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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UX Talk Tokyo #28: “Atomic Design” & “Rapid Collaborative UX Testing”

Thanks to all who made it out tonight to the 28th UX Talk Tokyo gathering! We’d also like to thank Gengo for hosting us on this drizzly Tuesday night.

This week’s talks were done by UX Talk Tokyo coordinators Tom Coombs and Ryan Barkataki:

1) Atomic Design
Tom talked about Atomic Design, a design philosophy that draws parallels between the elements of design and chemistry.

2) Rapid Collaborative User Testing
Ryan talked about an extremely quick method his company uses to test, get feedback AND report to clients all in ONE DAY!

Check out more about Ryan’s presentation here.

During our show and tell time, the following links were shared by members of the group:

Medium article “Stop the Overuse of Overflow Menus

Youpin – a Thai website that allows citizens to report city incidents to the local authorities with photos and drop pins

Related to tonight’s Atomic Design talk, a Japanese article about Atomic Design being used locally

Sidebar – a curated list of five design links that change daily

Scarfolk Council – a fake blog about a town in North West England. A great resource for fans of retro graphic design

Reflector – wireless mirror streaming program that can be useful for monitoring UX testing sessions

Ryan also talked more about iAD producer and a recent design challenge he completed with it.


The next meet-up is tentatively planned for August 25th. Pencil that into your schedules and check back here and on Doorkeeper for the official announcement! As always, we are looking for speakers who want to share a 15 minute presentation with the group. Whether you have a unique methodology, or want to teach everyone a new program, feel free to get in touch and we will get you up at our next gathering.

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UX Talk Tokyo #27: “Why Should I Wear This? Human-centered Value Propositions for Wearables” by Mario Ruiz and “Challenges in Qualitative Data Research” by Hiroyuki Shibata.

Thanks EGG Japan and Skyscanner for hosting us this month! With such a big presentation space, we had a pretty large turn out (and the view was great), so thank you all for coming out on a Tuesday night.


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For show and tell this month, the majority of shared links were to gaming apps including slither.io, a game where you play a worm endlessly eating, voi, a puzzle game, and perchang, a Rube Goldberg-esque game.

We also found out that a long-time UX Talk Tokyo supporter Robb Satterwhite has published a book, Tokyo Beyond Sushi.

Finally, a neat new prototyping tool call IAD Producer was briefly introduced. A how-to-use tutorial is planned for a future UX Talk Tokyo meeting.

Prototyping with iAd Producer from Linda Dong on Vimeo.

Look out for the next UX Talk Tokyo, which is planned for July 21st!

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UX Talk Tokyo #26

1) Managing Customer Loyalty with UX and CX by Naoki Endo.
Naoki Endo of BeBit talked about the relationship of UX and CX in relation to acquiring and keeping customers.

2) How Prototypes Speed Up the Design Process by Riomar McCartney
Rio talked about how a detailed prototype can speed up development, easily share visions, ideas and make a product more reliable when sending it to the development team.
Thanks Endo-san and McCartney-san for their talks last night, to Gengo for hosting and to everyone who came. Sorry for those who couldn’t get a space. We will be running some bigger events sooner to try and solve this problem.

Here are the links from Show-and-tell.

UX Strategy Forum
– Sociomedia UX Strategy Forum 2016 – May 27 in Ikebukuro

Tailor App
– Automatic stitching to create full length iOS screenshots

Tailor App

Prototyp – Rapid prototyping

The Future Is Near: 13 Design Predictions for 2017Article on the future of design from UX Mag.

Design Sight exhibition
Design Sight exhibition

画面メモSS – stitching app for capturing full length web pages on iOS devices.

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UX Talk Tokyo #24

Thanks everyone for coming the other night. Newcomers to this page may realise that this page isn’t updated often, even though the event is monthly. So, here are the links from the last meetup.


