#47: Tom Coombs: “Recruiting for Research Studies” / Ingrid Elias: “Why Being a Dungeon Master Helped me Become a Better Researcher”

Thank you everyone who came out to enjoy the talks on Thursday! Also, thanks to Indeed as always for letting us use their space for this talk as well as providing an enormous amount of pizza!

Some of the great links from last night:

Safari is a place where those interested in reading and learning about design and development can sign up to read, watch, and take courses from world famous O’Reilly Company.

Speaking of O’Reilly, one recommended book of theirs is Designing with Data. Great if you’re interested in A/B testing.

More on reading… For the next few days, Humble Bundle is selling a great bundle of UX books for a low low price. Catch it while you can!

On September 19th (Wednesday), Hexagon UX Tokyo is doing another event. Sign up on Connpass!

Another prototyping tool to try out, Protopie has some great versatility.

The second prototyping tool of the night was indigo.design, a program that turns design into Angular code.

It was mentioned last month, but framer X has gone into beta!

Lobe takes prototyping to a whole different level by using deep learning to build interactions.

Microsoft AI lab is still developing their new Sketch2Code application which will literally take sketches and turn the image into code with surprisingly accurate results.

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#46: Kazuki Jin: “Don’t hesitate, just say it! – Managing Designers Feedback” and Julie Schiller: “A strengths-based approach to your UX career”

Thank you everyone who came out to enjoy the talks on Monday! Thanks to beBit for letting us use their space for this talk!

Phase – is another prototyping app that has launched its beta.

Framer X – Framer has changed it up so that it is now react based.

21_21 Design has an audio architecture exhibit going on right now.

Team Lab has launched two exhibits in Odaiba: Borderless and Planets


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#45: Ryan Barkataki “Let’s go to the Movies!” & Emily Loeb “All About VUI Design”

Thank you everyone who came out to enjoy great talks! Thanks to Goodpatch for letting us use their event space for this crowded talk!

Goodpatch just launched a new service called ReDesigner, a service that helps people transition into the design industry.

A Dieter Rams documentary is coming out soon, and here are a few teaser clips!

A book on Silicon Valley culture called Live Work Work Work Die.

Hexagon UX is a great organization that supports woman and non-binary individuals in UX.

Another Prototyping app has come out, called Supernova Studios.

Design Hub in Tokyo Midtown is coming out with its student show soon! Make sure to check it out!

An art exhibit in Yokohama about typography is worth checking out!

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#43: Ryan Neil: “XR (extended reality)” & Ryan Barkataki: “UX Design for Industrial Design for UX Design”


Thank you everyone who came out last night to enjoy some pizza and great talks! As always, thanks to Indeed (Meguro) for letting us use their amazing space for our event!

The Laws of UX is a site designed in a really fun, retro style.
Marcin Wichary (Twitter) is a twitter feed about Japan that comments on the usability of various services.
Underway. Product Managers: Get yourselves out of the weeds
JupyterLab is ready for users to start testing out.

Presenter Links

UX/UI tools for VR
Which VR design tool should you use?
 Oxford Virtual Reality (VR) for Mental Health
Therapists are using VR headsets to cure phobias
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#42: Majarc Anderson “UX for VR: Joys and Pitfalls, a 60 Day Journey” & Jan Rod “Designing Custom Hardware Interfaces for the HTC Vive”

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday night to the presentations at AQ! It was a chilly night, but so many of you braved it in order to hear our two wonderful speakers talk about VR and share their toys. Thanks also to AQ for being out generous hosts!

Dear Zuck (and facebook product teams) is a Medium article about ethics in design.

The Gamers Brain: How Neuroscience and UX can impact video game design – a very intriguing book for those that are interested indelving deeper inside of the UX behind games.

How to Get started with UX – another Medium article written by UX Talk Tokyo regular Bill Tribble about getting started in UX.

ProtoPie.io – Another new prototyping app with a very cool feature called “bridge,” where you can use two devices while testing prototypes.

21_21 design site has an exhibition called “Wild: Untamed Mind” which will be ended on February 4th, so get there while you can!

An amusing gif on popular mechanics on the massive UX failure that set off the missile warning system in Hawaii.

suiren.io – A kanji association web app that links different Kanji together.


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#41: Alvaro Arregui : “Metabolist Mobility” & Chelsea Hostetter : “Becoming an Ethical Designer”

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Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the presentations at NinetyTwo13! It was a chilly night, but we had a lot of new and old faces joining us for the two spectacular talks. Hope everyone enjoyed the drinks & snacks provided as well. This will be our LAST UX TALK TOKYO OF THE YEAR. I know, it makes me sad too… but we will back in full swing in 2018! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and feel free to get in touch with Ryan or Tom if you are interested in giving a talk in the new year. 🙂

DIYA is a sketch plugin that assists designers with making two screen interaction animations.

