Pixel Up! 2016

Thoughts on Africa’s first UX and Design conference held on September 12-14, 2016 at the Turbine Hall in NewTown Johannesburg, South Africa

Lets build it better!

That was very much what I came away with from Pixel Up! 2016.

Pixel Up! is a conference about inspiration and learning about user experience and user interface design; and was held on September 12-14, 2016 at the Turbine Hall in NewTown Johannesburg, South Africa

What a beautiful (conference) venue. A table well set. #pixelup #shaftsoflight #silouette #ux #design #learnaholic

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Now usually at Design and UX conferences there are a number of talks on how to do things and tooling and quite a bit of ego stroking and cat videos, but this conference was different!

All the talks were singing from the same hymn sheet. They were all very much focussed on WHY we need to build things better, and HOW to sell the value of design and get buy in from your clients, stakeholders, and your team members. For me the most challenging and inspirational aspects of the talk focussed on DESIGN THINKING.

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” —Tim Brown, president and CEO, IDEO

It definitely challenged a few processes we currently use here @catsandshepherd but more importantly echoed and re-affirmed our approach and principals. Hearing some of the top professionals in the industry, working at some of the biggest digital organisations [Facebook, Youtube, DropBox and Salesforce] talk through their approach and processes and seeing parallels in how we work here every day is extremely humbling and re-enforced our mantra: “THINKING DIFFERENT”

All in all, I thought the conference was as good as any I have been to in the UK and Europe, with fantastic speakers and we will definitely be going next year if @letspixelup and the team decide to put on another Pixel Up!

Here are some of my favourite tweets from day one

Here are some from day two

And finally, the AMAZING sketch notes of the conference talks by @DylanJones