Celebrating its 5th year, The Big (D)esign Conference has become a 4-day regional showcase of learning within the scope of strategy, mobile, user experience, gaming, code development, usability, film animation and design. This year Bottle Rocket played a big role not only through sponsorship but through speakers and hosting a workshop.
To give you an idea of the caliber of speakers this event draws, the closing keynote this year was Brandon Oldenburg, co-founder of Moonbot Studios and Oscar Winner for Best Animated Short Feature in 2012 for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Matt Johnson, VP of Bottle Rocket's gaming division, Thruster, was among the distinguished speakers and presented Effective Analytics: "The Humanity of User Experience", a session that provided a focused discussion about UX for clients and within teams. To take this to the next level, a panel made up of Rocketeers from different disciplines discussed UX within teams at Bottle Rocket. Rocketeers who made up the panel included: James Helms (strategy), Lee de la Houssaye (business development), Sevilla Garza (project management), Chris Thrash (art direction), Brian Drell (iOS development), Tommy Eubanks (quality assurance & usability), and was moderated by conference co-chair and Rocketeer strategist, Adam Polansky.
In addition to Matt's presentation and the Rocketeer panel, we hosted the CrankyTalk Workshop for New Speakers here at our office. The workshop was designed to help UX professionals develop and deliver presentations for future events and was the 5th in a series of workshops run by Dan WIllis, Co-Author of Designing the Conversation who blogs as the UXCrank and Rocketeer Adam Polansky. CrankyTalk participants included Rocketeers Adam Craft and JB Chakowsky.
Check out the Big (D)esign Conference website for more information and stay tuned for next year's big event!