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Nov 19 2013

UX Portfolio Roundtable 12/5

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The goal of the UX Portfolio Roundtable is to provide students with the tools and knowledge to create or refine their UX portfolio. Several panelists will begin by sharing their experiences in creating their own portfolios, and/or using portfolios during the hiring process. Following the discussion, the panel participants will take questions from students, and provide individual feedback on student portfolios.

The event is an adjunct to Eva Kaniasty’s UX Portfolio class on Skillshare.com, but will be open to the whole Bentley community. (If interested, you can still sign up for the Skillshare course at http://skl.sh/1alp3S4

The panelists include:
Christopher Laroche, MIT (HFID Grad, Instructor at Northeastern)
Rob Fitzgibbons, Mobiquity (RISD Grad, Manager)
Dani Nordin, the zen kitchen (HFID Grad, Author)

If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio, please make sure it is either accessible online or through your laptop.

Don’t have a portfolio?  Come and learn what you need to know from the panelists and your classmates!

When: Thursday, December 5 @ 7:30PM ET  (students in Resnick’s class, just drop in after class ends!)

Where: Smith 122, online (see below)

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For your remote participation in the HFIDO Portfolio Panel, Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:30, you will be using Saba Centra 7 Web conferencing Software. Please follow the directions below.

ATTEND USING A GUEST LINK

If not live, copy and paste the link below into a Browser. We recommend Chrome for the PC and Safari or Firefox for the MAC.

· NOTE: This program works with Java. Please make sure the latest update is installed and enabled on the browser you are using.

· If you have Windows 8, you may have difficulty installing this program. Please contact us for assistance.

· If you have a MAC with Maverick OS, please use Firefox browser

https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/00000120d6b70000014237ca452f85b1

· You will be using VoIP audio so please have a headset or microphone available to test your audio.

· PLEASE use earphones/ear buds, instead of open computer speakers as this will minimize audio feedback.

· You will come to a page that will ask you to enter an e-mail address.

· You will be given two options, “Launch on Desktop” or “Attend in Browser.” Please use the “Launch on Desktop” to enter the session. The browser version is not full featured and there is no video window to see the professor/room, etc. The desktop option will ask you to download software.

· If you are using a PC and asked to install/ run the software and/or allow security- please select yes. If you are asked to allow a plugin (java) select yes.

****This online event is currently open so you can follow the above instructions to attend and get the software downloaded at your convenience and make sure you enter the event.

Please contact us immediately if you experience any problems or if you have never used this software before we recommend you have an online technology orientation to make sure your connectivity is good and that your audio is working properly.

Please e-mail us at hybrid@bentley.edu or call our helpline at 781-891-3487 between 1PM and 9:30PM Eastern time, Monday through Thursday.

**FIREWALL INFORMATION:
Centra uses a proprietary port 1709 which may be blocked by your company’s firewall. To unblock this port, tell your IT staff that you need a “Direct TCP connection to the Centra servers (141.133.239.178, 141.133.239.179, and 141.133.239.180) on port 1709 outbound”. Port 443 can be used as a backup.

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Oct 04 2013

UX Portfolio Skillshare + Session with Eva Kaniasty

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The UX Portfolio is a key requirement for getting the job you want post-graduation.

This event has 2 parts:

1) UX Portfolio Skillshare  is now only $5 to sign up.  After you sign up on my.bentley.edu, forward your receipt to bobo_robi@bentley.edu, and we will send you a registration code to sign up on Skillshare.

  • You’ll be free to walk through the material at your own pace.  The materials will be available on October 7.
  • To purchase your ticket, go to my.bentley.edu > Student Self-Services > Student Services > Register for Events.

2) There will be a culminating in-person session led by Eva on Thursday, December 7, IF we get enough people who are interested.  We will post a separate event for this later.

 

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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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Sep 27 2013

October UX Events in Boston (and beyond!)

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Check out these events in the Boston area! There are a few options for those of you outside of Boston as well. Let us know if there are events others may be interested in and we will include it on the list!

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Sep 13 2013

Axure Workshop Recap

Update 9/13: Added link to recording.

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Last night, Oscar Yépez taught a great introduction to Axure! We downloaded our own copy of Axure onto our laptops and learned how to create an interactive wireframe of an iPhone app. This included how to add objects, images, and actions to make the wireframe come alive. Also, Oscar showed how to effectively create wireframes through the use of master objects and dynamic panels.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is the link to the recording!

If you attended the workshop, we are looking for feedback for those who participated. Feel free to leave a comment on the blog or the Facebook page on what you thought of the workshop!

Special thanks to Oscar for providing HFIDers with a new UX skill!

 

Oscar shows HFIDers how to create an action in a wireframe

Oscar shows HFIDers how to create an action in a wireframe


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Sep 09 2013

September UX Events in Boston

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If you are in the Boston area, check out some of these UX events:

Feel free to comment and share other events!

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Sep 03 2013

HFIDO Axure Workshop 9/12 – Rescheduled

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Update (9/10):

* The room has been changed to Smith 223

* For local students, there will be mixed sandwiches, cheese, fruit.

