Let's meet up virtually: UX Research Meetup & Event Guide May 2022
Check out this May's virtual talks, meetups, networking events, and conferences around UX Research. 🔍
This guide focuses on pure UX Research events and doesn’t include general UX events on purpose. Also, we focused on events that are primarily held in English. Most of the included meetups are free, but we also added some announced events with a comparatively low fee and specific UX Research conferences.
Did we miss one? Let us know via email@example.com and we're happy to add it! ✉️
- May 02 | Lessons Learned from 40 Years in UX // UX Book Passion Talk 🆓
- May 03 | May 2022 UXGA Meetup: Intro to A/B Testing 🆓
- May 04 | Setting Up an Effective, Flexible Taxonomy for UX Research 🆓
- May 09 | Product Management for UX People // UX Book Passion Talk 🆓
- May 10 | CCX May22 Bet you didn’t know you’re a (UX) philosopher? with Tim Dixon 🆓
- May 12 | UX Research “Murder Mystery” Interactive Workshop 🆓
- May 12 | You Can "Always" A/B test 🆓
- May 12 | Evangelizing UX Research: How to communicate what we do 🆓
- May 13 | Breaking Into a UX Research Role 🆓
- May 14 | Design Conclave 2022: UX Psychology 🆓
- May 16 | Strategic Storytelling // UX Passion Talk 🆓
- May 17 | UXR Meetup: Roberta Dombrowski (User Interviews) & Laura Holder (interfacewerk) 🆓
- May 18 | Tackling Taboo: User Research in SexTech 🆓
- May 19 | Using Product Excellence and Critical User Journey to improve mature products 🆓
- May 24 | Episode 107: PM, UX and DEV, the perfect trio? 🆓
- May 24 | UX Breakfast in May - Best techniques for generating ideas 🆓
- May 27 | Book Club: "Why We Fail" by Victor Lombardi 🆓
- May 27 | A Caring and Candid Live Feedback Session for UX Research Resumes 🆓
- May 28 | UXPA May Meeting: Shifting customer-centric platitudes into action 🆓
- May 30 - Jun 01 | UXinsight Festival 22
Lessons Learned from 40 Years in UX // UX Book Passion Talk 🆓
"E-meet John Scott Bowie and hear his story behind the book 'Navigating the Politics of UX: Strategies and Stories from 40 Years in the Trenches'
I've discovered that skilled UX practitioners often find their best efforts thwarted by political obstacles. Either they haven't learned how to deal with a corporate culture that doesn't fully grok the value of UX, or they have yet to develop working relationships with other functional teams that are essential for UX initiatives to succeed..."
May 2022 UXGA Meetup: Intro to A/B Testing 🆓
"I will explain what A/B testing is and then go over the basic ingredients that go into designing a useful and reliable A/B test."
Setting Up an Effective, Flexible Taxonomy for UX Research 🆓
"A good tagging taxonomy is the foundation of an effective research repository. But what makes a taxonomy “good”? And how do you create a system that will work for your organization?
Join Sina Schreiber, UX Researcher & Content Strategist at Condens, and Roberta Dombrowski, VP of User Research at User Interviews, for a structured discussion and practical tips on how to create an effective taxonomy..."
Product Management for UX People // UX Book Passion Talk 🆓
"E-meet Christian Crumlish and hear his story behind the book 'Product Management for UX People'
"Why is a product Manager telling me what to do?" "Plus, how is software even a product?" "What do product managers want and why are they so frustrating?" Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? Meet product managers where they live. They make decisions all day long. They don't get to say "it depends."..."
CCX May22 Bet you didn’t know you’re a (UX) philosopher? with Tim Dixon 🆓
"Our May CCX event will be a great chance to hear from Tim Dixon PhD, (lead researcher for Jira at Atlassian) who will be presenting a recent talk that he gave at UX Australia Design Research conference earlier this year. Tim’s Talk is called: Bet you didn’t know you’re a (UX) philosopher? Improving our craft by exploring our past.
What is the research tradition that underpins the world of UX we know today? How has the current understanding of our discipline inherited ideas from its history? And what can we learn from some of those ideas that have come before us? We'll explore 150 years' of ideas and more in this journey that will help us ladder up from sympathy, to empathy, to compassion for our craft and our clients/customers."
UX Research “Murder Mystery” Interactive Workshop 🆓
"Imagine this – you are shedding the work day to now solve a mystery with friends, old and new. As you unravel clues to build a more insightful team, you will create a sense of community around gathering and interpreting data, and feel empowered to share insights.
Join us for an interactive workshop, led by Meg Young, with a “murder-mystery” theme – all about how to leverage different data sources throughout your research and design cycles."
You Can "Always" A/B test 🆓
"Almost anything can be subjected to A/B testing. Websites, emails, ads, and even app interfaces are frequently tested. Besides, there are tons of different variables that can be manipulated to generate variants for the test. But before you decide what to do an A/B test on, here are some things to take into account.
This is a practical presentation for those looking for an intro to AB testing and to its possible alternatives if AB testing is not on the table."
