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  • 25 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Participate in World Usability Day and win $50.

    We’re awarding two $50 cash prizes to the most interesting usablity tickets posted to flickr. What do we mean by interesting? Anything that stands out as unusual–e.g. an unusual product, technology, or person(!?). Your description counts, too…unusual reasons for why you love or hate the product will certainly garner votes among the judges!

    And what do we mean by usability? Think about products that never work the way you expect. You press one button expecting the thing to start and instead it turns off. That's a usability issue. Many products have good usability--from something as simple as a door that opens how you expect it to open to a cell phone that makes calling your friends super-easy.

    Share your joys and frustrations--and enter the contest--by downloading the usability ticket and following these instructions:

    1. Find a product or object or...whatever. Just something that either never works the way you expect or something that always exceeds your expectations.
    2. Take a picture or screenshot.
    3. Post the picture to flickr. (If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one, but it is fast and free.)
    4. Tag the item with "uticket" (without the quotes). This is extremely important as we won't be able to review the item you’ve ticketed unless you tag it with uticket (short for usability ticket). Feel free to add other tags to the photo as well (eg "usability", "design", "broken"). Wikipedia has more information on tagging (aka folksonomies).
    5. Explain yourself! Add a comment on the item that describes why you ticketed the item. Love it? Hate it? Let us know!
    6. Complete the citation and attach it the item for others to discover; use the usability violation for items with poor usability and the usability commendation for the things that exceed your expectations. Both are in the PDF!
    7. Repeat!

    The deadline to be considered for the contest is Thursday at noon. We’ll announce the winners during the ticket review on Thursday. The only catch is that you must attend the event in order to receive the cash. If you don’t show, you don’t get the dough. (Yeah, definitely not one of my better attempts at a rhyme.)

    And, lastly, a big thanks to Todd Robert who designed the usability ticket for us. :-) Thanks, Todd!

    Now print some tickets and get started!

  • 25 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Participate in World Usability Day and win $50.

    We’re awarding two $50 cash prizes to the most interesting usablity tickets posted to flickr. What do we mean by interesting? Anything that stands out as unusual–e.g. an unusual product, technology, or person(!?). Your description counts, too…unusual reasons for why you love or hate the product will certainly garner votes among the judges!

    And what do we mean by usability? Think about products that never work the way you expect. You press one button expecting the thing to start and instead it turns off. That's a usability issue. Many products have good usability--from something as simple as a door that opens how you expect it to open to a cell phone that makes calling your friends super-easy.

    Share your joys and frustrations--and enter the contest--by downloading the usability ticket and following these instructions:

    1. Find a product or object or...whatever. Just something that either never works the way you expect or something that always exceeds your expectations.
    2. Take a picture or screenshot.
    3. Post the picture to flickr. (If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one, but it is fast and free.)
    4. Tag the item with "uticket" (without the quotes). This is extremely important as we won't be able to review the item you’ve ticketed unless you tag it with uticket (short for usability ticket). Feel free to add other tags to the photo as well (eg "usability", "design", "broken"). Wikipedia has more information on tagging (aka folksonomies).
    5. Explain yourself! Add a comment on the item that describes why you ticketed the item. Love it? Hate it? Let us know!
    6. Complete the citation and attach it the item for others to discover; use the usability violation for items with poor usability and the usability commendation for the things that exceed your expectations. Both are in the PDF!
    7. Repeat!

    The deadline to be considered for the contest is Thursday at noon. We’ll announce the winners during the ticket review on Thursday. The only catch is that you must attend the event in order to receive the cash. If you don’t show, you don’t get the dough. (Yeah, definitely not one of my better attempts at a rhyme.)

    And, lastly, a big thanks to Todd Robert who designed the usability ticket for us. :-) Thanks, Todd!

    Now print some tickets and get started!

  • 25 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Wanted to thank our local sponsors, once again.

    * Gold sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
    * Silver sponsor: hesketh.com
    * Silver sponsor: Motricity

    Thanks to them we have raised $1,000 for the event, which will help pay for the space, food, and some advertising. Thanks, all! We still need help, though. If you know someone who might be interested in sponsoring, pass on the sponsorship benefits.

  • 24 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The usability ticket is finished. :-) Check it out and pass it on! There are two tickets (both are in the above PDF):

    * One is for **usability violations**. Ever come across something that just really bugged you? Here's your chance to gripe to folks who will feel your pain.
    * The other is for products whose **usability has just amazed you**. This might take a little thinking because we tend not to think about products that just work.

