UX Australia 2012

UX Australia 2012 speakers

Aaron Sedley

Aaron Sedley is a user experience researcher at Google, Inc. in Mountain View, focused on tracking and analyzing user attitudes via surveys. He currently leads survey research within Search, and consults with teams across Google on survey methodology, planning and implementation.

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Alex Williams

Alex’s personal passion is interaction design. She focuses on creating progressive, responsive, signature experiences for single and multi-platform digital services. As Head of Experience at Massive’s Sydney office with over 16 years industry experience, Alex has led and directed the UX strategy and design of many mouse, touch, gesture, remote controlled and multi-input projects.

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Bill DeRouchey

Bill DeRouchey has been shaping, framing and distilling information for over 20 years, as creative director, product manager, interaction designer, interaction architect, writer, and so on. He was most recently the creative director at Simple, a financial start-up company aiming to reboot personal banking through design, technology and service.

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Bronwyn van der Merwe

Bronwyn’s experience and roles have spanned a wide variety of digital platforms and emerging channels. She’s held roles such as the Creative Director of the BBC iPlayer and the head of UXD at the BBC, where she was responsible for developing the BBC’s UCD design practice.

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Elizabeth Ferrall-Nunge

Elizabeth Ferrall-Nunge is a user experience researcher at Twitter in San Francisco, USA. She currently works on a variety of projects around understanding advertiser/business needs and consumer behavior through an in-depth segmentation.

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Eva-Lotta Lamm

Eva-Lotta is a UX Designer and Illustrator based in London. She currently works as an interaction designer at Google. Previous stations include Skype, Yahoo! and Kahn & Associates in Paris.

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Gerry Gaffney

Gerry Gaffney runs UX consultancy Information & Design in Melbourne. For the past many years has been working in usability and user experience. He’s co-authored two books (‘Forms That Work’ and ‘The Usability Kit’), and has contributed to others. He is former managing editor of UPA’s User Experience magazine, and is an active board member.

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Harriet Wakelam

Harriet Wakelam is a customer experience designer at National Australia Bank (NAB) at the Immersion and Design Centre. Destination Melbourne has been via London, Eastern Europe, Balladonia and the far north of WA making experience design and observation really the only career option.

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Hendrik Müller

Hendrik Müller (Mueller) is a senior user experience researcher at Google currently in Sydney, Australia. He leads user research for Google Drive, supports Google Docs, and previously worked on Google Health and several other products.

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Jake Causby

Jake has 16 years experience in the web industry, working on large information- and function-rich websites and software solutions for the likes of Fairfax, Deutsche Bank and News Digital Media. He has also spent many years working as a contractor, which has given him a solid understanding of different businesses across a wide range of industries.

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Jay Rogers

Jay has a great gig as an interaction designer at Atlassian Software in Sydney, building software in unusually fun ways. He’s been designing and building interactive products since 1996, moving from web design to UI design, and finally to designing processes and team experiences.

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Jeremy Yuille

Jeremy is a designer, educator and exuberant learner. While he loves designed things as much as the next person, he’s passionate about framing design as a verb, or a process that powers transdisciplinary endeavour. He directs the Communication Design program at RMIT University, in the School of Media & Communication.

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Jessica Enders

Jessica Enders is Principal of Formulate Information Design, an Australian business providing form design consulting services to government agencies, companies and not-for-profit organisations.

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Jessica Ukotic

Jessica is a customer experience designer at National Australia Bank (NAB) at the Immersion and Design Centre. She started her career through the NAB technology graduate program as a programmer before making the move into service design and user experience.

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Joe Lamantia

I’m the User Experience Lead and Architect for Endeca’s Discovery products. I’ve spent 15 years in design and technology, working variously in Europe, the U.S. and Asia as an entrepreneur and emerging media consultant, in addition to stints as strategist and design leader for organizations small and large. The common connection between all these is a deep and abiding interest in understanding and bettering how people engage and interact with human-created experiences, systems and services.

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John Murphy

John Murphy is a Melbourne based interface and interaction design specialist. His main objective is to maintain customer focus during the design and development of internet and software applications. He uses his combined background in human computer interaction, computer science and engineering to study and profile target customers, structure content, design user interfaces and conduct usability tests.

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Joji Mori

I am an active UX practitioner and academic researcher. Over the past 4 years I have worked as a usability consultant with UsabilityOne, a UX consultancy with both Melbourne and Sydney offices. I am now completing a PhD at The University of Melbourne on the topic of commemoration/mourning and digital content/interactive technologies.

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Judd Garratt

Judd is a UX designer who specialises in prototyping, responsive design and measuring success. He believes in creating adaptive designs that cater for people regardless of the device or format they use to access a product or service.

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Jurgen Spangl

Jurgen Spangl is an user experience designer with over a decade’s experience in developing user experiences on the web, desktops, mobiles, and physical products. He is currently a Senior Design Manager at Atlassian and was previously heading up the Experience Architecture team at Vodafone. With a solid and balanced understanding of the complex relationship between design, business and technology Jurgen acts as a catalyst among the parties involved in product development.

