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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

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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

HFIDO Alumni Panel 10/24

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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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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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Sep 18 2012

Portfolio Panel: Good Ideas and Best Practices

We had a rousing discussion of what helps make a portfolio stand out, what might go into a portfolio, and what to do if you can’t show confidential work. We referenced several resources:

We also reviewed examples of good portfolios, discussed useful tools (Alyssa Boehm suggested Squarespace as an affordable option for people seeking a simple way to get started and Brian Mills recommended BlueHost for site hosting), as well as several helpful articles throughout our industry:

Big thanks to our portfolio panelists – John Tarr and Megan Tierney from Onward Search, HFID student Rui Wang, and HFID professor Chauncey Wilson – for all of their help last week.

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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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Sep 04 2012

More Than Usability: The Four Elements of UX

“Some people mistakenly use the terms user experience and usability almost interchangeably. However, usability is increasingly being used to refer specifically to the ease with which users can complete their intended tasks, and is closely associated with usability testing. Therefore, many perceive usability to be a rather tactical aspect of product design. In contrast, UX professionals use the term user experience much more broadly, to cover everything ranging from ease of use to user engagement to visual appeal. User experience better captures all of the psychological and behavioral aspects of users’ interactions with products.”

Read the full article at UXmatters.

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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 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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Oct 31 2011

UX Trends Alumni Panel – 11/3, 6-8 p.m., Smith 122

Join several MSHFID alumni for a panel discussion to answer your questions about current trends in UX this Thursday, November 3rd from 6-8 p.m. in Smith 122 with remote support (details TBD).

 

The alumni panel includes:

  • Dan Berlin – Experience Research Director, Mad*Pow
  • Eva Kaniasty – Principal and Founder, Red Pill UX
  • Anne Mamaghani – Principal User Researcher, eBay (joining remotely from San Jose, CA)
  • Tomer Sharon – Knowledge Researcher, Google (joining remotely from New York, NY)
  • Beth Sherman – UX Project Manager, Staples

 

Bring your questions and and curiosity for a fun night of discussion and perhaps some debate!

To join remotely, use this link: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001f1e39b0000013296d888a281a7

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Oct 13 2011

Find the Right Job – 10/20, 6-8 p.m. in Smith 216

WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 6-8 p.m.

 

WHERE: Smith 216 or remote access via Centra.

 

WHAT: Join current HFID student Diego Mendes as he hosts a panel of hiring managers, industry recruiters, and HFID alumni to discuss UX job roles available to graduates, what they mean, and who does what in our industry.

 

WHO: Panel members include:

  • Niyati Gupta, MS HFID – UX Research Team Lead at Monster.com
  • Michael Hawley, MS HFID – Chief Design Officer at Mad*Pow
  • L Hood, MS HFID – UXD Team Manger at ACI Worldwide
  • Josh Ledwell, MS HFID – Interaction Designer at Autodesk
  • Megan Tierney – Staffing Specialist at Onward Search

 

WHY: Learn what jobs are the best match for your skills and interests, and gain a structured strategy for your search.

 

HOW: Read (or download) the UX jobs presentation to find out!

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Oct 05 2011

Sketching and Ideation with Martha Ware

Log in to hear Martha Ware discuss sketching and ideation!

Guest Attend URL: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001f1e39b0000013296d888a285ad
Guest Playback URL: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GP/main/000001f1e39b0000013296d888a285ad
Pre-enrolled Attend URL: https://online.bentley.edu:443/LA/main/000001f1e39b0000013296d888a285ad

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Sep 07 2011

Upcoming hFIDO events!

Research – Finding, Organizing, & Corralling Sources

Thu., Sep. 15 @ 6 – 8 PM in TBD rm. (likely Smith 122 w/ remote support)

Join recent MSHFID alumna C.B. Loeb as she discusses strategies for researching papers for your HF classes. Topics include: where to look for research, using Bentley library’s database, and organizing your data for easier retrieval and citation management. This workshop is particularly good for students taking HF 700 this semester.


