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Oct 04 2013

Looking for Student Authors and Spotlights

Do you blog or update Facebook whenever you find a bad user interface? Consider posting on the HFIDO blog! This is a great way to share your thoughts with the greater HFIDO, Bentley and UX communities. Also, we want to show that HFIDers know a thing or two about UX :)

We are looking for students to post about:

  • Interesting insights on interfaces you experienced or worked on
  • UX book reviews
  • Experiences with events like conferences, hackathons, design jams, and etc.
  • Anything you want to share with HFIDO!

Also, we are still looking for student accomplishments for our Student Spotlight posts. Accomplishments can include publications, presentations, book reviews, awards, and other significant contributions.

Please contact Kathy Dang to post for the blog or to nominate someone for a Student Spotlight.

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Aug 29 2013

Call for Student Accomplishments and Authors

HFIDO is made up of very talented and accomplished members and the HFIDO board wants to recognize YOU on our blog! We are looking for portfolios, publications, book reviews, experiences with hackathons, startup weekend projects you’d like to share, or interesting insights you’ve gained in the UX field, etc.

Please contact Kathy Dang to nominate yourself or someone you know.

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May 23 2013

Analysis of Navigation in Portfolio Websites

“When users land on your website, they typically read the content available. Then, the next thing that they will do is to try and familiarize themselves with your website. Most of the time this involves looking for navigation.” Read the full story on Smashing Magazine.

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May 16 2013

On Publishing and Presenting

“When you do a lot of writing, you’ll end up with lots of ideas and articles at various stages, including your idea lists, articles you’ve just started writing, halfway-finished articles, completed drafts that you need to review, final versions you’re waiting to publish, and articles that have already been published. It’s hard to keep track of all these pieces without good organization.” Learn more at UXmatters.

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Feb 01 2013

Survey DO’s & DON’Ts – 2/4 @ 7:30 in Smith 122

“Survey Design DO’s & DON’Ts”Miriam Gerver Donath, Mon. 2/4 @ 7:30-9:00 pm in Smith 122

Survey design is important because it affects response rate (item and unit) and data quality (introduce bias), which, in turn, affects survey results. As someone who might work directly or tangentially with a market research, or embark on your own research, this presentation will help you think about survey design issues and improve surveys you encounter, as well as give some guidelines and resources. These will be set within the cognitive response model of question comprehension, information retrieval, judgment in responding to a question, and providing a response. Learn more about Miriam Gerver Donath. This event will be recorded and can be attended remotely via Centra.

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Oct 09 2012

Accessibility Lecture on 10/10 at 7:30 in Smith 122

UPDATE: Thank you to all who attended and, especially, to our wonderful presenters from Perkins. If you weren’t able to make it, you can view the recording in your browser (it runs about 90 minutes).


“Accessibility in a Not-So-Accessible World” – Wed., 10/10 at 7:30 PM in Smith 122 or online

Presented by Perkins School for the Blind representatives – Kim Charlson, Director of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Jim Denham, Director of the Assistive Technology Program – information and experiences will be shared to inform participants of the challenges and potential solutions for consumers with visual impairment. Current technology and real life anecdotes will both be reviewed.

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Feb 22 2012

Write Project Evaluations, Not Project Proposals

“A few years back, we decided to try something new. A potential client approached us and rather than preparing another project proposal, we offered the client what we now call a ‘Project Evaluation’. We charged them a fixed price for which we promised to evaluate the project, in all of our areas of expertise, and give them our recommendations.

That project became a game changer for us, starting an on-going relationship that opened doors into a new market. It was the process of the evaluation itself that brought the new market potential to our attention, and gave us the opportunity to develop this business model. It was a definite win, and one that a project proposal couldn’t have delivered.”

Read the full article on Smashing Magazine.

