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World Usability Day 2010 â€“ 6th year anniversary
Usability and Communications
November 11, 2010
- Want to show your brand to more than 40,000 usability professionals? Become a WUD sponsor today. Sponsor a video featuring Honorary Chairman John Hockenberry. Sponsor T-shirts for volunteers. Help ensure that technology helps people live to their full potential and creates a better world for all citizens everywhere. For all of the benefits of sponsorship go to World Usability Day.
- Registration is now open. Register your event for FREE!
- Have you heard? John Hockenberry, an American journalist best known for his work on NPR, is World Usability Dayâ€™s Honorary Chairman. Read more about Mr. Hockenberry and his thoughts on Communication.
- Are you communicating? Follow us on Twitter @UPA_WUD and on Facebookâ€™s group page.
- We want to know how you communicate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your story
(July 5) NUX: Exploring Usersâ€™ Values, Motivations and Emotions in Requirement Analysis w/Sarah Thew
Manchester, England - Requirements Elicitation is a technical and analytical process, but it is also a highly social and potentially emotive activity. Sarah Thew has been exploring this during her PhD, carrying out a series of interviews with novice and experienced analysts investigating if and how they consider usersâ€™ values, motivations and emotions. These interviews contributed to the development of a method to support analysts in considering and exploring values, motivations and emotions during the requirements elicitation process, which she is currently evaluating.
(July 7-10) IWIPS 2010 - Growing Global Design Communities
London, England via UPA UK - IWIPS 2010 will explore the issues of Growing Global Design Communities. These communities offer the possibilities for technology to transcend cultural boundaries and meet the challenges presented when developing products for a global marketplace.
(Jul 26-31) University of Michigan Human Factors Short Course
Ann Arbor, MI - The University of Michigan will be offering our 51st year of our two-week short course on human factors. If you are interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability, this course will give you the opportunity to get some excellent training from experts in the field.
Do you wish there was a chapter in your local area? You may not be alone!
Get in touch with Carol Smith at email@example.com to learn about what it takes to start a local chapter and whether there are other people in your area who have expressed interest.
UPA Event Calendar:
TriUPA (North Carolina):
Thursday, July 15 - Remote Usability Testing with Nate Bolt
Event information TBD. Check the web link above for updates.
TriUPA (North Carolina):
Thursday, July 15 - Healthcare Part 2: A Human Factors Approach to Patient Queuing in a Childrenâ€™s Clinic
Human Factors is a science that enables us to better understand how people interact with products, places, processes, and other people. To follow up on previous talks on healthcare and human information processing, please join Naomi Glasscock and Teri Brooks for an interactive presentation entitled â€śHealthcare Part 2: A Human Factors Approach to Patient Queuing in a Childrenâ€™s Clinic.â€ť
TriUPA (North Carolina):
Tuesday, July 20 - Social Event: UX Trivia Night
Bringing back the wildly popular UX Trivia Night for 2010! Site and exact date TBD... but it will be held sometime in July. If you have any juicy questions to contribute, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEOUPA (Northeast Ohio):
Tuesday, July 20 - Designing for Tablet Users: The New Paradigm Progressive Insurance
(Mayfield Village, OH) - The tablet platform with itâ€™s easy-to-use operating systems, rich graphical environments and responsive hardware will fundamentally alter our relationship with technology. This pending paradigm shift to tablet devices over the next few years will have a profound impact on the user experience. Dan Young, founder and principal of DXY Solutions, will review the history of mobile platforms, provide a glimpse into the future and elaborate on how to prepare for the future of computing. .
CT UPA (Connecticut):
Thursday, July 22 - Website Design Slam
(Glastonbury, CT) - The July meeting of the Usability Professionals' Association of CT will consist of a Design Slam where we will provide design recommendations for a local not-for-profit website. This exercise gives meeting participants a chance to share their techniques, ideas, and points of view with others. This is a chance for interested participants to get their hands dirty working side by side with colleagues from around the area as they tackle tough business problems.
- Maps and Directions: View event location in Google Maps
DFW UPA (Dallas/Fort Worth):
Saturday, July 24 - Intro to ActionScript 3.0 Workshop
Earlier in the year, Dave introduced Flash as a platform as well as basic animation techniques. For his next act, Dave will continue the Flash series by introducing ActionScript 3.0. ActionScript is a powerful programming environment within Flash which adds interaction to your projects. As a disclaimer, some basic knowledge of Flash (movieclips, symbols, and motion tweens) is assumed and will not be covered. If you are interested in taking your Flash projects to the next level, be sure check out this inexpensive workshop.
- Online Registration: Register today for this workshop!
UPA DC Metro:
Friday, July 30 - Six Workshops to Enhance your Usability Knowledge
(Silver Spring, MD) - Sessions include:
- How do you know what your audience really wants w/Ahava R. Leibtag,
- Writing for the Web, Best Practices for Eye Tracking in User Experience Research w/Wilkey Wong,
- Getting Started Conducting User Research w/Carol Smith,
- Love Your Logs: Easy and cost-effective user insights w/Andrew Stevens
- Introduction to Accessibility w/Cory Lebson and
- Usability Testing with Remotely Located Users w/Dick Horst and Mark Becker
- More Information and Directions: Event Details (485kb, PDF)
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