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UPA Publications: UPA Monthly

August 2009

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World Usability Day – Designing for a Sustainable World
(November, 2009) - We invite you to register your World Usability Day event with UPA. Your involvement is integral to the success of this global initiative. Because of contributors like yourself, we have doubled events and participants in the last five years. We hope you will share your experiences, register your event, and encourage your colleagues and friends to be a part of our team!

Of Interest:

Axure RP Pro 5 Discounts!
$89 USD discount on Axure RP Pro 5. Create prototypes and specifications for applications and web sites
URL: Visit our members discount page

Chapter Events

NEOUPA (Northeast Ohio):
Wednesday, August 19 - Social Media & Web 2.0 Metrics Marketing
(Westlake, OH) - Join industry leaders Greg Svitak from Playaway, Anthony Broad-Crawford from Within3.com, Marci Hower from Metrics Marketing, and Doug Hopkins from Rosetta as they discuss developing a usable and outstanding user experience utilizing social media and Web 2.0 technologies.

Usability NJ (New Jersey) and UPA Delaware Valley:
Saturday, August 22 - Joint Usability Picnic
(Washington Crossing, PA) - Please join Usability NJ along with PhillyCHI, UPA Delaware Valley and PANMA for a family-friendly summer picnic. Children and significant others are welcome to join the occasion. Feel free to bring Frisbees, wiffle ball sets, or any other items to add to the festivities. Park amenities include historic buildings, monuments, trails, scenery, etc. that you can explore before or after the picnic. Sponsored by MISI Company, Marketing Capital Management and Anikto.

DFW-UPA (Dallas/Fort Worth):
Tuesday, August 25 - Book Swap & 2009 Conferences Recap
(Richardson, TX) - Did you have to miss your favorite conference this year thanks to a tight budget? If so, catch up a bit at this month's DFW UPA meeting! Several people will do 10-minute talks about their experiences at SxSW, IA Summit, Big (D)esign, UPA2009, and SIG-CHI. It isn't every day that you have a chance to get the gist of five different conferences in less than two hours.

And did we mention that attendance is FREE if you bring a book for our book swap? Just find a book you don't need any more -- comic, coffee-table, thriller, IA, design, whatever -- and bring it to the meeting to get in free and pick up something else to read.

This is really a social, so please come out, relax, meet some new people, and catch up with old friends!

Austin UPA (Austin, TX):
Thursday, August 27 - August Meeting: Party with a Purpose
(Austin, TX) - Join your fellow UX, IX and usability professionals for an evening of mingling, conversation and drinks as we "party with a purpose" for Villa Esperanza. Come on out to Plucker’s North for some good food and drinks, and help raise money to further Villa Esperanza's mission for a Better World...Here and Everywhere!

TriUPA (North Carolina):
Thursday, August 27 - Death To The Spec: Building A Testable Prototype Using Axure
Ever wanted to build a rich prototype that was actually testable? Sick of generating documentation? Tired of stakeholders not understanding how your wireframes should operate? Need an Agile UX tool under your belt? This workshop is for you. In this session, Todd Moy will build a real-world prototype using Axure RP Pro. The session is designed to give people who have never used this software before an in-depth understanding of its benefits and drawbacks.

UPA DC-Metro (Washington, DC):
UPA-DC Summer Social Event – Hike at Scott’s Run
(McLean, VA) - UPA-DC will be going on a hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. The hike will last for between 1.5 and 2 hours and will be led by Jim Dewing from Fairfax County Park Authority. Bring water and comfortable walking shoes. Bug spray is recommended but since the preserve is under heavy tree cover, sunscreen is optional. Feel free to bring snacks for yourself. We may be able to stop at certain points, take a break and enjoy the surroundings. The Nature Preserve does have garbage cans at certain locations, but recommends a “tote in and tote out” policy.

Contact Us

Send your feedback, news and event notices to upamonthly2009 (at) usabilityprofessionals.org

Thanks for reading!

Robert Skrobe
Editor - UPA Monthly

About UPA Monthly

The UPA Monthly is sent to all UPA members during the first week of the month. The newsletter usually includes announcements, chapter events, and links to articles on usability and the user experience.


The following individuals donate their time and effort to make the UPA Monthly possible:

Pauline de Robert (UK Chapter), French Translations
Michele Visciola (UPA Italia), Italian Translations
Silvia Zimmermann (Swiss Chapter), German Translations
Alberto Lacalle (Spanish Chapter), Spanish Translations
Adriana Betiol (Brazil Chapter), Portuguese
Tadashi Kobayashi (HCD-Net), Japanese Translations
Ali Berkman, Turkish Translations
Daniel Novichkov (UPA Russia), Russian Translations
Daniel Szuc (UPA China-Hong Kong), Former Editor and Contributor

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