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When & Where
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
4121 Cox Road, Suite 205
Richmond, VA 23060
Questions? Call 804-549-4107
- RSVP by email so we can know how much pizza to get!
User experience professionals often find themselves working on projects with tight deadlines, tighter budgets, and unreasonably high expectations for success. Too often user research, usability, and design processes are compressed or even cut entirely for the sake of time, while development and business analysis time is increased. As we UX professionals become more involved with agile development methods, we have discovered novel approaches to user-centered design that are adaptable to any budget or deadline.
This discussion will explore how user research, usability, IA and design practices are adapted and thrive in projects that seem inhospitable to UXD.
Two hours of UX war stories from the trenches!
Who this is for:
- Information architects (IAs)
- Interaction designers (IxDs)
- Visual designers
- Project managers
- Business analysts
- Agile enthusiasts & critics alike
We will discuss:
- How to provide timely and valuable UX support to stressed web development teams
- How to let go and modify research/design/development dogmas
- How to advocate for users when time for user research and usability are unavailable
- How to balance rigor, quality, and speed
Free pizza and soda for the first 15 attenders, sponsored by Regular Joe Consulting, LLC.
Came across the NYPL’s new online usability tool: Infomaki.
From the NYPL’s labs page:
“Our design sessions frequently result in debate about which of two words is more compelling or accurate for our users, or whether a particular button is noticeable in a particular location. When we can, we test designs on real people using paper or digital prototypes, but it is impractical to test every day; sitting down with real people is not always as simple as you’d expect, what with the schedules of busy New Yorkers…
So, we set out to create our own rapid-testing usability laboratory from scratch, and last Tuesday we launched it, in rough beta form. Nicknamed Infomaki, it’s showing a lot of potential even in its first 48 hours.
It’s not groundbreaking technology. Built on a Rails back-end (my rapid-prototyping framework of choice), it currently supports two kinds of tests: standard multiple choice (with optional “Other:” box) and a “Where would you click…?” screenshot that records click locations.”
Way more detail here:
Try it out:
(Via posts at IxDA /New York Public Library Digital Experience Group Labs)