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The virtual, live UX conference

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Environments for Humans bring together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the UX Rebels Summit 2015! Bring the experts to your desktop November 17th from 9AM to 2PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

November 17, 2015 \\ 9AM to 2PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Designing Your UX Portfolio 9am CT

by Ian Fenn, User Experience Strategist and Journalist

It's the most important design of a UXer's career, yet hiring managers complain even the most experienced designers get their portfolio wrong.

In this session, Ian will reveal how to create a portfolio that effectively represents your skills and experience to prospective employers and clients.

You will learn:

  • Why portfolios are an important tool
  • What hiring managers and others need
  • The pros and cons of portfolio platforms
  • Things you definitely shouldn't do with your portfolio
  • Plenty of detail on how to effectively tell your story: this includes case study curation, design, and writing!

About Ian Fenn

Ian Fenn is an award-winning veteran UX specialist recognised for consistently exceeding project targets through intelligent and thoughtful interaction design.

He has received design training from Adaptive Path, Cooper U, UIE (Jared Spool), and Nielsen Norman Group. Also, one of very few UK-based usability analysts certified by Human Factors International.


Tools & Gadgets for Research 10am CT

by Annette Priest, User Experience Consultant at Revel Insight

UX Professionals are often tasked to go beyond their core skill set. Conducting user interviews and field research sounds great. Doing user research on your own, in the wild can feel scary or overwhelming. How will you know what information to capture or the right way to go about it?

In this session, Annette discusses the tools and gadgets for UX research: when to use them, common pitfalls to avoid, and how to get the best results for your project -- a must for anyone new to the field or designers looking to get a serious start in research!

You will learn:

  • What tools (software and equipment) to use for research
  • How to use audio recording effectively
  • Why using a digital camera (and not your smartphone) is still important
  • When to use video recording for your project

About Annette Priest

From small start ups and non-profits to the Fortune 50, Annette Priest helps managers make the most of UX in their organizations to reduce efforts, increase profits and delight more customers. Annette removes roadblocks to winning UX with pragmatic solutions and strategies -- including building solid in-house UX programs. Her global UX research has made a difference at top companies including GE, HP, IBM and more.

Annette is a UX strategist and experienced designer and researcher. Her work spans device types and industries: mobile, IoT, health, travel, communications, security, finance, and government. This year, Annette taught General Assembly's first UX course in Austin. National Geographic Traveler and Info World have featured her work.

She hates jet lag but splits her time between Austin and London anyway.


Designing for Happiness 11am CT

by Pamela Pavliscak, Founder of Change Sciences

Technology is a field full of optimists. We design technologies to make life easier, to help tiresome chores go faster, to add value to people's lives. We strive for seamless interaction. We obsess over the details. We believe that we are making the world a better place. And yet we don't really talk about happiness.

What does is mean to design for happiness?

Based on a combination of design research and data science, Pavliscak will explore what makes people happiest when they use technology and what we can learn from that to design for positive outcomes.

About Pamela Pavliscak

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Designing Your Design Team 12pm CT

by Alberta Soranzo, Head of Experience Design and Innovation at Tobias & Tobias, London

The skills required by an effective experience design team are many and it's impossible for any given individual to be equally proficient in all of design's many facets.

So, how do you go about putting together a team that's balanced, powerful and can work effectively with other teams? What is the right mixture of junior and senior practitioners? What skills, soft and hard, do you need to design and deliver outstanding experiences?

You will learn:

  • How to design a team for strength, flexibility and, more importantly, for scalability.
  • How to keep a team healthy and happy.
  • How to manage a diverse, intergenerational and multi-cultural team.

About Alberta Soranzo

Alberta looks after experience design teams and organizations that are looking to make an investment in design done the right way. She puts people at the center of her design process and is adamant about the importance of the small things.


Accessibility is Usability 2pm CT

by Patrick Fox, Front-end web architect at Razorfish

Accessibility is a critical usability consideration that has a significant impact on our businesses, brand perception and our users' ability to use our web sites and apps.

Ensuring accessible experiences opens the conveniences of the web to people with disabilities and empowers them with greater independence.

This presentation will shed some light the importance of accessibility, on key usability challenges our users face, and on how we can improve the overall usability of our designs.

You will learn:

  • common design and user experience gotchas that impact accessibility
  • the impacts of dynamic UI on accessibility and how to address them
  • the importance of headings and landmarks

About Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox is a an Austin-based creative technologist and front-end technology director at Razorfish. With over 16 years of design and development experience in the web industry, he has worked with and architected web solutions for dozens of Fortune 500 and government clients.

Universal design and web accessibility are a passion for Patrick, and he strives to make the web a better, more inclusive place through his work and leadership.


9 Ways to Guide People with Design 3pm CT

by Jennifer Tang, Designer at ZURB

High user engagement is paramount to anyone in design. Tapping into the psychology of what drives someone to click is key to this high engagement. Every interface is a potential study in human behavior. Knowing which emotional and cognitive strings to pull, designers can have a lot of influence over how people interact with online products.

This talk will highlight 9 psychological motivators that will drive user engagement and make your next product awesome:

  • Designers have the responsibility to shepherd their users
  • Knowing how to use psychological motivators effectively benefits both you and your users
  • Understanding human nature will make you a better designer

About Jennifer Tang

Happyimadesignr? is Jennifer?s screen persona. The nickname came about after she designed her first website, and it perfectly describes the excitement and satisfaction she felt in that moment. And while she?s designed other things, her passion is for the web and interaction design. That makes her the perfect addition to our wacky team at ZURB.

Believe it or not, Jennifer did have a life before ZURB. Born and raised in San Jose, Jennifer?s desire to create came from her great-grandmother?s side, which is full of artists, and her grandfather, a renowned painter. You could say that creativity is literally in her blood. She?s always crafting small art projects, but didn?t discover design until she started blogging and customizing her blog. She then designed websites and flyers for her church ? and that was it, she was hooked!

Jennifer got her BFA in Graphic Design from San Jose State. While there were many all-nighters at SJSU, Jennifer made some great friends. Now she?s joined us at ZURB to do what she does best ? using her skills to solve problems and create beautiful, smart designs.

When she?s not solving tough design problems, she?s spending time with her husband and their pets, a black cat named Sammy and a border collie/springer spaniel mix named Jojo. She often runs the Los Gatos Creek trail and gets her workout on at the gym.


UX is UI 4pm CT

by Mike Atherton, LeanUX, Product, and Content Strategy Consultant

UX is a profession full of misunderstanding. Clients, colleagues, even UX practitioners can't always agree on what it is, or how it fits into the bigger picture. Let's take a look at the contradictions, limitations, and oddities inherent in UX and argue how our skills can be used for greater influence.

What you will learn:

  • How we can clean up the confusion between UX and UI design.
  • How UX can work with product management and development without treading on toes
  • How UX can be positioned as more valuable to the business

About Mike Atherton

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About the UX Rebels Summit 2015

Often out on their own and against the grain, the fellow UX'er relies on their wit as much as their hard and soft skills to navigate clients, their own agencies, and colleagues. The UX Rebels Summit recognizes the multidiscipline needs of the UX professional by bringing together the experts. Together, we can design stronger selves, better sites, more useful products, and flexible teams.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.