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Monday, May 14


Translating UX Research to Design
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We all know that user experience research is key for creating products and experiences that work for real people. However, applying UX research in design can be a mysterious and uneven process. How can we best use research to inform design, and how does design inform research? This panel brings a wealth of real world experience to think through using research effectively in design solutions.

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Rachel Fleming

Senior User Experience Researcher, Cognizant Accelerator
I'm a cultural anthropologist and user experience researcher. I believe solid research can make a good idea fantastic and a company infinitely more effective. I have experience in UX research for a digital agency and an enterprise digital product accelerator. I'm always striving to... Read More →
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Katie Johnson

Design Strategist/Researcher, Consensys
Katie started her career in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering only to discover her true passion in studying and designing for humans. She's worked on everything from spacecraft to industrial products and from complex systems to single websites and now works at Consensys at the... Read More →
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RJ Owen

Sr. UX Designer
RJ Owen calls himself a UX Designer these days but started his career as a developer before moving into UX as a UX Researcher while at Effective Inc. in Denver. He brings a broad perspective as a person who has worked in agencies, startups, and enterprise organizations as a software... Read More →
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Nikki Pfarr

Design Researcher and Strategist
Nikki Pfarr is a design researcher and strategist who specializes in helping teams combine design thinking with insights from behavioral science, to identify new opportunities for product and service innovation. She has supported innovation centers in companies like Google, Samsung... Read More →
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Jason Walzer

Jason Walzer is a hybrid experience design leader of equal parts strategy, product & service innovation, interaction design and communication design. Based on a foundation of understanding the aspirations and behavior of real people in their everyday lives, he leads multidisciplinary... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Tuesday, May 15


Designing for Business Goals: How Design Influences Business Strategies
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Join us for a lively discussion about the realities of creating products and brands that drive business goals and company KPIs. More than just aesthetics, true design offers a framework for problem solving, prototyping products, testing ideas and reaching business goals.

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Andy Stone

Partner, Emerson Stone
Andy Stone is an instructor at CU Boulder and partner at Emerson Stone—a design agency focused on beautiful brands and lasting digital products. For the last decade, Andy has led design for tech startups and national brands including IBM, Travel Channel and Adobe.
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Brett Wagner

Partner, Emerson Stone
Brett Wagner is a partner at Emerson Stone—a digital design agency that creates beautiful brands and lasting digital applications. He manages all projects within the agency and oversees operations to ensure project goals are met. Brett has a background in environmental design and... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302


Creativity & Entrepreneurship (with SheSays)
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Creativity is many things: It’s turning big, new, crazy ideas into a reality. It’s thinking flexibly to find opportunity, and experimenting to leverage what you have to overcome obstacles. It’s countless adventures in learning & re-imagining so you can: craft meaningful company culture, built-it-better, and harness the power of “original” to establish a brand that connects. It’s hard work…it’s also what keeps most entrepreneurs (and businesses) going.

That’s why we’re bringing together a powerhouse of 6 leaders from across the spectrum of startups & creative hubs to share their truth as they know it about entrepreneurship and creativity. They’ll each have 7 minutes share a their juicy insights and story on what they have learned in the trenches and how they keep imagining, inventing, growing & thriving.

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Kecia Benvenuto

Founder, Vibrant Femmes
Kecia Benvenuto is a curator of contemporary art and the founder of the initiative Vibrant Femmes which evangelizes and promotes the work of female and non-binary creatives. Prior, she lead content curation and strategy in the arts, design, travel and lifestyle sectors for Facebook's... Read More →
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Mandaline Godown

Principle, SHYFTco / MOXIE & STARS
Mandaline has a background in startups, culture & belonging, community building, tech and branding. She’s a people geek and has a *healthy* obsession with research & processes that help leaders create teams and cultures that are engaged, inclusive, and innovative.She heads up SHYFTco... Read More →

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Kelly Dotseth

Founder & COO, Brandzooka
Kelly is a founder and the COO of Brandzooka, a Boulder-based startup that has built a platform to democratize video advertising. Brandzooka gives any advertiser in the world access to primetime TV and top-tier digital inventory, without the complex technology, knowledge, and cost... Read More →
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Morley McBride

