When: Monday March 23, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Washtenaw Community College
Crane Liberal Arts and Science, LA 374
4800 Huron River Drive
Ypsilanti, MI
Registration: Eventbrite

The Event

This presentation will trace the profession of user experience back to its origins during World War II, and use examples from the evolution of cell phones and Websites to bolster an understanding of the value of achieving increases in usability, efficiency, and convenience across products. The days of considering user experience as applying only to software applications, websites, and content are over. This toolkit applies to any customer touch point, and it is time to understand this in our ever changing job market. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the origins and science behind the profession of user experience. They will also learn that they can transition to impact any customer touch point whether it is a product or service, hardware or software, website or Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, customer or employee-facing, personal device or public kiosk.

About the speaker

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus has made his career designing products to fit people. He has designed physical, visual, and auditory user interfaces for hand-helds, kiosks, web sites, production machines, and automobiles, and has conducted user research in the lab, on the web, in the field, in cars, and in the homes of consumers. Dave has held user experience consulting, sales, and management positions in both corporations and in consulting groups including OnStar by General Motors, Eastman Kodak, Compuware, ForeSee, and Quicken Loans. He is currently a Senior Engineer focused on Usability and Driver Distraction at the Hyundai American Technical Center.
Dave has a Masters degree in Human Factors Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dave has written papers and given presentations, tutorials, and consultations on usability, web site design, product design, and home product testing. He is a chapter author of, “Design by People for People: Essays in Usability”. Dave’s contributions to the user experience profession include the ongoing direction of the Internet User Experience conference which has been held for ten consecutive years and counting. He is also is a founder and officer of the Michigan chapter of ACM SIG-CHI, and a former board member of the International UxPA.

When: Tuesday December 2nd, Anytime between 5-8pm
Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734.665.2968)
www.conoroneills.com

To make this fun and interesting, consider:
- Wearing a UX or Tec-Doc or Conference shirt
- Bringing a Great Success and a Horrible Failure story that happened to you this year…relevant to your profession

We will not have a reserved room or purchased food.
We will just meet in the bar, take over tables as needed, and buy our own (and if you like) each other’s food and drink.

Spread the word, bring your colleagues, and let’s fill this joint!

World Usability Day in the “D” (Detroit Michigan)

When : November 13, 2014 – 8:30am
Where: AIREA Studio, Compuware Building, 1048 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
Registration: https://guestlistapp.com/events/207210

The Event

User Experience, Usability, and the Value of Simplicity in Design

8:30 -9:00

  • Check-in, registration, food and networking

9:00 -12:30

  • User Experience (UX) Across Industries
  • UX Beyond the  Lab
  • UX and the Auto Industry
  • The Demand for Simplicity in Design
  • The future of UX: A common language across brand and products

Presenters

  • Gino Fiore, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Martin Ho, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Whitney McKedy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Hyundai American Technical Center, Inc.
  • Others (To be announced)

About the Presenters

Gino Fiore
Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
Gino believes that creative collaboration is the core of successful business engagements and outcomes, and he thrives to be a true partner to his clients. With a particular focus in the auto industry, he utilizes his experience leading creative workshops and in-depth interview methods to design new products and exceptional customer experiences. Prior to his career in UX, Gino was an industrial designer, strategist, and innovator at major product development and branding consultancies, and he brings a unique and cross-disciplinary perspective to UX.

Martin Ho
Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
Martin focuses on delivering best-in-class insights, solutions and strategy to help companies infuse UX across their organization. He has partnered with clients across numerous industry verticals and have led research and design teams to shape experiences across a variety of products. Martin continues to push the boundaries of traditional and historical UX with this
simple tenet: great UX researchers are also great UX designers, and vice versa. He believes the blending of these two practices is critical to ensuring optimal output and project success.

Whitney McKedy
Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
Whitney is passionate about stretching the boundaries of UX by engaging innovation and developing custom products and approaches that answer difficult and challenging business questions. Experienced in user-focused research and design, Whitney looks to be a strategic partner to clients looking to improve the way people experience their products. Whitney has extensive UX experience in the auto industry ranging from digital interface usability evaluation and design to next generation concept ideation. Prior to her career in UX, Whitney’s work was in the realm of social and cognitive psychology, as well as language and communication sciences.

