UMCP HCIL Symposium

Interaction Design, Search and Retrieval, Usability, User Experience

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The University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab is hosting a symposium on May 31 and June 1.

Check out the event!

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IA Summit Redux – DC Style

Evangelizing Usability, Human Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Usability, User Experience, UX Tasks and Deliverables

Is anyone going to the recap of the IA Summit 2007? Unfortunately, I will be unable to but I’d highly recommend going. Here’s the announcement:

If you missed the IA Summit in Vegas this year, fear not! DCIA will be holding a redux on Saturday, May 12 at 9am. We have commitments from several speakers to recap their talks.

Details:

Where: BCC Services Center
When: Saturday, May 12, 9am – 1pm
What: Mini-sessions, panel discussions, five-minute madness, networking, and bagels — lots and lots of bagels.
How much: $5 to cover the cost of food and venue

Speaker Detail Presentation File
Celeste Lyn Paul on card-sorting description PDF (519 KB)
Hallie Wilfert on her grandmother as IA description PPT (10.8 MB)
Stacy Surla on Second Life description PPT (6 MB)
Thom Haller on clear and useful content description PPT (8.5 MB)
Dan Brown on IA documentation description PPT (3.5 MB)
Austin Govella on IA’s impact on business description PPT (1.3 MB)
Lorelei Brown on lessons from failures description SlideShare (online)

We’ll be breaking into small groups to talk about several of the themes that emerged during the Summit, including: documentation for rich internet applications, management issues, and design processes.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you attended the Summit and would like to talk about your experience or lead a small group discussion, please drop me [Dan Brown] a line at brownorama@gmail.com.

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Creating the Adaptive Interface

Human Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Information Management, Interaction Design, User Experience

Stephen Anderson offered an inspiring presentation from the IA Summit in light of our CALMS vision.

[Runtime: 136 slides | Please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on your computer to watch this slideshow. To download it, please visit: http://www.adobe.com/ ]

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Storyboard Templates – Customer Service Style

Evangelizing Usability, Human Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Template, Usability, User Experience, User Observation, UX Tasks and Deliverables

A new storyboard template was released by Martin Hardee last week. This templates focuses on phone conversations. Click the image below to access the file.

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Storyboard Templates

Evangelizing Usability, Human Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Template, Tools, Usability, User Experience, UX Tasks and Deliverables

In a recent post I prematurely touted a template that could be used to storyboard user experiences using a computer-based product. Martin Hardee had provided slides depicting a specific scenario. However, I am pleased to pass along news that Martin has graciously offered 3 templates that user experience professionals might use for communicating design to a variety if audiences.

Below are the 3 templates that you can use. Please be sure to give Sun Microsystems credit for the use of the template (hat tip to Martin Hardee). I have taken the liberty of converting the Open Office file format to the MS PowerPoint file format.

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The Social Life of Visualizations

Data Vizualization, Human Computer Interaction, Visualization

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I thought I’d pass this along since we’re all interested in visualization and data visualization…

HCIL Seminar Series Presents:

Speaker: Martin Wattenberg, IBM Research, http://www.bewitched.com/research.html

Where: 3258 AV Williams Bldg, University of Maryland , College Park


When:
Tuesday November 7th, 12:30pm

Talk: The Social Life of Visualizations

Abstract:

Visualization is often viewed as an efficient way of getting information out of a database and into an individual’s head. I argue that the value of many visualizations derives instead from their position in social systems involving two or more people. Through a series of examples from both science and art, I will discuss how this viewpoint leads to new directions, questions and design principles.

Bio:

Martin Wattenberg is a research scientist at IBM, where he leads the Visual Communication Lab. His work focuses on new approaches to data visualization and collaboration. He is known for both applied and artistic visualizations, interpreting such disparate information sources as online communities, music, baby names, and stock market data. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley.

Please visit: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/about/events/seminar-series.shtml, For more information.

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Google for K12 Educators

Education, Elementary School, High School, Middle School

This from the Official Google Blog:

“…We’ve been hearing about some pretty cool assignments from classrooms across the U.S. where teachers at all grade levels are using Google products to bring history lessons to life, illuminate new sources of information, and encourage sharing and collaboration. What we’ve also heard loud and clear is that teachers want more information about using Google products, and more connections to other educators who are using the web creatively. This is why we’ve launched a set of resources for K-12 educators today at the new Google for Educators site. Here you’ll find teachers’ guides for 12 Google products, including basic information about each, examples of how educators are using them, plus lesson ideas. We’re also offering some additional multimedia content, including lesson plans and videos from Discovery Education that use Google Earth and SketchUp, and a series of podcasts at Infinite Thinking Machine on innovative ways to use the web in the classroom…”

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