Funkify is a disability simulator chrome extension. The intention is to make designers and developers more aware of accessible design and the needs of those communities.

Tragic Design is a book published by O’Reilly that talks not of design success, but about design failures. It is never too late to learn from the mistakes of the past.

Tokyo.Keyboards is an instagram account run by a UX Talk Tokyoite on a journey to learn about the manufacturing of electronics in Japan and abroad.

uxtimeline is a hilarious look back at everyone’s favorite products and services, and the journey they took in design over time.

21_21 has a new exhibit called “Wild Untamed Mind” going on now until February 4th.

At the same time you are visiting 21_21, Design Hub has a free exhibit called “Habu & Mongoose” going on in Tokyo Midtown until December 24th.

Our first speaker mentioned a rather interesting book called “Ends: Why we overlook endings for humans, products, services and digital” by Joe Macleod. Our second speaker mentioned a rather interesting article on design ethics written by Allan Chochinov called “A 1000 Words, Manifesto in the Sustainability of Design“. Check them out!


See you all next year!

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#40: Tom Coombs: “Behaviour Modification” / Meghan Radke: “Design Process review”

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Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the presentations at Indeed (Meguro). We had a wonderful turnout, and Indeed was kind enough to provide pizza and drinks for everyone. As always, thanks Indeed!!

Geek Girls Carrots is an organization that aims at empowering women in tech. Check out their website for future meetups in Tokyo or if you want to share your story.

The Field Study Handbook is now on sale, for anyone looking to brush up their skills in the world of field research.

InVision Studio has announced that they will be coming out with a product that allows designers to not only make prototypes but make designs.

An article by Engadget has come out about the design of the technology in the latest Bladerunner movie.

Adobe XD is finally out of beta version!

An interesting scientific case study called, “Interoceptive Ability Predicts Survival on a London Trading Floor” is worth taking a look at.

Design Hub’s Good Design Award exhibit is ending at the end of this month, so go while you still have the chance!

Sketch to AE is another sketch tool worth checking out.

Facebook has recently come out with Keyframes, which are scalable vector animations. This integrates well with Facebook’s Origami studio program as well.

Ultra Super New wanted to let the community know that they are currently looking for a front end developer to join their team.


See you all next month!

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#39: Bill Tribble : “How to Win at Remote Work” / Yukino Kohmoto “UX Around Machine Learning”

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Thank you to everyone who came out Tuesday night to the event! Also, thanks as always to our wonderful hosts in the sky. Thanks Pivotal! We had two great talks (both translated by UX Talk Tokyo’s own Ryan Barkataki) by Bill Tribble and Yukino Kohmoto. Thanks for your hard work and great insight!

Sketch Libraries, where designers can now share Symbols across documents and have them update to be always kept in sync.

Invision + Trello : a new way to embed InVision prototypes in Trello cards.

21_21 Exhibit “How far will you go“, ending at the beginning of October. (June 23, 2017 (Fri) – October 1, 2017 (Sun))

Design Hub has the Good Design Award of 2017 exhibit starting October 4th.

Roppongi Art Night, happening from September 30th- October 1st, it is a:

one-night art extravaganza staged in the district of Roppongi. The event proposes a pioneering model for urban development as well as a lifestyle that celebrates the enjoyment of art in our everyday lives. Presenting contemporary art, design, music, film, and performances, Roppongi Art Night offers an extraordinary experience.

Abstract, another platform that aims at helping design teams work together more efficiently.

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#38: Bert Brautigam – “The Evolution of Design Thinking” / Ryan Barkataki : “All About Origami”

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Thank you to everyone who made it out to our event last night at Goodpatch on Thursday! We had some very fun and informative talks last night by Bert Brautigam and UX Talk’s own Ryan Barkataki. Thank you Goodpatch for hosting us in your amazing space!

Figma has just launched ANOTHER great addition to their product by making prototyping a breeze.

Another favorite tool, Zeplin, has just added a feature where developers can export react native code snippets directly from the app.

Team Lab has a new interactive exhibit going in Tokyo called Team Lab Jungle. It’s up until September 10th so don’t miss out!

An exhibit by Naoto Fukasawa entitled “AMBIENT” is going on until October 1st at the Shiodome Museum.

We were introduced to another prototyping app called Kite Composer,  only available for Mac/iOS.

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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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