Talk UX is an annual international design & technology conference led by women
Boston Massachusetts, October 18 & 19, 2018
October 18 & 19, 2018
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
at Harvard Medical School
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
Talk UX is an annual, international design and technology conference led by women. It’s a platform to promote the contribution of women in UX, celebrating the exciting and innovative work women are doing within the industry, while remaining informal, supportive and encouraging.
The conference will examine the different areas comprising user experience, from research to data schema, and show the breadth of knowledge of women in UX and their impact on the field.
Thursday, October 18
Breakfast & Registration
Friday, October 19
Content Strategy Manager, Airbnb
Chatter Bots: Content Strategy for the Conversational InterfaceMessaging apps are changing how, when, and where people talk to their favorite businesses. With technology that automates transactions, customer service, and conversations like never before, how do you create a user experience that also feels human? This session will talk through:
- Strategies for balancing business goals with user experience
- Best practices for developing the strategy and content for your conversations
- Ways to adapt your voice and tone to this new communication channel
- Tips for setting expectations with humans who think your bot can do everything
- Approaches for those interactions that don’t go as planned
Digital Product Strategist
Wicked Digital Problems
A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognise. These problems are wicked because they resist solution, they adapt and change form, and they can’t be separated from their context.
“You can’t know what you don’t know about what you need to know. So it’s still your fault.” – Modern UX Designer’s conundrum.
As the Lean movement treads its certain path through the digital world, killing two-dimensional artefacts, trouncing on requirements specifications and making us all empowered and Agile, we might be sleepwalking into a bunch of very wicked problems.
You may not recognise wicked problems when they come up, but like a bad smell, they haunt you for a long time. Within the trifecta of money, time and capability, live any number of decisions needed to conceptualise, design and build large scale digital products and services.
The need to balance these with getting something ‘shipped’ means we inherently make choices that have a significant impact on the challenges we face later down the line. This talk explores some of these wicked digital problems and how they affect teams, as well as presenting some perspectives to help mitigate their impact when they come up.
Senior Manager of Product Design, HubSpot
People Over Pixels: Building an Evergreen Design System
Design systems are all the rage these days. Everyone seems to be coming out with shiny new redesigns. But figuring out the right corner radius for your buttons and putting together a stunning color palette are the easy parts. How do you build a design system that makes life easier for both your customers and your team? And how do you build a process that keeps your design system from getting dusty? That’s where the real work is. Lara will talk a little about that journey and share some key lessons along the way.
Senior UX Consultant, Harvard Library
Beyond WCAG: Making Websites Usable for People with Disabilities
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) matter, but usability matters more. It is a helpful first step to use automated web accessibility tools, like WAVE and SiteImprove, to test for compliance with WCAG, but to truly understand if your website is accessible, you need to include people with disabilities in user research.
At Harvard we’ve built a participant pool of native assistive technology users who can be hired by staff to test digital products for accessibility. In our user testing we’ve learned about issues that an automated accessibility testing tool would have missed and have been able to improve our website experiences for all users, no matter how they access the web.
When you ensure that your website is accessible, it becomes more usable for everyone. In this talk you’ll learn about the types of accessibility issues that are not easily uncovered by automated accessibility testing tools. We’ll also review best practices for moderating usability tests with assistive technology users as well as logistical planning tips for recruiting people with disabilities for user research studies.
Chief Designer, Nielsen Norman Group
Service Blueprinting: Use service design to create processes that are core to your digital experience and everything that supports it
Services rarely get the same attention as products. Even in the world of computer provided services, our resources (time, budget, man-power) are spent on customer-facing outputs, while overlooking the experience of the employees and/or service providers.
Services create intangible value through exchanges between people and either other people or props, where the “props” can be software, objects, collateral, or other carriers of a user experience. Service design is the design of those exchanges.
In this course, you’ll bridge the gap between customers and service providers through service blueprinting. Learn how to create an experience that is useful and desirable to the customer, while efficient and effective to the provider.
Meena Kothandaraman & Zarla Ludin
Experience Strategists & Co-Founders of twig+fish Research Practice
A Strategic Framework Everyone Can Use: NCREDIBLE Research
You’re ready to embark on a research study. Your team has the chance to investigate people’s behaviors, and you find yourself receiving questions from all directions. The questions sometimes feel haphazard, opportunistic, and as though everyone has been waiting for a moment to get in front of users. You know it is important to promote research within the organization, and you know there are factors to consider when running research, but somehow there is a communication gap between stakeholder asks, and what research can do. Balancing constraints such as time, budget, access to people and more becomes hard to manage.
In this workshop, Meena Kothandaraman and Zarla Ludin from twig+fish research practice will share a framework that establishes research transparency. This workshop will reveal a demonstrable approach for permeable success of research as a strategic practice within an organization. Sharing the research mindset and responsibility, and roadmapping questions to strategic organizational processes are just some of the benefits attendees can immediately apply.
The framework is a visual tool that exposes details required to construct credible study designs.
- Organizes unknowns
Brings awareness to assumptions
- Publicizes knowledge gaps
Reveals organizational research habits and patterns
- Visualizes a research road map
- Positions research studies across time and budget
Attendees will walk out of the workshop knowing a simple and operational framework they can use right away!
Director of UX, Google
1 full day of conference talks
Full Conference+ Workshop
Full day of conference talks
Half day workshop
Why Talk UX?
Enhance your skills by learning from UX leaders on a wide range of topics. Leave equipped with the tools to confidently bring about change in your organization.
Meet passionate fellow-UX practitioners from around the world. Join a vibrant community, expand your reach, and further your career.
Celebrate the exciting work of incredible women in our industry. Hear stories of growth and success from accomplished UX professionals as they share their expertise.
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA 02115