Jackson is a product design and engineering leader and the Founder of Kinsights. Previously, Jackson was Director of User Experience at Posterous (acquired by Twitter), and design lead at LinkedIn. He also founded the User Experience group at Viget, a top interactive agency based in Washington, DC.
He has worked with dozens of startups, mature companies, and the White House to build engaging products that help solve real problems for real people. Jackson graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College with degrees in Philosophy and Music, and roots for the Phillies through thick and thin.
User experience, though perhaps the most flexibly-defined term in the industry, can be surprisingly dogmatic. Every book, blog post, and tweet tells the humble UX professional exactly how she or he should do their work, and any deviation is the mark of “unprofessional” work. Of course, the majority of these rules conflict with one another.
The thing is, high-quality work includes a liberal dose of color outside the lines. When you're putting the rules first, you're putting your users, your business, and your colleagues second. In this session, we'll take a look at when, how, and why to break the rules to unleash the best work you and your team can execute.
Maria Matveeva is a UX designer at DockYard. She gets a kick out of finding unique use cases, but then works to solve problems efficiently. Maria’s background in art history and print design gives her a larger context for her work.
Picking colors is often frustrating: so many options! Art history, cultural differences, color theory, and usability inform our decisions. This presentation offers a systematic approach to color for UX design.
Roz Duffy is a design strategist, researcher & facilitator obsessed with creating delightful experiences for humans. She is a Senior Strategist at Fastspot where she digs deep into the discovery process of projects for higher ed and cultural institutions. She loves lattes, learning new things, and the creative process.
Jennifer Brook is a design researcher who helps product teams do great things. She has an independent design practice in New York and teaches in SVA’s MFA of Interaction Design. Her favorite tools are magic wands and time machines.
In this wild, outdoor hands-on workshop, we’ll explore the nuances of solving human problems with open minds and bare hands. We’ll practice our research skills with interviewing, brainstorming in nature, and prototyping with found materials. We’ll utilize the outdoors as both the inspiration and source of our explorations while testing new ideas, tools, and approaches we can bring back into our own practice and add to our UX toolkit.
We’re sharing several rustic cabins on a beautiful lake in Maine. All meals will be provided (with vegetarian options), and you’ll have access to the lake, fire pits and various outdoor activities.
We intentionally keep the camp small to allow for better connections between individuals. With the type of people who attend, you will get the same amount of interaction and questions - if not more - as you would get from a 100+ crowd in a traditional conference talk.