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April 2010

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Featured Event for April


TriUPA (North Carolina)
Innovate Carolina Conference
Saturday, April 10

(Chapel Hill, NC) - Local. Fun. And bursting at the seams with new tools for growing your business. The Carolinas Chapter of PDMA has invited TriUPA members to attend their day-long conference at a discounted rate. You should come to the Innovate Carolina Conference to UNDERSTAND your customers better than you ever have before; to FIND leading-edge tools to separate you from your peers at your company; to DISCOVER how the thought leaders in innovation are creating growth. Note: if you can not attend in person, please join us remotely via PDMA’s webcast series.

News and Promotions

UPA Boston Ninth Annual Mini-Conference - Call for Proposals
If you're interested in presenting at UPA Boston's next mini-conference (June 9, 2010), please send us your proposal by filling out the form on our web site. You can also sign up for early bird registration, or sponsor the conference for marketing opportunities!

UPA Puget Sound - Brand New Website!
Over the past 6-months, the UPA Puget Sound Website Usability Team (Forrest Corbett, Dawn Sakaguchi and Priya Guruprakash Rao) volunteered their time and effort to make a new website possible. They followed a User Centered Design approach, interviewing Officers and Members and conducting evaluations to deliver a website where you can learn about the local usability events and eventually jobs and much, much more.

World Usability Day 2010 – 6th year anniversary
Usability and Communications
November 11, 2010
UPA kicks off World Usability Day 2010. This year’s theme is Communication. You can also check out World Usability Day 2010 new logo at www.worldusabilityday.org, and start planning your event today! Don’t forget to sign our Charter to ensure that technology helps people live to their full potential and helps create a better world for all citizens everywhere.

Elizabeth Rosenzweig – Founder/Director, eliz@worldusabilityday.org
Amy K. Ballard – Project Manager, wud@usabilityprofessionals.org

Did you know we have a job board?
It's a great way to find a new job or advertise a role from only US$100. Check out our job listings today!

UPA Event Calendar:

UPA Puget Sound:
Wednesday, April 7 - Roundtable w/Microsoft’s Usability Central
(Bellevue, WA) - The purpose of our Innovation Roundtable Series is to learn about exciting new groups, technologies and products related to Usability and User Research. Usability Central will be introducing the launch of the Usability Participant Recruiting Association (UPRA) and YouTest…a Participant Recruiting Special Interest Group. It’s a chance to a give your opinions and contribute to the Usability community.

DFW-UPA (Dallas/Fort Worth:
Tuesday, April 20 - UPA Dallas – Design Like da Vinci w/Brian Sullivan
(Grapevine, TX) - Brian Sullivan will lead us through an interactive series of exercises to help expand the mind to think more like Leonardo Da Vinci. The exercises are useful for designers looking for inspiration and creativity. Usability professionals will gain an understanding of design principles which will be useful when making interface recommendations. The event will take place at Sabre Holdings.

Scottish Usability Professionals' Association (SUPA):
Tuesday, April 20 - Usability and Contemporary User Experience in Digital Libraries with Boon Low and Lorraine Paterson
(Edinburgh, Scotland) - This talk introduces a project currently being undertaken at the University of Edinburgh - UX2.0, which aims to contribute to the development of usability research and the assimilation of advanced user interaction technologies in digital libraries. The project development is underpinned by user-centred design (UCD). Technological developments are implemented in tandem with research, UI prototyping, usability studies and evaluation. In this talk, we will present recent project findings: a heuristic inspection carried out on a variety of digital libraries, and research on emerging interaction design patterns.

NH-UPA (New Hampshire):
Wednesday, April 21 - Persuasive Design: Getting Users to Act
Event information TBD

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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:

Nan Chen and Ingrid Liao, Chinese Translations
Maria Jose Palacio, President - UPA Madrid, Spanish Translations
Tadashi Kobayashi (HCD-Net), Japanese Translations
Ali Berkman, Turkish Translations
Adriana Betiol - Portuguese Translations

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