Day Two (it wouldn’t fit):
Friday 29 August
Friday my CTS decided it was game over for me and my note taking abilities went out the window. It was that bad I had to walk out of Gerry Gaffney and Julian Huxham’s presentation halfway through to go rifling through my suitcase in the cloakroom for my wrist brace. It was kind of embarrassing because it probably looked like I was running out to answer my phone! Sorry Gerry and Julian!
Here’s what I went to:
The Jury is In by Gerry Gaffney and Julian Huxham
It was a case study around the development of Juror, a portal for people attending jury duty in NSW. Project was done with consultants and the Department of Justice
Embedding lean UX into agile in a large enterprise by Larissa Azevedo (from CBA)
She was amazing! Her presentation was covered in ninjas and she put dot points on her page in the conference booklet:
* Embed UX activities into the agile framework
* Have agile coaches jump into teams (like ninjas she says) to keep them on track
* The UX lead, the Product owner and the Technical lead must communicate with each other
* Everyone has to get their hands dirty
* Assumptions are exactly that – assumptions…
* Commit to continuous learning
* Have a start-up mentality
Starting right, with prototypes by Aras Bilgen
Aras was truly delightful. His slides were amazing– there is a prototype of a car in them that they built at a desk
The dirty business of UX in hospitals by Tim Evans
Another great set of slides– this project looked at hygiene in hospitals. Are the doctors and nurses responsible for spreading germs? Do they wash their hands enough? If not why?
Syntheate ideation: Tools for infinite UX creativity by Sarah Lloyd
Sarah is my new friend. We hung out at the preconference drinks and she’s an Industrial Designer just like me!
This talk was fun – it was about understanding how our brains work and using it to our advantage when working. Simple techniques like squeezing a stress ball in your non-dominant hand while working can improve memory and taking a creative pause can also help. A creative pause happens when you stop what you’re doing and go for walk or something and clear your head. It doesn’t have to be long.
Using behaviour design to change the culture around alcohol by Ash Donaldson and Jamie Moore
These guys were awesome. They created Hello Sunday Morning an online initiative designed to reduce binge drinking and create a world without hangovers. Their slides had a lot of videos on them and I got a lot out of watching them. They also had the largest affinity diagram I have ever seen.
10 minute talks
Ambient intelligence: The new AI by Katja Forbes
This one was creepy and made me want to turn my GPS off. It was all about how much data I’m leaking when I carry smart devices – the aura of privacy invasion that I project
Wearables: empowering, transforming and inclusive by Sarah Pulis
I liked it. It was about quadriplegics using google glass – probably the only people who don’t look stupid while using it.
Same, same but very different by Oliver Weidlich
This guy had four wearable fitness trackers which he wore together for an entire year and shared that experience with us.
Industrial Design and UI Design by Eva Muller
Eva is one of my other new friends (another girly industrial designer yay) and I liked her presentation. It was about actually applying what we learn in ID (that does not stand for Information Design!) that form follows function.
Once piece at a time by Boon Sheridan
This is my favourite presentation of the entire conference.
It had a kitten break! Besides that it was also amazing – he spoke so well and it was essentially the ‘how do you eat an elephant?’ concept.
The customer is not the user: designing for the enterprise by Dave Malouf
Another amazing presentation. It looked at how designing within an organisation and therefore for it is a discipline all on its own.
Attributes and aesthetics of experience by Xin Xiangyang
My biggest takeaways from this one were:
* China is producing 2.4 million design grads a year
* A small town has 5 million people in it
* And a small UX team has 0 – 50 people in it
* He was a very funny guy and very entertaining
* Best quote “An experience separates itself from the ongoing life experience”
General stuff I noticed:
I met the guys from Optimal Workshop – super excited to be guest blogging for them!
There was a giant jenga game at the Technocrat stand
PWC had a craft table where you could make up a pretty poster and write a hot UX tip on it – they also had a polaroid camera!
Lot’s of people came from overseas for it which I thought was very cool
All of those speakers were absolutely amazing and really lovely to chat to
I think I covered most of it - It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it.
If you have any questions please ask!