* Remote students: Here is the Centra link: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000000e426a3000001408794fedd82e8
(Instructions: You need Centra installed on your computer and will be asked for an e-mail address and profile information – to log in. You should still choose “launch on desktop” as with the classes in order to see a video window. )

* Everyone will need to install Axure on their laptops BEFORE the session (or look on with somebody else). If you want to get the free student version, it might take a day or two for them to verify your student status before giving you a license key.

* You can also just download the 30 day trial.

* It is useful if you open up Axure and look around before the session (but not required).
– Here is some background info about prototyping in Axure: http://mobile.smashingmagazine.com/2012/08/17/mobile-prototyping-axure-rp/

 

Update (9/4): Please note that the workshop has been rescheduled for September 12 @ 7:30PM EDT.

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HFID graduate Oscar Yépez, who “lives and dies in Axure” at his UX designer job at Intralinks, will lead a 2-hour beginner workshop on essential skills with Axure. Axure is one wireframing tool widely used in the UX field and the MSHFID program.

Note: If you are a student with at least a 3.0 GPA, you can get a free Axure RP Pro license!

  • Date: September 12, 2013
  • Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM EDT
  • Place: Smith 223 and Centra

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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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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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Mar 27 2012

hFIDO event: Brainstorm It Right on Thu., 3/29

“Brainstorm It Right”Alyssa Boehm & Mike Kennedy, 3/29 @ 6:30-7:30 pm in Smith 122

We all endure a terrible brainstorming session at some point in our careers. You sit in a small room, people yell and at the end, hastily scribbled pages are produced that quickly disappear into a closet. It isn’t a productive experience and everyone knows it. Well, kiss those terrible sessions good-bye! We’ll explore best practices on how to facilitate brainstorming, support different types of participants, and create an action plan to follow-up on ideas. We’ll role-play and problem-solve together. Plus, delicious light snacks will be served! Learn more about Alyssa Boehm and about Mike Kennedy. This event will be recorded and can be attended remotely via Centra: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/0000018f9b75000001360c76602a8402

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Mar 13 2012

hFIDO event: Moderating Workshop on Tue., 3/20

“Maximizing Your Moderating Workshop”Susan Mercer, 3/20 @ 7:30-9:30 pm in Smith 122

A central tenet of user-centered design is getting good usability feedback to iteratively improve the design. Unbiased moderation is critical in usability studies to ensure accurate, unbiased feedback. Yet in the heat of the moment, even experienced moderators can struggle to avoid asking leading questions, accidentally skewing findings, and stressing participants. This interactive session will teach advanced moderation skills, such as refocusing a participant, that can make the difference between successful and less-than-successful outcomes. The workshop will also provide time to critique videos of moderated sessions as well as providing the opportunity for volunteers to practice moderating and receive feedback from the presenter and attendees. About Susan Mercer. This event will be recorded and can be attended remotely via Centra: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/00000141b73600000135d05bc4d582d2

 

And then, in the following week…

 

“Brainstorm It Right”Alyssa Boehm & Mike Kennedy, 3/29 @ 6:30-7:30 pm in Smith 122

We all endure a terrible brainstorming session at some point in our careers. You sit in a small room, people yell and at the end, hastily scribbled pages are produced that quickly disappear into a closet. It isn’t a productive experience and everyone knows it. Well, kiss those terrible sessions good-bye! We’ll explore best practices on how to facilitate brainstorming, support different types of participants, and create an action plan to follow-up on ideas. We’ll role-play and problem-solve together. Plus, delicious light snacks will be served! About Alyssa Boehm. About Mike Kennedy.

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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.

View presentation!
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 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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Sep 25 2011

Workshop Slides: Finding & Organizing Research

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Available Now

The complete slides for Finding, Organizing, & Annotating Research from last week’s workshop on research tools and strategy. Slides for the last two modules from the workshop are pending. I will post them as I finish them.

Recording: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001a7907100000131b3fc6bb98821

Status of Workshop Slides, by Module

I. Finding Research Done
II. Organizing Research Done
III. Annotating & Tagging Done
IV. Citations & Bibliographies Pending
V. Using Word to Write Scalable Drafts Started

Need Help?

Let me know if you have questions about any of the workshop topics for which slides are not yet available. Please clearly indicate that you are asking about the HFID Research class so I do not confuse you with my students at other schools. Emails with descriptive, unambiguous subject lines will get first priority.  — CB

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Sep 16 2011

Research Workshop a Success!

Thank you SOOO much to C.B. Loeb for a great workshop on Researching & Managing Sources!!!! We had about 10 people join us in Smith 122, and at least 6 students participate online.    We had a lot of student participation and some great questions and discussion about how to be most effective with research.  Short answer: Find a set of tools and a method that works best for you, since everyone is a little different.

C. B. will be sharing her materials online.  Look for them to be attached to this post sometime early next week.

For those who werw not able to attend the session, it was recorded and is available for watching through Centra.  Simply click the link below, enter your email address and go from there.

