#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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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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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

Auto Layout plugin for Sketch

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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:


Origami Studio 2017

Auto Layout Plugin for Sketch

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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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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UX Talk #31: “Keeping Your Users in the Loop” by Hawken King & “GV Design Sprints” by Roy Husada

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our event last night in Ebisu! Indeed was very kind to offer their office as our event space this month. Thank you!!

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

Sneakpeekit is a free wireframe sketching template for those who like to start on paper before they jump to the screen.

This month, Figma launched. It is a browser-specific design tool that functions similarly to Sketch that includes real-time feedback and collaboration features.

Origami is a powerful design prototyping tool made by Facebook.

This month, we had two TV show recommendations. First is a Netflix Original called Black Mirror. We also recommened HBO’s show Westworld. Both shows use technology and sci-fi to tell their stories.

Try out this Facial recognition test to see just how good you are at remembering the people you meet each month at UX Talk Tokyo.

In relation to the first talk last night, the Design Sprint book has been translated into Japanese and can be purchased through Amazon.

Duco, an app that functions as a practical guide to running design sprints.

Bill Tribble’s article about this month’s Span conference.

The biggest PechaKucha event of the year is taking place this Wednesday (tomorrow), Oct 26th to kick-off Tokyo Designers Week.

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UX Talk Tokyo #30 : “AI for designers” & “Agile UX and branding”

Thank you to everyone for coming out to last night’s event! We had an amazing turn out with lots of new and returning members. We’d also like to give a big thanks to Pivotal for hosting last night in their lovely Roppongi Hills office.

Just to recap, we had two great talks last night:

1) AI for designers by James Bowskill
AI is the hot topic at the moment, but what does it mean for designers? How is AI going to affect the way we work, and what new skills are we going to need to design it? James will share his findings and also demo thegrid.io, the long awaited tool that promises “no more reliance on web designers”.

2) Agile UX and branding by Alexander Auld
Alexander will talk about large project he worked on recently which used agile UX methods and involved branding.

We also had a healthy set of show-and-tell links this week, so take a look below:

Up Arrows shared a bot they have developed to pick up key words during user testing using a computer’s built-in mic.

Designer Hangout is a place where UX designers can connect using Slack. Let’s up our numbers in the Japan channel!

Machine Learning is fun! a Medium article that really breaks the concept down without too much of the scary math.

Articulating Design Decisions : a book that is coming out in Japanese (and already in English) that will help designers explain their process and reasoning behind design choices.

All Talk & No Buttons an “A List Apart” article on conversational UI.

Design Crew is a messenger bot that helps find designers for simple tasks.

The Friction Fiction: an article about the necessity for some friction/discomfort in a user’s experience.

Google is hosting an (invite only) event called Span this October in Tokyo. It sounds like there will be a lot of great speakers in attendance, so you should go if you can snag an invite.

Coursera is a service where you can take courses/listen to lectures from top university’s online. Tom recommends Stanford’s Machine Learning course.

Hyper Island has put together a nifty toolbox of resources for designers and teams on their website.

Last but not least, we have a very visually engaging explanation of Machine Learning on r2d3.us.


Thanks again everyone! We look forward to seeing you at next month’s meeting.

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UX Talk Tokyo #29: “From Brazil! CI&T’s UX process” & “The UX of Horror”

Thanks as always to Gengo for hosting UX Talk Tokyo tonight. This evening’s presentations were as follows:

1) From Brazil! CI&T’s UX process + Lean & Agile enterprise development by Hiro Kawabuchi
CI&T is a global IT service company from Brazil helping digital initiatives of global enterprises such as Coca Cola, Google, Johnson&Johnson, etc. Having done every project in agile since 2007, the over 2000 employees company is still growing. At UX Talk, CI&T Japan members will introduce the latest UX process in enterprise agile that proceeds the actual development. Hiro is the Marketing and Comms guy at CI&T and is a rather awesome bassist, too.

2) The UX of Horror by Chris Pruett
Chris Pruett joined us from the USA, where he is the co-founder of Robot Invader, a game development studio in Silicon Valley, which released their first mystery/adventure game for VR, Dead Secret, last year. He is also the developer relations guy at Oculus, but most importantly for our event, Chris is a walking encyclopaedia of survival horror games and talked about the mechanics of games that get us scared!

During show and tell, we learned about a handful of interesting websites:

Canvas just released their new events page! Check in for exhibits, meet-ups, and more.

Fontastic assists users in creating icon fonts…. in minutes!

Brandcolors is the resource we all never knew we needed.

Simon Morse is a fascinating artist with a cynical take on design.

Team Lab and their amazing interactive art installations will be in Odaiba and Roppongi until the end of the month.


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