Leah Buley

While we’d heard of Leah’s work, first at Barclay’s and then at Adaptive Path, we really weren’t aware of her talents until we saw her present at the IA Summit a few years back. We’d walked into her session—the largest room at the conference venue—to discover the only place to sit was on the floor, right up near the front. It was that full.

Within moments, we knew why. Her delightful presentation style, along with her in-depth expertise, made for an intoxicating session. We just couldn’t get enough.

At the same time, we’d been hearing great things about the approach Adaptive Path was using for their design workshops. Teams everywhere were telling us how it was pushing the envelope on their design capabilities, delivering better results than ever before.

In 2009 and 2010, Leah’s full day workshop, and her featured talk: How to be a User Experience Team of One, were among the highest-rated both years. We knew having her talk more about the Team of One concept—a challenge many of you face— would make for a great virtual seminar.

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Leah Buley

Hunches, Instincts, and Trusting Your Gut

Leah Buley didn’t set out to become a one-woman UX design team. She transitioned gradually from web developer to interface designer, thanks to her knack for recognizing what separates the great from the good— and the ability to explain why. For over 15 years, Leah has helped companies learn to embrace human-centered design.

The challenge for all designers is how to critique the work, your own or someone else’s. Can you translate your gut feelings into a clear, credible point of view and communicate it to others?

Don’t miss your chance to hear Leah share simple techniques for intelligent critiquing, from evaluating information hierarchy to judging the effectiveness of layout, typography, and messaging. You’ll leave feeling more confident about trusting your gut and expressing your opinions.

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Leah Buley

Hunches, Instincts, and Trusting Your Gut

You’ll learn…

  • Assess the effectiveness of layout, typography, messaging, and more by looking at the hierarchy of information
  • Achieve maximum simplicity and conceptual coherence by looking at elements that feel out of place and asking yourself why
  • Examine the success of calls to action and ask, “What can I, the UX designer, do next?”
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Leah Buley

Lean Methods for the UX Team of One

You’ll learn…

  • Self-document. As you’re working, you’re also creating the pieces that you need for the deliverable. Nothing is created that can’t be shared and used.
  • Discourage time wasted on perfectionistic polishing of deliverables. Lowest fidelity necessary.
  • Understand where 20% of the work will bring 80% of the benefit. Designed to help you prioritize.
  • Understand that lean methods are those that do one thing at a time and do it well—answer a question, communicate a concept, establish a next step. Bite sized and with a purpose.
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