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Jan 14 2014

HFIDO Online Panel Discussion – On Being a UX Practitioner in Different Environments – 01/30

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UPDATE (1/31): Here is the recording of the panel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX1wM3v9qvQ

 

Join UX practitioner Ben Judy from Texas online for a panel discussion he organized, exploring what it’s like to be a user experience design practitioner in different environments.

By “environments” we primarily mean different kinds of organizations, such as:

* For-profit corporation
* Non-profit organization
* Government / civil service
* Marketing agency
* Startup venture
* Independent consultant / freelancer
* Academic institution
* and so on…

Other comparisons may also be discussed:

* different industries, e.g. travel vs. health care vs. retail
team size, e.g. “UX team of one” vs. small team vs. large department
* organizational structure, e.g. centralized UX team vs. individuals embedded in project teams

 

Panelists:

* Stephen Anderson - Author of Seductive Interactions and creator of Mental Notes
* Kara DeFrias - Appointed to the first class of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows
* Daniel Munz - Web professional with experience building smart digital strategies for civic causes, political campaigns and federal agencies
* Lynne Polischuik – Independent designer and consultant
* John Yuda - Establishing an in-house design and development practice for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 
* Roger Belveal – Principal Experience Designer at Intuit
Moderator: Ben Judy - UX generalist who has worked as a manager, contributor, contractor, and consultant

 

For full details and additional information on the panelists, visit: www.benjudy.com/ux-in-different-environments

 

Date & Time: Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 8:00PM EST

Google Hangouts on Air Link: https://plus.google.com/events/crrcitvvdd309pf2f7hem0829os

 

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Nov 19 2013

UX Portfolio Roundtable 12/5

Published by under Careers,Discussion,Workshops

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

Published by under Careers,Resources,Workshops

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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

HFIDO Alumni Panel 10/24

Published by under Careers,Discussion

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HFIDO welcomes distinguished HFID alumni panelists to share their experiences and answer any questions you might have about how to approach a career in UX. Our panelists have a vast array of experience.  They’ve worked as interaction designers, usability experts, information architects, and designers; at agencies, big corporations, big tech companies like Yahoo and eBay, and started their own businesses.  They have backgrounds in engineering, tech writing, business and sales. They are now leaders in their field. Our distinguished panelists include:

  • Kris Engdahl, athenahealth

  • Neeta Golpani, digitas

  • Colin Hynes, independent consultant

  • Anne Mamaghani, eBay

  • James McElroy, Perkin Elmer

Moderator: Mike Fritz

This panel is for:

  • Students who are a bit fuzzy on what exactly they’ll do after they graduate. (What kind of job?  Where?  How?)

  • Students who want to learn from highly successful UX’ers.

  • Alumni who would like insight on how to advance in their careers.

 

When: Thursday, October 24;  Snacks @ 7PM; Panel @ 7:30PM – 9:00PM ET

Where: Smith 122 and online (There will be snacks for those who attend in-person. Bring your questions!)

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PARKING:

If you no longer have a student pass, print out this parking permit, and put it in your car window.

http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8924146/Park.Permit.2013.doc

ONLINE Instructions

For your remote participation in the HFIDO Alumni Panel on October 24th, 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 (for each day) 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 it 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.

https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000000e426a3000001408794fedd901d

You will be using VoIP audio so please have a headset or microphone available to test your audio. (We ask that you 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 presenter/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.
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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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 09 2013

September UX Events in Boston

Published by under Events,Networking,Social,Workshops

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 05 2013

HFID Mentoring Program

Are you interested in being an HFID mentor or mentee? Read the following and contact Roland Hübscher to be part of the HFID Mentoring Program!

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Hi all,

 

As many of you are probably aware, we have a mentoring program where alumni from the HFID program are matched as mentors with current or former students of our program as mentees. The idea is that the more experienced colleagues can provide advice related to life and work in the field of usability, design, etc.

 

If you have any questions regarding mentor program, send them directly Roland Hübscher at rhubscher@bentley.edu

 

Of course, if you would like to be added as mentor or just consider it, please contact me as well.

 

If you would like to be matched with a mentor, then please send me the following information:

 

Link to LinkedIn page:

Desired Career Path:

Desired Industry:

Current Work Experience:

Academic experience:

Current location:

Preferred job location:

Any other pertinent information:

 

I will then compile all the information and I will try match you up with an appropriate mentor. If you have sent me information earlier but have not been matched yet with a mentor, please contact me again.

 

Thanks for participating.

 

Roland Hübscher

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Jun 04 2013

Navigating Stormy Seas: Project Requirements

“As UX professionals, we generally have an abundant breadth of experience across different industries and businesses. Our clients, on the other hand, have great depth of knowledge in their own domain. However, only users themselves can intimately appreciate their own needs, and user experience is the only field that considers the user’s perspective at every stage of a project.” View the entire story at UXmatters.

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May 30 2013

The Real-Life UX Design Process

“We all know basic tenets of user-centered design. We recognize different research methods, the prototyping stage, as well as the process of documenting techniques in our rich methodological environment. The question you probably often ask yourself, though, is how it all works in practice?” Read the entire article on Smashing Magazine.

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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 21 2013

Usability, UX, & UI Guidelines from Big Companies

“Guidelines are considered to be the best resource that designers and developer can use to ensure that the applications and websites they produce are usable. Operating systems, devices, and development environments are very specific in nature. Because of this, their manufacturers have devised their own set of usability, UX, and UI guidelines.” View the full article on Usability Geek.

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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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May 02 2013

Retiring the Portfolio Screenshot

“As designers and developers, we spend a great deal of time and effort getting a project just right for a client, yet often we don’t do it justice when we display the extent of our involvement and the various component parts that go into the whole thing. So many personal and agency portfolios simply display a couple of screen grabs of a project along with a few hazy bullet points saying things like “HTML & CSS”; or “WordPress CMS development.” These tell us very little about the effort that’s gone into a project and aren’t really very helpful to visitors who might be looking to your portfolio with a view to working with you on a project.” Read the full story at Smashing Magazine.

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Apr 30 2013

Facilitating Great Design

“Today’s web design professionals practice any mix of graphic design, information architecture, user interface design, usability testing, user research, and front-end or back-end development skills. The value of the modern web design professional is not those disciplines, however, but the ability to combine them to solve real problems, especially as a group. Effective group work requires structured, strategic meetings, and good facilitation provides that structure.” See the full piece at A List Apart.

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Apr 11 2013

4 Steps to Successfully Selling Your Big Idea

“How many times have you thought of a neat idea only to forget it hours or days later? Our most innovative ideas are more likely to come to us when we are away from the office, thus, we are not necessarily in a position to act on them right away. Think of a way you can capture these ideas on-the-go, perhaps in a notepad application on your phone.” View the full article on The Fast Track.

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Apr 04 2013

Enterprise Content Strategy Comes Down to Governance and Workflow

“In content strategy, content governance is a broad term that can apply to everything from workflows to style guides. The problem that arises with such a varied theoretical understanding of the term is that it is often talked about at the tactical level instead of at the strategic one. Meaning, content owners may be provided with governance documents to delineate how a content asset moves through the pipeline from ideation to publication, but it rarely leverages the organizational chart in a way that involves decision-makers at the higher levels. Content simply can’t be an organization’s biggest asset if the buy-in isn’t there to appreciate its value.” Learn more at Follow the UX Leader.

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Apr 02 2013

What They Don’t Teach You in Design School

“In the workplace, both how you work and how long you work on a project matter. Regardless of your seniority, the total number of hours you put in at work gets tracked—especially if you work for a consultancy. The ratio between the number of hours you actually put into a project versus the number of hours allotted for the project—in other words, the cost of your working on a project in comparison to how much a client is paying your company for the work—are numbers that drive the success or failure of your company. If you spend a lot more time on a project than you were supposed to, your company is losing money.” Read more at UXmatters.

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Feb 07 2013

Signs UX Research is Making an Impact

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“For a UX professional, one of the hardest things to measure is how much stakeholders and clients have bought into UX research. There is no clear, quantifiable answer to this question. Nevertheless, there are several signs that indicate stakeholder engagement, uptake, and buy-in.” See the full article at UXmatters.

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Jan 15 2013

George Lois Dishes Out Damn Good Advice

“Creativity can solve almost any problem,” according to legendary adman George Lois. “The defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything,” is just one of the mantras he’s lived by for 80, very successful, years. So, with the thought in mind that every creative person (be they an artist, architect, designer, photographer – whatever) can always do with a helping hand we’d like to draw your attention to his great new book, Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!).”

Read the full article at Phaidon.

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Dec 27 2012

UX Site Reviews: Which Review Type? How Long?

“Clients under business pressure often have aggressive deadlines and expect the most useful results in the shortest possible time, so deciding how long to spend on a review is crucial. For UX reviews, the 80:20 rule generally applies: 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This is the best approach in most cases, as it helps UX reviews quickly identify the few vital issues that make the biggest difference in terms of results.  So let’s look at the three types of review, their uses, and how long to take for each.”

Read the full article at UX Magazine.

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