We’ve invited 10 experts from all over the world to join us in Berlin for a day of intensive teaching, learning and networking.
We’ll be learning new techniques, tools and approaches to new problems. We’ll be hearing about related topics and be thinking outside the box.
MOBX 2014 speakers in alphabetical order are …
Adrian Zumbrunnen (Switzerland)
A User Experience Designer, Writer, Speaker and Coffee Enthusiast working in the beautiful city of Zurich. He creates memorable product and communication experiences by consequently putting the user in the center of all creative efforts.
Adrian Zumbrunnen’s thoughts can be found at azumbrunnen.me/blog and on many popular places all over the web. Adrian’s popular articles are for example Smart Transitions In User Experience Design (smashingmagazine.com), Designing expectations (voted Medium Editor’s Choice at medium.com) and Improving the hamburger button or Progressive Reduction: just another buzzword? (both azumbrunnen.me).
Presentation: On motion in user interfaces
Abstract: Let’s see why motion is such an important constituent in contemporary user interface design and how can we use it as a tool to create more immersive mobile experiences that are both easier to understand and more delightful in their use.
Andrew Zusman (Israel)
A veteran speaker and Design for Experience Awards semi-finalist in accessibility, Andrew Zusman has been spreading the principles of universal design far and wide.
By day Andrew is a user experience designer at Israel’s top agency and by night he is a teacher at an academy for UX design. Originally from Indiana in the United States, Andrew currently lives and works in Tel-Aviv with his wife Natasha and their dog Indy. You can follow him on Twitter: @UXAndrew
Presentation: Digital Dyslexia. Universal Design and the Dyslexic Experience.
Abstract: Reaching the widest possible user base is incredibly complex, but by looking at the periphery instead of the masses it is much easier to create an inclusive design. Ten percent of users are dyslexic, but few designers know how to design for dyslexia or why they should. Using the principles of universal design, this presentation will present practical tools based on original research for creating a better experience not only for those with dyslexia but for everyone.
Anna Dahlström (Sweden)
Anna (@annadahlstrom) is a Swedish UX designer (now based in London) and the founder of product studio byflock. Since 2001 she’s worked client side, for startups and agencies on a large variety of projects and brands from websites, apps and TV UIs. After nearly four years at the agency Dare she left in 2011 to begin freelancing and spent the next three years working with leading London agencies as well as on BBC Sport Olympics.
More recently Anna has given up freelancing to focus on byflock and @UXFika where she helps startups, established companies and individuals with UX related matters. She is also a regular speaker as well as an instructor for General Assembly where she has taught more than 30 classes related to designing for multiple devices.
Presentation: Beyond the hamburger menu. What you need to know about designing for multiple devices.
Abstract: From myths to trends and best practice, actual usage, engagement, design patterns and interactions, we’ll go through the insights behinds the stats and take a look at the reality behind mobile and what really matters when designing for multiple devices.
Avi Itzkovitch (Israel)
Avi Itzkovitch is the owner of IoT News Network, an independent resource for the Internet of Things, and is a longtime interactive and web design professional with thirteen years of experience.
The author of Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites (Rockport Publishers, 2003), Avi is an avid enthusiast of technology and is often invited to speak about emerging design and UX trends. Avi is currently working as an Independent UI/UX Consultant at his studio, XG Media.
Avi Itzkovitch has published several articles about user experience. For example you might like reading Disruptive Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation: Adding Value to Connected Devices or Creating An Adaptive System To Enhance UX.
Presentation: Designing with Sensors. Creating Adaptive Experiences.
Abstract: How do we utilize sensor and user data to create experiences in the digital world? We all know that smart devices have sensors, but how can we use this as a resource to acquire information about the user and his environment? And how can we use this information to design a better user experience that is both unobtrusive and transparent? The simple answer: we create adaptive systems.
Christian Reiter (Switzerland)
Christian studied computer science at ETH Zurich and founded already two companies. The first one did consulting for a Swiss railway company and the second one was sold to Google. Previously he worked on CAD-Software, at ETH Zurich, Disney Research and Holidaycheck.
Innovation, limitless possibilities and exciting entrepreneurial risks are what drives him on the search of “The Next Big Thing” and he has one or two things in mind what this could be. He’d define himself as an entrepreneur because he loves building products from the ground up and tries different approaches to solve a given problem in the best possible way.
You can listen to Christian in podcast episode AKW054 Timely, eine zeitgemäße Android App (in German).
Christian Reiter is one of the guys behind Timely, one of the most elegant alarm clock apps out there.
Presentation: UX vs. Product? Why user experience and product need to play nice with each other.
