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/

When: Monday, April 14, 2014
Where: A. Alfred Taubman Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Registration: We encourage you to preregister for this event.

The Event

Technology is now an integral aspect of our daily lives, embedded in a broad range of products from our phones and tablets to our televisions and toasters to manufacturing equipment and automobiles. Designers who can deliver effective solutions, with an eye toward the future, are in increasingly high demand.

A conference for industry professionals, faculty, students and Detroit’s creative community, “Designing Interactive Experiences that Delight and Engage” brings together some of today’s most innovative minds in experience design to explore the future of human-technology interaction. A full day of presentations and real-time interactions, the CCS Summit will examine the possibilities for this rapidly expanding field focused on how people use, need and respond to technology.

This inaugural summit will give the CCS community and other design-forward creatives the opportunity to see what’s next in interaction design and preview the College’s new master’s program launching in fall 2014.

Speaker Lineup

  • Tesa Aragones, Senior Global Director, Nike+ Experience Design – Digital Sport at Nike
  • Lawrence Burns, Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Michigan
  • Sheryl Connelly, Global Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Company
  • Joanne Healy, Dean of Graduate Studies, CCS
  • Mike Jbara, President of ADA, Warner Music Group
  • Jeff Voris, Director of Connected Experiences, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Roland Yu, Co-Founder, yU+co.[lab]

Schedule

9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – Welcome
10:00 a.m. – Sheryl Connelly
10:45 a.m. – Tesa Aragones
11:30 a.m. – Roland Yu
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Lawrence D. Burns
2:15 p.m. – Jeff Voris
3:00 p.m. – Break
3:15 p.m. – Mike Jbara
4:00 p.m. – Joanne Healy
4:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks, Sooshin Choi
5:00 p.m. – Reception

Brought to you by

  • CCS GRADUATE STUDIES
  • COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES
  • A. ALFRED TAUBMAN CENTER FOR DESIGN EDUCATION
  • GENERAL MOTORS AUDITORIUM AND KNIGHT FOUNDATION GALLERY

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

Successes, issues, and improvements for this website as an example for all websites whose objective is to capture a broad range of visitors.

healthcaregov

When and Where:
Thursday November 14, 2013
9:00-10:30am
15th Floor Auditorium, Compuware building
1050 Woodward Ave. (or One Campus Martius)
Detroit, MI 48226

Brought to you by:
The Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGCHI
The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC
The Michigan UxPA

wud

A World Usability Day Event in the “D” (Detroit)
(one of many events that will be held worldwide on this day)

Abstract

Usability is vitally important to many areas of the healthcare industry. The user population can broadly be divided into health care professionals, health care administrators, and consumers with no medical training. This talk will outline what is important for these various “user groups”, hone in on what is important for the growing group of “Consumer” users, and do a deep-dive on www.healthcare.gov, which has been in the media for much of this year,

Crescendo-ing…er …“Crash-scendo-ing”…in early October.

This talk will focus on the usability aspects of heathcare.gov. Attendees will walk away with not only a deep understanding of what did and did not work with the site as it rolled out in early October, but with recommendations relevant to anyone who is a stakeholder for a company or organization who needs their website and other customer touch points to be inviting and promote successful use for a very broad range of visitors.

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, 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, Eastman Kodak, Compuware, and ForeSee. He is currently the User Experience Architect at Quicken Loans, Principal of Clear Usability, LLC, and Director of the annual Internet User Experience conference.

Schedule

8:30 Check-in opens
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:10 Presentation
10:10 Q&A
10:20 Done

Registration

The registration fee for this event is only $5.

You must pre-register online no later than 6:00pm on Tuesday November 12, 2013 (this will allow us to plan numbers, prepare access badges, and coordinate with building security to smoothly get you to the auditorium on time).

Register here.

Parking

We suggest parking in the Compuware parking garage (see map for visitor entrance), which is across Farmer St. (and attached via walkway) to the Compuware building where the event will be held. Parking for up to 2 hours is $10.

Brought to you by

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

Successes, Issues, and Improvements for This Website…and All Websites Whose Objective is to Capture a Broad Range of Visitors.

When: Thursday November 14, 3:30 -5:00 PM
Where: LaFortune Student Center – Montgomery Auditorium, University of Notre Dame,  [ ]
Registration: We encourage you to preregister for this event.
More Details:

Usability is vitally important to many areas of the healthcare industry. The user population can broadly be divided into health care professionals, health care administrators, and consumers with no medical training. This talk will outline what is important for these various “user groups”, hone in on what is important for the growing group of “Consumer” users, and do a deep-dive on www.healthcare.gov, which has been in the media for much of this year,

Crescendo-ing…er …“Crash-scendo-ing”…
…in early October.

