UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest!

Hello UX Week attendees, friends, and community! We are thrilled to announce the first ever UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest! Four UX Week attendees will be selected to have dinner on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm with Jesse James Garrett and UX Week keynote Josh Clark of Global Moxie! You can enter by following these 3 easy steps: 1. Register for UX Week (attendees who have already registered skip this step) 2. Follow @uxweek (unless you already do!) 3. Write a Tweet mentioning which UX Week 2014 talk and/or workshop you’re excited for and mention @uxweek or use hashtag #UXweek. Be sure to post your Tweet(s) by Friday, August 15, 2014. Contest Information: Tweet as much as you want. One entry per Tweet, so the more Tweets you post the more chances you have to win! We’ll announce the four winners on Friday, August 22, 2014. Verification of UX Week registration will be required in order to win. Adaptive Path will take care of transportation to the selected restaurant. Winners will receive additional information on logistics leading up to UX Week. #UXweek...

UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K. Hui are teaching this workshop August 16-17, 2014 at our Design Studio on Pier 1 next to the Ferry Building. Click here to register for this workshop. Workshop Details: As we are integrating digital capabilities in to our physical environment, the tools of designers are beginning to shift. In order to understand and prototype these new experiences, a new technological skill set is needed. This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform. We’ll focus on programming fundamentals as well as creating dynamic physical prototypes to elicit meaningful feedback from the people who will encounter your work. This workshop is designed to give people with absolutely no coding skills a kick-start in open source technologies. The biggest thing that you’ll walk away with is the ability to create your own ideas and a deeper understanding of the materiality of on and off-screen digital products. The second biggest thing you’ll walk away with is our Arduino prototyping kit! Items you will receive in the kit (yours to keep!): Arduino Uno – R3 6′ USB Cable for Arduino Breadboard 6″ jumper wires (10) 10K Ohm resistors (4) Super bright white LEDs (5) Momentary push button switch 10K trimpot potentiometer Ultrasonic range finder Passive infrared sensor (PIR) Custom laser cut Adaptive Path breadboard plate Adaptive Path Physical Prototyping...

9 Brand-new UX Virtual Seminars for You

During the second half of 2014, you’ll hear the latest thinking from the best speakers in the world of user experience design. Get your team into all 9 live seminars from July through December and 6 months complimentary access to UIE’s All You Can Learn. We have some great presenters and topics lined up for you. With these educational events on your team’s calendar, you’re sure to develop and improve your core knowledge and skills. Jul 17 - Content-first UX Design, with Steph Hay Aug 07 - Minimum Viable Product, with Will Evans Aug 28 - UX Strategy, with James Kalbach Sep 18 - The UX Professional’s Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams, with Aviva Rosenstein Oct 09 - OKRs & Predictive Roadmaps, with Christina Wodtke Oct 23 - Mobile Research Techniques, with Cyd Harrell Nov 6 - Beyond Mobile, with Josh Clark Nov 20 - Orchestrating Experiences: Strategy and Design for Complex Product and Service Ecosystems, with Chris Risdon Dec 11 - Building Better Products with Content Strategies, with Jonathon Colman Sign-up Once. Pay Once. All live seminars July through December, 2014 and 6 months of access to All You Can Learn for only $1149. Register...

UX Week 2014 Workshops Preview

There’s nothing like a good workshop for amping up a skill or gaining a new one. Workshops are also great opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with people who do the same kind of work or face similar challenges. That’s why UX Week workshops in particular really stand out. We carefully select topics and workshop leaders in direct response to what we see in the discipline and the problems our clients ask us to solve. In short, we look for topics and activities that will arm experience designers with what they need to be better at what they do. NEW FOR UX WEEK 2014 A big challenge at any conference is selecting the workshops to attend. Too often, two (or more!) sessions you want to sign up for are scheduled at exactly the same time! Well, for 2014 we’re doing something about that very issue. Through the magic of logistics, we’re offering each workshop twice, on different days, so there’s a lot of selection flexibility. We’re also offering a mix of half-day and full-day workshops, so you can pack in a broader range of learning opportunities. AN AWESOME LINEUP It’s a good thing the new schedule is more flexible, because this year we have an especially great lineup of workshop leaders and topics, covering everything from mobile and responsive design, prototyping, sketching, storytelling, and service design to building great teams. Here’s a sampling of what’s in the lineup: Designer, developer, author –– and now UX Week 2014 keynote speaker — Josh Clark will cover everything you need to know for effective touchscreen design in his full-day Designing for Touch...

Ten Weeks, Ten Ideas: Internship Edition

Last December we started searching for interns hungry to get a taste of life in a design firm. We wanted someone who had “exceptional skill and craft in an area of design practice, passion for doing great design work, and confidence collaborating with other people and articulating ideas”. Our latest intern, Jasper Stephenson met the criteria exceptionally well. As you see in his concluding blog post below, Jasper’s a fast study, a sponge, and calls it like he sees it. We’re so glad to have gotten 10 weeks with you Jasper and we’ll be watching your city-hopping exploration of design! I’ve been an intern at Adaptive Path for ten weeks. In that span, I’ve been something of a design version of Jane Goodall, spending time with the monkeys in their natural habitat and learning their ways. And, now, I have returned to civilization to share the bananas insights that I picked up during my time masquerading as one of the pack. I had all sorts of preconceptions going into the internship, preconceptions about what the strongest trends in visual design are, about the usefulness of networking, unicorns, and alcohol, about what the role of an intern is, and more. Some held up, and some fell flat when challenged. So, here are my research notes, my findings, my personal points of growth gained through ten weeks with the best of the best. 1. If you want respect in a creative setting, don’t treat anyone as untouchable. What I mean by this is: don’t ever be afraid to speak up in defense of something you’re certain about. I’ve had my suspicions...