Pixel Pioneers Bristol 2018 workshops

Workshops are a great opportunity to dive deeper into a subject and learn from the best in our industry. 

I'm therefore delighted to be able to offer two excellent bootcamps as part of the second annual Pixel Pioneers Bristol conference. The very limited early bird bundles in particular are very affordable, ensuring that even teams and freelancers with tight budgets can take advantage of two full-days of training, talks and networking.  

Here's what you can expect from the workshops:

Easy and Affordable User Testing

I'm really excited that UX consultant Ida Aalen will not only give a talk at Pixel Pioneers Bristol, but also teach a full-day workshop on user testing. You'll leave ready to user test even on small budgets and little time.

Everyone wants to make intuitive products. But you can’t really know they’re intuitive, if you haven’t tested them with actual users. So why don’t we user test more often? It might be because we think we’re lacking the time, budget, equipment or simply the knowledge to do it. But that doesn’t have to be true.

UX consultant Ida Aalen has 10 years of experience with user testing, and after making the move to go freelance and start her own company, she’s learned how to fit user testing into any budget.

After this hands-on and interactive workshop, you'll be ready and excited to do user testing on your own. It will give you a theoretical foundation and show you how to try out techniques in practice. All done on little time, with no need for fancy equipment or help from expensive consultants.


  • Tools and methods: Get to know 7 easy and affordable techniques to do user testing
  • Planning and prioritising: When and what should you test?
  • Tasks and moderating: How do you make sure you’re not leading users during the test?
  • Recruiting: How many people do you need to test with, and where can you find them?
  • Observation: How should you interpret what you see and take notes during a user test?
  • Analysis: How can make sure your usability findings lead to actual improvements?


This workshop is ideal for UX and UI designers, web designers, product managers or anyone else who wants to add user testing to their toolkit or improve their user testing skills.

No previous knowledge is required, and even if you do have experience with user testing, you’ll pick up tips on how to do it more efficiently and with limited resources.

To go with the theme of the workshop, we've made the tickets super-affordable: they're just £179 including VAT! Secure yours now!

Psychology for UX and Product Design

Last year user experience and product management consultant Joe Leech gave one of the most popular talks at the inaugural Pixel Pioneers conference. Now he's back with a workshop that will provide you with a practical, hands-on way to understand how the human brain works and apply that knowledge to UX and product design. 

You know some things are ‘good design’ and some things are ‘bad design’ for UX but have never been quite sure why? Learn the psychological principles behind how our brain makes sense of the world and apply that to product and user interface design.


Through a series of fun, practical exercises you’ll learn:

  • Psychology and interaction design. How to evaluate and design interactions such as search, navigation and ecommerce using psychology
  • Psychology and user experience. How humans build models of the world and how to build your product around those models
  • Psychology and the dark arts. Persuasive design, cognitive biases and other brain hacks. Do they really work? We’ll look how to apply them in practise and explore the ethics involved.
  • Evaluating, improving and innovating digital products based on psychology
  • Mapping and designing the details using a psychological approach
  • Loads of little psychology tidbits that will improve a design and make you a bettּer designer


  • Design products, apps and websites that match how people think and behave
  • Find, understand, evaluate and apply psychology theory to digital product design
  • Make better, informed design decisions and advocate to the wider team using psychology theory

Come to the workshop and you’ll able to put psychology into practice as soon as you get back to the office.

Tickets to Joe's workshop on Thursday, 7 June 2018 are £269, and if you get your hands on a conference and workshop bundle, you'll pay just £349 in total, saving you £45!

Check out the schedule for the rest of the lineup featuring Heydon Pickering, Sarah Richards, and Laurence Penney. Topics covered include content design, variable fonts, inclusive design, perceived performance, and lots more.