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High Monkey at the University of Illinois Webcon

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 4/29/2016

April 28, 2016 – 9:45AM

I Hotel and Conference Center

High Monkey just recently sponsored and attend The University of Illinois Webcon in Champaign-Urbana. During the event we had our booth set up and had really great conversations with the attendees, letting them know more about High Monkey as well as just chatting about the web.

High Monkey’s President and Principal Human Solutions Architect, Virgil Carroll was also at the event sharing his deep knowledge of the web with his speaking topic “Negotiating the ‘Stupid’ out of UX Design”. Virgil had a very good turnout for his session with over 90 attendees in the crowd.

The description for Virgil’s sessions read as follows: “One of the most frustrating parts of any web project is the need to balance the ‘wants’ of the business with the ‘needs’ of your visitors. Depending on your internal dynamics, business desires can often override user experience to accomplish the needs of ego stroking, agenda setting and other senseless ‘requirements’. After having worked on many complex projects over the past 18 years, this session will explore the challenging dynamics between balancing internal pressures with common sense UX and teach practical approaches to avoid these situations before they occur, including:

  1. Collaborative activities that can be used to identify truly important business wants and needs and help prioritize appropriately.
  2. Techniques when running into internal stakeholder roadblocks, including using visitor perspectives and objective data to help convince the stubborn and enlighten those in the dark
  3. Increasing project success by learning to ‘teach while gathering’ during your requirements process”

The slide deck can be found HERE.

The University of Illinois Webcon is a growing web learning event in Illinois that includes front and back end developers, designers, and even web architects. Visit to learn more about this event and be sure to keep an eye out for the announcement for the 2017 event!

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

Posted: 4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments