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Nov 03 2013

Student Spotlight – Amrita Aviyente

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AmritaAmrita Aviyente is the founder, CEO and UX lead of Date My Wardrobe (think of it as the AirBnB for wardrobe items). The idea for her company emerged while vacationing in India. She really needed a pair of shoes for a party, but ended up buying a new pair, which she hasn’t worn since then. This idea was taken to the next level during Boston Service Jam in March 2013 as a peer-to-peer (P2P) shoe share service for women. Using user research methods from the Field Methods course, she realized that her idea can be expanded to a P2P wardrobe share service for all genders and founded her company in August 2013. Recently, Date My Wardrobe has been selected as one of the top 5 finalists in the Lean Startup Challenge.

Amrita is passionate about Lean Startup, Agile, UX and Entrepreneurship. This interest led her to quitting her job as a software engineer and joining the MSHFID program. After coming across Amrita’s blogCampus Party Europe invited her to speak in London about Lean UX in September 2013.

Amrita has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India and a Master of Science in Information Technology from Bentley University. Her interests include tennis, cricket, traveling, painting and reading.

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Do you know any candidates for a Student Spotlight? Contact Kathy Dang to nominate yourself or someone you know.

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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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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 18 2012

Four Career Opportunities at Constant Contact

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Hey, all!

There’s four openings at my company – Constant Contact – for your consideration:

  • Senior Visual Designer
  • Template Designer
  • Senior Interaction Designer
  • Manager, Interaction Design/Information Architecture

Enjoy!

Michael Kennedy

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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.

2 responses so far

Sep 12 2012

Portfolio Panel Tonight, 9/12 @ 7:30 in Smith 122

Want a job? Make a portfolio first!

When many of us consider a “portfolio” we see strong visuals, photos, or graphic designs. Portfolios are not just for designers! A portfolio is a powerful tool for you to tell a story about your work. More and more we hear that if you want a job, you should have a portfolio. But how do you get started?

Chauncey Wilson of Bentley University’s HFID program will explain his thoughts about portfolios, Rui Wang will share her recent experience building a portfolio to land a job, and recruiters from Onward Search will talk about the value of portfolios and what recruiters may expect to see.

We will discuss portfolios from a UX perspective, highlighting research and design work, but the ideas and recommendations can apply to any discipline. Portfolios tell stories to set you apart in a crowded field. Bring your questions or experiences so we can review best practices and insights.

The discussion is this evening – Wednesday, 9/12 – at 7:30 PM in Smith 122 or please attend online.

We hope to see you there!

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Jun 26 2012

Register by midnight to visit MIT Human Factors

The New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is sponsoring an open house and discussion with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) HFES Chapter on Thursday, 6/28 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. While the event is free to MIT students and HFES members (student membership is $10 annually), non-members are requested to make a small donation (online or at the door) to cover the cost of dinner and desert.

The event includes talks by members of the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL), International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT), Man Vehicle Lab (MVL), and AgeLab. Tours of each lab follow, and the night will round out with a social hour where participants can meet the presenters as well as employers from New England businesses looking to hire professionals from the human factors industry. If interested, please RSVP for complete location details.

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Jun 18 2012

MSHFID Advising/Update Session Tonight @ 6:30

As has been our tradition, the Bentley University Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design program will host an all-hands advising and update session tonight, Monday, June 18 at 6:30 PM to review and answer questions about our fall schedule, general program updates, and share more news on our new west coast “campus.” As faculty will meet briefly from 6:00 to 6:20, students are asked to not log in before 6:20. For any new students unable to attend tonight, we’ll schedule a follow-up meeting next week or the second week of July (when Dr. Gribbons returns from vacation). Join us in the Design and Usability Center or virtually via Centra. See you there!

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Jun 14 2012

Obama Orders Sites be Optimized for Devices

President Obama has issued a directive to urge major government agencies to focus on mobile and tablet devices. A new strategy, Digtital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, was recently issued with a 12-month roadmap for agencies to implement mobile-friendly services. Agencies will need to publicly report on progress within 90 days at a digital strategy site. Obama believes the use of technology is ‘fundamentally transforming’ how Americans do business and the steps to focus on mobile and web-based technologies will serve as a strategy to deliver information in new ways to American citizens. Read the full directive.

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Jun 12 2012

MSHFID San Francisco Info Session Tonight

Starting January 2013, Bentley will launch a San Francisco location for the convenience of students in this region. For complete details, attend the first information session tonight from 7-9 PM at The Children’s Creativity Museum. There you can meet Dr. Bill Gribbons, the program director, and learn why Bentley’s user experience program has grown to become one of the largest and most respected UX research and design programs in the country. Explore how this program aligns with your background and career goals. We look forward to meeting you! Please register here.

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Apr 26 2012

Silver Bullets for Getting UX Research Buy-in, 5/12

“One of the biggest challenges and top frustration causes for UX research and usability practitioners lies in getting buy-in for research from stakeholders. People have trouble persuading stakeholders to conduct UX research to begin with. They have difficulties in getting sponsorship and budget for fieldwork. They experience hostility when they try to get their stakeholders to act upon research results. This workshop provides strategies and tools for getting stakeholder buy-in for UX research. During the workshop we will learn tried and tested techniques, hear success and failure stories, practice and role play, and share insights with other workshop attendees.”

The half-day interactive workshop is conducted by Tomer Sharon, User Experience Researcher at Google Search and HFID graduate, at the Smith Academic Technology Center in Room 223 on Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Registration is only $25 for students.

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Apr 24 2012

UPA Boston Annual Conference – Monday, May 7

Join more than 500 UX professionals, on Monday, May 7 for the eleventh Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) Boston annual conference at the Sheraton Boston Hotel!

This is a great conference for HFID students to attend – it’s local and registration is only $95 for fulltime students, or $195 for working professionals. It’s also the biggest UX event of the year in Boston, and a great place to network!

It’s a packed day of 32 talks, ranging from mobile design and testing to reporting research findings to ethnography to evangelizing UX and more. Come see current HFID students Amanda Davis and Vignesh Krubai present “Designing for Education: An iPad Case Study”!

Also see HFID alumni including Kris Engdahl, Eva Kaniasty, Michael Ledoux, Jen McGinn, Dharmesh Mistry, Susan Rice, Bob Thomas, and many others share their experience and acquired wisdom.

See the full schedule for yourself and register today!

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Apr 14 2012

Join the Boston Innovation Challenge this May!

It’s time to dust off that idea you’ve been thinking about for a mobile site, application, or feature for the past few years…and bring it to a great event in May — the Boston Innovation Challenge (BIC). BIC is a series of two week-long, designated-theme, advanced hacks. Teams of tech developers, designers, and business people address real problems in an open, inclusive environment. Bring your expertise to the effort and compete to be named a winner in the BIC Advanced Hack! This is a great opportunity to network, learn, have fun, and potentially add to your portfolio. For times and locations, visit the site.

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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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Mar 05 2012

March 2012 hFIDO Events & Fall 2012 Preview!

“Survey Design DOs & DON’Ts”Miriam Gerver Donath, 3/6 @ 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. About Miriam Gerver Donath. This event will be recorded and can be attended remotely via Centra at https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/00000142949800000135a79111a58106 or you can view the PDF.

 

“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.

 

“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.

 

“Academic Research” – David Hoberman in early September. About David Hoberman.

 

“How UCD Works” & Happy Hour – hFIDO in mid-September. About Scott Furlong.

 

“UX: It’s Our Research” – Tomer Sharon in late-September. About Tomer Sharon.

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Mar 01 2012

Healthcare Experience Design Conference, 3/26-27

The Healthcare Experience Design Conference from Monday, March 26 to Tuesday, March 27 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel, blends the perspectives of healthcare thought leaders, product developers, and design implementers across a broad spectrum of healthcare technologies and delivery channels to maximize healthcare UX.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Stephen Anderson, Ind. Consultant
  • BJ Fogg, Stanford
  • Dustin DiTommaso, Mad*Pow
  • Todd Park, US Health and Human Services
  • John Yesko, Walgreens
  • Tim Kieschnick, Kaiser Permanente
  • Jill Reed, Allscripts
  • Meredith DeZutter, Mayo Clinic
  • Mitch Higashi, GE Healthcare
  • David Rose, MIT Media Lab
  • John Weiss, WebMD

RSVP today!

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Feb 01 2012

hFIDO Spring Meeting on 2/5, 3-4 pm in Smith 122

Our next hFIDO business meeting will be this Sunday afternoon, 2/5 in Smith 122 from 3-4 pm.

Remote access:  https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001f7ac9200000134d40836368483

All are welcome – our agenda is as follows…

1. Open/Intro

2. Approve our new hFIDO Boord for Spring 2012:

  • Alyssa Boehm & Scott Furlong – Co-Presidents
  • Brian Mills – VP of Communication
  • Miriam Gerver Donath – VP of Research
  • Michael Kennedy & Lydia Sankey – Co-VP of Operations
  • Jessica Romeo – VP of Design
  • Dilena Diaz – VP of Events
  • David Hoberman – VP of Alumni Relations

3. Lydia Sankey generously offered to help enhance our blog:

  • Maintain frequency of roughly 2 posts/week and enhance cross-posts, nav, etc.

4. hFIDO presentations and/or alumni panels:

  • Brainstorming – Alyssa Boehm with Michael Kennedy on Wednesday, 2/29!
  • Moderating – Susan Mercer in early March!
  • Survey Research – Miriam Gerver Donath may present in mid-March?
  • Academic Research – David Hoberman in early September?
  • How HF (or UCD) Works with…You – TBD in mid-September?
  • Happy Hour and/or Alumni Q&A – TBD in late September?
  • More: Accessibility, Education, etc. – TBD?

5. Discuss options for our new “H”FIDO logo:

  • Maintain current brand identity for foreseeable future

6. Close/Thanks!

That’s it – hope to see you there!

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Jan 31 2012

Alumni News: Getting Buy-in for UX Research

It’s Our Research” – an upcoming book from Tomer Sharon, MSHFID (2008) and UX Researcher at Google – describes a strategic framework and techniques to involve stakeholders throughout the process of planning, execution, analysis, and reporting UX research.

Getting UX research buy-in from product managers, engineers, and management is attained by making it theirs as much as it is yours. To dramatically increase the chance that they’ll agree to do UX research act upon its results, we need to involve stakeholders throughout the process of planning, execution, analysis, and reporting research.

Through the use of case studies, visuals, and videos, “It’s Our Research”…

  • Features dozens of UX case studies and visuals from international research practitioners;
  • Provides a toolset to justify work to stakeholders, deal with politics, and hone client skills; and
  • Presents tried and tested techniques to reach positive, useful, and fruitful outcomes.

Learn more about the book and view video interviews from UX practitioners and researchers.

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