In light of our last meeting about selling user experience…

Selling Usability: User Experience Infiltration Tactics, a new book, just came across the IAI list and looks to be interesting. Let us know if you’ve read it and/or think it would be a good book club candidate.


Reminder RUX Book Club Next Month!

Join us for our first RUX book club next month!

For April’s discussion, we’ll talk about the book Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path.

Format: (from UXBookClub.org)

A UX (User Experience) Book Club is a get-together in which people interested in the area of user experience come to discuss a book relevant to the discipline.

A UX Book Club would operate as follows:

  • Everyone who attends should try and read the nominated book (you won’t be barred from entry, but it helps everyone get more out of the night);
  • Everyone needs to jot down and bring along: 2 things in the book that really struck a chord; and 1 thing they either hated, disagreed with; or don’t understand.
  • The book would be within the practice of user experience, which might include books like Indi Young’s Mental Models; Dan Saffer’s Design Gestural Interfaces; Todd Zaki Warfel’s forthcoming Prototyping; and classics such as The Design of Everyday Things; Don’t Make Me Think; The Inmates Are Running the Asylum; etc.
  • The book should not be arduous to read!
  • We’ll vote on next month’s book at the current meeting.

In keeping with the book-club theme we will meet somewhere like a wine bar or a bookstore. The important thing is that the noise level has to be low, and be able to accommodate a group of 15-30 people.

We’ll keep the book club updated via the UX Book Club site:  http://www.uxbookclub.org/doku.php?id=richmond_va


When:

Wednesday April, 29, 2009, First Book Club Discussion Group
6pm – 8pm
Location: TBD
Book: Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path (http://tinyurl.com/cgzffc)

Looking forward to seeing you!
The RUX Planning Team


Usability Sciences Webinette

A 20 minute webinette today, March 16, 2009.
Topic: Ten Strategies Retailers Can Implement to Improve Web site Usability.


Reminder – Upcoming RUX Events

We had a great turnout last week and an awesome presentation! Thanks again to Affinion for hosting, to Candace for presenting and to all RUX members for sharing ideas and feedback!

We have an exciting few months ahead of us so mark your calendars for these events. As always, if you have an idea for an event, for the new book club or wish to present, please don’t hesitate to email the list or contact one of the steering committee members.

Wednesday March 25, 2009, Selling the Importance of Usability & IA to Clients
6pm – 8pm
RSVP:  seteague AT vcu DOT edu or cnicolls AT ironworks DOT com by Monday, March 23.
Location: TBD

Wednesday April, 29, 2009, First Book Club Discussion Group
6pm – 8pm
Location: TBD
Book Club Discussion (see below)
Book: Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path (http://tinyurl.com/cgzffc)

Best,
The RUX Planning Team


Reminder: February RUX Meeting!

February RUX meeting
**Please note the change in date!**

What: Group Discussion Series: Presenting yourself: Tips for showcasing your UX experience in your portfolio and resume

When: Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6:00pm- 8pm

Where: Affinion Loyalty Solutions
7814 Carousel Ln
Richmond, VA 23294

One block east of the Parham and Broad intersection.
Google Map and Street View

Attendees should enter on the rear side of the building (the side closest to Parham Rd) and enter under the green awning. The meeting room is just to the left of the entrance and if the door is locked, they will need to go to the window and get someone’s attention.
Admission is free.

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Presenting yourself: Tips for showcasing your UX experience in your portfolio and resume

Join our discussion about what managers look for when hiring to their creative teams. This conversation will focus on Information Architecture and Usability samples, and how to gear your resume to better reflect your experience. We’ll look through examples of good IA portfolios, and we’ll toss in a couple of not so great ones and discuss how they could be improved.

As time permits, we’ll also have an open critique of resumes and samples from attendees. If you’re interested in discussing yours, send an electronic version to cnicollsATironworksDOTcom prior to the meeting!

Panel to be announced
Hosted by Chris Eklund, Solutions Analyst at Affinion Loyalty Group


“Adaptive Path’s Approach to Design Research:” Workshop in Durham, NC

Throughout 2009, the Triangle User Experience Group (TriUx)/Triangle Usability Professionals Association (TriUPA) are sponsoring a series of user experience and usability workshops just down the road in the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC).

To begin the year, Todd Wilkens from Adaptive Path, will teach a workshop on Friday, February 20th, 2009 on the Adaptive Path Approach to Design Research. From the web site:

Todd (from Adaptive Path) will guide attendees beyond usability tests and focus groups to gain a deeper and more complete picture of their customers’ lives.This workshop covers everything from basic models of human behavior to interviewing and data analysis to strategies for making research work effective in your organization.

More information can be found on the TriUPA web site, including registration fees which are *very* reasonable – about $200 per person.

This first triux workshop dovetails nicely with the newly created RUX Book Club and our first book club choice (discussion April 29th, 2009) from Adaptive Path, Subject to Change: creating great products and services for an uncertain world.


Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming RUX Events!

Mark your calendars for these exciting events brought to you by RUX:

Wednesday February 25, 2009, Resume/Portfolio tips for the UE Job Seeker
6pm – 8pm
Location: TBD
RSVP: seteague AT vcu DOT edu or cnicolls AT ironworks DOT com by Monday, February 23.
Hiring managers will provide tips on creating a UE resume/portfolio.

Wednesday March 25, 2009, Selling the Importance of Usability & IA to Clients
6pm – 8pm
RSVP:  seteague AT vcu DOT edu or cnicolls AT ironworks DOT com by Monday, March 23.
Location: TBD

Wednesday April, 29, 2009, First Book Club Discussion Group
6pm – 8pm
Location: TBD
Book Club Discussion (see below)
Book: Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path (http://tinyurl.com/cgzffc)

We’d also like to announce a new topic for RUX, the RUX Book Club! For April’s discussion, we’ll talk about the book Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World from Adaptive Path.

Best,
The RUX Planning Team


10 Most Common Misconceptions about User Experience

Whitney Hess just published an excellent post about User Experience and what it is/isn’t. Read the full post here. Read a follow-up by Eric Reiss on fatdux.com.


Senior Web Front End Developer – Arlington VA (Wash DC area)

We are looking for a Senior Web Front-end Developer to join our growing Interactive Services team. Here, you will work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment with other skilled resources to design and deliver engaging, transactional websites and applications.

The ideal candidate is familiar with leading web-based technologies and can demonstrate experience providing front-end code development for high-volume, consumer-facing websites and applications. Experience successfully building applications for non-PC interfaces – such as mobile devices, game systems, kiosks, flat panel displays – is a plus.

Consulting experience is desired. Successful candidate will work as part of a cross-functional team of user-centered design (UCD) and application development personnel in an agile and iterative development process.

For more information, see
Job Description


Web Front-end Developer – midlevel – temp to perm or fulltime in Arlington VA (DC)

We are looking for a Web Front-end Developer to join our growing Interactive Services team. Here, you will work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment with other skilled resources to design and deliver engaging, transactional websites and applications.

The ideal candidate is familiar with leading web-based technologies and can demonstrate experience providing front-end code development for high-volume, consumer-facing websites and applications. Experience successfully building applications for non-PC interfaces – such as mobile devices, game systems, kiosks, flat panel displays – is a plus.

Consulting experience is a plus. Successful candidate will work as part of a cross-functional team of user-centered design (UCD) and application development personnel in an agile and iterative development process.

More information – see Job Description