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Mar 17 2014

HFIDO Storytelling Workshop with Whitney Quesenbery – 4/12

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Saturday, April 12 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
On-campus (Room TBD) and online.

In this workshop, you’ll learn ways to use storytelling to add emotion and depth to UX work. Stories, and the personas they are about, tell stories from user research that cut across the complexity of context, attitudes and behavior, so you can design with a better view of users in mind.

You’ll work individually and in teams to explore different ways to use personas effectively, and how to write stories for them, including:

• Stories that make a compelling case for user needs
• Exploring the stories behind the data from analytics, user research, search
• Creating scenarios for personas that use words and images to explore ideas

What You’ll Learn

• How to use personas throughout your UX process
• Different ways to create persona stories to optimize their impact
• Easy techniques you can apply immediately to your own work

Workshop is free. It’s open to remote students.

About Whitney Quesenbery

Whitney combines a fascination with people and an obsession to communicate clearly with her goal of bringing user research insights to designing products where people matter.” She’s written three books on the subject – Storytelling for User Experience and A Web for Everyone (Rosenfeld Media) and Global UX (MKP/Elsevier) – to help practitioners keep users in mind throughout the creative process.

She’s also passionate about improving the way government communicates with citizens. She is the co-director of the Center for Civic Design, which works with election officials on usability and design of ballots, voter guides, and other election materials.

Before she was seduced by a little beige computer into software, usability, and interface design, Whitney was a theatrical lighting designer on and off Broadway, learning about storytelling from some of the masters.

Follow Whitney’s practical UX advice anytime on Twitter @whitneyq.

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Mar 26 2013

This Tool Will Archive Your Entire Online Life

For more than a year, a trio of former Flickr employees have been working to solve these issues by building a tool that would give users a way to back up all their real-time updates, check-ins and photos shared on social networks for posterity and make it easier to search through these posts at a later date. The resulting service, fittingly called Recollect, launched in public beta earlier this week. – Read more about it at Mashable

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Mar 12 2013

“Product designers” and design team evolution

Product designers are jacks-of-all-trades, expected to deliver interaction design, information architecture, visual design, and even front-end code. – Read more about it at Peter Me

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Jan 31 2013

User Experience v. Customer Experience

“Customer experience is always a little tricky to explain. It’s just so darn big. What doesn’t it cover (not much) and who is responsible (good question). Often, customer experience is translated into user experience – the front-end digital experience of users.” Read more via Disambiguity.

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Oct 16 2012

Giving Our Clients The Best Deal In Mobile

Are we cheating our clients when it comes to mobile? More precisely, are we allowing our desire for mobile work to get in the way of providing our clients with the best solution for their business needs? This is the uncomfortable question we asked ourselves recently when redesigning our agency’s website, and we want to discuss it with the broader Web community: You, dear reader. – from Smashing Magazine

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Sep 14 2011

7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website’s Usability

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“Writing content for web users has its challenges. Chief among them is the ease with which your content is read and understood by your visitors (i.e., its readability).

When your content is highly readable, your audience is able to quickly digest the information you share with them — a worthy goal to have for your website, whether you run a blog, an e-store or your company’s domain.”

The Mashable article covers seven practical, easy-to-implement tips based on studies done by Jakob Nielsen, Gerry McGovern, academic researchers and others detailing how to improve the usability and readability of web content.

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Jul 09 2011

World Usability Day Planning Meeting on July 12th *cancelled*

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UPA chapters across different states are interested in working together to organize this event, so the July 12th meeting has been cancelled for now.

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Jul 04 2011

Join the Planning Meeting for World Usability Day 2011

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To RSVP, visit the Eventbrite page.

To join in remotely, call 610-214-0000, entry code 502679#. If there is any problem with your line, press *6 to mute until you are ready to speak.

To learn more about World Usability Day, visit:

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Feb 09 2011

HFIDers: Get Axure for Free

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This just in: students with a 3.0 GPA or higher can get Axure for free (value of $589). Check it out here:

You can view a  tutorial for newbies here:

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Oct 26 2009

HFID General Meeting

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The faculty of HFID had organized a meeting on October 22, 2009 6 PM – 7:30 PM to discuss general questions related to the program and profession.

If you did not get the chance to attend or wish to hear it again, here is the link:

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Mar 23 2009

Redesign Contest Results

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The results of the 2008/2009 hFIDO Redesign Contest are in.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Everyone who submitted a design will receive a sweet hFIDO t-shirt.

Here are the winning designs!  (Please note that these are only snapshots of the designs.  The original contest submissions include each step in the process)

First Place – Dan Fitek

Second Place – Cory Madaris

Third Place – Denise Lyn-Shue

Keep up the good work.  Let us know if you have an idea for what the HFID students should redesign for next year’s contest.

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Mar 09 2009

Panel Discussion 2009

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hFIDO is proud to present a panel discussion focusing on trends in the user experience field.  We will have representatives from Thomson Reuters, Wiklund Research & Design, Autodesk, Staples, Fidelity and independent consulting.  Please join us for an evening of discussion, snacks and networking.

The event will be held Thursday, March, 19th in the Adamian Pavilion from 6:00-8:00pm.  A pub night is scheduled to follow at Watch City Brewery.  Please remember to RSVP for the panel discussion to Dan Fitek at

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Here’s a picture from last year.

hFIDO Panel Discussion from 2008

hFIDO Panel Discussion from 2008

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Feb 09 2009

Volunteers Needed

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Expert Review for Artists for Humanity

Artists for Humanity, a Boston-based non-profit is asking for our help to improve their website.  We need four MSHFID students of all skill levels to volunteer roughly 10 hours for this project.  This is a great opportunity to bulk up your portfolio, work in a team, and meet other hFIDO members.

If you would like to volunteer for this project, please contact Zarla Ludin at:

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Oct 02 2008

Biofeedback Research Methods

When: Thursday, October 9th, 2008  7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Bentley College, LaCava 305 A/B

What: Dan Berlin, Senior Research Associate at OTOinsights, and Jeremi Karnell, President of One to One Interactive, will be speaking about their company’s quantitative methods for measuring user engagement.  This is accomplished by measuring physiological and emotional reactions to media (Web sites, applications, video, etc).

Dan and Jeremi will be bringing the equipment that is used to gather users’ physiological response: the bioharness (heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, and 3D pitch), the Neurosky (EEG), and a Tobii eye-tracker.  The equipment will be demonstrated and the company’s methodology will be discussed.

To ensure that we will have space for everyone, please RSVP to

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