Active talks

If your event or organisation is interested in any of these talks, please contact me on Twitter or via email (hello /AT/

Crossing Over: A Journey From Developer To UXer

What is it like to change roles in the tech industry? What else goes on besides coding? Follow me as I trace my career from developer to user researcher, from junior to senior and back again, and learn about the software development process from both sides of the fence.

This talk covers why I wanted to be a developer, why I stopped, what it’s like being a user researcher and lessons I learnt about culture and perceptions of different skill sets.

Available as a 30 min talk.

Uncomfortable Experiences In Digital Games

While there is an increasing amount of research in the player experience area, little work has been done specifically around discomfort in digital games and what this means. This talk covers two studies that look at the experience, causes and motivations behind the play of games that induce discomfort. An analysis of Steam reviews and a follow-up questionnaire study focusing on asking participants about uncomfortable experiences in Darkest Dungeon, Papers Please and Fallout 4 were used to try and define discomfort; this talk will discuss what was found and what this means for game design and player experience.

This talk is based on my Master’s dissertation, more information about that can be found on the Games Research page. It is 30 minutes long and has been given at Manchester Barcamp and London Unread Meetup. Find the video here

Mental Health in Agile Workplaces

Most of us will be affected by a mental health issue at some point in our lives, and this high-pressure, fast-paced industry can make coping difficult. We all want to do our jobs well, but sometimes we need a bit of extra support. This talk will explain why people can struggle and how to change touchpoints like meetings, code review and timesheets to make the day-to-day easier to navigate. We will cover how to start conversations with people in your team and how small changes in language can make a big difference.

This talk is a 30 minute conference talk and has been given at Alterconf and PyconUK as well as internally at work.

Asking about Gender

Only available on a consultant/paid basis, contact for fees

As we move towards more customised experiences for our users, why do we still insist on using the black boxes of male and female when asking users about their gender? And why are we asking for it in the first place? Between 1 and 5 percent of the UK population identifies as having a non-binary gender or are transgender. This talk aims to help developers ask users about their gender in a useful and sensitive manner; educate on what non-binary means and what other issues non-binary and gender variant users may face when using the web.

Render 2016 - Chad Gowler from White October on Vimeo.

This talk comes in many variants; 5 minute lightning talk, 30 mins conference talk, 1 hour conference talk and 90 minute workshop. Slides are hosted on

This has been given at conferences (Talk UX, PyconUK, Render Conf, Scotland JS, UX Scotland), usergroups (Ladies that UX, NUX, Merseycode), companies (Lost Your Name, Ministry of Justice Digital) and universities (Edinburgh, York).

Inactive talks

Asking Users Who They Are

Accessibility and HTML 101

Teaching Web Development