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SuperMondays UX – a review

Update 30/07/10: Added slide shares of presentations and also the speakers UX reading lists.

Another interesting night at SuperMondays.  I won’t say too much because David Coxon over at his blog has said it so much better!

Much thanks goes to Joanne Richardson (@joanne84 and also on Posterous) from @orangebus.  It was originally Joanne’s idea to do a SuperUX (User eXperience) event, and she also put in the hard work in finding our other two speakers.  She did a great presentation on “A day in the life of a UX designer” which gave us a sneak peak into the (incredible) amount of work and research involved in doing UX and Interaction Design properly on a day-to-day basis in a busy consultancy and projects company. Her slides are below:

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Joanne has also provided quite a list of resources for people to use here.

Graham Morley  (@sumogray) of Graphic.ly gave an insightful presentation on the tricky topic of integrating UX design sprints into an agile process.  He described punctuated and iterative UX and design sprints that immediately precede the development sprints and the host of issues that come up and fielded many questions from the audience.

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Also Graham’s resources for people interested in learning more about UX.

Third up was Lee Allan (@leeallen, User Experience Director of Th_nk) who kindly stepped in at the 11th hour after our original third speaker couldn’t make it.  Although not possessing a presentation, Lee described his work at Th_nk and how UX plays an incredibly important part of both guiding and solving customer problems.  He then took a barrage of questions from the audience.  Joanne and Graham joined him for the last 10 or so minutes for a panel discussion of topics thrown out from the audience.

Afterwards the host sent everybody to a pub that was shut(!), so it is  believed that the group split to several pubs in the area.  We’ll check to make sure they are open next time!

SuperSummer, 29th July

To celebrate what has been a great year for SuperMondays, the team behind your favourite lo-fi hi-tech monthly get together have decided to throw a SuperSummer Soiree we are sure you are going to love. It’s a great opportunity for us all to celebrate making this year such a success and to our headline sponsors, Northern Film and Media and Sunderland Software City, for helping to make it all possible.

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We have planned a fantastic evening for all of our regulars, along with family and friends. Think British summer garden party meets New York style roof top block party and you get the idea. Our generous hosts will be creative agency Fusebox Design whose beautiful city centre office provides the perfect location for us all to enjoy sizzling bbq food, pretty cocktails and ice cold beers. There will also be some live music from some very special guests and a fine film or four!

This magically secretive venue will be our weather proof haven – as let’s face it, there may well be rain – where you will be able to catch up with friends and make a hat full of new ones too. Fusebox Design’s offices are also a hop, skip and a jump from lots of pubs should you wish to continue the fun after the SuperMonday’s party has wound down.

We hope you can join us..

For further information please contact the organisers, Sailor Girl Ltdhere.

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SuperFreelancers…a review

This month we were back in the Culture Lab at Newcastle University. The event was really well atended by over 120

people and we had four excellent speakers, including:

We are very grateful to the Culture Lab, Newcastle University and our platinum Sponsors Sunderland Software City and Northern Film & Media.

You can watch the videos and slide decks below:

Paul Easton
Laura Maddison
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Rob Lavender
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Lee Simpson
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