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User Research for Virtual Reality - Rupert & Yvonne @ Assurity

What a wonderful session to be part of.  Or were we really there?  Hopefully the notes below will help answer that question.  Big thanks to Rupert, Yvonne and the good team at Assurity for sharing what they've learned.  There was some interesting discussion and questions.  The beer and pizza was also greatly appreciated :)  And a special thanks to the wonderful Dana Fridman for her notes so we were finally able to get a post up within a reasonable timeframe!  Read on...

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The 3 core elements of meaningful work - Dan Szuc

This was an incredibly engaging, inspiring and...well, meaningful session.  Huge thanks to Dan for giving up so much of his time, particularly the day before running a workshop @ UXNZ.  Here are Dan's slides.  And some notes to be inspired and help make sense of it all :) 

* The feeling of 'yay'

* The feeling of 'stuck' 

* Exercise: barriers

* Key reflections: perspectives

* Exercise: character cards 

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UX Research @ VUW

Thanks to Dr Catherine Caudwell, Birgit Bachler, Gillian McCarthy, Sebastien Voerman and the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) for a fascinating evening about design research. During this meetup, we learned about relational methods and thinking in user research, more-than-human participatory design, engaging participatory research methods, and qualitative "emotive" user testing.

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Visitor Centred Design @ Te Papa

The fabulous UX team @ Te Papa shared their work with us and the UX journey they've been on.  Here are some of the insights from the session:

  • "Our customer is the visitor"
  • Our purpose is to change hearts, life and minds (Ed's note: wonderfully aspirational)
  • We are not just working with one product - there are digital kiosks, displays, video screens...
  • Here are a few of the slides from the presentation - includes the design process and matrix applies to the Collections Online project...
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Information Arcitecture with Dave O'Brien - June Meetup Review

Dave O’Brien is an Information Architecture legend, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He created the TreeJack tool with Optimal Workshop, and is the author of the upcoming book Tree Testing For Websites. We were very privileged to hear him talk about two of the best tools to help define an Information architecture: Card Sorting and Tree Testing.

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How to approach a UX project - March event review

If you’ve ever taken a dip in UX waters, you’ll know that the pool is deep. There is plenty to cover and explore, which is what makes user experience such a fascinating and sometimes complex topic to learn about. Quite often you’ll hear about all these great activities, methods, and insights that will be incredibly useful WHEN you actually get to that part of the process where you can apply them. But what if you don’t know how to even start a UX project? You might have been given a problem to solve or have been tasked with finding out about your end users and their needs. Cool. Now what?

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