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Ct Jan 2009 Newsletter V2

  1. 1. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS JANUARY 17, 2009 www.ctupa.org NEWSLETTER Our January Meeting Ride Share Program Packaging of the Usability Professional -- #om the Recruiter/ In 2009, we are going to be reaching out to our growing Headhunters Point of View membership for more participation. One thought is to “ride share” to our monthly meetings. It is a great way to meet fellow usability professionals -- and cut down on the expense of traveling to a chapter meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the program -- please send me a note, or introduce yourself to me at the next meeting. Miles Jennings - Herb Wexler, Vice President CT UPA Matt Forbes herbwexler@optonline.net The next Chapter meeting will uncomfortable, it behooves all of be held on Thursday, January 22, us to be prepared for the 2009 at Open Solutions Inc. in “unexpected,” and be ready to seek Glastonbury CT. An ice storm out and secure a new position if forced us to postpone this topic in the need arises. December. We are thrilled that To that end, we will welcome the speakers agreed to share their Matthew Forbes, Managing insights at our January meeting. Director at Apex Systems Inc., It goes without saying that in and Miles Jennings, Managing these troubled economic times, no Director at Modis, Inc. to discuss company, and no individual “Packaging of the Usability position is rock solid and Professional – from the Recruiter/ recession proof. It is truly Headhunter’s Point of View.” alarming to see positions being (Directions to Open Solutions eliminated in all industries on a on page 2) daily basis. Although possibly http://www.ctupa.org PAGE 1
  2. 2. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS JANUARY 17, 2009 Meeting location: Upcoming Meetings Open Solutions Inc. Mad*Pow Design 455 Winding Brook Road (4th Floor) Speaker: Josh Corringham Glastonbury CT 06033 Genius Design vs. User Centered Design Google map to Open Solutions Inc. SpeedReading People Speaker: Polly Maglio, VP From West Hartford: SpeedReading People Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=West+Hartford, +CT&daddr=455+Winding+Brook+Dr,+Glastonbury,+CT+06033+(Open EyeTracking Demo +Solutions Speaker: Jennifer Knodler +Inc)&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=41.908205,-72.664385&sspn=0.512028,1.14 SensoMotoric Instruments, Inc. 5325&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=12 From New Haven: Advanced Card Sorting http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=New+Haven, Techniques +CT&daddr=455+Winding+Brook+Dr,+Glastonbury,+CT+06033+(Open Speaker: TBD +Solutions +Inc)&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=41.74242,-72.670245&sspn=0.12834,0.2863 31&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=10 Topic TBD From Springfield MA: Speaker: from Human Factors International http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Springfield, +MA&daddr=455+Winding+Brook+Dr,+Glastonbury,+CT+06033+(Open +Solutions +Inc)&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=41.51632,-72.76189&sspn=0.515157,1.145325 &ie=UTF8&ll=41.908409,-72.623749&spn=0.512028,1.145325&t=h&z=10 CT UPA ONLINE Community We are always looking for ways to bring more value to members of the CT UPA. In the past we've developed an interactive wiki, making publishing on the CT UPA site accessible to all members of the chapter. As a result, some of you added content to the wiki and developed your personalized profiles. Some of you also mentioned that wiki editing is a bit intimidating and the user interface is not ideal. As a result we've been exploring other ways of presenting chapter information online. One of them is developing our own social network using Ning. Since its creation in 2005 Ning has attracted over 500 thousand custom social networks both private and those open to the public. The site appeals to users who want to create networks around specific interests or who have limited technical skills. Ning provides their network users with the following features: - own branding and design (within predefined template structure) - Unlimited number of members with member profiles - A real-time stream of everything happening across the social network - Discussion forums and blogs - Events feature - Video, photo and custom slideshows feature - Badge creation to publicize the group among other social networks - Aneta Ha$, Secretary CT UPA - Live chat component We are in the process of making final preparations for migration of the CT UPA wiki to Ning and welcome anyone who has experience setting up social networks and who is willing to help. PAGE 2
  3. 3. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS JANUARY 17, 2009 INTERFACE TOOL TIPS... I recently stumbled onto a great new tool for “low fidelity prototyping”. Balsamiq Mockups has exceeded my expectations -- providing me with a simple to use interface, and sixty plus controls and interface components to ensure quick concept design. For quite sometime, I’ve been searching for a tool that creates output that looks like the interface was drawn on the back of a napkin. That type of output has always helped me get great user feedback early in the development lifecycle. That’s where Balsamiq http://www.balsamiq.com/products/ Mockups comes in. It reflects the intelligent application design tenants of the iPhone. Everyone wants applications that meet their primary objective (in the case of Balsamiq Mockups -- nailing the creation of low-fidelity prototypes). Balsamiq is fun, and inspires creativity. For me -- less is always more -- I design my best interfaces when I have a limited set of controls. A license for Balsamiq Mockups is very affordable -- and 2 quick mockups by Michael Rawlins allows you to import graphics. It also exports in PNG and XML format. I give Balsamiq Mockups my highest recommendation -- an excellent personal and professional toolset buy! - Michael Rawlins President CT UPA PAGE 3