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UPA Monthly: June 2008

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In This Edition

Usability in the News

Usability factor for outwardly mobile (The Age, 17 April 2008)
"This apparent focus on usability resulted in Australians overwhelmingly declaring Nokia their favourite brand (45%), followed by Motorola (14%), Sony Ericsson (11%) and LG (9%)."

Eureka! It Really Takes Years of Hard Work (NY Times, 3 Feb 2008)
"Epiphany has little to do with either creativity or innovation. Instead, innovation is a slow process of accretion, building small insight upon interesting fact upon tried-and-true process. Just as an oyster wraps layer upon layer of nacre atop an offending piece of sand, ultimately yielding a pearl, innovation percolates within hard work over time."

T-Mobile - Making monthly communications more effective (Design Council Case Studies, 3 June 2008)
"Phone bills have traditionally taken the form of a series of monochrome sheets of A4 paper containing row upon row of impenetrable figures with little or no explanation as to what the digits mean. But this doesn't mean there's not a value to breaking the mold, as T-Mobile found when it redesigned its bills in 2006."

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Chapter News

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 News

MAY 3 MARKS MILESTONE IN ACCESSIBILITY
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities went into force on May 3, following ratification by 20 member countries. According to the UN web site, "This marks a major milestone in the effort to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity."

UPA Boston: Annual Conference a Success
Nearly 400 people attended the 32 sessions and browsed the vendor booths. Thank you to everyone who presented, attended, volunteered, sponsored and planned what turned out to be our biggest conference ever!

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.

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

Photos or Videos Wanted for World Usability Day 2008 - www.worldusabilityday.org 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

Announcing UPA Regional Coordinators
Please join the UPA Board of Directors in recognizing our new Regional Coordinators (RCs). The RC position was created to continue to improve the communication between the Board and UPA members around the world. RC's will liaison with chapters in their their region, represent the UPA to their region at local events and will collaborate with other RC's to extend the UPA's global reach. The Regional Coordinators are:

- Asia: Jason Huang, China
- Europe: Chris Rourke, Scotland
- MEAOS (Middle East; Africa; Oceania - Australia and New Zealand; and Sub-continent - India, Pakistan): Susan Wolfe, Australia
- North America: DeeDee DeMulling, USA
- South/Central America: Lucia Filgueiras, Brazil

Questions: Carol Smith, Director of Global Outreach - outreach2008@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 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.

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

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UPA Publications

User Experience Magazine: Volume 7, Issue 2, 2008
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/user_experience/past_issues/2008-2.html

UPA - Journal of Usability Studies - May 2008: Volume 3, Issue 3
User Experience Design: The Evolution of a Multi-disciplinary Approach
Author: Deborah J. Mayhew

UPA - Voice - June 2008 - Volume 10, Number 3
Thumbnail: Carol Righi

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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Save the Date

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.

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

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

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

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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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Thanks to Our Contributors

  • Pauline de Robert (QuÈbec 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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Contact UPA Monthly

** 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. Pre-register today!
http://www.upaeurope2008.org/

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