Founder, More Creative By Design (MCBD)
Morley McBride is the founder of More Creative by Design (MCBD), a human-centered design and strategy consultancy based in Boulder. As a consultant, strategist, and facilitator, her 15+ years of experience across industries has cultivated diverse content knowledge and a multidisciplinary... Read More →
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Erin Stadler

Program Director, Boomtown Accelorator
Erin has been working on organizational development for over 10 years, working with established companies and startups, to adopt "just enough" formal approaches to support high paced growth and change. She believes strongly in building great organizations through a the combination... Read More →
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Ashley Wick

Founder, Wick AND Co.
Ashley Wick is an insatiably curious and creative connector of people, ideas and opportunities. As a Vogue alumnus, publicist and stylist for globally recognized brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Anya Hindmarch and IMG, Ashley has built a network of meaningful relationships... Read More →
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Tran Wills

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder, Base Coat
Tran is the personification of the term “self-made.” Shortly after graduating from high school, she pursued the path of entrepreneurship by opening The Fabric Lab, a clothing boutique doubling as an art gallery and event space in Denver, which started her venture and would turn... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Galvanize (Full) 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Wednesday, May 16


Design debate -- designers collaborate better when working remotely
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With tools like InVision, screensharing, etc. Why should any creative be restricted to working in a physical office, when we could be working in an environment that feeds our creativity in a way that traditional offices just can't provide? Join us for a friendly debate with individuals from various creative backgrounds. Will remote design prevail? Or will the traditional office setting be the future of the design industry?

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Jackson Fox

UX Director, Viget

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Jonathan Bowden

Digital Product Designer, Theresa Neil Strategy + Design
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Kara Fellows

Illustrator & Designer, Kara Fellows Creative
A Boulder, Colorado illustrator working in both traditional and digital media. Clients include The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Better Homes & Gardens, Texas Monthly, Men's Health, Target, American Express, Merck, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Crown Publishing, McGraw-Hill... Read More →
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Chris Shiflett

CEO, Faculty

Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Thursday, May 17


Accessibility Matters. Design for It.
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Accessibility refers to the concept of building a product in such a way that it is usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, including those who are living with disabilities. With one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experiencing some form of disability, designing with accessibility in mind is the right thing to do on many levels. In fact, it helps to create a better user experience for everyone.

In this session, we will talk about accessibility from the perspective of mobile app developers. We’ll cover the types of impairments that designers need to consciously consider and review how such considerations impact UX and UI. We’ll use a lot of real world examples to bring these concepts to life, as well as share resources and tools that you can leverage in your own projects.

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Aaron Lea

Senior UX/UI Designer, InspiringApps
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Brad Weber

Founder, CEO, InspiringApps

Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Inspiring Apps 1045 Pearl Street (Above Salt)


Designer Happy Hour
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Come have some snacks and drinks with other Designers at Viget.

Thursday May 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Viget 1915 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Friday, May 18


Design Roundtable
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Hear from several designers about how they got their start and how they ended up where they are today being leaders in business. Come with some questions and topics of conversation in mind — and learn how to follow your nose to do your best work. Participants will gather round-table style to exchange ideas and hear discussion led by ground-breaking designers in Boulder.

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MK Cook

Product Designer, Optimizely
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Kara Fellows

Illustrator & Designer, Kara Fellows Creative
A Boulder, Colorado illustrator working in both traditional and digital media. Clients include The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Better Homes & Gardens, Texas Monthly, Men's Health, Target, American Express, Merck, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Crown Publishing, McGraw-Hill... Read More →
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Sandi Grigoryan

Art Director/Partner, TNKR Design
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Amanda Lenz

Lenz Illustration
Illustrator and designer working and living in Boulder, Colorado. Her work brings charm and color to advertising, animation, magazines, books, packaging, and web.A background in fine art and design paired with the love of the outdoors, people, places, and adventure shines through... Read More →
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Sanette Tanaka Sloan

Interaction Designer, Google
Sanette is a UX/interaction designer at Google where she works on improving News and storytelling on Google Search. Before that, she worked at Vox Media as a senior product designer. In a prior life, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. Sanette grew up in the Chicago suburbs... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Highland City Club 885 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

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