UX Talk Tokyo #37: Aaron Kovalcsik: “Using Sprints as a SuperPower” & Ryan Ruel : “Designing Deliverables”

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Thank you to everyone who made it out to our event last night at Indeed (in Meguro). We had a great turnout and two inspiring talks by Aaron Kovalcsik (Indeed) and Ryan Ruel (AQ Works). Thank you Indeed for hosting us in your great space! Now, onto the link sharing.

We learned about a handy app called Textwell, which allows you to send memos and messages to a variety of other apps.

For the slack-haters among us, check out Twist, an app that focuses more on threads than direct messages.

Just in case you can’t have enough prototyping tools, Kite Composer is another application worth trying out.

The Best Interface is No Interface” is now for sale on Amazon Japan in Japanese!

Origami has released even more possibilities for complex interactions when trying to make prototypes.

Along the same line as Origami, Noodl is another prototyping platform that could be useful for quick user testing.

Our friends at AQ have made their own Slackbot: Meekee. Meekee looks at google calendars and helps remind members of upcoming meetings.

::Articles worth reading this month::

The worst volume control UI in the world” by Fabricio Teixeira

The future is imminent: 9 Design trends for 2018” by the infamous Chase Buckley

Perfect Japanese Typography” by AQ

Japanese Typography on the Web & Beyond: Part One” by AQ

Crafting Link Underlines on Medium” by Medium

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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #37

#37: Aaron Kovalcsik: “Using Sprints as a SuperPower” / Ryan Ruel : “Designing Deliverables”

We are back for June and this time we are at Indeed MEGURO (NOT the Ebisu one, returning visitors!)
There will be two presentations on the night:

Aaron Kovalcsik: Using Sprints as a SuperPower
Aaron will describe the Google Sprints Methodology and present a case study of how an international team leveraged it to road map a major global product. Aaron is a Senior UX Designer at Indeed, Tokyo.

Ryan Ruel : “Designing Deliverables”
Ryan will be talking about how to deliver great ideas to teams and organizations. Ryan is Creative Director at AQ in Tokyo.

Then there will be networking until 9pm. And then the world famous nijikai (after party).

Where: Indeed MEGURO
〒141-0021 Tōkyō-to, Shinagawa-ku, 品川区Kamiōsaki, 2 Chome-13-30 oak meguro 10F

When: Tuesday, June 27th, 7PM – 9PM

Sign up at the DoorKeeper page.

It’s an open, inclusive group. Anyone interested in UX is welcome. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We’re always interested in hearing from people who’d like to give a presentation.

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UX Talk Tokyo #36: Jan Rod: “Reflections on Present Discussions on the Future of UX Design” & Eric Chan : “Design Thinking & Strategy”

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the event at IDEO! It’s always wonderful to be hosted by the kind people at IDEO, so thank you again!

The show & tell links that were shared this week are as follows:

Book recommendation of the month: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Second book recommendation of the month: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Craft launched their prototyping mode so that you can quickly export designs to Invision.

Principle now allows you to export animations to an app view.

TV Recommendation of the month: HBO’s Silicon Valley

21_21 Design Sight has an amazing exhibit through the end of the week about athletes.

Figma is slowly becoming a more robust design and collaboration tool.

eepmon.com – the personal website of last night’s second presenter Eric Chan.

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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #36

UX Talk Tokyo #36: Jan Rod: “Reflections on Present Discussions on the Future of UX Design” & Eric Chan : “Design Thinking & Strategy”

We are back for May and this time we are at IDEO TOKYO! (Thanks again, as always, IDEO!)

There will be two presentations on the night:

Jan Rod: “Reflections on Present Discussions on the Future of UX Design”
TBC

Eric Chan : “Design Thinking & Strategy”
Eric will talk about his process of design crafting – how one picks and adapts design thinking, through a holistic approach into different platforms. He will show this by example with his collaboration with fashion brand Canada Goose. Eric is Founder and Digital Artist at EEPMON. http://eepmon.com

Where: IDEO Tokyo
5-4-35 Minami Aoyama, #201 Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

When: Tuesday, May 30th, 7PM – 9PM

Sign up at the DoorKeeper page.

It’s an open, inclusive group. Anyone interested in UX is welcome. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We’re always interested in hearing from people who’d like to give a presentation.

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UX Talk #35: Ryan Barkataki: “Thoughts on UX in Healthcare” & Julien Henrotte: “Interaction Design for Humans”

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the event at Pivotal! Pivotal was very kind to offer their office AGAIN as our event space this month. Thank you!

This month’s show-and-tell links are as follows:

David Bowie Exhibit

Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix

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UX Days Tokyo 2017

Keynote Hints through Apple

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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #35

UXTalkTokyo is back for April and this time we are at Pivotal! (Thanks, Pivotal Labs!)

