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IxDA Boston | Elegant Complexity: Designing Feature-Rich, Usable Systems

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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As UX professional and designers, we are and have been trained to seek simplicity. Simplicity, it seems, is always better than complexity; we reflexively and instinctually know and accept that as a near axiom.

However, as we are confronted with an increasingly complex world requiring complex processes and interactions, how do we reconcile the need to manage massive complexity with the instinct to design for simplicity?

Enterprise B2B solutions in the worlds of finance, healthcare, risk management, ERP, CRM, process control and more, demand increasing features and force us to rethink simplicity at scale.

Payman Khodabandehloo, Principal UX Designer at TIAA-CREF,  will talk to us about the management of complexity as a design goal in large enterprise systems, and his endeavor to discover if and how feature-richness and simplicity can truly coexist.


  • 6:00-7:00pm  Networking – food and refreshments will be provided.
  • 7:15-8:00pm  Presentation by Payman Khodabandehloo
  • 8:00pm+  After-event Drinks and Networking at a local bar & restaurant to be announced at the event


Getting To the Event and Parking

After 5 PM at the underground garage at One Federal Street is $12. There is also very limited street parking. One Federal Street is also a short walk from the Downtown Crossing and State Street T stations.

About Our Speaker

Payman Khodabandehloo started his career in photofinishing, imaging post-production and motion picture special effects. When that business became about software, he too got immersed in software that revolutionized the beautiful still and moving visuals that surround us, first as a power user and eventually as a product designer.

With the advent of the World Wide Web, he made the switch to designing enterprise software and has been searching for ways in which lessons learned from the highest forms of imaging and graphics design can inform enterprise decision-making and product user experience.

Payman is the holder of multiple US patents in fields from financial services to software design. When he is not geeking out on complexity, you can find him kayaking and fishing on Bear Hill Pond.

About Our Venue Sponsor

TEKsystems is your partner in transformation. We help clients activate ideas and solutions to take advantage of a new world of opportunity. We are a team of 80,000 strong, working with over 6,000 clients, including 80% of the Fortune 500 across North America, Europe and Asia. As an industry leader in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services and real-world application, we work with progressive leaders to drive change. That’s the power of true partnership. TEKsystems is an Allegis Group company.

About Donations

IxDA Boston is a non-profit organization supported in part by member / attendee donations. We do not charge membership fees. Please contribute to our ability to deliver great interaction and UX programming to the Boston design community by including an optional donation as part of your ticket registration!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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1 Federal Street (21st Floor)
Boston, MA
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