‘Small Talks: UX For New Tech’ – Internet Of Things @ Mutual Mobile

UX Small Talks brings themed stories from industry experts to the local Austin design community. 2017 theme is 'UX for new Tech.' We will feature 3 digital tech start ups during 2017, showcasing their digs, process, and followed by Q&A.

For our second event on April 26th we will be discussing Internet of Things and Omnichannel Design @ Mutual Mobile. Voice, Chatbots, IoT, Virtual Reality. How does design evolve with new platforms that challenge us to think beyond the classic visual interface. How do the rules change when we shift from visual to auditory interactions



Dennis Pierce
Director of User Experience

Dennis Pierce is a UX principal consultant for a broad range of consumer and enterprise clients including Fortune 50 & Fortune 100 companies. Dennis has more than 20 years experience creating elegant user experiences that reinvent how people, brands and businesses engage the world through a myriad of digital interfaces and emerging technology platforms. Pierce combines deep design, development, and domain expertise to explore and define custom, native mobile applications, mobile web solutions, and voice applications that connect people and enhance transactions.


Frank Ramos
Senior Visual Designer

Frank Ramos has been in the creative industry for 12+ years. He’s done work for a wide range of media from video game environment art, VFX for feature film, motion graphics, and UI/UX design. Frank is now the Lead designer and UI/UX designer for the MutualMobile VR department that is quickly and furiously making waves in the VR enterprise space.

Twitter: @FranksandTanks


Kristin Sheppard
Director of Content

Kristin Sheppard has 15+ years copywriting experience and a background in platform-building for publishing, tech, and pharmaceutical brands. Her blog Mad Betty has been recognized as a well-known sources for Austin pop culture, and she’s spoken at SXSW Interactive, Austin Startup Week, WordCamp, and Byte of Texas.

Twitter: @MadBettyATX


Thaddeus Ternes
Consulting Architect

Thaddeus is a Software Engineer with a broad range of experiences, including developing user interfaces on macOS and iOS, writing drivers for embedded Linux devices, and building scalable backend applications for the world's largest domain registrar. Most recently, his work has centered around multi-channel applications where voice is combined with traditional UI and connected devices.

Twitter: @Thaddeus


Moderator - Hal Riley
Chief Design Officer

Hal Riley is the Chief Design Officer at Mutual Mobile. Classically trained in graphic design he has carved a 20+ year, award-winning career as a strategic, team-oriented, future-driven problem solver for some of the largest brands and most influential companies in the world.

Twitter: @HalRiley



Mutual Mobile is an emerging tech agency that develops breakthrough digital applications for a more connected world. They push brands to solve tough problems with innovation.
Twitter: @MutualMobile

Host: Dario Fidanza, Designer. AIGA's UX Small Talks Chair
Twitter: @ArtAwake

Location: 206 E. 9th St., Austin TX - 15th floor

Free for members - $5 to non-members

When & Where
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Mutual Mobile Inc
206 East 9th Street
15th Floor
Austin, TX 78701