Recording: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001a7907100000131b3fc6bb98821

Did you attend?  Let us know what you thought about the workshop in the comments.

 

Our next event:

Sketching & Ideation

Wed., Oct. 5 @ 7:30 – 9:30 PM in TBD rm. (likely Smith 122 w/ remote support)

Join RISD alumna, IDCC adjunct, current MSHFID student, and hFIDO Member-at-Large Martha Ware for a workshop on sketching and ideation. Martha brings her illustration background to bear to help us understand the best ways to quickly convey our ideas. In this crash course in visualization you’ll find out how to think spatially, how to effectively redirect a stymied meeting with a few quick sketches on the white board, and where to look for the best tutorials to supplement your digital creative experience. Bring your laptop, unlined paper or a sketchbook, pencils, pens and an eraser to this fun and interactive class!

See you there!
Thanks,
Susan

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Aug 30 2011

12th Annual HF Inter-University Workshop

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Bentley HFIDers:
You’re invited to the 12th Annual Human Factors Inter-University Workshop!


When/Where

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 @ the University at Buffalo

Details

The workshop is a daylong event, aimed at encouraging graduate and undergraduate students of Human Factors and other related disciplines to present their research and network with other researchers, professors and professionals. To encourage participation, the workshop is held at no cost to the students. It is intended to be quite informal and presenters may discuss past research, work in progress or potential research topics and/or issues related to human factors engineering. Students that have not yet had the opportunity to present at major conferences are especially encouraged to participate as this is a great platform to get feedback from colleagues and gain confidence!

More Info

For more details, including links to register for the conference and/or submit an abstract to be a presenter please visit http://ubhfes.wordpress.com/iuw2011/

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Apr 26 2011

Sketching Class Presentation

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Join us tomorrow when our own Martha Ware — an HFID student and Visual Design Instructor at Bentley — shares her insights on sketching, ideation, and even portfolio creation! For a sneak peek, peruse her slide presentation as well as the many resources she has assembled for us.

Sketching Class Slide Deck

Download the PowerPoint presentation

Resource Materials

Great Tutorials for Creating Images

Portfolio Sites

  • Coroflot
    The portfolio website created by Core77, Industrial Design Magazine and Resource.
  • Yola
    Found out about this one asking a Media Arts student what he used.
  • WordPress
    Always a good backup. Check around there for others using it as a portfolio presentation. It’s not bad.
  • Dropr
    Now in beta for the public, and an interesting option.

Other Useful Links re: Portfolio Creation:

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Apr 13 2011

Under the UX Umbrella Workshop today!

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Applying for a job or internship? Slightly confused about the range of UX jobs out there?

Then join us on Wednesday, April 13th, from 5:00-7:20pm to learn about all the different roles in our field (user research, interaction design, information architecture, and more) and their points of convergence and divergence.

Susan Mercer, who has over 15 years of experience the usability field, will lead this discussion. Susan is in her 2nd semester in the HFID program and works at the DUC.

 

To attend online:

https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001bf68a90000012ebef8378d8035

 

RSVP: http://hfidoworkshop1.eventbrite.com

 

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Apr 11 2011

Reminder: Two days until the Under the UX Umbrella workshop!

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April 13: Under the UX Umbrella
https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001bf68a90000012ebef8378d8035

Susan Mercer will discuss the different roles in our field (user research, interaction design, information architecture, and more) and their points of convergence and divergence. Susan brings over 15 years of experience the usability field. She is in her 2nd semester in the HFID program and works at the DUC.

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Apr 01 2011

Announcing the hFIDO April Workshop Series

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Ok, HFIDers. You asked for workshops. We heard you. Here they are!

Presenting  three workshops that will help you in your coursework, your projects and your job search!

All workshops are on Wednesdays in April, 5:00-7:20 pm in Smith 122.


April 13: Under the UX Umbrella

https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001bf68a90000012ebef8378d8035

Susan Mercer will discuss the different roles in our field (user research, interaction design, information architecture, and more) and their points of convergence and divergence. Susan brings over 15 years of experience the usability field. She is in her 2nd semester in the HFID program and works at the DUC.


April 20: Prototyping Tools: Axure & Balsamiq

Michael Ledoux is the Manager of User Experience at EnerNOC and an HFID alum. He will be showing us some of the most commonly-used prototyping tools in the industry: Axure and Balsamiq. While Axure will be the focus of the class, students interested in attending are requested to download both tools onto their laptops and bring them to class. Attendees are also asked to view the tutorials or do other exploratory research that they have time for. Axure is free for students and Balsamiq has a 7-day free trial.


April 27: Ideation Sketching

Martha Ware is the course instructor for Fundamentals of Visual Communication, a course for Bentley undergrads. She is  a current student in the HFID program, and a RISD alum. She will show us how to get our ideas from thought to paper and how to use visualizations to communicate quickly. Come find out how to effectively redirect a stymied meeting with a few quick sketches on the white board, how to lay out a mobile device screen in minutes, and where to look for the best tutorials on Adobe Creative Suite. Bring unlined paper or a sketchbook, pencils, pens and an eraser to this fun and interactive class!

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