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Speaker Series: Emotional Design with Paul Weaver

09/12/2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All design elicits an emotion, but how many people today design their solutions with the customer’s emotion in mind?

In this talk, Paul will be discussing the principles of emotional design, both from his own experiences and learning at Nintendo, Ion Storm and Disney, as well as highlighting other best practices he has picked up along the way. Showing both in-game and in-app examples of emotional design in play, attendees will hopefully walk away with some new perspectives to apply to their future design work.


About Our Presenter:


Paul Weaver is Vice President of User Experience at Cerner Corporation, a supplier of health information technology (HIT) solutions and services, based in Kansas City. Prior to joining Cerner, Paul has enjoyed an extensive career of over twenty years in both design and project management, predominantly in the video game industry, but also in the fields of Education, Language Learning and Serious Games. Paul started his career at Rare / Nintendo in 1995, co-designing Donkey Kong Country 3 and from there he has worked at some of the world’s most prolific game studios, including Ion Storm, Visual Concepts and Junction Point, where he directed Disney’s acclaimed, best-selling single platform title, Disney Epic Mickey.

As well as his game industry successes, Paul has had notable accomplishments in more serious industries, including the creation of a line of children’s education apps, the redesign of Rosetta Stone’s flagship language learning app, a VR medical study related to pain management and the creation of a simulation for the US Navy to help train crewmen on the launch sequence of planes from an aircraft carrier. In his spare time, as well as enjoying spending time with his wife and two children, Paul is an avid amateur photographer and has used his pictures to help raise money to build a basketball court for a school in Rwanda.


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Key Details:

  • Cost at the door is free for UXPA members (Associate or Global – join today), Cerner Associates, or Students, and $5 for non-UXPA Members and guests – all funds support UXPA KC event and operating fees (and additional donations are, of course, heartily welcomed)
  • Reserve tickets via Eventbrite
  • Mingling starts at 6:00 PM, speaker starts shortly after 6:30 PM
  • If you have venue leads, or want to participate as a panelist or speaker, let us know!

We are currently searching food sponsors for this event – if you happen to know of/own a great venue or are willing to set us up with dinner for the night please contact us at:  hello@uxpakc.org

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