Get ready to visually jam to create better user experiences for clients, better working tools for colleagues, and better professional experiences for yourself at UX Sketch Camp NYC. I am delighted to be part of the team that will make UX Sketch Camp NYC a reality, and I look forward to getting some ink on my fingers with you this fall at what will be an epic gathering in the Big Apple.
Sketch Camps have been popping up all over the place and we are finally getting one here in the Center of the Universe. About time.
Q: What’s in it for me?
A: A day of learning, sharing, and jamming with fellow UX practitioners, designers, and entrepreneurs on the topic of how to use hand drawn pictures, notes, and diagrams to get better results for clients and for yourself.
Q: How did UX SketchCamp NYC come about?
A: Marc Niola, a UX practitioner with experience in China and NYC met Dean Meyers and myself at the Lean Startup Bootcamp Will Evans taught at the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship recently. The idea for Sketch Camp NYC had been brewing in Marc’s head for awhile, inspired by other Sketch Camps which blazed the trail in other cities. One of the motivating ideas behind the workshop was to get an idea out there and make it real, fast. In this light, we decided the Bootcamp was the perfect launchpad to get set Sketch Camp NYC in motion. We reached out to MJ Broadbent (IXDA Treasurer, sketchmeister, and all around wonderful human) to join our effort and the seed of UX Sketch Camp NYC was born.
Q: What is going to happen at UX Sketch Camp NYC?
A: We are still finalizing the program, but this much is for sure: it’s going to be hands on, with lots of opportunity for your active participation. All comfort levels with Sketching welcome. You will delve into the how and the why of sketching in a UX context, with ample time for you to practice what you learn and share what you know.
Q: Where is it going to happen?
A: We are exploring venues now. If you have a lead on a good venue (e.g. you work for a company that has the right kind of space for this kind of event), please email me at jonny (at) envizualize.com
Q: When is it going to happen?
A: Once we have a venue, we’ll be able to schedule the time. Sometime before Thanksgiving.
Q: Can I sign up now?
A: Sign up on our invite list and we will keep you updated with the latest as we know it.
Sketchcamp is brought to you by
NYC based Visual Coach Jonny Goldstein helps people achieve personal and business breakthroughs. He does this through coaching, workshops, and social drawing. Jonny’s coaching clients come from technology, design, and entrepreneurial backgrounds. They have called their visual coaching experiences “awesome” “productive” and “weirdly therapeutic.” When not coaching and teaching workshops, Jonny creates memory-boosting information murals summarizing the ideas bouncing around meetings and conferences. He performs at events such as Ignite NYC with visual essays about identity in the age of big data, primal fear, and new interfaces for tombstones. Jonny is a proud graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program where he created an electronics embedded bodysuit which let him speak with his future self (in the future, Jonny will still get beaten in foosball by practically everyone). His interest in creating memorable experiences led him to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship where he took 2nd place in the speed cards competition and in the Mind Sports Olympiad where he won the silver medal in mind mapping. He is proud to warp designers of the future as a visiting instructor at the University of the Arts Masters of Industrial Design Program. He is currently Visualizer in Residence at New Work City. More about how Jonny helps people like you rock at envizualize.com
Marc is a veteran Experience Architect with clients including: Publicis Kaplan Thaler, L’OREAL, Softsheen | Carson, Garnier and Melissa & Doug. He is highly active in the NYC UX community, leading NYC UX Acrobatics Meetup since 2012 and founding UX Sketch Camp NYC, as well as evangelizing UX principles to several start-ups, non-profits and SME.
Marc is also a regular speaker, particularly on the topic of UX Strategy and Service Design, with recent talks and workshops at 3rd Ward Brooklyn and NYU. He is also a leading member of NYC UXPA and when not coaching and problem-solving you can try to catch him riding his bike around NYC.
Mary Jane (MJ) Broadbent is a New York City-based design consultant who has been creating elegant visual solutions to complex problems for over 20 years. With a background in print communications, MJ began working in interactive design in 1996. She was named the first Director of Information Architecture at the Silicon Alley pioneer agency Icon Nicholson, where she helped establish information architecture and human-computer interaction as strategic practice areas within the cross-disciplinary product development process. MJ’s design expertise and leadership has benefited organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bookspan (now DirectGroup Bertelsmann), The College Board, Empire BlueCrossBlueShield, H&R Block, Liquidnet, The McGraw-Hill Companies (Standard & Poor’s), Pfizer, Sony Electronics, and the United Nations. MJ coaches professionals in reclaiming their innate drawing skills: workshops at Interaction10, Interaction12, UX Australia, UX Week, and custom corporate training. She is in her second term as an IxDA Director (Treasurer) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
Visual problem-solver Dean Meyers combines creativity, design, marketing and training experience to facilitate visual thinking in a wide variety of business, educational and strategic settings. Dean distills his knowledge into simple principles and methods for decision-making and problem solving with visual tools. Dean employed his early training in visual and musical arts while working for Apple when they launched the first graphical user interface-based computer (Macintosh) in 1984. He moved into web design and development in advertising agencies and marketing companies in New York as the revolution in web development for business and commerce began in the mid-90s. Most recently, Dean has turned his professional focus on using visual facilitation across many disciplines, from user experience design to pharma and health, business, science, social and mass media, marketing, and education. He is currently on the Board of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and a founding leader of VizThink NYC, holding regular workshops on using visual thinking methods to improve communication, business processes and life-skills for professionals. He is often seen graphically recording large-scale events focused on innovation (World Innovation Forum-NY, Pop!Tech, Business Innovation Factory, TEDMED), while also using the latest digital/online technology to run workshops, training and consulting on visualization for strategy and problem-solving across many disciplines.