Sketching & Ideation

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

Join RISD alumna, IDCC instructor, 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.


Finding the Right UX Job

Thu., Oct. 20 @ 6-8 PM in TBD rm. (likely Smith 122 w/ remote support)

Join current MSHFID student and hFIDO President Susan Mercer along with a guest UX recruiter to discuss UX job roles available to graduates, what they mean, and who does what in our industry. Find out what roles are the best match for your skills and interests, and leave with some great job searching tips.


MSHFID Alumni Panel

Thu., Nov. 3 @ 6-8 PM in TBD rm. (likely Smith 122 w/ remote support)

Join several MSHFID alumni for a panel discussion to answer your questions about trends in the field, consulting vs. in-house work, and other topics. More details coming soon!


hFIDO Winter Happy Hour

Thu., Dec 1 @ TBD time in TBD location

Join us in Waltham for an evening to decompress from your HFID classes.

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Apr 01 2011

Great discussion about rapid prototyping tools

Published by under Discussion,Software

One of the LinkedIn boards is currently hosting a lively discussion about prototyping tools. Some of the tools mentioned are Axure, Balsamiq, Fireworks, Illustrator, JustInMind, and PowerPoint. It’s a great read and may give you some ideas. Check it out here: http://lnkd.in/3Da9EG

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Feb 16 2011

What can hFIDO do for you?

Published by under Administrata,Discussion

hFIDO limited editon shirtsNo, really. Tell us. We want to know.

What activities and programs would enhance your HFID experience?

Take our five-minute survey, and earn a chance to win an official hFIDO t-shirt. These 100%-cotton, limited-edition classics come in your choice of black or black!

Hurry, the survey closes February 23rd. So tell us what you want, what you really really want.

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Feb 08 2011

Don’t forget the meet and greet

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Join us tomorrow!

Smith 223 at 6:30.

Or login via Centra:
https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/0000014e8ac9000001273a50aaee8d43

Attendees will be rewarded with a sense of calm and inner peace.*

*Not redeemable for cash. All standard restrictions apply.

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Jan 31 2011

HFIDO Meet, Greet, and Shmooze Event

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Announcing a new date!

Due to the impending storm, the event has been moved from February 2nd to February 9th. We look forward to seeing you!

Date Wednesday, February 9th
Time 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Place Smith 122

To copy this to your Google Calendar, just open the hFIDO Events Calendar here:
http://bentleygsa.org/hfido/?page_id=340



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Oct 08 2010

HFID New-Student Orientation

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What do you need to know to succeed in the HFID program?

Date:  Thursday, October 14
Time:
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Place: Smith 223 and Centra
https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/0000014e8ac9000001273a50aaee8d43

Food: YES! Pizza and dessert

Join hFIDO for an evening of insight. If you’re new to the program, or just want to feedback, join us. We will be talking about how to make the most of your HFID time.

Topics will include

  • Surviving HF 700
  • Research tips and tricks
  • Navigating the course selection process
  • Picking the right classes to meet your career goals
  • Technology and software to make your life easier
  • The pros and cons of intensive classes
  • and whatever else you want to know

The session will be available via Centra for our online classmates. And we will definitely talk about topics specific to remote students.

Questions? Contact our fearless leader Dharmesh: dharmesh.mistry84@gmail.com

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Oct 06 2010

One-month in …

It’s one month in to the new semester and if you’re not already behind and over-extended, you’re probably not in the HFID program.  A belated welcome to new and returning HFIDers.

This blog has been sadly dormant over the summer. But we want to make it up to you. Are there features you would like to see? Topics of discussion? Particular resources? Let us know!

We will be announcing the next hFIDO event soon. Stay tuned.

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Apr 13 2010

Don’t forget: Friday is the HFID/Alum Mixer!

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Invitation to Student/Alum Mixer

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