CitiGroup, FDIC, Harpo, HP, IBM, Microsoft, PBS, Peet’s Coffee, University of Denver, and others.
He lives and plays in Seattle, Washington, where he’s the Principal and Director of User Experience at Blue Flavor, a web design company that focuses on creating web experiences.
Rob is a product designer at Facebook, where he designs features and products for an audience of 400 million. He is the designer behind Facebook Lite -- a simple, fast version of Facebook designed for low-bandwidth users. Rob also designed the latest release of Chat as well as Facebook's new user experience. Rob is graduate of Duke University with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to Facebook, Rob worked as a freelance designer and developer. His work has been published in several design books and recognized by the Webby Awards, the SXSW Web Awards, and other industry honors.
Jenifer Hanen is a creator and ideation specialist with 10+ years of experience as a web designer, developer, and web / mobile strategist.
Cindy Li is the ultimate mashup of illustrator and web designer. She always has a camera in hand and she's always searching for her next adventure. Passionate about testing new gadgets, designing beautiful websites and in a pinch can fix a flat.
Juliette Melton is an independent user experience researcher based in San Francisco. Her background in web development and product management gives her a practical perspective on how to effectively conduct user research. She studies and advocates balanced approaches to building products based on understanding user preferences and organizational realities.
You can find her online at deluxify.com.
A highly accomplished designer, Dan Rubin has over ten years of experience as a leader in the fields of user interface design and web standards, specifically focusing on the use of (X)HTML and CSS to streamline development and improve accessibility. His passion for all things creative and artistic isn’t a solely selfish endeavor either—you’ll frequently find him waxing educational about a cappella jazz and barbershop harmony, philosophy, web standards, typography, psychology, and design in general.
In addition to his contributions to sites including Blogger, the CSS Zen Garden, Yahoo! Small Business and Microsoft's ASP.net portal, Dan is a contributing author ofCascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), technical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Development (Apress, 2006), The Art & Science of CSS (SitePoint, 2007) and Sexy Web Design (SitePoint, 2009), coauthor of Pro CSS Techniques (Apress, 2006), and Web Standards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007), writes about web standards, design and life in general on his blog, SuperfluousBanter.org, and spends his professional time on a variety of online and offline projects for Sidebar Creative, Webgraph and Black Seagull, consulting on design, user interaction and online publishing for Garcia Media, and speaking and teaching at events, conferences and workshops around the world.
Donna’s a freelance information architect, interaction designer and writer. That’s a fancy way of saying she plans how to present the things you see on your computer screen, so that they’re easy to understand, engaging and compelling. Things like the navigation, forms, categories and words on intranets, websites, web applications and business systems.
She’s been doing this professionally since 2002, and she’s a regular speaker at Australian and international events.
Jackson is a seasoned user experience designer, design manager, and product strategist who designs to solve real problems for real people, furthering business goals along the way. His background in development helps him lead and work well with cross-functional teams, and his business and product savvy makes him a go-to consultant for clients and executives.
While currently in-house helping lead the design team to create the next generation of LinkedIn, he has worked with clients to create hundreds of engaging experiences on the web. Past clients have included startups like RateItAll and Mixx.com, traditional businesses like Wal-Mart and Microsoft, and non-profits like National Geographic, PBS, and the Government of Canada.
A well-recognized conference speaker, he also regularly talks internationally on topics relevant to designers, developers, and managers alike.
Christopher Schmitt (your emcee)
The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force
Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.
About The Sessions
Web UX Summit sessions run the gamut from beginner through more intermediate/advanced content.
Designing the First 15 Minutes
Daniel Burka & Rob Goodlatte
That user who just signed up is about to bail. And a thousand other people just stopped in but didn't even bother to register. Your product is great, but your users don't stay long enough to find that out. The first fifteen minutes of your product are the most important. Learn from the successes, mistakes, and insights of designing new user experiences for products.
Real World Remote Research
Remote research can raise the quality and lower the costs of your user research efforts; using a combination of surveys, video, screensharing, and phone, you can connect with a much broader range of users than you could using traditional lab-based usability tests, while using resources more efficiently than you would doing contextual research. In this workshop-style talk, Juliette Melton will cover recruiting sources, technology tools, and caveats you might not have thought of, including managing time zones and participant distraction. We will also address pros and cons of increasingly popular non-scripted research services.
Practical UX Prototyping
Presented as a case study review, Dan explores examples from a real life project, explaining the method of testing and prototyping used, and showing the value of making adjustments to a design during testing, exposing changes in behavior that could not have been otherwise observed.
Jenifer Hanen & Cindy Li
Mobile platform has become more and more important part of the web experience, but how do you design for it? Presented by Jennifer Hanan and Cindy Li, this session will cover resources for mobile design, what you need to get started, principles for mobile design, and prototyping your next mobile application.
- Resources for templates in Fireworks and Photoshop.
- Principles to consider when you are designing for mobile.
- Keeping the essence of your traditional desktop web site.
- Is it a mobile app or website?
- Designing for a mobile location-based mobile app
- Creating a test without coding.
- What to send off to Apple to get your iPhone/iPad app approved
Principal and Director of User Experience of Blue Flavor, Nick Finck, presents a session on what makes a good user experience, what is the process for creating a good user experience, and where user experience as a discipline is headed.
Analyzing Card Sorting
As a technique, card sorting is pretty easy to run - set up cards and get people to group them. The real difficulty is figuring out what you learned and what to do about it. In this presentation, Donna will outline methods to analyse your card sort outcomes - looking at exploratory and statistical methods that will help you dive into your data and find patterns and insights.
Product Strategy for UX Designers
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