February 2006 Contents
Designing Better Elections
Last year, UPA joined the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in
a strategic project, Design for Democracy, to mobilize an interdisciplinary
group of research and design professionals with a mission to increase
participation in the civic experience through usability and design. Although
Design for Democracy has projects in many areas of public life, including
emergency evacuation and wage reporting forms, elections are one of the
largest and most visible projects.
By Josephine Scott
Projects and Events
Human-Centered Computing: Call
On behalf of The Franklin Institute, I invite you to nominate candidates
for the 2007 Bower Award and Prize to be presented to a distinguished
scientist in the field of Human-Centered Computing. The Bower Award for
Achievements in Science is presented annually by The Franklin Institute
to a researcher of any nationality for outstanding work in the applied
or basic sciences, or engineering. A predetermined field of study is chosen
each year as a theme. A gold medal and a cash prize of $250,000 are awarded
to the individual selected to receive the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement
By Dennis M. Wint, Ph.D.
Internet User Experience 2006 (IUE2006)
The Michigan Chapter of the UPA www.miupa.org, WCC's Internet Professional
Program, UXnet, and a growing list of others are co-sponsoring the second
Internet User Experience event - IUE2006. This year's program includes
four days (and some evenings) of presentations, demonstrations, and training
on web site user experience design. Attendees will be exposed to before/after
improvements to Comerica.com, IBM.com, and consumer retail web sites along
with the methods that were used to achieve them.
By Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus
New Experienced Practitioners
Track at UPA 2006!
Join other usability practitioners for an intense day of learning and
sharing on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in beautiful Colorado. The day will
include five sessions that are geared for practitioners with at least
5-10 years of experience and who desire a deeper level of understanding
and discussion. We will ensure a manageable group size by limiting this
event to 40 participants.
By DeeDee DeMulling and Carol J. Smith
A Report from User Friendly 2005: Shanghai
There's a lot of usability activity in China these days. As Chinese companies
seek to build global brands and foreigners aim to boost sales in the mainland,
they're transforming the country's design business. Chinese manufacturers
realize they need better products if they want to break out of China and
beef up their margins on sales abroad.
By Qin Lin
World Usability Day 2006: Open
The UPA enjoyed wonderful success with the first annual World Usability
November 3, 2005. The day lasted for 36 hours, with 115 events in 35 countries,
on 6 continents all around the world. The plans are starting for World
Usability Day 2006; we have a date- Nov. 14, 2006. The goal is to build
on the success of World Usability Day 2005, and to create an even bigger
impact for 2006. We have developed our mission, vision, and strategies,
and are looking for volunteers to help make the day a success.
By Elizabeth Rosenzweig
The World Exposition of Innovation:
Design for an Ageing Society
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is proud to propose the Inaugural
World Exposition of Innovation: Design for an Ageing Society (hereafter
referred to as Expo Ageing Montreal) in Montreal, Canada in May 2008.
The aim of Expo Ageing Montreal is to bring together leading designers,
manufacturers, academics, service providers, planners, developers, and
governments from all parts of the world to showcase their products and
innovative policies. It will also be a venue for corporate, government
and civil society to foster partnerships, discuss international licensing
and trade agreements, and develop export opportunities that respond to
generational and cultural nuances of communities around the world.
By Nour Cressia
Thumbnail: Caroline Jarrett
Caroline Jarrett is “the forms lady.” Though she doesn’t
“just do forms by any means,” they remain her first love.
“Forms are the thing I really like to specialize in,” she
notes. “I think forms are very interesting.” Why forms? “They
tend to be really terrible,” jokes Caroline, “so there’s
a good possibility that you’ll fairly easily be able to make some
By Cliff Anderson
Meet the Meeting Manager: Amy E.
As long as you’re meeting the newbies at the UPA Office, take a
moment to say hello to Amy Forgette. You may not ever have direct contact
with her but if you attend the UPA Annual Meetings (and you should!),
you more than likely you will run into her.
By Amy E. Forgette