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Putting Chicago UX back on the map at the 2017 UX Awards!


I'm very proud to announce that Eight Bit Studios has put Chicago back on the UX map in this year's User Experience Awards, a summit for exceptional digital experiences.

The best UX teams from around the world compete through a showcase of mobile apps, websites, and software. Entries come from teams big and small including Amazon, Google, GE and SAP labs, among others. Previous winners include MailChimp, American Express, BMW, and Google Cardboard VR labs.

Judges for the summit include UX rockstars like Alan Cooper (considered by many the father of modern UX), Grace Hwang (Partner at IDEO), Itai Vonshak (VP of Design at HP), Jenny Lam (Creative Director at Microsoft), Nick Foster (Head of ID at Google X), Skye Lee (Former Head of UX at FB/OculusVR), among others.

Our winning entry was for a web application and set of mobile apps created for EchoDrive, a new product by Echo Global Logistics, also with Chicago roots. Random aside: they are the U.S.'s Top 10 3PL provider 7 years in a row #dynasty. Eight Bit helped brand, conceptualize, research, architect, design and develop the EchoDrive mobile apps in tandem with the Echo teams. The apps function as a load management system for tracking and communication between drivers, carriers, and transportation professionals.

Learn more about the project in the video below:

The UX Awards are future-oriented and aim to showcase not only the latest and best in this fast-moving industry but also where we’re headed and how to design for the near and distant future. This year's theme was “The Future of UX”.

The Awards span all aspects of “UX”: product design, service design, interaction design, experience design, service design, design strategy, usability, user research, design thinking, information architecture, content strategy, UI design, and increasingly industrial design and urban design when there is a digital component.


Carolyn Chandler, Director of UX

Carolyn Chandler, Director of UX

The awards aim to:

  • Inspire: Showcase incredible work that reveals the future, breadth, and impact of UX.

  • Evangelize: Spread awareness of the essential value of UX

  • Honor the best: Celebrate and reward exceptional UX practitioners and companies for their contributions

  • Lead by example: Advance and evolve the craft of UX as a discipline through exceptional case study examples and speakers

  • Reflect the community: Elevate and gather forward-thinking senior practitioners in a forum of concentrated thought leadership combined with practical insights and approaches to creating exceptional work

  • Show real value: Educate the broader business and technology community about the benefits and ROI of UX.

We are so honored to even be in the same room as this world-class group of digital craftspeople. Many thanks to the judges and staff for an incredible summit. Special thanks to our Director of UX, Carolyn Chandler (pictured above) for representing us and agreeing to speak at the event!

To learn more about the summit, click here.

About the author

John W Ostler (@seahostler) is Co-Founder and Principal of UX & UI at Eight Bit Studios (@eightbitstudios), an award-winning :-D mobile strategy, design, and development studio that focuses on strategizing and executing the visions of visionary leaders and teams across the United States. His teams have helped lead and produce technical and interaction design engagements with brands like UL, Cadbury Adams, Burger King, Motorola, Career Builder, Groupon, Exelon, Sidley Austin, and HSBC. His studio's work has been featured in Advertising Age, USA Today, ProductHunt, Brandweek, The Daily Beast, NewYork Times Tech blog, Mashable.com, and had multiple apps reach in the Top 25 and receive a "New and Noteworthy" nod from Apple.