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Code & Creativity
A social talk series created to connect us with each other and our larger community.
A social talk series created to connect us with each other and our larger community.

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This October, the UX mastermind Aaron Irizarry will be joining us to discuss how to participate in design critique without resorting to violence. Code for America’s Jason Denizac will be opening the night with a discussion of open data.

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Doors open at 6:30pm.

Discussing Design Without Losing Your Mind

Getting feedback from clients, teams, and stakeholders can be terrifying. We’ve all had our designs berated during painful meetings that result in nothing actionable or useful.

This presentation will provide tips and techniques for improving the conversations you have surrounding design with your teams, clients, and organizations.

Aaron Irizarry is a Sr. Product Designer for Nasdaq OMX, lover of heavy metal, culinary adventurer, and a master of BBQ arts.

Over the past 3 years, Aaron has worked with Adam Connor to train organizations such as Google, Cigna, Aetna and others, on improving the quality of their design discussions. You can find some of these thoughts and presentations at over at Aaron and Adam have a book published by O'Reilly coming out in the beginning of 2015 on the topic of improving the discussion surrounding design.

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Responsive web design has taken our industry by storm and with good reason: it helps us improve our reach with less effort. But incorporating responsive design is not the goal, meeting our user’s needs is. Responsive design is not an end in itself… it’s just the beginning.

As a fitting way to kick off our new workshop series, we’ve asked two internationally-renown mobile web and responsive design experts—Brad Frost (of This is Responsive, and Pattern Lab fame) and Aaron Gustafson (author of Adaptive Web Design)—to come and teach us everything we need to know about working in this multi-device reality.

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This April, we’re welcoming responsive design and mobile expert Brad Frost to Chattanooga. He’ll be discussing the mass amount of data on the web and how that leads to information overload and constant distraction.

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Did you miss +Kate Kiefer Lee’s Voice & Tone presentation in December? Here’s the video:

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This February, we’re incredibly excited to have user experience expert Steph Troeth joining us all the way from London, England. She’ll be talking to us about how we can use storytelling to improve our work. She’ll be joined on stage by local design phenom Justin Kropp, who will be exploring how the tools of design have changed over the years.

Everyday Storytelling

John LeCarre famously said, “‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story; ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” We need very little introduction to the art of storytelling, but the craft of story is more nuanced and is a skill we can hone. Unless you’re already fully-engaged in storytelling in one form or another, it’s rare that we get to explore these nuances in practice. Come and have some fun with Steph in this interactive session as she demonstrates little ways we can get better at the craft of story—a universal skill that you can use in everything you do.

Steph Troeth is a user experience strategist who loves maturing ideas and making things real. She has worn many hats, including a product lead for a startup in digital publishing and a studio director at a digital agency. She is also known for her grassroots contributions to best web practices through the Web Standards Project and the W3C. More recently, she works with MailChimp’s UX team as an independent consultant.

She is currently writing a book on how to better use storytelling in user experience research and design. She is also a hopeless BBC World Service radio addict, aspiring literary novelist, once-upon-a-musician, occasional silversmith, serendipitous gardener and slow food aficionada. Well-travelled and living on her fourth continent, she speaks several flavours of English, a few languages, and possesses an indecipherable accent.

Steph was recently interviewed by .net Magazine about being a UX strategist and the challenges in conducting design research.

The Designer’s Evolving Toolbox

Tools are an essential part of our discipline. They afford us the opportunity to execute our work in the ways that we intended. However, the landscape of what is available to carry out our work has changed rapidly over the last decade—from the applications we use to strategize and design, to the frameworks and methodologies we use to build and deploy. These tools have not only influenced our processes, but also the way we approach our discipline. In this presentation, I'll explore the evolution of the design practice and the tools we use to craft our work.

Justin Kropp is an interactive product designer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He helps design and build digital products and services for individuals, institutions, and organizations. Justin is currently a design engineer at Automattic, the makers of WordPress. Previously, he lead product design at Readmill, a Berlin-based startup dedicated to crafting the best ebook reader for iOS and Android.

Justin studied graphic design at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, earning his BFA in 2003. He went on to earn his MFA in Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2010, where his graduate research explored semiotic theory and its role in our evolving visual culture.

He is inspired by typography, modernism, and solitude.

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Slides from Jenn Lukas’ October talk are now online:

You can also watch the video or listen to the audio here:

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Today's the day! Don't forget to snag your (free) ticket via Eventbrite, and we'll see ya at 7pm at The Camp House. 

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Congrats to our previous speaker ,+Jenn Lukas, on the launch of her new podcast- Ladies in Tech. Available now on iTunes. 

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There's a great article in the Chattanooga Pulse this week on our December 3rd event! #cnc3  

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For a sneak peek into +Kate Kiefer Lee’s upcoming talk, check out Brilliant resource! #cnc3
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