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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
Bentley GSA is showcasing all of its sister organizations during its annual Fall Expo! Stop by the HFIDO booth and get your official HFIDO coffee mug!
- Date: August 27, 2013
- Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM EDT
- Place: LaCava Center (Bentley University)
The HFIDO Board is gearing up for the upcoming fall semester based on user research we gathered over the summer! Currently, we are planning a variety of events and updating our blog and Facebook page.
Make sure to follow us for exciting updates we have planned for the semester!
- HFIDO Blog:
- Articles on HFID news, student highlights, recaps on previous HFIDO events, and more
- Register for the blog in order to get email notifications on new posts
- Facebook Page:
- Announcements on HFIDO events and news
- Like our official page to get HFIDO updates on Facebook
- There is also an unofficial Facebook group that HFIDers participate in. Contact Robin Bobo to join.
- LinkedIn Group:
- Professional network of MSHFID students, alumni, and faculty
- Join the group on LinkedIn
- Yahoo Group:
- Longest lived network of MSHFID students and alumni (no faculty)
- Resource for job postings and discussions on HFID classes
- Contact Bill Gribbons to join the group
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Good news, everyone! There are plenty of free and easy-to-use tools out there that can make you look like a master designer! This post will break down 13 of our favorites so you too can create visuals and images that make your marketing pop. Get ready to create visualizations, banners, infographics, the whole nine yards like a total pro.” Read more on HubSpot.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“In 1977, the architect Christopher Alexander cowrote a book named A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, introducing the concept of pattern language as “a structured method of describing good design practices within a field of expertise.” The goal of the book was to give ordinary people — not just architects and governments — a blueprint for improving their own towns and communities.” Read the full article at Smashing Magazine.
“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.
“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.
“Pomodoro technique is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and is quite effective in increasing work productivity. I’ve experimented with the Pomodoro technique and have received extremely positive results in increasing my own writing productivity.
As other timeboxing techniques of time management, the Pomodoro technique utilizes an indivisible 25-minutes block of time to perform a task. Once the task is done then it is recorded adding to a sense of accomplishment. A lot of software programmers have adopted this technique in writing code for a module.”
Read the full article at Technical Writing Toolbox.
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.
“As a person who makes his living by writing, I have to admit that writing is hard work. And what makes it even harder are the constant distractions in our workspace. I’m not talking about noisy children, complaining in-laws, and constantly barking neighbor’s dog (although they all distract!). I’m talking about the constant electronic distraction on our computer screen. The time indicator on the lower right, the calendar on top right, the file icons, and the short-cuts to various programs make it difficult to concentrate on the task in hand: writing. It’s especially hard when you are in midst of a serious case of writer’s block and find ways, rather opportunities, to get distracted to anything but writing.”
Read the full article on Technical Writing ToolBox.
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.
“Recently someone showed me some UX designer’s nicely-designed portfolio. It had a beautiful layout and highlighted several deliverables, such as wireframes, sketches, and personas. It even went so far as to explain what a wireframe was and how personas are helpful in the UX process, in case the hiring manager didn’t know those things. However, what this nicely-designed portfolio failed to do was tell me about the designer’s accomplishments. He didn’t talk about the projects he created the wireframe for. He didn’t say how he developed the personas or how they were used. He didn’t talk about places where the project got complicated and he worked through it, producing an elegant outcome given the constraints.”
Read the full article at User Interface Engineering (and the comments are worth reviewing too).
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!
The Pomodoro Technique is a neat productivity enhancement process:
- Choose a task to work on for your session.
- Set a timer to 25 minutes (perhaps, the “pomodoro” kind).
- Work on the task until the timer rings, then put a check on a sheet of paper.
- Take a short break (5 minutes is good).
- After every 4 sessions, take a longer break of about 15 minutes.
- Keep track of your checkmarks and see how long you can make it last!
That’s pretty much it! Read a bit more at the Pomodoro Technique site.