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus
Senior Human Factors Engineer, Multimedia Systems, Hyundai American Technical Center
Principal, Clear Usability, LLC

Dave has made his career designing products to fit people. He has designed physical, visual, and auditory user interfaces for hand-helds, kiosks, web sites, production machines, and automobiles, and has conducted user research in the lab, on the web, in the field, on the phone, in cars, and in the homes of consumers. Dave has held user experience consulting, sales, and management positions in both corporations and in consulting groups including OnStar by General Motors, Quicken Loans, Compuware, Eastman Kodak and ForeSee. He is currently a Senior Engineer for Multimedia at Hyundai American Technical Center, Principal of Clear Usability, LLC, and an officer of the Michigan CHI.

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When: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Where: Team Detroit
Registration: We encourage you to preregister for this event.

The Event

Detroit User Experience will be holding the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) in Detroit. GAAD is a day for web professionals to gather together to learn about accessibility and how to make the web more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Events will be held around the world to raise awareness about web accessibility.

Local experts will cover the basics of accessibility, the benefits and best practices of plain language, and the importance of accessibility thinking early in the development process for websites, applications, and services.

Details and registration may be found at:
http://www.meetup.com/Detroit- User-Experience/events/ 178764962/

iTalent is looking for a mid-level UX Architect to join our client’s creative team. This position is a mix of strategic and tactical UX thinking.

Job Overview
As a thought-leader, the UX Architect works with Brand Planners, Analysts, Digital Strategists and Content Strategists to map out a user’s journey with a brand across all channels by conducting competitive analyses, user research, stakeholder interviews and café tests among other things.Using this information and research, the UX Architect is also responsible for the final user experience design of any digital channels the brand has a presence on. This can include creating tactical information architecture deliverables like personas, use-case scenarios, user flows, site maps, wireframes, taxonomy structures and functional specs.Any prototypes created for the digital channels are expected to be worked on collaboratively in a mobile-first approach with the creative, content and technology teams. The ability to talk through these prototypes with development teams as well as clients is important.

Requirements
-Experience with Axure and Omnigraffle is a MUST
-Min. of 2 years of experience as a UXA or IA, previous agency experience preferred

-Skilled in creating tactical information architecture deliverables like personas, use-case scenarios, user flows, site maps, wireframes, taxonomy structures and functional specs.

This is a contract to hire opportunity.

When: Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Where: Cengage Learning
Registration: We encourage you to preregister for this event.

Presentation

Come to see, touch, and learn about/or get updated on eye tracking.  The speaker will cover the evolution and current state of eye-tracking technology, its broad uses which include medical, usability, and market research, and predictions for the future with robots, cell phones, and other devices.

Perhaps the most important reason eye tracking will play an ever more crucial role in human computer interactions is that our eye activity is driven by subconscious processes in our brain. By providing insights into cognitive brain activity, monitoring eye movements has significant potential to help programs interact with people in a more natural way.

About the Speaker

Jon West is the Director of Marketing and Opportunities for LC Technologies located in Fairfax Virginia. Over the last decade, Jon has directed company development efforts for several companies in the Washington DC metro-area, ranging from financial investment firms to high tech engineering companies.

LC Technologies is passionate about building the world’s best eye tracking hardware and software solutions. Founded in 1986 with the goal of creating an unobtrusive human-computer interface that will revolutionize the way humans interact with computers and devices, LC now operates in 40 countries. Their eye-tracking systems, are hands-off, unobtrusive, remote human-computer interfaces that provide highly accurate gazepoint prediction.

Schedule

6:00pm Food, networking, and Eye-tracker demo/hands-on
6:50pm Opening Remarks and Announcements
7:00pm Presentation
7:50pm Q&A and more demos

Brought to you by

  • The Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGCHI
  • The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC
  • The Michigan Chapter of UxPA

Eat , drink , network , mingle , and learn how to make better Wireframes

When: Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 – 9:00PM
Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
Registration: We encourage you to preregister for this event.
More Details: http://guestlistapp.com/events/208272

Presentation

and a slide show of the presentation .

In this short talk, a veteran shares his tips on how to make good wireframes with techniques that transcend the tools. Regardless of whether you are using Axure or a whiteboard, there are important best practices to follow when it comes to the process of communicating your design ideas as a wireframe. Along the way he’ll also talk about why he votes “no” on the question of “are wireframes dead?” which has been posed in many articles and conferences over the years.

About the Speaker

ChrisFarnum

Chris Farnum has been doing IA and UX design for 15+ years. In 2009, he (re)joined the UX team at ProQuest, where he is part of an Agile user experience team designing the ProQuest search interface. Formerly, Chris was a Senior Information Architect at Enlighten, where he collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to create meaningful user experiences for brand sites such as TCS and Pittsburgh Paints. Chris got his start as an IA at Argus Associates after working as a reference librarian in a public library.

Brought to you by

  • The Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGCHI
  • The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC
  • The Michigan Chapter of UxPA