Sometimes getting your idea across is all it takes, but getting your idea across can be daunting. Come spend a Saturday with us and learn how some of the most talented folks on all of the internets are getting their ideas across in various design and development methods!
We'll have a variety of talks on a variety of topics--from research, design, development, and the totally random (we've had a presentation on cupcakes in the past!), you'll learn from people who are building things quickly and iteratively, across just about any medium!
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Submissions accepted through July 31st.
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For your $50, we try our best to get you an incredible value for your money! The fine folks at Harrington College of Design are excellent hosts with a unique space that allows for multiple tracks of content and easy socializing.
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We are bringing together two of the brightest minds in the industry to share with you what they know about protoyping. You don’t want to miss out on these talks!
A full day of smart people and great topics, book-ended by two of the smartest people in the industry that you will ever meet. Do not delay – register for Prototype Camp Chicago and/or sign-up for your own speaking slot today!
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Once that prototype leaves the safe confines of your office it could encounter slow network connections, devices that won't behave as expected, and corporate firewalls that are ready to shut you down. So you'll have to be prepared to improvise on the fly, but will be ready with the real world examples covered in this look at prototyping for the road. Strap yourself in, it's going to be a fun and enlightening ride.
Because after you've created that perfect prototype, covered all the anticipated use cases, fixed all the bugs so that it works as it's expected to, and considered all of the web browsers and mobile devices you have to deal with - you're still not done! We'll uncover why and how to better prepare yourself for the real world just outside your door.
The fundamental process we follow of how we understand design problems, users, and content hasn't changed much, but the documentation we deliver is a bit in flux. We're experts in the field of solving problems with design in a digital world. However, device fragmentation forces us to think through flexible experiences with portable content and in turn, to rethink how we communicate to our clients throughout the process.
In this session, you will learn proven documentation, or better yet communication techniques using simple HTML and PHP to get us to a living breathing prototype, earlier in the process. All the while helping us as communicate flexible design decisions to both clients and team members.
From contextual inquiry, to un-moderated remote usability testing, to in-lab participatory design sessions you have many methodologies and stages of prototypes at your disposal. Learn how to use prototyping effectively to aid research and to form a comprehensive research strategy for your projects.
Just like the evolution of a design, your research strategy needs to evolve as you move from concept to end-result. This talk explores a case study showing where the research strategy involved multiple techniques and stages of prototyping new features for Android and iPhone apps.
Four years ago I left the world of design agencies behind and joined an early stage, fast growing Startup as the first UX Designer. For me, the shift in paradigm from client to product work has been equal parts humbling and enlightening. As our product has evolved and the team has grown, the ability to iterate quickly has been at the heart of our success. From scrappy, low fidelity animated gifs to production ready features, I will explore the world of prototyping at Sprout Social.
As a developer, architect and now Product Manager, I've spent most of my career trying to turn software ideas into reality. For many years, I worked on teams that adhered to the Way of the Functional Spec, an ancient practice whereby a product leader spends countless hours producing a document that uses text to describe the future state of software, only to see that document become useless by the time the first line of code is written.
Over the years, I've experimented with all of the agile and Product Management techniques designed to help drive down uncertainty in software and foster clear, high-fidelity collaboration between product leaders, designers and engineers. Some have been useful, others not.
About two years ago, a few product teams at my current company began toying with the idea of replacing our existing spec work with prototyping. Instead of working with text-based docs, a PM would work with an Interaction Design to create an interactive piece of software that conveys the vision for a product or feature.
This was one of the best decisions we ever made. High-fidelity prototyping is now a critical component of our product workflow, and we've become addicted to using these assets for collaborating with customers and internal teams alike.
In this session, I'll will share how one software company abandoned functional specs and PRDs for the green pastures of prototyping. Using a case study format, I'll share challenges we overcame, victories we experienced and tips for embedding a full-on Prototyping workflow in any software organization.
In the heart of Chicago’s Loop, great location with lots of local flavor. Hosted in a school for design, Prototype Camp Chicago offers a great setting for learning.
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There are several easy-access parking garages available at in the surrounding blocks.
Coming from out of town? There are a lot of hotels in Chicago’s Loop that may work well for you and we have already done the searching for you! Hotels in the surrounding area are here.
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