I teach workshops on emerging tech business applications and VR/AR design. A calendar of my speaking appearances is available here. Feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter or LinkedIn if you'd like me to speak at your organization.



The Reality of VR/AR Design: UX Challenges and Considerations

Available as a half-day hands-on workshop, or as a 45 minute - 2  hourlong interactive presentation.

Workshop Description

Consumers are starting to get their hands on mixed reality technology, which means that our role as designers is changing on a larger scale. In consumer-facing VR/AR, we are seeing the rise of immersive computing, supplementing our everyday world of web and mobile computing. In other worlds, our interfaces become 360, beyond the 2D flat screens of web and mobile. As UX professionals accustomed to Adobe CC, Axure, and Sketch, how are we to prototype for VR/AR? What are the UX considerations we must keep in mind when the environment is the interface, and the interface the environment?

This workshop consists of two parts: we'll first establish baseline knowledge in VR/AR to set attendees up for kicking off the hands-on prototyping and design challenge.

To begin with, attendees will learn about the spectrum of VR/AR and the hardware landscape as it relates to use cases. From there, we'll discuss UX guidelines and considerations around input modalities and physical ergonomics, as well as user expectations around the environment versus the interface. I’ll share tools and methodologies for low-/medium-/high-fidelity prototyping, along with my own work examples, so that we can discuss what worked and what didn’t.

In the hands-on design challenge, attendees will put into practice what they learned from the overview. Participants will be given a user problem to solve through prototyping a VR/AR solution, using materials provided. The workshop will conclude with a retrospective discussion of what attendees took away regarding the unique capabilities and constraints of immersive technology.


Learning Objectives

  • Become conversant on current VR/AR landscape
  • Develop an eye for VR/AR use cases
  • Understand UX considerations and challenges unique to VR in contrast to AR
  • Learn tools/methods for low-/medium-/high-fidelity prototyping
  • Apply all this knowledge in a hands-on design challenge (non-competitive!)


Workshop Outline

First 90-120 minutes, flexes based on breakout discussion and questions

  1. VR/AR in context of emerging technology
  2. The realities, explained
  3. Competitive landscape
  4. Why VR/AR matters for your users
  5. Why VR/AR matters for your business
  6. Process and prototyping for VR/AR
  7. UX of VR/AR considerations

Second 60-75 minutes

       8. Hands-on non-competitive design challenge

Third 30-45 minutes

       9. Workshop retrospective/design challenge show and tell


Workshop Appearances




Di’s workshop offered a comprehensive coverage of the various modalities of XR, the current state of the art, and an approachable, sensible way to experiment with prototyping for various hardware without the prerequisite of technical know-how. Our students found the material extremely approachable and the presentation refreshing, helpful and thought provoking.
— Michael Hazani, XR Instructor at CodeSpa | Creative 3D Web Engineer at Magic Leap