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Kim Chatterjee

Kim is an analyst at heart, with a keen interest in intuitive, usable and accessible designs. In her spare time she tries to make up for a sports-less childhood, with varying degrees of success.

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Lisa Herrod

Lisa is a User Experience Researcher who specialises in Inclusive Research practices that involve diverse audiences, such as people with disabilities.

She has been working on the web for over 13 years, with the past 7 focussing on user research, accessibility and inclusive research practices.

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Mags Hanley

Mags Hanley is an information architect and UX Manager living in the UK. Originally from Melbourne, she has worked across the world developing deep information architectures for content heavy web sites, while managing teams of User Experience professionals. She has worked from companies as diverse as Sensis and Telstra in Australia to Argus Associates in the US and BBC, Avenue A | Razorfish and Time Out in the UK.

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Martin Bulmer

Martin has been working in the digital industry since before the web started. He once told the editor of the British Weekly Telegraph that there was this thing called ‘the Internet’ he might like to consider putting his paper on.

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Melua Watson

Melua has specialised in content strategy and development since 2001 and has extensive experience working with government and corporate clients. She has a knack for making content clear, practical and useful.

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Michelle Berryman

Michelle is a founding Principal in the design firm Echo Visualization, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where her practice centers on interaction design and user experience for consumer, medical and industrial products, as well as software, websites and rich Internet applications. Throughout her award-winning design career, she has worked with clients like Coca-Cola, Electrolux, Nike, Siemens, Philips, and Hewlett-Packard, to build meaningful customer experiences.

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Robin Manke-Cassidy

Robin is Director of Product Management at Citrix, overseeing Mobile releases of Citrix Receiver. Previously she was VP of Board of Directors at the Southwest Shakespeare Company.

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Ruth Ellison

Ruth is passionate about all things UX and has worked in the public and private sector in a number of UX roles. She is an experienced user experience practitioner who has been working in the web industry for over nine years. She specialises in Human Computer Interaction, user experience and accessibility and has worked with intranets, websites and web applications.

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Samantha Soma

Samantha Soma is the Research and Community Lead in GE’s User Experience Center of Excellence. She has a strong background in research methods and is a UX community maven. She is committed to bringing GE’s diverse UX practitioners together to assert their collective intelligence, and to evangelizing UX throughout the organization.

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Samantha Thebridge

Samantha has been designing complex web apps since 1998. She’s been an interaction and visual interface designer for online booking systems and shopping sites for Qantas, Panasonic, Telstra, YHA and BigPond for companies like Red Square, Boomworks, Wax and now Atlassian.

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Shane Morris

Shane Morris is one of Australia’s most respected user experience professionals. Through consulting, mentoring and training he has helped organisations create compelling digital experiences since 1991. In that time he has worked on desktop applications, internet applications, mobile user interfaces, physical devices and web sites. Shane has taught user experience topics around the world and is a key contributor to “101 Things I Learned in Interaction Design School” at ixd101.com.

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Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox, has an honours degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, a computing Grad Dip and has recently completed another Grad Dip in Design Anthropology. He has been practicing UX design since the mid 90’s and loves to think about stuff – and noodles (don’t forget to mention noodles).

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Steve Baty

Steve Baty, principal at Meld Studios, has over 14 years experience as a design and strategy practitioner. Steve is well-known in the area of experience strategy and design, contributing to public discourse on these topics through articles and conferences.

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Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized San Francisco firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. In the past 15 years, Steve has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories.

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Teale Shapcott

Teale Shapcott has been a web designer and developer for 14 years specializing in the field of usability. Over the past 7 years Teale has been employed by Suncorp in Brisbane and has focused on combining usability with Agile development within the Group.

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Tim Horton

Timothy Horton has worked as an architect in Sydney, Canberra and Los Angeles. His experience spans small and large practice and public and private sector. In 2005, he moved to Adelaide with his family to lead the team delivering UniSA’s Hawke Building on North Terrace. More recently, he led a multi-disciplinary team from HASSEL who delivered the award-winning Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct and Giant Panda Bamboo Forest.

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Tref Gare

Tref has been working around the web for the last 12 years, initially as a developer and for the last 6 years as an interaction designer and more recently as a product owner.

Prior to this he had worked for 18 years as a theatre performer, writer and director, with an emphasis on devised and improvised work.

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Uday Gajendar

Uday Gajendar is a principal designer at Citrix in Silicon Valley. He creates attractive, useful products that enable work and play from anywhere.

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Walt Buchan

I have 15 years experience of designing interactions, documenting design and researching user experience. Working with clients such as eBay, Channel 4, Hotels.com, Environment Agency, Nissan, Nokia and TUI helping them all to be more customer focused and improve their users’ experiences of their products and services.

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