Defining UX/UI: The Design Sprint Method

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Please join us for a workshop that will teach designers how to run a design sprint—the third and final event in our three-part series in exploring UX and UI over refreshments at Vibes!

Jeff Blanchard, the Director of Product Design at Highland Solutions, will lead a session on how to make the most out of your design sprint. This session is geared toward attendees of all experience levels - from sprint beginners looking to learn the basics to seasoned sprint facilitators who want to up their game.

Attendees will learn:

  • The value of running design sprints
  • Design sprint variants including 2-day sprints and extended sprints
  • The key principles, component parts, and roles within a design sprint
  • The differences between Collaborative and Participatory sprints
  • How to iterate successive design sprints over the course of a project
  • Design sprint risks and how to mitigate them


Jeff Blanchard has designed products and services across numerous verticals for nearly 20 years. His drive to experiment, learn rapidly through dialog and be inclusive of multiple perspectives comes from founding or being part of several startups and growth-oriented companies. These environments demand continuously trying new things, pivoting from what doesn't create traction, and using all available resources at hand. And a lot of hustle.

He believes that even the best value props are imaginary until the voice of the customer is present, and works with clients to create product experiments that keep the customer perspective front and center.

Jeff leads product experimentation and human-centered design within Highland’s CX practice and has found that collaborative design is highly beneficial, if not critical, to product success.

About Highland

Highland Solutions is a CX agency with a fierce commitment to keeping people at the center of our work. We use our skills in product strategy, custom software development, and CRM implementation to help innovative leaders understand their customers and take smart risks.

We love working with customer-centric, mission-driven organizations who want to adopt the principles of more disruptive businesses to take their impact to the next level.


6 PM — Register and Mingle

6:15 PM — Introduction and Presentation

Ticket Pricing

$10 Student Members

$15 AIGA Members

$20 Non-Members

Code of Conduct

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Special thanks to Megan Jackson and Michael Vaughn Green for planning this event and to Artisan Talent for sponsoring this event.

When & Where
Thu, Oct 17, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
300 West Adams Street
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606