Recent Speaking Engagements

Drupal Workshop at University of Wisconsin-Milkwaulkee

Friday, January 25, 2013

I'll be teaching a full-day workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaulkee's Center for Technology Innovation. The topic will be an introduction to Drupal project planning and site building. Cost for the workshop is $125 and includes refreshments and lunch. If you're local to the area, stop on by!

UXD Class: General Assembly

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ever wanted to break into UX Design, but didn't have time or money to go back to college? I'll be co-teaching a 12-week UXD course at General Assembly, a new center for technology education located in the middle of Kendall Square in Cambridge. Tuition is reasonable, and class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-January until mid-April—easy to fit into your schedule.

Want to check it out? We have an info session coming up in early January, where you can learn more about the class and register. Hope to see you there!

Drupal Business Summit Boston: Factors to Budget For

Thursday, November 15, 2012

In this presentation, Factors to Consider when Budgeting for a Drupal Implementation, I'll go over the lifecycle of a typical Drupal project, and talk about the things that need to be taken into account when planning projects—from hosting and content administration to front- and back-end development. Cost is free.

Skillshare class: UX Research for the Web and Applications

Thursday, November 8, 2012

In this presentation, I'll discuss two primary aspects of user research—qualitative interviewing and postups/card sorting—and how they relate to and feed various aspects of UX design for the web and applications. Tickets are only $35 for a two-hour class.

Design for Drupal, Boston

Saturday, July 14, 2012 to Sunday, July 15, 2012

Design for Drupal is happening again! From July 14th to 15th, folks will be congregating at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge to talk Drupal, Design and UX. Check out the D4D Boston site to register and submit a session for the camp! (NOTE: You have to Log in or create an account BEFORE you submit a session or register). 

Drupal Workshop at BU Center for Digital Imaging

Saturday, June 23, 2012 to Sunday, June 24, 2012

In this two-day workshop, I'll cover: 

  • A strategy for setting up a local development on the Mac platform for faster development;
  • How to install and configure Drupal 7 on their local development environment;
  • How to talk to clients about information architecture, and what information you need up front to work efficiently in Drupal;
  • How to find the right modules to support your site plan;
  • How to break down a wireframe or design layout, to determine how Drupal constructs content within the site;
  • The basics of setting up content types, blocks and Views (two fundamental activities in Drupal site building);
  • How to choose the right base theme for your project, and create a sub-theme for customization;
  • An overview of the theme layer, LessCSS and theming strategy.

Cost for the workshop is $249 for the general public.

O'Reilly Webcast: Strategic UX for Drupal

Friday, June 22, 2012

In this presentation, part of a series of webcasts to support Drupal for Designers, I'll talk about the process of user experience design for the Drupal CMS, and some specific techniques and tools which can help make the process easier. You will learn: 

  • Why Drupal teams need UX designers, and how to sell strategic UX to your team.
  • How to identify core user groups and recruit participants for user interviews to flesh out your understanding of the site's target audience.
  • Why prototyping directly in Drupal isn't a great idea in the beginning phases of a project—and when going straight to Drupal is a good idea.
  • Specific techniques that can be used in your next project to step up the user experience.

IEEE Panel: Great User Experience = Happy Customers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On June 20th at 6pm, I'll be one of three fabulous UXers speaking about how to use great UX to make your customers happier, increase the popularity of your products, and think about UX beyond just your application or website's interface. Speakers include me, Josh Porter of HubSpot (@bokardo) and Eric Hansen of SiteSpect (@ericjhansen)

O'Reilly Webcast: Talking to Clients about Drupal

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On November 15th, I'll be leading a webinar for O'Reilly Media to promote Planning and Managing Drupal Projects. Topics I'll be covering include: 

  • What to say (and not to) when discussing Drupal with clients;
  • What information you need to put together a strong proposal;
  • Strategies for leading clients through the Drupal design and implementation process.

Slides are available on the Speaking page.

Design4Drupal Boston Session: Using User Experience to Guide Workflow

Saturday, June 19, 2010 to Sunday, June 20, 2010

TZK Founder Dani Nordin presented a session at June's Design for Drupal Camp at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge. The session, called Letting User Experience Guide Workflow, outlines an approach to Drupal development that starts with the site's intended users, identifies specific touchpoints within the site, and uses these touchpoints to identify the most appropriate production workflow. Slides from the presentation are available on Slideshare.

Design for Drupal Boston: Designing a Workflow that Works

Saturday, June 13, 2009

On June 13th, Dani Nordin of the zen kitchen presented Creating a workflow that works: lessons learned from stumbling through a first Drupal site, which covered the differences between working in straight XHTML/CSS and working in Drupal, and looked at taking a content architecture-centered approach to a site from a designers' perspective. The checklist mentioned in the session, which covered standard modules, users and content types as well as site-specific information, is available for download through the link below. 

How Creative Freelancer Conference Webinar

Monday, April 20, 2009

Join Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun for this exploration of what’s successful and what’s not in the world of freelance. She—along with creative independents Patrice Robertie, Amy Weiher and Dani Nordin of the zen kitchen—will offer proven strategies for moving your freelance business forward.

You’ll learn:

  • The attitudes and techniques required to get work right now
  • The most viable industries and market sectors that are growing right now where you can find new clients
  • The strongest and most effective marketing tools, including how to get work through Twitter

Together the panelists cover a range of specialties and experiences—from writing to design to strategy—so no matter what type of freelancer you are, you’re sure to get practical, real-world information you can use to build your own successful freelance career.

Presentation: What makes design "sustainable?"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

On January 22, 2009, Dani Nordin of the zen kitchen spoke about Sustainable Design to a class of design students at New England School of Art and Design in Suffolk University in Boston. Topics included balancing sustainability with the needs and goals of your projects, getting client buy-in on sustainable design, and moving beyond recycled paper and soy inks to rethink the design process with an eye towards minimizing waste. Later in the spring she'll be on the judging panel for the Masters students' thesis projects.

Slides are available on the Speaking page.

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