Is the UPA Board a Good
Fit for You? You Now Have an Opportunity to Contribute to UPA’s
Serving in the UPA Board of Directors can be fun and challenging, open
new doors and also put your skills and abilities to use to help build the
UPA of the future. If you have been a UPA member for longer than two years
and also have previous experience volunteering in UPA (or other similar
associations), then you’re just two steps away from becoming a candidate
for the 2007-2009 UPA Board!
By Eva de Lera, Peter Picone, and Whitney Quesenbery
UPA 2007: Patterns: Blueprints for Usability
UPA 2007 submissions will be accepted starting on August 25th! Please
be sure to submit your Tutorials, Workshops, Panels, Presentations
and Experienced Practitioner Topics before the September 25th deadline.
By Carol J. Smith and Alain Robillard-Bastien
The Most Non-Boring Article About The UPA Board Ever
I joined the UPA
Board of Directors in 2004 after serving as President of the Dallas-Ft.
Worth UPA chapter. Just before my first board meeting, I realized I had
absolutely no clue what the Board actually did. (I did ask for and receive
a quick overview of the Board roles and responsibilities during that
first meeting. But let’s just say I’m glad there
wasn’t a pop quiz at the end...).
By Paul Sherman
Podcasting for User-Centered Design
summer marks the anniversary of initial recordings of Design Critique:
Products for People with Tim & Tom, a podcast devoted to informing
listeners about the advantages of User-Centered Design (UCD). I hope
this article may encourage the creation of other podcasts related to
UCD theory and practice.
By Timothy Keirnan
User Friendly 2006 - Hangzhou, China
In late 2004, Qin Lin, Josephine
Wong, Jason Huang and Daniel Szuc from both the UPA Hong Kong and UPA
China Chapters met in Shanghai to talk about usability and how both chapters
could work together more effectively. It was a great opportunity to make
new friends, to talk about how we could further promote usability in
China, and to build a usability community long-term.
By Daniel Szuc
Experienced Practitioner's Program a Big Hit at UPA 2006
Practitioner’s Program was a first-time event
at UPA 2006. Forty lucky participants experienced five presentations
geared to those with 5-10 years of experience in usability. The event
was overbooked, so a group of 30 held an informal session on Tuesday
morning. The informal session sparked lively and interesting discussions.
To refresh themselves afterwards, many attendees went on a mountain hike.
Check the UPA website for links to the pictures!
By Merryl Gross