Evangelizing UX Research: How to communicate what we do 🆓
"You might have perfected how you explain your job as a UX Researcher to a friend, but what about to stakeholders within your organization? It can be challenging to accurately capture all we have to offer. Join Director of UX Research, Marieke McCloskey, and 3 members from the LinkedIn UX Research team (Anthony Selkowitz, KK Del Riego, and Batu Sayici) in a panel conversation on what has, and hasn’t, worked well for us. We’ll cover when the best time is to engage partners, whom to align with on what, and what slides and mental models we’ve used to explain UXR."
Breaking Into a UX Research Role 🆓
"Demand for UX researchers is booming. But what qualifications, education, experience, talents, and strengths do candidates need? How can someone chart a course to a full-time gig as a professional UX researcher? And what is the day-to-day job like? Nir Solomon is a full-time UX researcher now, but wasn’t always one. Nir will share his journey from school, to behavioral therapy, to coding/development, to vision science, and finally to his current role as a full-time UX researcher."
Design Conclave 2022: UX Psychology 🆓
"We are elated to be hosting the DESIGN CONCLAVE 2022. The theme for the day is “UX Psychology”, and will be filled with talks given by experienced designers from the industry, and fun interactive sessions!
Register now to stay updated, and know more about the speakers and the agenda for the day."
Strategic Storytelling // UX Passion Talk 🆓
"E-meet Leslie Forman and learn about how to apply techniques from improv and film to your UX work
Strategic storytelling is one of the most important skills for UXers of all levels and industries. In this session, Leslie will share three different ways one might approach telling the story of a project, depending on the audience and goals."
UXR Meetup: Roberta Dombrowski (User Interviews) & Laura Holder (interfacewerk) 🆓
We will have two exciting talks about UX Research and time to network after that.
Roberta Dombrowski, VP of User Research at User Interviews will speak about the enablement of people who do research and the right framework for your team. Laura Fiona Holder, Senior UX Consultant at interfacewerk GmbH, will walk us through a recent UX Research project that included a lot of research conduction onsite, bringing the researchers on a construction site themselves.
Tackling Taboo: User Research in SexTech 🆓
"People lie about sex. They often overestimate their sex lives or ignore you altogether, making it difficult to get the deep customer insights necessary to build useful products. Lex will take you on a journey: a quest to constantly evolve taboo research methods. This talk about User Research and SexTech will cover: What is sex tech? Why is user research important for sex tech products? The methods of taboo research, Privacy in UX Research."
Using Product Excellence and Critical User Journey to improve mature products 🆓
"Product Excellence (PE) is Google's company-wide initiative that started in 2014, which goal is to emphasize the importance of user experience and product details. Product Excellence was widely adopted across many product lines since introduced, resulted in improvements of product experience, development process, product measurements and cross-team collaboration. This workshop will introduce Product Excellence and Critical User Journey, using industry examples and practical methods, so that participants can learn to adopt PE in their own work."
Episode 107: PM, UX and DEV, the perfect trio? 🆓
"How can we involve different competencies in product discovery and at the same have a fast and efficient process? We will discuss how we have introduced and been working with a “Product Trio” (PM, UX, Dev) at Hemnet and share our learnings on what has worked and what challenges we have experienced.
Michelle Rea has many years of experience working within product development in both the U.S. and Sweden and has spent the last 4 years at Hemnet, the world’s most popular property portal.
Carl Törnquist is a UX-designer working with user research, design and product discovery at Hemnet for the past two years. He has previously worked as a consultant both as a designer and a frontend developer."
UX Breakfast in May - Best techniques for generating ideas 🆓
"In May we'll be talking about what techniques are best for generating ideas. Timing is casual (arrive and leave when it's convenient). You pick your menu. :) These conversations are free flowing and as always, please bring other topics you'd like to discuss. We generally chat about UX research (ethnography, interviews, diary studies, usability testing), accessibility, prototyping, AI/robots, working in UX and managing teams,"
Book Club: "Why We Fail" by Victor Lombardi 🆓
"After a hefty break, the Ladies That UX Book Club is diving back in! Come join us Thursday, May 26, 2022 for a discussion of "Why We Fail: Learning from Experience Design Failures" by Victor Lombardi. We'll be discussing chapters 1-5. About the book: Just as pilots and doctors improve by studying crash reports and postmortems, experience designers can improve by learning how customer experience failures cause products to fail in the marketplace. Rather than proselytizing a particular approach to design, Why We Fail holistically explores what teams actually built, why the products failed, and how we can learn from the past to avoid failure ourselves."
A Caring and Candid Live Feedback Session for UX Research Resumes 🆓
"There's a lot of information out there about resumes. Come learn what resumes should contain, how they should look & how to "beat the bots". (...) Join career strategist and coach Amy Santee for live feedback on real UX researcher resumes from current practitioners and people transitioning from academia and other fields. Based on insights from her work with successful job seekers, Amy will set the record straight (in a candid and caring way) on how to effectively talk about your experience, skills, and impact, and dispel common myths and misinformation."
UXPA May Meeting: Shifting customer-centric platitudes into action 🆓
"Join us for UXPA Boston's May meeting as Janelle Estes discusses how we can shift customer-centric platitudes into action."
UXinsight Festival 22
"Europe’s largest user research conference is opening its doors again. Attendees are invited to join their in-person conference in the Netherlands or to be part of the event virtually. Besides the talks and workshops, UX Insight Festival stands out with its interactive sessions that help you make new research friends. The sixth festival focuses on Growth - either personal career growth, growing the UX research field or UX research communities."