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September 2009

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Usability in a Nonprofit- Working with Africa
September 22, 2009 – 6-8:30 pm

(Lawrenceville, NJ ) - Over nearly four years, Alice Preston worked with a project that was charged with creating a digital library of materials from and about Africa, in a number of subject areas, from botany through cultural heritage to political history. This talk summarizes some of the usability and other lessons she learned from that assignment.

Of Interest:

World Usability Day 2009 – 5th year anniversary
November 12, 2009

Designing for a Sustainable World

  • Register your event for FREE
  • Sign our Charter on the World Usability Day website
  • Follow WUD 2009 on Twitter - @WUD2009
  • Share your stories, events, or highlights about sustainability

We hope you will share your experiences, register your event, and encourage your colleagues and friends to be a part of our team!

URL: World Usability Day, 2009

UPA CHINA - User Friendly 2009
The sixth User Friendly Conference "Design for ASIA" is talking place in Shanghai from 13th to 15th November 2009.
URL: UPA China - User Friendly 2009
Sponsorship Opportunities: UPA China - Sponsorship Opportunities

CALL FOR SPEAKERS - User eXperience Russia 2009 / UPA Europe 2009
The call for speakers is open until September 15th. Don't miss this unique opportunity to share your experiences with the young and vibrant UX community in Russia. The conference takes place in Moscow, October 26-27. 2009.
URL: Call for Speakers - User eXperience Russia 2009

Chapter Events

Michigan UPA:
Wednesday, September 16 - The Lost Art of Simplicity: Josh Holmes
(Pleasant Ridge, MI) - Josh’s talk transcends technology and presents ideas that all software developers and architects should be thinking about. Josh will give this talk to the Detroit JUG this September. He recently delivered a keynote at the Central Ohio Day of .NET and a session at Kalamazoo X called “The Lost Art of Simplicity.”
Location Details: ePrize in Detroit, MI

NEOUPA (Northeast Ohio):
Wednesday, September 16 - An overview of user-centered design at NASA
(Mayfield Village, Ohio) - Michael McCurdy, from NASA, San Jose CA, will join us to discuss NASA's effort to incorporate user-centered design into their design process. Mike’s current work is focused on a suite of activity planning tools called the Scheduling and Planning Interface for Exploration (SPIFe), the genesis of which can be traced to hundreds of hours of in-context observation of planning work on the Mars Exploration Rover mission.

UPA Puget Sound (Washington State):
Thursday, September 17 - Usability Lab Tour at Blink Interactive
(Seattle, WA) - The Puget Sound Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association will be hosting usability lab tours at Blink Interactive ((http://www.blinkinteractive.com). Blink has two state-of-the-art usability labs that are equipped to handle on-screen, paper-based, out-of-box experience, or mobile device usability testing. If you're interested in attending, please contact Behnosh Najafi (behnoshn(at)gmail(dot)com.

UPA China:
Saturday, September 19 - Expert Forum: Creating a more valuable user experience team
(Nanshan District, Huaqiang Building, 4th Floor) - The forum will invite industry experts, user experience team builders and departmental managers to share their experiences and lessons with this topic. Details on how to address company culture, industry characteristics, user experience and industry-specific factors will all be covered.

Michigan UPA (Ann Arbor):
Tuesday, September 22 - What Makes an Effective User Experience Professional and Team: The UX Management Perspectives
(Ann Arbor, MI) - The Michigan chapters of UPA and CHI (currently in formation), in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Information Career Development Office and Student CHI Chapter, invite you to a very special evening networking and panel session. Four industry UX managers and executives will give short position presentations on the individuals and skills that make a successful team. This will be followed by panel and audience Q&A discussion. Come to network, learn, and position/reposition yourself for success in this exciting field.

UPA Quebec (Canada):
Thursday, September 24 - Writing Web: a factor of user experience?
(Montreal, Quebec) - Aurélie Ponton de l'agence Mikimya se penchera sur les bonnes pratiques et apportera son point de vue. Place ensuite à la discussion et au partage d’expériences. Ce thème avait eu beaucoup de succès lors de nos conférences passées, dont celle de François Hubert et de Nick Usborne.

COUPA (Columbus, Ohio):
Wednesday, September 30 - Web Usability & Screen Readers
(Columbus, OH) - A presentation about web usability with screen readers on a Usability Proficiency Assessment Tool (U P A T) and Nationwide.com reports frustrations and ways to reduce them. Wayne Shebilske, Ph.D. from Wright State University and Richard Douglass from Nationwide will be presenting.

UPA Boston (Massachusetts):
Wednesday, September 30 - Dashboard Presentation by Michael Ledoux and UI Team
(Boston, MA) - Dashboards are fast becoming ubiquitous through-out all types of informational interactions. Over the past couple of years Michael and the UI team at EnerNOC have spent much time developing dashboards for the Energy industry which has necessitated an in-depth exposure to many design techniques and considerations for a successful user-experience.

TriUPA (North Carolina):
Thursday, October 1 - Dashboard Presentation by Michael Ledoux and UI Team
(Durham, NC) - Nate Bolt, one of the pioneers of remote UX research -- and author of the forthcoming book, Remote Research -- will lead this hands-on workshop covering the latest remote UX techniques and tools.

UPA France (Luxembourg):
Thursday, October 1 - Breakfast Ergonomics
(Luxembourg-Kirchberg) - In this third edition of breakfast 'ergonomics Flup, we propose to understand the various issues related to web copywriting from the perspective of ergonomics.

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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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