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...

NUX Manchester, 3 March, Creativity in organisations

The next NUX Manchester event is taking place on 3rd March and will be at the usual place at the Code Computerlove office in City Centre Manchester. Get your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nux-manchester-3rd-march-creativity-in-organisationscreativity-with-uncreative-client-teams-tickets-10723998769 We’re delighted to welcome back two old friends of NUX: Ian Franklin and Adrian Frost from IdeaSmiths. Creativity in organisations Creativity with uncreative client teams Although we in UX are creative people, our clients and the users we involve in user centred design won’t all be. The challenge we have is getting these people to loosen up and think differently; to get them once again to be the 6 year old for whom the cardboard box was a boat, a train, a house and a spaceship all in the same afternoon. How do we turn the mundane business issue into an exciting challenge, how do we unstick the stuck who are obsessed by the one failed attempt? In a highly interactive session people will be introduced to and get a chance to try out some methods for helping teams be creative, to get them moving from being problem focussed to solution focussed. Getting people to be creative and playful is one thing, the next challenge is to get them to ‘play nice’; so the session will also cover facilitating good team working. Adrian Frost, IdeaSmiths Adrian Frost has 15 years of experience as a facilitator, trainer, organisational development consultant and coach. Formerly the Creativity and Innovation champion at Corus, Adrian’s extensive experience of creativity and innovation includes: training teams in creative problem solving techniques; developing innovation processes including stage-gate and incubator; running creative problem solving and...