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Jan 30 2012

Upcoming UX Events

Seminar on Capturing Test Data – Tue., 1/31, 1-2 pm @ online Mad*Pow event
Our very own Dan Berlin is hosting a webinar covering “Best Practices for Consistent Capture of Usability Test Data” on Tuesday, January 31 from 1-2 pm. This seminar is for experience designers seeking to improve their data collection methods and foster straightforward data solicitation, moderation techniques, and capture of usability test data. Best practices will be shared for capturing usability test data in consistent and comparable ways to ensure that your collected data leads to actionable insights.

An Experience Research Director at Mad*Pow, Dan received his BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, spent seven years supporting hard-to-use interfaces at a cable technology firm, jumped into the world of usability through the MBA and MS in Human Factors in Information Design program at Bentley University, and then spent his first two years in the field at a digital marketing agency building a usability research practice and investigating neuromarketing techniques.

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UPA Boston, February Meeting – Wed., 2/1, 6-9 pm @ One to One in Charlestown
A multidisciplinary panel from digital marketing agency One to One, “Mobile Mantras: An Experience Design Roundtable” discusses current experience design best practices for mobile development.

Panel Participants:

  • Brian Assmus, Flash Developer
  • Frank Dellario, Senior Mobile Producer – Mobile Technology
  • Matt DiGirolamo, User Research Consultant
  • Rob Fitzgibbon, Associate Director, Experience Design
  • Hannah Liberty, Senior Information Architect
  • Michelle McNulty, Lead User Experience Consultant
  • Ryan Travis, Web Developer

6:00 – 7:00 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 – 7:30 pm Announcements
7:30 – 9:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

RSVP here.
Networking, Knowledge Sharing, and UX Methods – Wed., 2/8, 5-8 pm @ MathWorks in Natick
The MathWorks Usability Group invites you to spend the evening with a lively group of UX pros for knowledge sharing and networking. We’ll have short talks and displays to share research, design methods, and practices. You’ll have the opportunity to meet MathWorks UX team members as well as other regional UX professionals. We’ll also have lots of delicious food available, so come hungry!

RSVP by Wed., 2/1.

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Jan 26 2012

5 Tips to Enhance Your (UX) Personal Brand


  1. People make up their minds about you in the first 30 seconds of meeting you. Here’s the kicker: it’s an unconscious decision. They’ve already decided how they feel about you, but they just don’t know it yet.
  2. Most people get nervous delivering speeches. Even thinking about delivering speeches makes people sweat. Unfortunately, they unconsciously communicate that nervousness to the audience, and the audience reads it as an attack, again unconsciously.
  3. Once an audience believes it’s under attack, it stops listening and prepares (unconsciously) for flight.
  4. Most presentations fail because the speaker presents information to the audience in a way that unintentionally ensures it will be instantly forgotten. Here is the surprising alternative: by changing a few sentences at the beginning of your talk, you can increase audience retention by four or five-fold.
  5. To increase your charisma, focus on a single emotion that you feel about your content or the person you’re meeting, for three minutes before the beginning of your meeting, speech, or presentation.
  6. BONUS! People believe non-verbal communication over verbal communication every time.


Learn more communication theory from Dr. Nick Morgan via his blog and videos.

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Jan 05 2012

Review of the 2011 UPA International Conference

“The 2011 Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) International Conference took place from June 21 through June 24, 2011. The conference lived up to its theme, “Designing for Social Change”, and heralded the 20th anniversary of the UPA Conference. Approximately 600 experienced and novice usability, user experience, and user interface design professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency, in Atlanta, GA. This was my first UPA Conference, and I was fortunate to be an on-site volunteer. My expectations for this conference mirrored my experience of the many other conferences I’ve attended in the past, but this conference wildly exceeded my expectations. There were ample networking opportunities, education in usability, interaction with experienced professionals, and a glimpse of the disciplines’ future.”

UPA 2012 will be in Las Vegas, from June 5th to 8th – read the full article on UXmatters.

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Nov 04 2011

Creating Applications That Connect with Users

Three Bentley MSHFID students – Diego Mendes, Amanda Davis, and Vignesh Krubai – will be presenting for World Usability Day 2011 on Thursday, November 10 from 6-9 p.m at Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138).