Abstract: There are many apps out there with either a great user experience and are fun to use or on the other hand solve a real problem with so much value in it but with a really bad design. But what we need is more stuff which does both great. Every product needs to solve a real problem, or more generally, be of value for the user, and to communicate the solution to that problem in a clear and concise way. This talk will try to raise the awareness that both of these aspects are necessary for success and argue that it’s crucial to focus on both of them at any given time of development.
Donald Lindsay (USA)
In a career that has spanned three decades, Don has led teams to deliver some of the industry’s defining experiences including Apple’s Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and most recently Blackberry 10.
Don Lindsay is recognized expert, innovator and contributor in product experience with over 130 granted or filed technology patents encompassing user interface design, gesture & speech interaction and UI implementation strategies for both desktop & mobile platforms.
Presentation: … .
Abstract: Engaged by the CEOs of Apple & BlackBerry to define and execute “bet the company” product evolutions, Don will share his insights into organizational development, design culture, process, strategy and execution from having shipped over fifteen major platform releases.
José Vittone (Spain)
José (@josevittone) is a UX designer based in Barcelona, Spain. For the last nine years, he has been specializing in both the conceptualization and the execution of digital products and services.
José has lent his skills to both small startups and multinational corporations, such as Telefónica, eDreams, O2 and Mozilla. As part of the worldwide Firefox OS team he worked on the visual design of new features for the dialer, messages and contacts. José is meticulous about creating interactive experiences and believes the smallest details make the biggest difference. He is always looking for simple, elegant, invisible design solutions.
He is also the co-author of Designing Mobile Apps along with Javier Cuello (@millonestarde). The book was self-published in both Spanish and English, and outlines the entire design process of a mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, from conception to launch.
Presentation: Solutions for tomorrow. How to be an up-to-date UX designer.
Abstract: How to survive a constant change in the digital context? As much as devices, OS’s features and interactions change, the golden rules of good design stay valid. We need to be informed more than ever, things change so fast and last too little. This talk is not about multi-device/OS design, but about sharing our strategies for being an up-to-day designer without getting crazy. I want to give some inspiration on how to adapt to what’s coming next.
Mariusz Cieśla (Poland)
Previously freelancer, agency employee and lead designer at Kanbanery.com. He is verse in user experience and user interface design, passionate about web and iOS development but really bad at maintaining balance on a skateboard.
Mariusz is a self-taught UX & user interface designer, firmly believing that user experience design is a process, not something that you can put on top of a ready-made app like icing. That’s why he has been doing various design and product development roles in his career to be able to understand and help customers and developers deliver product that users will love.
Mariusz has published a free Gibbon course called Designing UI Animation.
Presentation: Providing value. Introduction to proactive experience design.
Abstract: The problem with smart homes, smart cars and smart devices right now is that, well, they’re not really smart. In the era of new and exciting tools like indoor location tracking with Bluetooth, proximity marketing and context-aware search, we can take our interfaces to next level.
Robert Stulle (Germany)
Robert Stulle (@robertstulle) has worked in digital communication since 1995. He studied in Switzerland and the Netherlands and then worked for some of the bigger German and Dutch agencies.
Robert spent five years as a Business Consultant for PWC and IBM in The Netherlands. Since 2006 he has been back to design and communication; since 2009 as a partner at Edenspiekermann in Berlin. With almost two decades of professional experience as a designer and consultant, Robert is the director of Digital Products and Services at Edenspiekermann.
Stephanie Rieger (UK)
Stephanie is a designer, researcher and closet anthropologist with a passion for the many ways people use technology. A mobile industry veteran with a keen eye on emerging technologies, she has created web and mobile experiences for companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Intel, Phillips and the NHS.
Stephanie speaks at conferences and teaches workshops on mobile design and strategy all over the world. She is also co-founder and one of the principals at Yiibu, a wee design consultancy based in Edinburgh.
Presentation: The Emerging Global Web. A new and mobile-fuelled informal economy.
Abstract: The web was first conceived 25 years ago, by an Englishman. Fifteen years later, as the first crop of dot.coms were going bust, close to 60% of its users (and all Alexa “top 20″ sites) came from developed nations. Fast forward to today, and the picture is strikingly different. Almost half the Alexa “top 20″ now comes from emerging economies. Economies where close to 3 billion people have yet to use the web, but thanks to mobile–won’t have to wait much longer to discover it. This presentation will introduce you to fascinating and innovative services that are re-shaping the web to serve the consumers of tomorrow. Driven by mobile, the power of personal relationships, and the breakneck pace of globalisation, these services provide a glimpse into the business models, opportunities and challenges we will face, when growing a truly global web.