A color headshot of Josh Riggs.

Our presenter, Josh Riggs

Our Topic

Virgin America. The New York Times. Apple. All three are design leaders and have beautiful websites. Unbeknownst to many of us, they also have gigantic design teams, amazing product or content, and seemingly unlimited budgets – things most of us designers don’t have.

After spending several years designing large-scale responsive websites for Fortune 500 companies with mega-budgets, I now specialize in design for progressive non-profit organizations. The good news is that we can still create kick-ass design for any budget as long as we utilize solid design fundamentals, great communication, and a few tricks up our sleeves.

Some points that I’ll be covering in this talk are:

  • How to effectively iterate on concepts
  • Time-sucks in the design process and how to fix them
  • Great time-saving open source tools
  • Better communication with developers and clients

Our Presenter, Josh Riggs

Josh started his UX design career back in ’02 just like most other designers – by creating a website for his metal band. Since then, he’s been a designer for various interactive agencies, a mega health care conglomerate, and an entertainment-focused Drupal consultancy. He’s currently the Lead UX Designer at Portland-based ThinkShout, where he puts his design skills to work for non-profit organizations doing good in the world.

Originally from Florida, Josh was lured to Portland by Pok Pok’s chicken wings and Blue Star’s donuts. He likes cold weather, long-exposure photography, and has a female dog named Frank.

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Our Venue, ThinkShout

Thanks to ThinkShout for hosting us this month! They are located at 433 NW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97209, Suite 100.

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