Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #32

There will be two presentations on the night:

Alvaro Arregui – “Mastering digital product design through a passion-project”
Alvaro will talk to us about mastering digital product design through a passion project, and how to apply the learnings to client work or to creating the next big hit on the app store.
He recently founded Nuevo.Studio Tokyo and before that was Lead designer at the trail-blazing London design studio UsTwo.

Tom Coombs – “Capturing process ‘flow’ in UX design”
Tom will talk about and show various methods for capturing process flow.
He is Head of Product for LendStreet.

Then there will be networking until 9pm.

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

When: 7PM – 9PM

Sign up at the DoorKeeper page.

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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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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #31

UXTalkTokyo is back for October and this time we’re being hosted at Indeed Japan (Oh, yes indeed – drumroll)

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

As usual, there will be two presentations:
1) Some Thoughts and Ideas About GV Design Sprints by Roy Husuda
Roy joins us from his agency, Rival Schools, to talk to us about his learnings on GV Design Sprints and applying them to his UX work.

2) Keeping Your Users in the Loop – A Breakdown of UI & UX in Pirate Pop Plus by Hawken King
Hawken King returns to UX Talk Tokyo for his second presentation about his adventures in the game industry. His newest title, Pirate Pop Plus, is making splashes in the gaming world and he’s going to be sharing info about crafting the UX experience for it.

Event Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016

Event Time: 19:00 – 21:00

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

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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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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #30

Attention all UX Talk Tokyoites! We have a very exciting UX Talk Tokyo event that has just been announced for next week:

UX Talk Tokyo #30 : “AI for designers” by James Bowskill & “Agile UX and branding” by Alexander Auld

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”.
James is the Creative Director at aco-tokyo.com, a digital design and consulting firm based in Gotanda. He’s recently returned to Tokyo after 3 years in London.

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.
Alexander is originally from New Zealand. He is Lead Product Designer at Moneytree KK.

Unlike our normal events held at Gengo, this event will be held at Pivotal Japan’s offices in Roppongi Hills. We are allowing more attendees to this event, so make sure to reserve your spot through our DoorKeeper page.

Event Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016

Event Time: 19:00 – 21:00

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

 

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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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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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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #28

I’m pleased to announce that the next UX Talk Tokyo will be taking place on Tuesday, July 26th at Gengo! Speakers will be announced a little later in the month, so make sure to check back here and in the DoorKeeper group. Don’t forget, we are always looking for volunteers to give a 10-15 minute talk about user experience design and the tools we use as designers and enthusiasts. If you are someone you know has something to share, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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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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Announcing UX Talk Tokyo #27

June’s UX Talk Tokyo has just gone up on DoorKeeper! This month, we will be talking about wearables and research.

There will be two presentations:

“Why Should I Wear This? Human-centered Value Propositions for Wearables” by Mario Ruiz
This talk will take a human-centered design approach to evaluating and crafting value propositions, and then translating them into physical and digital prototypes for wearables.

Mario is part of Ignite, Salesforce’s strategic human-centered innovation program. He has a BS in Product Design from Stanford University and a Master of Design Methods degree from the Institute of Design.

“Challenges in Qualitative Data Research” by Hiroyuki Shibata
When it comes to producing products in a company, a lot of the strategy and marketing is informed by the data received from qualitative research. Very often, you have to show correlations between research and business results. This presentation will cover the challenges that faces and examples of methods used for this.

Shibata-san is a long time supporter of UXTalkTokyo (and UX in general!) and works for Yahoo! Japan in the development of service products, and introducing user feedback to the design process.

Please note the different venue this time. The event will be free, but there will be no food or drink. (There will be a nijikai, venue TBD).

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