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Accessible websites, invisible interfaces and more at UX Scotland 2017

By Stacey Hirst

Digital Marketing Assistant


Highlands, mythical monsters and the bagpipes is not all Scotland is famous for; it’s been five years since the very first UX Scotland hit the north, generating a storm of user experience (UX) and design mastery… This year, UX Scotland 2017 is set to be as thought-provoking as ever, with a full three days of well-known industry speakers, workshops and case studies to get those creative UX juices flowing.

What topics will be covered at UX Scotland 2017?

The importance of meeting users in person

ux scotland 2017A talk that has caught our user-focused attention is Oana Secara’s ‘Hidden gems in research: finding the heart and soul of your users’. She will be sharing her stories of user research, what she has learned, and how you should be finding out more from the heart of your users. Remote testing can get you so far; but in-person user testing can give it a whole new dimension.

Help designers make accessible websites

If you have been following our activity over the last year or so, you may have noticed our #MakeTheWebAccessible campaign, which we ran over the course of 2016. We raised awareness of the importance of user testing your website, to ensure it is accessible for all and compatible with assistive technology to help those who need it.

Stergios Kritikos will be talking about this in more depth, using a case study to highlight how designers can be central to helping people with disabilities and access the web without issue.

The future of UX – the invisible UI…

A major part of the tech industry is predicting what’s next… We love thinking ahead, and this will be a real focus of UX Scotland. Conor Ward will be talking about ‘The future of usability testing: a cognitive and behavioural science approach to UX’; he will be covering usability testing and the innovative ways to test emerging technology, such as Voice User Interface (VUI).

Dan Whaley will be expanding on this, discussing specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the impact of these new dimensions to our industry; ‘If AI is the new UI… what does that mean for design?’. For designers, this question is something which is paramount at the moment, as AI begins to redefine technologies and the types of user interface (UI) we’ve been used to.

Jennifer Fraser and Lina Bonapace will be similarly discussing how smart technology is missing the UI section completely and how UX will be affected; ‘Beyond the screen – designing for connected devices’.

UX Scotland 2017 is happening in Edinburgh, between 7th and 9th June, at Dynamic Earth. For regular updates, you can follow the event on Twitter or other social channels.

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About the author: Stacey Hirst is the Digital Marketing Assistant at People for Research. She is our content expert and a bit of a geek! You can find her on Twitter or Instagram, engaging with participants and chatting with clients.

About People for Research: We recruit participants for UX and usability testing and market research. We work with award winning UX agencies across the UK and partner with a number of end clients who are leading the way with in-house user experience and insight.

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