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UPA Monthly: July 2008

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Usability in the News

Wii Fit's workouts are fun, if not entirely motivational (Seatllepi.com, 18 May 2008)
"After spending several days with the game, I have mixed feelings about Wii Fit's long-term use as a fitness tool. Though I like the way it gave me immediate feedback on how accurately I was executing my exercises, I'm not convinced the experience was compelling enough to make me more inclined to work out than I was before."

Manchester resident a hit in Ford's new TV ads (mlive.com, 8 May 2008)
"The product visualization center deals mainly with the subjective experience of the driver, using virtual reality to simulate how different people will interact with different car interiors. All without building an actual car."

Users find business apps complex and hurt productivity (Computerworld, 22 May 2008)
"Results of a recent survey indicated that the majority of end users (60 percent) find enterprise applications somewhat difficult, very difficult or almost impossible to use, hampering employee productivity."

The Future of Usability Testing (IT-Director, 23 May 2008)
"The invited attendees included developers, usability experts, an internet psychologist, and journalists all with considerably understanding and strong opinions about usability. I came with a strong interest in accessibility, which to a great extent can be seen as a subset of the usability requirements."

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UPA News & Events

UPA 2008 Conference Photos

UPA Awards: Recognizing Extraordinary Service
In 2005, UPA began formally honoring those who contribute in special ways to UPA and to the profession. Recognition by a professional association is an important way to acknowledge both individual and chapter achievements, and to publicize the best projects we undertake.

UPA members spoke at two US Election Assistance Commission meetings on the usability and accessibility of voting systems and ballot design. Their talks on usability testing ballots, the relationship between usability and accessibility, and the importance of plain language in election materials are available on the Civic Life web pages.

World Usability Day 2008 - Transportation
World Usability Day will next be held on 13 November 2008 and the theme is "Transportation".

How many times have you been on a train, plane, subway or other transport and wanted to share the way it looks or works for people? ** Here is your chance! ** This year's theme is "Transportation" and to help us kickoff this years program we are looking for photos or videos of your city's transportation successes or challenges.

Ask your friends, colleagues and family to photograph signs, vehicles, bridges, tunnels, maps etc with people using these. Upload your photos to www.flickr.com and/or video to www.youtube.com using the tag - wud2008
Questions: caryn@worldusabilityday.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 10 x UPA student memberships.
Contact: info@apogeehk.com for more details on eligibility.

UPA Students & Young Professionals
UPA would like to welcome students and young professionals to join a UPA sponsored Yahoo Group. The group will serve as a way to help connect current and potential UPA members. Join the group to learn, to network, and to get more involved with UPA.

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

User Friendly 2008 - Shenzhen, China
24-27 October 2008

UPA Europe 2008
The first European regional conference of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) will take place in Torino, Italy, named the 2008 World Design Capital. Hundreds of designers and usability specialists are expected to attend.

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Chapter News

Chapter Spotlights
New York City, USA - http://www.nycupa.org
Sydney, Australia - http://www.upasydney.org
Connecticut - http://www.ctupa.org

Chapter Updates 2008
In Feb 2008, UPA will send out "Chapter Updates" to all Chapters to better understand what is happening in your Chapter -- We look forward to hearing from you!
Questions: chapters@usabilityprofessionals.org

Photo of the Month
Share Chapter event photos - use the 'upachapter' tag.

Chapters in Formation

Join the Chapters Group

Learn more about UPA Chapters

Looking for a chapter in your city? Contact: chapters@usabilityprofessionals.org

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UPA Publications

User Experience Magazine: Volume 7, Issue 2, 2008
User Research Meets Market Research

UPA - Journal of Usability Studies - May 2008: Volume 3, Issue 3
A Study of the Effect of Thumb Sizes on Mobile Phone Texting Satisfaction
Author: Vimala Balakrishnan and Paul, H.P. Yeow

Design by People For People: Essays in Usablity

Designing the User Experience Poster

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

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Contact: publications@usabilityprofessionals.org

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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
  • Natasha Voynarovskaya (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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