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Put the ‘YOU’ in UX Design

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Miami Ad School Toronto

639 Queen St W. Unit 300

Toronto, ON M5V 2B7

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How to Become an Expert on Human Interaction

Behind every great online experience is a UX designer. Not only do they make products that look great, but they also help to pinpoint the needs of real users to create a seamless customer journey. In other words, they are human interaction experts and user satisfaction gurus.

For the first time ever, we’re bringing together some of Toronto’s most prolific UX designers to talk about how they create unforgettable digital experiences. These all-star panelists will draw on their individual experience in UX design to share how they got started, their unique approach to the user experience, and the valuable lessons they’ve learned throughout their respective careers. After the talk, we'll cap off the night with an interactive Q/A and networking session with top industry professionals.


Why Attend:

  • Hear from top UX professionals

  • Learn what you need to break into the industry

  • Learn how UX designers collaborate with other departments

  • Network and connect with like-minded peers

  • Hear about our new Bootcamp for aspiring UX designers


Who Should Attend:

  • Aspiring UX designers

  • Current UX designers looking to learn innovative skills they can apply immediately

  • UX professionals and product managers

  • Those who work closely with UX designers

  • Graphic designers, industrial designers, engineers, strategists, and marketers



Meet Our Panel:


(Moderator) Vassilios “Vass” Alexiou
Vass is currently leading experience design for Huge Toronto. He believes in true bottom-up digital transformation that happens through rapid development and iteration. During the last 20 years, he's touched every aspect of design and led multidisciplinary teams to deliver hundreds of projects, ranging from brand experiences for Land Rover and Fox Entertainment, to strategic innovation work for TD Bank and Walgreen’s, to large scale device agnostic digital platforms for EE and Red Bull. He's an ardent supporter of user-centered design and empowers his teams to design better products and services through rigorous research, prototyping and testing methodologies. Vass' believes design is the greatest force for change, and setting up a co-creative, organic relationship between teams and clients is the best way to create sustainable business change. Notably, his work has been awarded by institutions such as The British Film & Television Awards, British Design & Art Direction, FWA, Bima, Webby, Lovie, FITC, One Show and Cannes Lions.


Karen Hawkins
Karen is a User Experience Designer at SapientRazorfish with experience and training in web accessibility design and evaluation. Having an Industrial Engineering education, Karen sees the world as a tapestry of systems and processes, and has a knack for picking out gaps and outliers. She's always been passionate about intuitive discovery and navigation, but when you apply an accessibility lens, it becomes apparent that discoverability and navigability are vital to the success of an inclusive design. But accessibility is also a passion of hers. Karen's been working in the UX field for the past 6 years, applying concept-to-completion development of automotive, financial, telecom and e-commerce websites. Her past clients, including Fiat Chrysler Automotive, Royal Bank of Canada, KPMG, Loblaws, Harley Davidson, Rogers, as well as many others.

Mike Costanzo
Mike recently joined Onist, a Toronto based startup whose mission is to make collaborating with your family and professional advisors around finances easy and secure, as VP, Product. He's helping them apply Lean Startup, Lean UX, and agile principles to focus the team on being customer obsessed and building the right thing for the right people. Prior to this, he was Head of UX & Product Design at Rangle.io, North America's premier JavaScript software consultancies. As the companies 13th employee, and first designer, he has personally designed software for many different industry verticals and helped grow the design team to from 1 (himself) to 15 people over the last 3.5 years.

Scott MacGregor
An Experience Director at Huge Toronto, Scott believes real customer satisfaction is a myth. Today, customer apathy is the norm and one of the greatest threats to business. It leads to churn, stunted growth and ultimately, disruption. He's on a mission to fix that. For 15 years, Scott has been fiercely passionate about helping companies build empathetic experiences that fight apathy and lead to happy, engaged, loyal customers who can’t help but share the experience with others. He believes in the power of design to solve any problem, no matter how complex it may be. It's this belief that drives his to tackle wicked problems in challenging industries such as finance, telecommunications, and pharma. He also firmly believe that anyone can be creative, no matter what their job title may be. He's always looking for my next big, complex problem to solve and he's dedicated to helping customers fall in love with the products, services, experiences and brands they invest their time and money in, while at the same time helping to drive significant business results.




To kickstart your UX training, check out our 16-week UX Bootcamp which runs part-time from April to July 2018.

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