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UPA Monthly: July 2007

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In This Edition

Usability in the News

What else is new? (The New Yorker, 14 May 2007)
"We tend to think of technology in futuristic terms, barely noticing many older technologies so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible."

Web 2.0 'neglecting good design' (BBC News, 14 May 2007)
"Describing Web 2.0 as the "latest fashion", Mr Nielsen said many sites paying attention to it were neglecting some of the principles of good design and usability established over the last decade."

More Google Searchology: Usability (PC World, 16 May 2007)
"It does a lot of research involving real people doing real searches while using eye-tracking technology so that Google can see exactly where they're looking on a page of results."

The people speak, USA.gov listens (GCN, 9 May 2007)
"The team behind USA.gov, the federal government's official Web portal, constantly monitors feedback from the site's visitors. The site's recent redesign was based largely on this feedback."

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Chapter News

New Chapters (Congratulations!)

  • UPA Sydney
  • UPA Bangalore
  • UPA Ohio, Columbus

Chapter Leaders Day
10 June 2007
Thank you to all Chapter Leaders who joined an energetic and productive Leaders Day at the UPA conference.
Contact: chapters@usabilityprofessionals.org

UPA-DC Metro Chapter - Second Annual Conference - Call for Participation
Washington, DC on 12 Oct 2007
Contact: conference@upa-dc-metro.org

UPA NYC: User Experience at Google NYC: Creating Apps for Mobile Devices
Speaker: Leland Rechis, Google
There were a few members of the press in the audience and here's what they wrote:

UPA Boston: New Usability Magazine
UsabilityMagazine.com aggregates news, podcasts, jobs and popular blogs from around the web on usability, user experience and related topics. The main purpose of the site is to provide a quick glance on what's happening without using your desktop/web RSS reader.

Photo of the Month
Share a Chapter event photos - use the 'upachapter' tag.

Promote your UPA Events on UXNET
If you have a local UPA Event which you wish you publicize on the UXnet website, contact your "Local UX Ambassador" or even better become a "Local Ambassador" if there isn't one in your area. This helps to promote your event to a wider community and helps to build the UXnet organisation that UPA supports.

Chapters in Formation

USA - Florida - Southern Florida
Ron Akanowicz, ron at softerwareconsulting.com

USA - Georgia - Atlanta
Laconya Ruby, lruby at us.ibm.com
Krista Kostuch, kristakostuch at synovus.com

USA - Wisconsin
Contact: contact at wisconsinupa.org

Join the Chapters Group

Learn more about UPA Chapters

Looking for a chapter in your city? Contact: chapters@usabilityprofessionals.org

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UPA News

Photos - UPA 2007 - Patterns: Blueprints for usability
Share a UPA 2007 photo? - use the 'upa2007' tag

UPA's latest annual report (PDF)
Report Highlights:

  • At the end of 2006 there were 38 UPA chapters around the world, with 6new chapters chartered in 2006.
  • More than 220 World Usability Day events were held in 175 cities and 40countries.
  • Membership has grown to over 2200 members, a new high for UPA.

Students and Young Professionals:
UPA is planning a new web site section for Educational Resources. Interested to share non-proprietary course material, lessons, business cases, studies etc that would benefit new people entering the Usability profession?
Contact: Peter Picone at students2007@usabilityprofessionals.org

LINKEDIN Networking among UPA members and more
Do you want to find quickly and easily other UPA members with similar backgrounds and needs? Join us on LinkedIn today.

Learn more about your Board of Directors.

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UPA Publications

User Experience Magazine: Volume 6, Issue 2, 2007
"The Business of Usability"

Journal of Usability Studies
-Expanding Usability Testing to Evaluate Complex Systems - By Ginny Redish
-Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User-Centered Design - By Desiree Sy

Want to write an article for a UPA publications?
Contact: publications@usabilityprofessionals.org

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Contact: assocdir@usabilityprofessionals.org

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Save the Date

World Usability Day
November 8, 2007

User Friendly 2007

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Keep your member profile up to date, so you don't miss any mail.

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Thanks to Our Contributors

  • Melanie Rousseau (Québec Chapter), French
  • Silvia Zimmermann (Swiss Chapter), German
  • Alberto Lacalle (Spanish Chapter), Spanish
  • Michele Visciola (UPA Italia), Italian
  • Adriana Betiol (Brazil Chapter), Portuguese
  • Yaniv Michaeli (UPA Israel), Hebrew
  • Natasha Voynarovskaya (UPA Russia), Russian
  • Daniel Szuc (UPA China-Hong Kong), English, News scout

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