The presentation, titled “The User Experience of Interactive Educational Systems: An iPad Study”, details their new technique for data collection in a usability study, as well as the qualitative findings from their research.


Learn about World Usability Day 2011 or register for this free event.

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May 18 2011

Presentation Skills for Designers

Published by under Networking,Presentation

IxDA Boston Presents: Presentation Skills for Designers

Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (ET)

Autodesk Waltham

Get all the details at Eventbrite. (sic. Will companies please please stop misspelling words just to be cute or get a domain? It’s a lost battle, I know…..)

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May 03 2011

UPA Boston: Look Who’s Talking

Chris Haas has announced the speaker roster for this year’s UPA Boston event on May 25th.. There are a lot of  HFID-affiliated folks on the list! Congratulations to those current and former HFID students on the panel.

Last year’s conference was excellent. Do try to attend if you can. Note that students get a very generous discount. You can register here:

Check out this tempting list of presentations:

Avram Baskin (and panel)

Certification of Usability Professionals

Dan Berlin


Putting design psychology to work

Sarah Bloor


Beyond Features and Flow: Finding the “Why” in Experience Design.

Anna Bradley


Localization research: If we can do it, so can you!

Tony Brown


Video Wall UX – Multi-Touch

Dustin DiTommaso


More Than Points: Architecting Engagement Through Game Design Thinking

Dustin DiTommaso


Grid Systems: Building Blocks to a Better User Experience

Kris Engdahl


Usability of Electronic Health Records

Jonathan Follett


Designing Enterprise Dashboards

Debra Gelman


Conducting Multiple-Method Design Research with 6-8 Year Olds: A Case Study

Vijay Hanumolu

4 mobile apps 2 dev teams 1 Enterprise mobile solution – An (sleepless) Interaction Designer’s experience doing mobile design in Agile!

Michael Hawley


Beyond Usability Testing: Assessing the Usefulness of Your Design

Eva Kaniasty


Mobile App Design for BehaviorChange

Demetrios Karis


Diary Studies: An Overview and Practical Advice

Justin Kaufman


See me, feel me, touch me, heal me: Accessibility and opportunity in mobile computing.

David Kozatch


Let’s Put it All Together: Why UX Practitioners and Marketing Researchers Need to Join Forces Now

Jeremy Kriegel


Agile 101

Traci Lepore


I’m in the user’s shoes, now what? How finding an empathetically user-centered perspective on design builds innovation.

Tom McCann


Are the in-store and e-commerce shopping experiences really that different?

Jen McGinn


Persona Development:Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Dharmesh Mistry


Can “Smart Home” technology change the future of how older adults live?

Joe Ranft


The Nuts and Bolts of Running a Single Person Consultancy

Colleen Roller


When 98% is more than 100%: how number format influences judgment and decisions

Amanda Rotondo


Values in design: A hands-on workshop

Michael Ryan


Rock! Paper! iPad! Comparing UX Tools on the iPad to Traditional Methods

Will Schroeder


Lightning Prototyping Strikes Again: Very Rapid Design and Test Revisited

Kyle Soucy


Collaging: Getting Answers to the Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask

Julie Strothman


Fact or Question? Analytics for User Experience

Brian Sullivan


Designing for Awareness in the Attention Economy

Bob Thomas (and panel)


Building Out a User Experience Team: Making UX Relevant Companywide

Tom Tullis


How Should Text Links Be Presented?

Tom Vollaro


Creating an online community for user research: moving beyond Facebook and Twitter

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Mar 22 2011

Dana Chisnell: Rethinking User Research for the Social Web

The NH UPA chapter is sponsoring this presentation by Dana Chisnell, author of the  Handbook of Usability Testing: Howto Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests (which is a required book for HF710). Chisnell will discuss The 5 Top UX Issues on the Social Web

Here is the information from the NH UPA announcement. If you want to go, be sure to register at eventbright.

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