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Designing for Social Change ... User Experience (UX) Magazine 10.2

(Bloomingdale, IL: May 1, 2011) – In a time when social change and technology are inextricably linked, ten user experience professionals and teams weigh in with case histories and thoughtful asides on the shared theme of the upcoming Usability Professionals’ Association’s Annual Conference (June 20-24, 2011) and World Usability Day (November 10, 2011).

The Designing for Social Change issue of User Experience Magazine includes topics such as:

  • Promoting peace and preventing war with the help of technology.
  • How interactive systems can address the challenges of mental illness.
  • Using Facebook for positive behavior change.
  • Ballot design in New York City.
  • Text messaging, one example of the coevolution of technology and social practice.
  • Experience with non-standard mobile phones in sub-Saharan Ghana.
  • Health care via mobile phones in India.
  • Understanding the changes brought about by ICT in the lives of older people in Scotland.
  • The design methodologies used by the NGO Kopernik when hosting product design workshops in East Timor.
  • Participatory design and training in unfamiliar environments, such as Burkina Faso or Mars.

There’s also a final “What’s News” column by Tema Frank, featuring the Woogie from Griffin Technologies and Iceberg Kids, and a book review by Gerry Gaffney on “Beyond the Usability Lab: Conducting Large-Scale Online User Experience Studies” by Bill Albert, Tom Tullis,and Donna Tedesco.


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For printed copies of the magazine or for PDFs of individual articles, please contact Nicole Tafoya at ntafoya@solutions-for-assoc.com.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

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The Usability Professionals' Association
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Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
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