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UX and the City

Jonathan Rez: UX in the City

We live in a predominantly physical world. In our daily lives we traverse urban environments and have interactions within tangible spaces.

These spaces are comprised of physical landscapes, which are inundated with 2D and 3D elements – the lexicon of the city. Careful choreography of such elements ensures that environments communicate information, express meaning, influence our experience and shape our behavior on a daily basis.

The experiences we have within the physical realm are designed by architects and urban planners. Compared with these professions, which have accumulated wisdom spanning millennia, UX is but a toddler. It runs around skillfully, but has much to learn as it matures.

In this presentation Jonathan will share lessons he has learnt along the way, while working with urban planners and architects to create and improve human experiences in the built environment.

Bio: Jonathan Rez – Senior Experience Architect @ Razorfish

Jonathan is an interaction designer who develops engaging, user-friendly experiences and services within digital and built environments.

Jonathan started designing user interfaces for dot-com start-ups while still at university. He attended a cross-disciplinary design program which focused on graphics, products and spaces. His first commercial work out of uni was an interior design project for a Jim Beam themed bar – a design which won a competition for its consideration of customer flow and its use of the space.

This project crystallised his fascination with the interplay between design and psychology, an interest which continues to shape his career. A few dozen website designs and many whiskeys later, he found himself working with urban planners and architects to improve the experiences people have as they traverse and use complex physical spaces, such as hospitals, university campuses and urban districts.

Jonathan holds an MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments. He is a sessional lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Australia where he wrote the course Visual Identity in the Built Environment. He is a regular guest speaker at universities and presents at conferences.

@jzez                                                      Jonathan’s LinkedIn
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