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Friday, May 15 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Taboo UX: Bathrooms (10-minute Talks)

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Talk 1 - Beyond Ladies & Gents: Designing Bathrooms for Gender Fluidity - Patrick Cleary

With transgender rights coming to the forefront of many political messaging, one of the most contentious topics is the segregation of bathrooms.  Are co-ed bathrooms the way of the future? If so, how will signage, layout of facilities, privacy, and other user experience factors come into play to assure that everyone who needs to use the facilities can do so in a comfortable and trouble-free manner?   I will show the various options that have been presented in different parts of the world, explore their pros and cons and invite the audience to vote on various layouts, sign designs, and use factors.

Talk 2 - Microinteractions in the bathroom and beyond
- Eva Kaniasty

You might have heard of microinteractions… single-purpose features that make a big difference. You might be skeptical…. can something that small have a big payoff, or is this the case of yet another buzzword?    To answer this question, let’s go inside a place where stakes are high, and a critical failure can turn a routine experience into a horror story. Our whirlwind tour of restrooms gone wrong will show you why you must pay attention to microinteractions, or risk watching your UX go down the toilet. 

Talk 3 - Traveling UX Adventures - Marli Mesibov

Have you ever eaten shrimp with lawyers? Or enjoyed a hot shower, and steamed up the whole mirror except for a perfect square under your chin? Have you been a guest in a home that checks to make sure your pajamas are kosher?    If you have experienced all of these, you are clearly a world traveler, and you have experienced UX (and a lack thereof) on the road. Ranging from menus that don't double-check their translations (in French, avocat translates to both "lawyer" and "avocado"), to hotels that consider the benefit of a non-fogging mirror, but forget to check their visitors' average height (the Japanese are typically shorter than their international visitors), UX on the road is fraught with bumps. (Or sleeping policemen, if you're British.)    There's nothing like a good trip to make you appreciate the little things.

Talk 4 - To pee or not to pee... that is the question - Joan Wortman

I would like to share stories about the bathrooms I've encountered in my travels. For instance, last year when I presented at UXPA London, I took on a pet project to observe bathrooms around England and Iceland. These days, one has to be a magician to use some of the devices encountered in public bathrooms. I took pictures and cataloged good and bad user experiences.  I've share my bathroom stories with my coworkers and friends, but would be happy to share my bizarre interest with people who don't even know me yet. 

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Chris LaRoche

User Experience Consultant & Senior Lecturer, MIT & Northeastern University
UX geek, researcher, & lecturer. All things Canada

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Patrick Cleary

Director, Knowledge Management, Epsilon
Patrick Cleary is the Director of Knowledge Management at Epsilon, a global marketing company. He is the designer, knowledge manager, and community manager of Ignite, a client-facing community portal, and The Hive, a collaboration and community portal for employees... Read More →
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Eva Kaniasty

UX Consultant, Red Pill UX
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Marli Mesibov

VP, Content Strategy, Mad*Pow
Not many people can say they’ve gotten a speeding ticket for driving too slowly--but Marli sure can! In her defense, the speeding ticket was given in New Zealand, where everyone drives on the wrong side of the road. She’s had adventures (though not speeding tickets!) in 38 countries... Read More →
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Joan Wortman

Senior User Experience Specialist, MathWorks
Joan Wortman is a User Experience Specialist at the MathWorks.  Her educational background includes Fine Arts, Computer Science and UX. She has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing enterprise and consumer software.  

Friday May 15, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm

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