Leisa Reichelt left the agency and consulting world five years ago in order to concentrate finding ways to help start ups get more access to good user experience consultancy, and to make some good experiences of her own.
She has a background in formal User Centered Design, Design Research and Information Architecture combined with a passion for making these practices more accessible and more successful for companies with limited time or resources, and for those who work using Agile or Lean methodologies.
Leisa’s clients range from the rather large (including Virgin Atlantic, BBC, SonyBMG, HSBC, The Economist, Premier Foods, Pizza Express, Tourism Australia) , to the small but growing (including AMEE, Anobii, Bright Pearl, Moo, Quidco, SkimLinks, TouchNote), to open source communities.
Leisa is a regular speaker and workshop-giver and has spoken at conferences including London IA, UX London, dConstruct, Drupalcon, EuroIA, Future of Web Apps, Web 2.0 Expo, Next, Interesting, GUADEC, Interaction, and Reboot. She has mentored at Seedcamp and coordinates the London UX Bookclub.
Leisa holds a Masters of Interactive Multimedia from the University of Technology, Sydney where she was particularly interested in innovative design research methodologies and the evolution of identity in online communities.
She is writing a book on Strategic User Experience, working on her very own start up, freelance UX consulting, playing with her two small boys, and when time permits and inspiration hits, blogs at Disambiguity.
Prototyping User Experience
This is the tale of a reformed UX Designer who once traded abstraction for prototyping.
Hear why the wireframes were abandoned, how the prototyping happens, the shape of the new and improved UX team, and the great impact on client relations.
Learn how this has worked not only in small start ups but also in large bureaucratic organisations and even central government.
UX Toolkit for Startups
If you’re not sure where to get started with User Experience, here’s a great first step.
In this workshop we will work through the fundamentals of UX design and research and build up an essential toolkit of techniques and tools that will let you make a great start at improving the user experience of your product on a budget.
We’ll cover topics including:
- Using personas for audience identification & prioritisation
- Designing articles, forms and homepages
- Prototyping user experience
- Usability testing your content and design