UX Drinks at Kantine Museumsquartier on the 27th June

The Vienna UX Community meets once in a quarter at a casual get-together, consuming beer/wine/raspberry juice/vodka/ … and talk about topics of interest. You’re invited to bring your own topics, there will be no preannounced presentations like at the monthly IxD Stammtisch in Metalab.

Tomorrow our meeting will take place at Kantine Museumsquartier, at 7pm.
We’ve booked a table (under „Linder“), just drop in, we’re always happy to meet new people!

150. interaction design stammtisch

tuesday, 13th of june 2017, 7pm
at metalab, 1010 wien, rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: u2 rathaus, 1/2/D stadiongasse/parlament)

we will continue with the new format:
7pm–9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics

topics for this meeting:

  • claudia will talk about highlights from uxcamp europe
  • articulating design decisions – a redux from a workshop at uxlx2017 (jörg)
  • your topic?

you have a topic that you want to present?
we will find you a slot!
your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, a problem you have got, a solution you want to talk about …
→ please add your idea to our hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

we are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the stammtisch … so: looking forward to seeing you on tuesday,

a …

ps: the interaction design stammtisch takes place every 2nd tuesday of the month. everybody interested in interaction design, user experience, usability, accessibility, user interface design, user experience is very welcome to attend. we don’t bite, promised.

pps: there is also the IxDAvienna mailinglist if you want to stay in touch by email

149. interaction design stammtisch

tuesday, 9th of may 2017, 7pm
at metalab, 1010 wien, rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: u2 rathaus, 1/2/D stadiongasse/parlament)

we will continue with the new format:
7pm–9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics

topics for this meeting:

  • georg and helga on „challenges and lessons learned creating pagestrip, a modern publishing tool for the web“
  • your topic?

you have a topic that you want to present?
we will find you a slot!
your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, a problem you have got, a solution you want to talk about …
→ please add your idea to our hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

we are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the stammtisch … so: looking forward to seeing you on tuesday,

a bienTom

ps: the interaction design stammtisch takes place every 2nd tuesday of the month. everybody interested in interaction design, user experience, usability, accessibility, user interface design, user experience is very welcome to attend. we don’t bite, promised.

pps: there is also the IxDAvienna mailinglist if you want to stay in touch by email

ppps: don’t forget about maker faire vienna on sat/sun 20./21.5.2017 with several interesting workshops

148. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 11th of April 2017, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)

The Agenda: 7pm – 9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics,…

Topics for this meeting will be:

  • Field report of lookback.io by Oliver: a tool to support user reasearch and testing
  • BITV (Barrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung) by Claudia: Accessibility requirements in the german public sector and how you can use the BITV-Test to check the accessiblity of your site.
  • your topic?

If you have a topic for the upcoming meeting – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, your application, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Claudia

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

Retrospect 146. Stammtisch: Design Studio & How to start a new job as „UX team of one“ and survive

In February 20 UX and Ixd fans decided to spend a very interesting valentines-evening at the Metalab. Design Studio Presentation

Design Studio – Jörg Linder

Jörg – @japhyat – presented the Design Studio method and we tried out the method.

Design Studio - Sketching
It’s sketching time…
What’s a Design STudio?
(Jörg Linder)

Design Studio it’s a workshop technique for collective idea generation (in our case: sketching) that has been used in Architecture for quite some time (to my knowledge). It became popular when the method of Agile Development required to create solutions to a problem much faster.

It work’s like this: First you have to set up a workshop and a group (about 7 people seems to be the best number for this). The group should not consist only of designers, but be composed of all kinds of disciplines that are occupied with the problem to be solved (marketing, customer service, IT, …).

After an introduction to the method you’ll need to have some kind of material that allows the participants to empathize with the target users. You could use personas for this. Then you’ll have to explain the problem (what do you want to achieve?).

After that, a first round of sketching takes place. Each participant creates 4 different and very rough sketches on paper alone during a short limit of time (5min eg). The sketches should of course show a way on how to solve the problem.

After this first round, everyone presents his or her sketches and answers to questions from the other participant. This round of critique is also timeboxed (eg. 2 minutes per presentation).

After that, a second round of sketching takes place. This time, the participants can either continue with their own ideas or build upon/include the ideas of the other sketchers. In this round, only one sketch per participant is created. The time for this round is also limited (5min eg.).

After sketching round 2, another round of critique takes place (same procedure as first round).

After critique nr. 2, depending on the size of the group, it’s possible to do group-wise sketching. For example, a group of 3 participant could work on one sketch together. Again, they can use parts of other sketches explained during the critiques.

Afterwards you can do one more round of critique and sketching (this time doing one sketch together with the whole group).

Again, please remember that how many rounds you can do depends on different factors like group size, time constraints, the width of the problem space (design constraints) and so on. But basically the idea is that you will move from many very different concepts to one big concept that can incorporate many of the ideas that were generated in the group. It’s better suited for design work than brainstorming, for example, in that it works by synthesis and not by exclusion: The participants will build on ideas by others and use them.

If you’re interested, here are some links that will help you getting started:

Here you can find the slides from my presentation: Design Studio (PDF)

How to start in a new job as „UX team of one“ and survive?

