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UPA Monthly: December 2008

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In This Edition

If you would like to learn more about your Board of Directors.

Usability in the News

Why computers are coming home (BBC News, 3 Nov 2008)
"The home computer industry is now where that industry was about a decade ago when phones were relatively rare and expensive."

The future of the click (The Age, 18 Nov 2008)
"Usability experts know it is better to adapt the workings of machines to the way people think than to force people to adapt to the machines."

Why Apple is great at interfaces when others are not (TechRadar, 17 Nov 2008)
"It is not just enough to make using something easy. Windows does that, more or less. When it comes to deciding what choices to make, it helps that a team has a supremely clear vision of the role the technology is going to play in the lives of its users."

A Pop-Up Ad Thatís Less Annoying (NY Times, 12 Oct 2008)
"In 2003, during the golden age of pop-up ads, the advertising research firm Dynamic Logic asked hundreds of people about over-content advertisements: ads that pop up from a Web page, lurk behind it or hover translucently over it like tiny digital storm clouds."

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UPA News & Events

BE COUNTED - UPA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
The 2008 UPA member satisfaction survey is under way. Add your input and help align our strategic five-year plan with the needs and requirements of our members.
For further questions please contact Trent Mankelow - marketing2008@usabilityprofessionals.org

UPA 2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS - FROM PAUL SHERMAN - 2009 UPA PRESIDENT
On behalf of the UPA Board of Directors and the 2008 Elections Committee, I
am pleased to introduce the 2009 UPA Board of Directors.

They are:
Susan Dray
Trent Mankelow
Amanda Nance 
Paul Sherman
Carol Smith
Dan Szuc

Rich Gunther elected in 2008
Alain Robillard-Bastien elected in 2008
Robert Skrobe elected in 2008
Silvia Zimmermann re-elected in 2008

A very special thank you to those Board members who are going off the Board
at the end of 2008, including Lyle Kantrovich, Peter Picone, Thyra Rauch,
and Elizabeth Rosenzweig, for all the commitment they have shown UPA
throughout their tenure.

LINKEDIN – Networking among UP A members and more
Do you want to find quickly and easily other UPA members with similar backgrounds and needs? Join us on LinkedIn today.

Events

UPA 2009 - Bringing Usab ility to Life
Will be held in Portland, Oregon on June 8-12, 2009

New email or address?
Keep your member profile up to date, so you don't miss any mail.

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Chapter News

Chapter Spotlights
- France - Luxembourg - http://www.flupa.eu/
- Italy - http://www.webusabile.it/
- Moscow -http://www.usabilityprofessionals.ru/

Photo of the Month
NH UPA November Meeting - http://flickr.com/photos/kylepero/sets/72157609553215558/
Share Chapter event photos - use the 'upachapter' tag.

Chapters in Formation

Join the Chapters Group

Learn more about UPA Chapters
Contact: chapters@usabilityprofessionals.org

Sponsor a Young Professional
The UPA Student and Young Professionals Board is happy to announce that Apogee - www.apogeehk.com has donated sponsorship of 8 x UPA student memberships.
Contact: info@apogeehk.com for more details on eligibility

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UPA Publications

User Experience Magazine: Usability in Transportation Volume 7, Issue 4
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/user_experience/past_issues/2008-4.html

UPA Voice
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/upa_voice/

UPA - Journal of Usability Studies - November 2008: Volume 4, Issue 1
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/jus/

Design by People For People: Essays in Usablity
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/design_by_people_for_people.html

Designing the User Experience Poster
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/ux_poster.html

Want to write an article for a UPA publications?
Contact: publications@usabilityprofessionals.org

Want to advertise in a UPA publication?
Contact: publications@usabilityprofessionals.org

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VISIT THE UPA STORE

No, we can't pre-package usability, but you can buy conference and other UPA materials to help you develop and promote usability in your own organization.
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_store/index.html

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Usability RESOURCES

http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/usability_resources

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Thanks to Our Contributors

  • Pauline de Robert (UK Chapter), French
  • Silvia Zimmermann (Swiss Chapter), German
  • Alberto Lacalle (Spanish Chapter), Spanish
  • Michele Visciola (UPA Italia), Italian
  • Adriana Betiol (Brazil Chapter), Portuguese
  • Yaniv Michaeli (UPA Israel), Hebrew
  • Daniel Novichkov (UPA Russia), Russian
  • Denny Huang (UPA China), Chinese
  • Tadashi Kobayashi (HCD-Net), Toyohiro Kanayama (UPA), Japanese
  • Ali Berkman, Turkish
  • Daniel Szuc (UPA China-Hong Kong), English, News scout

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