Attendees will walk away with not only a deep understanding of what did and did not work with the site as it rolled out in early October of this year, but with recommendations relevant to anyone who is a stakeholder for a company or organization who needs their website to be inviting and promote successful use for a very broad range of visitors.

DaveMR 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, 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, Eastman Kodak, Compuware, and ForeSee. He is currently the User Experience Architect at Quicken Loans, Principal of Clear Usability, LLC, and Director of the annual Internet User Experience conference.

Dave writes papers and gives presentations, tutorials, and workshops on user research, interface design, usability evaluation methods, web site design, product design, and home product testing at numerous industry and professional conferences and events. He has also developed and taught user research and interface design and evaluation classes at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and the University of Michigan’s School of Information. He is a chapter author of, “Design by People for People: Essays in Usability”.

Dave has a Masters degree in Human Factors Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dave’s contributions to the user experience profession include the ongoing direction of the Internet User Experience conference, which has been held for nine consecutive years and counting. He is also is an officer of the Michigan chapter of ACM SIG-CHI, a founder of the Michigan Usability Professionals Association (UPA), and a former board member of the International UXPA.

ignite_UX_Michigan When: October 24, 2013, There will be networking from 6-7 pm and talks from 7-9 pm.

Where: Ann Arbor, MI – Celtic Room at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Ann Arbor.

Event Website: http://ignite.user-experience.org

Ignite UX Michigan is a free event. It’s an evening of short talks on a broad range of user experience related topics, including:

  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics
  • Interaction design

The talks follow the Ignite format of 5 minutes and 20 slides. This format means that talks are lively and straight-to-the-point. Ignite UX Michigan packs 16 of these talks into a single evening!

This event is free and you do not have to register.

Schedule

  • 6:00-7:00pm: Networking (and time for people to arrive)
  • 7:00-8:00pm: Introduction and the first block of 8 speakers
  • 8:00-9:00pm: Second block of 8 speakers

Ignite UX Michigan is Brought to You By…

Ignite UX Michigan is made possible through a partnership of Michigan UPA, UX Toledo Region, and Michigan CHI, and by Michael Beasley and Whitney Ferdon and many more individuals.

2 Weeks, 12 Thought Leaders, Lectures, Seminars, Practicums, Networking, Tours – and YOU

Anywhere there is a person using a system, human factors engineering concepts inevitably apply. This human factors engineering training program provides hands-on user interface design experience for anyone looking to improve their organization through proven user interface evaluation techniques.This two-week human factors course, now in its 54th year, concerns the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers. Human-computer interaction is the focus for week two of the course and presents an overview of major topics and issues in human-computer interaction through workshops on selected concepts, methods, and procedures that provide the foundation for design of effective human-computer systems and web applications.

Small Group, Hands-on User Centered Design Experience Training

  • Get an insider’s view of human factors engineering
  • Gain experience and training in usability testing, user-centered design, and user interface evaluation
  • Select special topics of interest to you from 14 seminars and workshops.

Caitlin Potts In this talk, Caitlin Potts will share nuggets of information she has gleaned in over 1000 hours of meeting facilitation. These nuggets include how to recognize and prepare for various categories of meetings, why Edward Tufte is her facilitation hero, and how information architecture concepts will help you run a better meeting (and have better conversations).

Whether you’re a new usability professional, a jaded meeting attender, or just, well… human, you will be able to take away concepts from this talk that will help you have better conversations, and overall understanding of human communication (which is pretty important for effective meetings!).

Caitlin Potts is a user experience practitioner (designer and researcher) at Covenant Eyes, Inc., in Owosso. Working as part of an agile team, she spends her time collaborating with product owners, stakeholders, and developers to design web, mobile, and client application interfaces. She offers her services as a sounding board or sympathetic ear, on a daily basis, and is facilitating the creation of business rules for Covenant Eyes.

WHEN
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 6:00 PM

WHERE
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
1407 Rensen Street
Lansing, MI 48910
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HOW MUCH
Current Students: $5
UPA Members: $10
All Others: $20

Michigan UPA thanks Covenant Eyes for sponsoring refreshments for this event. We strongly encourage you to pre-register yourself and others.