After the Design Studio workshop we started discussions about various topics. One was about how to start in a technical-led company as the first UX engineer – and what should be considered?

During the discussion we came up with the following recommendations:

  • People should be educated
  • You can choose one „champion“ on whom you spend your efforts to start building up allies, else you likely exhaust yourself
  • You should understand how they currently work
  • Ask what they are seeing, where they see problems and possible improvements
  • Involve the people (e.g. bring the boss into the user context analysis)
  • Involve engineers in the experience themselve (e.g. usability testing, design studio session)
  • Be clear on why they hired you
  • For Quick Wins:
    • Guerilla usability tests and showing the main issues
    • Ask support team about the main pain point and work on that
    • Ask sales team, why they are selling/not selling. Why are customers quitting? (To which competitor do they leave?)
  • Make the engineers aware that UX is important. BUT appreciate what they have done because they have thought about the current result already.
  • Socializing (lunch, coffee, beer)

Recommended Events

Currently we recommend the following events:

  • UXcamp Europe Berlin 3.6.-4.6.2017 – volunteers can apply now! (Registration not open yet and usually sold out in minutes!)

https://twitter.com/UxCampEurope/status/828493982644760576

Job Offers

Jobs are available at Tieto (contact Bernhard) and Uniqua.

Vienna is Part of the IxDA Community

And finally we want to share with you the nice video done by the IxDA … and if you pay attention you will see Vienna too …

Interaction Design is … from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

Save-the-Date – next Stammtisch: 14.3.2017

Join us on Meetup or on our Mailing-List.
If you want to join our Slack channel contact me.

147. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 14th of March 2017, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)

7pm – 9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics,…

Topics for this meeting have yet to be defined! Please let me know if you fancy putting something on the agenda!

– Your delicious Topic (by you)
– A banana (by banana tree)
– What, don’t say you don’t like bananas! (discussion about human experiences with tropical fruits… did you know that the word bananas contains the word ananas? Remind me to not write these invitations late in the night again)

You have a topic for this or the next event that you want to present? – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Dominik

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

146. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 14th of February 2016, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)
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We will have the following structure for our meeting:
– 7pm – 9pm: short slots (~30 min) for each topic
– from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics, …

Topics for this meeting will be:

  • Design Studio methods (hands-on-workshop by Jörg, 60min)
  • your topic?

If you have a topic for the upcoming meeting – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, your application, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Claudia

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

pps: there is also the IxDAvienna mailinglist if you want to stay in touch by email

145. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Please be aware that we meet at a different location this time! Read more below.

Tuesday, 10th of January 2017, 7 PM

Because Metalab (our usual meeting space) is occupied next tuesday we will meet (just for this one time) at
Digitalberatung, 1070 Wien, Stiftgasse 6/2/6
Public transportation: Tram 49, Station „Stiftgasse“ OR subway line U2/U3, Station „Volkstheater“ (5 minute walk from Digitalberatung)
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We will continue with the new format:
7pm – 9pm: short slots (30/60 min) for each topic
from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics, …

Topics for this meeting will be:

    • the Design Studio method (hands-on workshop, Jörg, 60min)
    • UX Quiz (Claudia, 30 min)
    If there is time, otherwise at the next Stammtisch:
    • Overview about current Wireframing, Prototyping, UI/Screen Design apps — which tool for what kind of task? (Stefan, 30-60min)

You have a topic for this or the next event that you want to present? – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking forward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Jörg & Claudia

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

pps: there is also the IxDAvienna mailinglist if you want to stay in touch by email

144. Interaction Design Stammtisch

Tuesday, 13th of December 2016, 7 PM
at metalab, 1010 Wien, Rathausstrasse 6
(public transportation: U2 Rathaus, 1/2/D Stadiongasse/Parlament)
Google Maps

We will continue with the new format:
7pm – 9pm: short slots (30 min) for each topic
from 9pm: Open discussions, get-together, focusing on previous topics, …

Topics for this meeting will be:

    • Design Maturity Initiative (Bernhard Ferro, 30min)
    • Design Thinking (Alex (IBM), 60 min)
    If there is time, otherwise in year 2017:
    • Overview about current Wireframing, Prototyping, UI/Screen Design apps — which tool for what kind of task? (Stefan, 30-60min)

You have a topic for this or the next event that you want to present? – we will find a slot… Your topic could be related to a book, article, prototype, startup-concept, wireframe, ….
→ please add your ideas and find further details at the Hackpad: https://ixdvie.hackpad.com/ongoing

We are always looking foward to welcoming new people at the Stammtisch!

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Oliver & Tom

p.s. The Interaction Design Stammtisch happens every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everybody interested in Interaction Desing, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, User Interface Design, … is very welcome to attend. We don’t bite, promised.

pps: there is also the IxDAvienna mailinglist if you want to stay in touch by email

2. UX Quartalsrausch (Get-together)

Tuesday, 15th of November 2016, 7 PM
at Amerlingbeisl, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Wien

Some of us thought it would be nice to have a get-togehter of the UX community that is focusing on talking, drinking, communicating and laughing.

So it would be nice if you join us at the Amerlingbeisl for a casual get-together. A table is reserved for UX Wien.

Hope to see you there,
Claudia