Junior UX Crunch: UX Research

A junior UX meetup. Same top quality content but focused on growing young designers or helping those transitioning to UX.
Wednesday, 11th December, 2019. 18:00 – 21:00. WeWork, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, E1 8FA.

UX research is the systematic investigation of users and their requirements, in order to add context and insight into the process of designing the user experience. UX research employs a variety of techniques, tools, and methodologies to reach conclusions, determine facts, and uncover problems, thereby revealing valuable information which can be fed into the design process.

Join us as we sit down for another fantastic evening of theoretical insight, case studies, networking and more!




Ticket only event

Please make sure you purchased a ticket to secure your place! Price includes entry to the event, plus drinks (Beers, Wines, Soft Drinks).

Important please note – tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE as we have limited seating and have to purchase the correct amount of drink.


The Junior UX Crunch

As of January 2018, The UX Crunch split to offer this new event, exclusive to creatives entering the world of Experience Design.

These events will offer a large variety of topics, all geared toward building confidence in the soft and technical areas which comprise the UX Design skillset; planning ahead to your first role in the industry. We will be joined by design leaders to understand how they hire & develop their design teams, as well as discussing how to add value to the design process and document your experiences.
To find out more about what The Junior UX Crunch is all about, click here. Or join our meetup group.


Our Partners

UX Design Institute

The UX Design Institute is the global leader in UX education and certification, offering the word’s only fully online, university accredited diploma in UX design. Our mission is to offer a world-class education to the next generation of UX professionals and leaders. UX design plays a vital role in harnessing and shaping the power of ever-evolving technology. Our courses will shape the great designers of the future to better serve individuals, businesses and society.


The Event

Doors are opening at 6pm, with introductions at 6.20pm and talks beginning at 6.30pm sharp. There is a lot to get through and we’ll have a tight schedule, so please arrive on time to avoid missing the first talk.

6.00pm – 6.30pm: Drinks and Networking
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Intro and Talks 1 & 2
7.30pm – 8.00pm: Drinks and Networking
8.00pm – 9.00pm: Talk 3 & Q&A Panel Discussion
9.00pm: Leave venue & head to The Culpeper for continued networking.


Talks & Discussion Points

Kathryn McDonnell – User Experience Specialist – Elsevier
Kathryn is Head of UX Research at Elsevier, a scientific publisher and data analytics company. Kathryn started her UX journey in 1999 working for a usability consultancy for clients such as banks, media and telecoms. She decided to leave the agency world in 2003 and go client side to a legal publisher via a brief stint at the BBC working on their digital TV platform.

At Elsevier, Kathryn now works on products used by scientific researchers throughout the world and has conducted research in several continents with users ranging from undergraduate students to space scientists. A hazard of the job is never being able to say no to someone trying to do a survey with her – she knows how hard it is to get the right number of participants!

Kathryn will present an overview of different UX research methods, how to decide which method to use and examples from work in the field.

Andrew Lytton – UX Specialist – Biglight

As a UX specialist at Biglight, Andrew focuses on customer experience optimisation for a number of e-commerce clients. He uses a combination of data analysis and qualitative research to understand what activities will have the biggest impact in addressing user needs.

Combining qualitative and quantitative insights to maximise our chances of success
Andrew will present methods we can use to combine first hand user insights with quantitative analysis. To both prioritise the issues we tackle and maximise the chances of success in design and testing.

Greta Castellana – Product Designer – Helix Centre

Greta is a Product Designer working for end-of-life care projects at Helix Centre, an innovation design studio based inside a London hospital. She is responsible for conducting and translating research into products that support one of the most advanced children’s hospice in the world.

Prior to Helix, Greta was designing tools and data visualisations at Interactive Things in Zurich, and building digital services and products for various clients, including Google, A.C. Milan, Red Bull, Aprilia.

Greta set out to make children’s hospice care more innovative and human. Her team has been scoping out possibilities for design & technology to support families and children at the end of their lives. They soon became aware of the lack of information around children palliative care. Therefore they needed to get the real picture on the ground.

Spending time doing research in hospices and interacting with people using care services allowed Greta and her team to define the problem space and work on possible solutions.

With her talk, Greta will present the challenges and process of researching and designing for the end.



  1. Gustavo Teixeira

    29th June 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Hi There!

    Gustavo Teixeira here, can’t seem to find the order button. So unable to buy the ticket, how can I solve this problem?

    One more thing, I’m new to the world of Ux and Ui, so was wondering if it will help me as a motion designer, get a clear idea on how to transit from one profession to the other.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon


    Gustavo Teixeira

    • Mike

      1st July 2019 at 11:20 am

      Hi Gustavo,

      Thanks for messaging in!

      Would you be able to send me a screenshot (mike@techcircus.co.uk) of the ticket tailor widget as you see it? We can generate a ticket for you but it would be good to identify what the error is so that I can contact Ticket tailor support!

      And yes, the Junior UX Crunch is a great place to get an introduction to the world of UX/UI. A lot of our attendees are just starting out in the field or looking to transition from another. This event in particular (Junior UX Crunch: UX Fundamentals) will be teaching some of the basics of working in UX/UI.

      The atmosphere is also very relaxed and social so you can probably find out from the other attendees how it would be possible for you to transit across.


  2. Tony Biebuyck

    4th December 2019 at 7:37 am

    I really regret that I can’t make this event on 11 December because I have a meeting with one of the health ux projects in which I’m involved. Will the presentations be available online?

    • Mike

      5th December 2019 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Tony, we request presentations for our resources page from all speakers post event. If the speakers release them, they will be available! Hope that’s OK.


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