For this month’s NoVA UX meetup we tried something a little different, a hands-on workshop on Design Thinking. The workshop was led by Kit Unger, Director of UX at 3pillar Global, and John Whalen, whose company Brilliant Experience sponsored the event.
Last night we had a solid turnout for the July NoVA UX meetup at AddThis headquarters. Tim Mannino from Kettul Design joined us to give a talk on creating great web application user experiences. Continue →
Yesterday AddThis CEO Ramsey McGrory introduced Smart Layers, an easier way to get more traffic and followers with one piece of code. In this post I’ll go into a little more detail about how to get Smart Layers, what to need to do if you already use AddThis tools (hint: nothing!) and some simple ways to customize Smart Layers for your site or blog.
At AddThis we’re passionate about our work and we enjoy spreading the word about topics that interest us. Several of my co-workers organize meetups that are hosted here at AddThis, including the Big Data DC and Cassandra DC groups. Earlier this month my meetup, NoVA UX (Northern Virginia User Experience), celebrated it’s first birthday.
For the May NoVA UX meetup, Microsoft Dev Evangelist Andrew Duthie gave the group a presentation on the design thinking behind Windows 8. He described three influences–Bauhaus design, Swiss typography, and motion cinematography–and five design principles that guided the team: Continue →
Both companies use comprehensive testing strategies, and multiple analytics tools like Google Analytics, Omniture, and Adobe’s Test and Target, to optimize conversions and revenue. Continue →
For our February NoVA UX meetup, John Whalen (PhD Cognitive Science Johns Hopkins and Founder, Brilliant Experience consultancy) shared his insights and experience about cognitive science with the group. Using videos and interactive examples, he shared learnings about how we perceive, remember, and make decisions, and how those concepts can be applied to user experience design. Continue →
At AddThis, we’re always excited to participate in local events where technology professionals connect and collaborate, such as Refresh DC and our own Big Data DC meetup. Since our headquarters are based in Northern Virginia and I didn’t see any local UX-oriented get-togethers, I thought it would be fun to organize a new design and user experience meetup group called NoVA UX.
At our first event Jon West of LC Technologies provided a hands-on demo of the Eyegaze eye-tracking system. After a quick overview describing how eye-tracking research works, the group got to try out the system for themselves. Jon even demonstrated how eye-tracking systems can be used to allow people to type using only their eyes – it’s easier than it sounds!
If you’re interested in interface design, visual design, usability, or one of the many other disciplines relevant to user experience, and are local to the DC metro/northern Virginia area, come check out our next event on August 16th. We look forward to seeing you there.