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

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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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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

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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

 

See you there!

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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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