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May 2010

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Featured Event for May


UPA Conference 2010
Embracing Cultural Diversity
May 24-28

For the first time in its history, the UPA conference will travel to the heart of Europe. Our key theme will focus on how UX professionals can create great user experiences across different cultures, meeting the challenges of delivering to diverse audiences.

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Over 250 people just like you volunteer their time to help run their local chapter, organise conferences, and help out with everything from our website to World Usability Day. Get in touch with Rich Gunther for more information about how you can get involved!

UPA Voice - April 2010 Edition
The April 2010 edition of the UPA Voice is now available. The Voice is a project of the UPA Publications Committee, published since 1999. It includes articles of interest to usability professionals and UPA activities. The editorial board consists of UPA volunteers Judy Blostein (Editor), Vynarack Xaykao, and Brenda Murray.

World Usability Day 2010 – 6th Year Anniversary
Usability and Communications
November 11, 2010
Usability and Communications– it’s what we’re talking about! World Usability Day 2010 Registration is opening soon. With immediate updates on Twitter, you can be the first to register your event. Follow us at: @UPA_WUD

Need help with communication theme ideas? You’d be surprised about what you already know! You can start with interactivity, translations, storytelling, Web 2.0, Facebook, Twitter, or that old-fashioned telephone.

Please sign our Charter to ensure that technology helps people live to their full potential and helps create a better world for all citizens everywhere http://www.worldusabilityday.org/en/charter.

We look forward to hearing about your ideas for World Usability Day 2010!

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

UPA Event Calendar:

FLUPA (France/Luxembourg):
Friday, May 7 - Breakfast Presentation: Card Sorting
(Luxembourg-Kirchberg) - Too often in a web project, we realize at the time of writing there is too much content that it is repeated, that the organization is not smooth. How to set the right sections, use of labels and organize relevant information to the user quickly and easily find what they want? After the breakfast you will know how to optimize the architecture of your site based on the logic of your users, get feedback and many concrete guidelines on card sorting... all while drinking coffee and eating a piece of cake.

Austin UPA (Texas):
May 10-11 - AccessU 2010
AccessU is Knowbility's annual institute that provides two days of classes in how to make electronic information technology accessible to everyone - including people with disabilities. Join world renowned accessibility experts for two days of classes, many of them hands-on, to help you improve your skills and understand the both the need and the techniques for inclusive IT design.

Austin UPA (Texas):
Tuesday, May 11 - Storytelling your way to a better UX experience w/Whitney Quesenbery
(Austin, TX) - We all tell stories. It's a natural way to communicate. But do stories have a place in the world of business? This talk will look at how stories can improve your UX work, focusing on using stories to share user research, explain design ideas, and even sell them to colleagues and management.

TriUPA (North Carolina):
Thursday, May 13 - Visual Design Essentials For Non-Designers, With Dan Rubin
More information to be posted at a later date.

DFW UPA (Dallas/Fort Worth):
Saturday, May 15 - Monthly Meeting - Crawfish Boil at Co-Habitat
(Dallas, TX) - Where has the time gone this year? In just four weeks, Big (D)esign Conference will be kicking off with all of your favorite speakers in strategy, social media, user experience, and code development. Purchase your ticket(s) before Saturday, May 8th when two -day ticket prices go up to $150.00. By the way, the winners of the iPads will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the conference.

For all of you who will not be able to attend the Big (D)esign Conference this year, please plan on stopping by Cohabitat Saturday, May 15th between 3:00pm – 12:00am for the Second Annual Cohabitat Crawfish Boil. Please send us an email letting us know how many people will be in your group so that we can get an accurate headcount. Cohabitat is a coworking space for developers, creatives, and entrepreneurs in the Dallas area. Come out, grab a shell fish, and mingle with your fellow colleagues for this messy, yet fun, event.

NYC UPA (New York):
Tuesday, May 18 - Pattern Library Building 101 - A deep dive into the making of Quince w/Ambrose Little
More information to be posted at a later date.

NEOUPA (Northeast Ohio)
Tuesday, May 18 - Squeezing 1,000 users into the usability lab, or how to conduct online user experience studies
More information to be posted at a later date.

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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.

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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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