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Keynote [clear filter]
Monday, March 4

9:30am CST

Let's Work Together!
Nobody works alone in a vacuum, and successful work hinges on how well a team communicates and collaborates with each other. This talk will explore many methods, tools, and techniques teams use to produce great web experiences. How do team members all stay aligned and working towards common goals? How do designers ensure colors, typography, and other design elements are used correctly? What deliverables should be created in an effective web design process? How are decisions communicated with the team, stakeholders, and the broader organization? There are no “right” answers to these questions, but this talk will cover some important principles and helpful tactics to help your team make great work together.

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Brad Frost

Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, trainer, consultant, writer, and musician located in Pittsburgh, PA. He recently published Atomic Design, a book that introduces a methodology for thinking of our UIs as thoughtful hierarchies, discusses the qualities of effective pattern libraries, and showcases techniques to transform team’s design and development workflow... Read More →

Monday March 4, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Zlotnik 5
Tuesday, March 5

1:20pm CST

The Digital Edge: What Educators Should Know about the Digital Lives of Multi-Cultural Youth
Since 2006, the media lives of Black and Latino youth have been undergoing a profound shift. Drawing on research from his latest book, The Digital Edge, S. Craig Watkins explains how the digital practices of Black and Latino youth have adapted to the wider diffusion of the internet all around us, thus rendering conventional notions of digital equity virtually irrelevant.

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S. Craig Watkins

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the department of Radio-Television-Film. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of... Read More →

Tuesday March 5, 2019 1:20pm - 2:00pm CST
Zlotnik 5
Wednesday, March 6

11:30am CST

How Did We Get Here? A historical journey of user experience
With the expansiveness of the concept and idea of user experience everywhere in our digital and physical lives today, the question remains: how did we get here and how did this topic become so pervasive in such a short time?

The discussion will describe how the field has evolved, matured, adapted, and continued to expand: from humble beginnings, as human factors and usability, to becoming an all-encompassing term user experience that includes so many professions and areas. To answer this question, this talk focuses on the evolution of the journey of the UX field from its incubation in World War II and post war, through the evolution of the consumer society in the 1950s/1960s, through the software explosion of the 1980s/1990s, and the Web explosion of the 1990s/2000s. We will then discuss specifically how this professional solidified and became so important within the last decade.

Finally, a wrap up will include where the idea and concept of user experience is headed in the immediate future, with a call to action to understand the risks and benefits on the field’s horizon.

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Chris LaRoche

UX Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Christopher S. LaRoche works as a user experience consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His works focuses on researching and evaluating the accessibility & usability of Web sites and software. His interest also includes promoting inclusive design. He has worked... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Zlotnik 5