Alpha Tower, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1TT
Following on from our first two successful events, we are excited to annouce the THIRD Birmingham Experience Design meetup! We have two amazing speakers lined up with a focus on Healthcare – it is going to be one not to miss! On top, we can also promise FREE food, drinks, opportunities to get to know your BHXD community, and maybe even some stickers (!). Join us on 4th March. We aim to offer an open and inclusive environment as a focal point that will support the growth of the experience design (XD) community in Birmingham. What do we mean by open and inclusive?
We’re not focussing on one aspect of digital design. We want to promote and share the best of user-centred, research-driven design, and that cannot be achieved by working in silos. Whether you consider yourself a UX, interaction, content or service designer… A user researcher, product manager or a combination… if you’re a student, junior, senior or leader and want to learn more about or move into these fields… we hope to provide a place where you will find people and topics to engage and inform.
Importantly, we also want to build on some of the positive movements we’ve seen within the design and technology industry recently and make sure that inclusivity and accessibility are baked into all that we do from the start. We might not get everything right the first time, but we’ll try, and we’ll keep improving.
No recruiters please, thanks for your understanding.
Our goals Create a focal point that can help to support an XD community in Birmingham Provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking with peers in the industry Increase the profile and confidence of our practice in the Birmingham tech ecosystem Live up to our values. BHXD Values
We aim to be inclusive, diverse, transparent, innovative, inspiring, user-centred and democratic. Speaker Bios Daniel Blyden (@danielyep)
Director of Design, CIVIC SQUARE & Co-Founder of Spaghetti [Wearespaghetti.cc]
Daniel is a designer and design facilitator based in Birmingham who is interested in exploring the role designers can play in leading change around complex social challenges. With a background in visual design for communications, Daniel uses design theory to help organisations and communities create playful spaces and cultures where everyone can participate in decision making.
He is Director of Design at CIVIC SQUARE and co-founder of Spaghetti, a strategic design and social innovation collective that has worked with local government and public sector organisations to look at how they can design space to have important and valuable conversations to enact change. In 2015, Daniel also initiated the global jam community in Birmingham, creating an annual space where people of the city come together and experiment with design approaches to problem-solving and creativity. He has continued to champion this community for the last four years with a view to support creative talent to thrive.
Daniel will be sharing his reflections and learnings from a design research project working with the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital on early stage co-design of a space to engage local people in health research and development as part of a new civic and cultural hub within the hospital as well as his journey into the world of experience design. Dean Vipond (@deanVipond)
Lead desiger at NHS UK & co-founder of @publishorg
Dean is Lead Designer for the NHS website. With a 20-year career in interaction and brand design, Dean is now helping establish a design culture within NHS Digital to help the organisation make better services for people).
Dean will be sharing his reflections in his talk: Now what? Our first 12 months with the NHS.UK design system. In late 2018, the redesigned NHS website (NHS.UK) was launched. Soon after, the components and guidance were released to the public for anyone working on services for health and care. This was the easy part. As lead designer for NHS.UK, Dean will talk about the needs of design system users, community management, and how to support a design system once it’s out in the world. Schedule (To be confirmed)
6:30pm to 7.15pm: Food, drinks and networking
7:15pm to 7.20pm: Welcome to BHXD
7:20pm to 8:30pm: Talks
8:30pm to 9pm: Networking followed by late drinks (venue to be confirmed) Sponsors
Our venue, food and drinks are kindly provided by Kainos Is this event for me?
If you have any questions or are nervous about any aspect of attending, please let us know. We truly want our event to be as accessible, just as we aspire to make accessible products. We’ll do all we can to remove any barriers that might prevent people from attending or feeling part of the community. The best way to reach us is via Twitter at XDBrum. Our direct messages are open.
On the evening, our hosts will meet attendees and hand out name badges in the reception of Alpha Tower but do let us know beforehand if you have any requirements we can assist with.