2013 Program

This year’s Fluxible conference was once again concurrent to the Festival of Interstitial Music in time and space, which made for some wonderful juxtapositions. Here is our program of talks and workshops.

Saturday September 14, 2013

7:45 am
Doors open for registration and networking.
Baristas on duty! Breakfast not included, but we’ll feed you for the rest of the day.
8:45 am
Welcome and kickoff
9:00 am

Steve Baty

Sources of Innovation

Steve Baty of Meld Studios takes us on a deep dive into innovation and strategy. Learn how to push the boundaries of your concept generation work and the subsequent designs.

9:45 am

Teresa Brazen

Make Culture, Not War: The Secret of Great Teams & Organizations

Teresa Brazen of Cooper inspires us with curious, compelling ways that people from every role within organizations are creating inspired cultures — and how culture impacts design teams in particular.

10:30 am
Breaktime! Fuel up, caffeinate, mix & mingle.
11:00 am

Larry Cornett

Designing for Love & Money

Larry Cornett of Brilliant Forge explores the battle between love and money as it applies to products, organizations, and even our own careers.

11:45 am

Konrad Sauer

Hiding in Plane Sight: Craftsmanship and Design

Konrad Sauer of Sauer & Steiner Toolworks illustrates the parallels between his work in furniture and toolmaking and our work in other mediums as UX professionals.

12:30 pm
Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm
Rapidfire round: 5-minute talks from each workshop leader
2:15 pm
Choose 1 three-hour workshop:

Leah Buley

Sharpie UX (sold out)

Leah Buley of Intuit builds your skills with the secret weapon every UX practitioner needs in their toolbox: sketching. If the sight of a Sharpie or whiteboard marker gives you sweaty palms, fear no more!

Jodi Leo

Metaphor and the Beginner’s Mind in Design

Jodi Leo of the School of Visual Arts teaches how the power of metaphor can help make sense of raw data and define the users we study in our work contexts.

Kimberley PeterAdam Archer

Advancing UX in Your Organization

Kimberley Peter and Adam Archer of IBM dig into some concrete approaches for advancing UX and increasing the chance that your good work will see the light of day.

Steve Portigal

The Designer is Present (sold out)

Steve Portigal of Portigal Consulting takes us on a journey to self-insight, a lack of which can manifest itself as passion, commitment, or being driven by a mission. While those have their place, it’s easy to become blinded by what we can’t let ourselves see.

Kate Wilhelm

Starting Out or Bulking Up: UX Circuit Training for Any Fitness Level

Kate Wilhelm of BlackBerry shares strategies and leads discussions on how to start out in UX, stay on top of current practices, and build your UX muscle.

5:30 pm
Party time! Join us at THEMUSEUM for food, drinks, fun, plasma car races, and various other shenanigans.

Sunday September 15, 2013

8:00 am
Doors open for networking. Baristas on duty to help you recover from last night.
9:00 am

Trip O'Dell

Designing in the Echo Chamber

Trip O’Dell of Audible considers how current UX patterns, metaphors, and concepts may actually inhibit understanding for new users who don’t share our cultural contexts.

9:45 am

Diana Wiffen

Exceptional Experiences by Design: How to Craft a Winning Digital Experience Strategy

Diana Wiffen of Quarry Integrated Communications shares design principles, tools, and techniques that underpin a successful experience strategy.

10:30 am
Breaktime! Fuel up, caffeinate, mix & mingle.
11:00 am

Bryan Zmijewski

Design that Drives Action

Bryan Zmijewski of ZURB takes a close look at how to drive our audiences to action with effective choices in visual design, content, and form elements.

11:45 am

Josh Seiden

User Experience in a Rapidly Changing World

Josh Seiden of Neo explains how to go beyond simply coping with the changes brought about by the Lean Startup movement — but rather how to take advantage of the opportunities they present.

12:30 pm
Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm


Fluxible Finale: A Cabaret in Several Parts

Details coming once the horses have completed their quarantine period and the special hats have cleared customs. Stay tuned.

2:30 pm
It’s a wrap!