    So, download the ticket and follow these steps to get started:

    1. Find a product or object or...whatever. Just something that either works or doesn't work.
    1. Take a picture or screenshot.
    1. Post the picture to flickr.com. (If you don't already have an account, you will need to create one, but it is fast and free.)
    1. Tag the item with "uticket" (without the quotes). This is extremely important as we won't be able to review the item you've ticketed unless you tag it with uticket (short for usability ticket). Feel free to add other tags to the photo as well (eg "usability", "design", "broken"). Wikipedia has more information on tagging (aka folksonomies).
    1. Explain yourself! Add a comment on the item that describes why you ticketed the item. Love it? Hate it? Let us know!
    1. Complete the paper citation and attach it to the item so other people can discover it.
    1. Repeat!

    And, lastly, a big thanks to Todd Robert who designed the usability ticket for us. :-) Thanks, Todd!

    Now print some tickets and get started!

  • 24 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We've signed up five great folks for the panel!

    * Dr. Barry Beith of HumanCentric Technologies
    * Heather Hesketh of hesketh.com
    * Beth Khalifa of Gamil Design
    * Dr. Gary Marchionini of UNC's information science program
    * Dr. Chris Mayhorn of NC State's human factors program

    They'll judge the interactionary design competition and review some of the usability tickets.

  • 18 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The agenda has finally been determined. It's amazing how everything is starting to fall into place!

    * **6:00 - 6:30 Food!** We're going to have pizza and drinks in the lobby of MCNC. This will be a great time for talking with old friends and getting to know new ones. Note: Please don't take the food and drinks into the auditorium. We'll be charged for any cleaning bills!
    * **6:30 - 7:30 Interactionary.** We'll migrate over to the auditorium starting around 6:25 for the interactionary. We'll announce the teams and have the coin toss to see which team goes first...and then begins the competition. (Insert oohing and ahhing.) After each team designs and presents their solution, we'll announce the winner, and then we'll have a short question and answer session with the teams.
    * **7:30 - 7:40 Break.** We'll take a quick break. Please, eat more pizza.
    * **7:40 - 9:00 Usability Ticketing review.** We'll take as long or as short as we need to. We'll have the panelists comment on some the items people ticketed and take comments and questions from the audience.

    Hope to see you there!

  • 18 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We've got the classic school rivalry: NC State versus UNC.

    In UNC's corner, we've got:

    * Anuj Sharma
    * Sam Kome
    * Sayan Chakraborty
    * Ric Simmons

    In NC State's corner, we've got:

    * David Windell
    * Becca Green
    * Patrick Nyeste

    You'll definitely want to be there to root for your alma mater. And, if like me you didn't attend either NC State or UNC, you'll want to be there anyway--it's going to be a great fight!

  • 17 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Two new silver sponsors have signed on:

    * hesketh.com - Thanks Heather!
    * Motricity - Thanks Wendy and Brian!

  • 14 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We've finalized plans to **have World Usability Day at MCNC**. (Here's a great picture of the MCNC campus.)

    Thanks to Steve Rutland and the gang over there for accommodating us on such short notice. :-) And thanks to our sponsors, like Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, for the donations that made renting the space possible. We still need more funds to make this event as successful as possible. Please forward the sponsorship levels and benefits on to your boss if you think he or she would be willing to donate.

    While the agenda has not been finalized (we're so close, now), we do know that the event will run from 6:00 - 9:00. So, if you haven't done so already, mark November 3 from 6:00 - 9:00 on your calendar.

    All that said, it feels great to see everyone's hard work paying off. We've found space, the agenda is nearly finalized, most of our panelists have confirmed, the interactionary teams are almost finalized, and the usability ticket is nearly complete.

    Okay, okay, we do still have a lot of items "almost" and "nearly" finished, which means that we're going to have a lot of announcements come next week. Somebody help us if we don't get this finalized by then! ;)

  • 13 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We've got two events coming up next week:

    * **TriUPA** is meeting on Monday, October 17th at 6:30; we're meeting at the Quorum in the Raddisson hotel. Get Directions »
    * **TriUX/IA Meeting/IxDG F2F** is Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00-7:30; we're meeting at Johnny Carino's in SouthPoint. Get Directions »

    Hope to see you at one of these great events!

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