All about communication @ Springest

Feb 18, 2016 · Amsterdam, Netherlands

On February 18th, we will be hosting our second meetup of 2016. Springest Amsterdam will be the host and sponsor for the evening. This week it's all about communication!

Springest is an independent comparison website for training programmes and courses, where L&D providers place their offers allowing you to view, compare and find your ideal course.

Event Schedule:

• 18:00 Doors open; with drinks, snacks and Pizza
• 19:00 Introduction
• 19:15 Liz Hubertz - Social Engineering: Communication Skills for Fun and Profit
• 20:00 Break
• 20:30 Zoe M. Gillenwater - Show vs. Tell in UX Design
• 21:15 Drinks and snacks, sponsored by Springest 
• 22:30 Room cleared

Social Engineering: Communication Skills for Fun and Profit - Liz Hubertz

When you think of a programming genius, what stereotype comes to mind? Most of us imagine a shy, reclusive Richard Hendricks from HBO’s Silicon Valley, or his often abrasive technical cofounders Gilfoyle and Dinesh.

But should we accept that social skills are incompatible with, or unnecessary for, engineering prowess?

In the world of software, we often focus our learning on “hard” technical skills - assuming extroversion is something you’re born with. But as anyone in the business world can attest, effective communication is a skill you can sharpen like any other. In this talk, we’ll discuss concrete tactics to practice your communication skills, helping you collaborate with other developers to tackle larger, more successful projects, work effectively with difficult clients and non-technical stakeholders, and secure the funding and resources you need to get things done.

About Liz

Liz Hubertz graduated Wellesley College in 2011, moving on to pursue digital marketing at the agency level in San Francisco for technical clients McAfee, Intel, Microsoft, and VMware. Inspired by the programming community in Silicon Valley, she taught herself how to code and now works as a web developer at Springest in Amsterdam.

Show vs. Tell in UX Design - Zoe M. Gillenwater

We’ve all heard these “laws” of design: “People don’t read on the web.” “If you have to explain how to use your product, you’ve failed.” “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It seems like our job as designers is to make things as intuitive as possible, using as few words as possible so that the meaning is self-evident through our visual design. But does this always produce the best user experience? Is showing always better than telling? We’ll look at several examples of design from the real world, the web, and apps that use showing, telling, or both as a method for producing the best UX. Rather than just assuming one is always better than the other, learn how to choose the right approach for your particular design problem and users.

About Zoe

Zoe is a senior designer for in Amsterdam, where she gets to have fun with data-driven design and CSS development. She is the author of two books on CSS and visual web design, and last year wrote the chapter on flexbox for Smashing Magazine’s Real-Life Responsive Web Design book.


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• If you'd like to sponsor this or any future NLHTML5 event, contact Paul Verbeek on Twitter (@_paulverbeek
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    Welcome to our front-end meetup group!  We are a group of fanatics of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and related cutting-edge web technologies. We have free meetings that are recorded in case you cannot make it in person. We enjoy food and drinks from our generous sponsors and encourage people to meet before and after the presentations to mingle and meet other HTML5 fanatics.  The venue changes, but is usually located near public transportation. If you can't make it, all talks are available on r...

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