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, the long awaited tool that promises “no more reliance on web designers”.
James is the Creative Director at, 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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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, 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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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 … – 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 #12 – “Lean UX in Practice” & “Succeeding at Page speed”

Many of Tokyo’s regular events take a break during August. It’s understandable … it’s hot, people like to take it easy.

Not UX Talk Tokyo. If there’s UX to be talked about, we’ll talk about it. This month we have two interesting presentations lined up …

1) “Lean UX in Practice”
Mark McFarlane (of Tacchi studios) will talk about real-life experiences of using lean UX methods on an app design and build project.

2) “Succeeding at Page speed”
Chris Kirkland (of Artweb & Tokyo Cheapo) will share his experiences optimising page load speed, and the measurable effect it has on conversation rates and bounce rates.

For more details and registration, please visit Doorkeeper.

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