Q2 2010 Meeting - June 15

5/18/2010 10:44:00 PM by Travis Jensen |


How to Design Products that Customers Love


June 15th, 7pm

Note: This date is the third Tuesday of June, not the normal third Thursday!


Location will be announced later


Steve will discuss the fundamentals of user experience design and how it can improve overall product design and success in the marketplace. Steve will also discuss how product managers can best recruit and leverage user experience designers.

The discussion will include:
  • Overview of User Centered Design
  • What is Contextual Inquiry
  • The Benefits of Personas
  • How Wireframes Guide the Process
  • Usability Testing
  • Interaction Design
  • High-Resolution Prototyping
  • How to Screen for True UX Design Skills
  • How UX and PM Work Together


Steve Ballard has spent over ten years refining the practice of User Experience Design to make technology products more useful, usable and enjoyable. He specializes in applying a user-centered approach to designing products and services that delight the people who use them. Steve has experience in all aspects of User Experience Design including; User Research, Personas, Interaction Design, Prototyping, Visual Design and Usability Testing.

Steve is currently the Director of User Experience at AtTask, a leading provider of web based project management software. Prior to AtTask he spent eight years as a Sr. Interaction Designer at Ancestry.com, leading many key product design initiatives from research and concept through to design and implementation. Steve is also a member of the Interaction Design Association and teaches Interaction Design at Utah Valley University.
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