Create API’s from SpreadSheets

Hack Your Own Bathroom Mirror

Applying design to the wearable
The Apple Watch hack: Bringing design expertise to reinvent the wearable

Chase Buckley – the worlds best UI thinker (wait until the penny drops)

Adobe XD, the newest prototyping tool on the scene

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UX Talk Tokyo #20

Thanks to everyone for coming to UX Talk #20 last week.

Thanks very much to Mark from Tacchi Studios for coming and talking to us about Canvas.

Here are the links from tonight’s show-and-share …

intercom.io – from Mark’s presentation. They use it for analytics & emails on Canvas
Samsung S2 watch
How to form habit building products – Book
UI/UX event for startups on 21 October
Exhibition at the Design Hub
Stories that Fly – book
Stories on Board – Story mapping tool –

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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #10 Jun 25th, and notes from May’s meeting

Announcing this month’s event on Wednesday 25 Jun:
“Talking Type” by Ian Lynam & “Building TokyoCheapo.com to 1m page views” by Greg Lane

Thanks to everyone who came to last month’s event, and especially thanks to Naoise Gaffney (Patent attorney) and Nick Bowmast (design researcher) for their presentations.

Some photos (thanks to Nick & Jen)

Nick brought a Mr Tappy (mobile device usability testing device) for the group, which is excellent … thank you Nick.

If anyone would like to use it, please let me know.

These are from the middle sharing section.

Mark talked about a ‘Sketch user’ meet-up. Contact him on Twitter, @marky_mc.

Links …

UTMe – App for making T-shirt designs

Peekster – Shazam for newspaper articles

Project Naptha/ Chrome plugin that allows you to select text in images
Surface pro

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Last night’s UX Talk #8

Thanks everyone for attending, to Paul for doing a presentation, and to those who did short ones: Kazune, Yuka, Mark.

Thanks Gengo, as ever, and special thanks to Ryan for being an emergency host.

Here are the links from the talks:
Infogr.am – Automatic graphics generator
Lookback – Mobile UX recording
Nippon colors – Colour picking
0to255.com – Colour picking
Tumult Hype – HTML5 ios/etc prototyping
framer.js – iOS Prototyping
Origami for Quartz Composer – iOS/other prototyping
Sketch – Various prototyping

And Paul’s slides:

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UX Talk Tokyo #7

Thanks everyone for coming to UX Talk Tokyo last night. Also thanks to Gengo for hosting, and Mark McFarlane for speaking. (I won’t thank myself. It would feel weird).

It was great that so many new people came. Hopefully you enjoyed it.

Here are the links that people shared in the “Something interesting” section.

Startup weekend – Personal cloud – This weekend

Spritz & Squirt – Speed reading apps/services

Google announces “Wearables” – More press on Engadget Mashable ReadWrite

Tengami – iOS game
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Quchy – new release next week with ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’. Also, Loren offers advice/help to anyone on securing startup funding. I can put you in touch.

Sony Morpheus – Virtual Reality headset announced

Waygo realtime translation
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New York Times API and some simple open source projects

Blog post from Layervault – talking about removing labels etc for advanced users

Video of interview with Tony Fadell – CEO of Nest (formerly worked on iPod)

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UX Talk Tokyo #5

Last night was UX Talk Tokyo #5.

We talked about failure.

One fascinating point came up from Gengo. They made a mistake with one launch which made it very difficult (but not impossible) for new translators to register on their site. Later, their analysis showed that the people who registered during that period turned out to be great translators. A beautiful consequence from what seemed like a failure.

We also did “Share & share a link”. These are the things people shared …

Gneo – To do App
Jelly – Question & Answer App
Codrops – Web tutorials & code snippets
Adam Magyar video – Pretty incredible video shot on home-made equipment

‘Her’ the movie – Movie. See the Wired article too
Ride the lightning – Thursday 23rd (next week)
One more I’ll throw in, about virtual learning to walk

If you would like to contact the person who shared any of these, please let me know.

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