UX Talk #35: Ryan Barkataki: “Thoughts on UX in Healthcare” & Julien Henrotte: “Interaction Design for Humans”

As usual, there will be two presentations:

  1. Thoughts on UX in Healthcare by Ryan Barataki (EN with JA Subtitles)
    UX Talk Tokyo’s Ryan finally wrapped up a long-term UX project in the world of healthcare in February this year, after four long years. He will share his observations and strategies for how the UX Industry can work with healthcare professionals. Ryan is a UX and Industrial Designer, currently working at Sony Interactive.
  2. Interaction Design for Humans by Julien Henrotte
    From design to debugging, Julien will speak about the process they use at AIR for their interaction design and how to apply those little time savers for your next project. Julien is a Belgian fellow who works at AIR at en-japan inc as an engineer frontend / ux, after being a digital strategist in the fashion industry.

Where: Pivotal, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 20F
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 20F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-6120

When: Wednesday, April 5th, 7PM – 9PM

Check out Doorkeeper to register for the event!

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UX Talk Tokyo #34: “React Native” by Mark McFarlane & “Culture & People” by Davide Petrillo

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the event last night at Indeed! Indeed was very kind to offer their office AGAIN as our event space this month. Thank you!

Some upcoming events we were notified of were:

Canvas UX Round Table
28th February @ Taachi HQ

ReactJS Meetup
16th March @ Taachi HQ

Tokyo Creative Round Table
21st March @ Taachi HQ

This month’s show-and-tell links are as follows:

Figma

Origami Studio 2017

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David Bowie exhibit

A Better Way to Make Buttons in Sketch – Article on Medium

React Native Tokyo on Meetup

Abstract App – git for designers

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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #34

Happy new year UXers!

UXTalkTokyo is back with our first event of 2017! This time, we are being hosted at one of our favorite places, Indeed Japan (thanks as always, Indeed!).

UX Talk #34: “React Native” by Mark McFarlane & “Culture & People” by Davide Petrillo

As usual, there will be two presentations:

  1. React Native by Mark McFarlane
    Mark will share his early experiences with React Native from the point of view of an experienced native iOS and Android designer/developer. React Native is the next generation of React –  a Javascript code library developed by Facebook and Instagram made for creating UI. Mark is a long time supporter of UXTalkTokyo and runs Tacchi Studios near Omotesando. His team also created Canvas, the very fun social network for creatives in Tokyo.
  2. Culture and People by Davide Petrillo
    A recent transplant to Tokyo, Davide is the Lead Product Manager at GoodPatch and he’ll be talking about how being human leads to great products.

Where: Indeed Tokyo
Yebisu Garden Place Tower 32F, 20-3 Ebisu 4-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-6032

When: Tuesday, February 21st, 7PM – 9PM

Check out Doorkeeper for the event invite, coming early next week!

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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #33

There will be two presentations on the night:

“UX Challenges in AI” by Jensen Barnes, Darren Head, Edouard Pelosi and Denis Vazhenin
Two designers and two engineers from AIR at en-japan inc. share what they’ve learned and the UX challenges faced when building their new advanced tech product called Vibe. https://vibe.work/

“How to Internet: Take-aways from TokyoCheapo’s Journey to a Million Monthly Page Views” by Chris Kirkland and Greg Lane
Longtime friends of the event, Chris and Greg from the popular site TokyoCheapo (.com) return to let us know their learnings they’ve had over the last year with TokyoCheapo, with some surprising finds along the way.

Then there will be networking until 9pm.

This month we are at IDEO Tokyo and it’s a bit more intimate than previous months. Please ensure you have registered and have your ticket in some form on the day.

Where: IDEO Tokyo
5-4-35 Minami Aoyama, #201 Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

When: Monday, December 19th, 7PM – 9PM

Sign up at the DoorKeeper page.

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UX Talk Tokyo #32: “Mastery through a passion-project” by Alvaro Arregui & “Flow’ in UX design” by Tom Coombs

Thank you to everyone who came out to the event last night in Roppongi Hills! Pivotal was very kind to offer their office AGAIN as our event space this month. Thank you so much!!!

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This month’s show-and-tell links are as follows:

Origami, a handy prototyping tool for Android and iOS from Facebook.

Adobe XD is finally out for public Beta! If you haven’t already, give it a try.

Lookback: “Perform real-time remote user research. Communicate directly with users – see what they see and get their reactions. Test anywhere on laptops and mobile devices – no cables or cameras required.”

A free exhibit, The Science of Design, is going on until the 25th of December in Tokyo Midtown.

Apple has produced a book that chronicles the past 20 years of their design.

Fuse Tools helps designers and developers produce native apps and prototypes for iOS and Android quickly.

21_21 Design Sight’s current exhibition is called Design Anatomy.

AI Experiments: “Explore machine learning by playing with pictures, language, music, code, and more.”

The translated version of “Design Sprint” is going on sale shortly on O’Reilly Japan.

A book recommendation, “What the Internet is doing to our brains“.

And last but not least, a blog post by Bill Tribble, “Why you should try a tech-free morning“.

 

See you next month everyone!

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