• 05 Mar 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Local. Fun. And bursting at the seams with new tools for growing your business.

    Why should you come to the Innovate Carolina Conference on April 10, 2010?

    To UNDERSTAND your customers better than you ever have before
    To FIND leading-edge tools to separate you from your peers at your company
    To DISCOVER how the thought leaders in innovation are creating growth
    At Innovate Carolina, you will MEET YOUR PEERS within the innovation and product development space who live right here in the Carolinas. You might find your next job, business partner, or new fellow comrade. Hosted by Product Development and Management Association, Carolinas Chapter.

    For more information:

  • 21 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Triangle Area ColdFusion Users Group (TACFUG) is planning a conference called CFinNC for October 17-18, 2009 on Centennial Campus at NC State University. The topics will be ColdFusion, Flex/Flash, AIR and miscellaneous other topics. The presenters will range from triangle speakers along with presenters from all over the US. Registration for this conference is FREE for attendees.

    If you are interested in learning more about Flex or other Adobe technologies such as AIR and Coldfusion this is a great opportunity to receive FREE training. For more information or to register please visit:

  • 16 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    STC competitions offer an excellent way for you and your team to get recognition for your technical publication, help system, artwork, training, or any other form of technical communication. Each year, the STC Carolina Chapter generally sponsors the following competitions:

    The Call for Entries has been distributed. Start working on those Competition Forms for items you or your colleagues want enter! Remember, you do not have to be an STC member to enter (but members save money on the entry fee, and even more by submitting entries by the Early Bird date.

    • Entries are due by October 9.
    • Early Bird rate ends September 18.

    If you're shy about submitting your work, sign up as a judge. Assessing the work of other technical communicators invariably gives you insight into your own work. Judge Training day is a great networking opportunity too. You don't need to be a member to judge, so recruit those non-members in your office. Judge training is October 17. This year, the door prizes include four signed copies of "The Well Fed Writer" by Peter Bowerman.

    Contact: Betsy Kent <> for more information.

  • 09 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    What: Escape the Lab: Conducting Remote User Research and Usability Testing

    When: full-day workshop: 9a - 5p | Thursday 10/1/09 | coffee & lunch included

    Where: Council for Entrepreneurial Development in RTP

    How: Capacity is limited -- Register online now to reserve your spot!

    Intended audience
    Researchers, designers, and product managers who want to watch real people use technology from the comfort of their own desks. (While saving travel costs and the planet!).

    About the workshop
    Nate Bolt, one of the pioneers of remote UX research -- and author of the forthcoming book, Remote Research -- will lead this hands-on workshop covering the latest remote UX techniques and tools.

    Give us a day and we can teach you all the rocket surgery you need to conduct qualitative studies the real-time, native environment way.

    Learning Objectives
    What we’ll cover...

    • Strengths and weaknesses of remote ux research
    • Study design & scripting
    • Participant recruiting options
    • Moderating in the remote environment
    • Tools for screen sharing, recording, and communication
    • What can go wrong and what to do about it

    About the speaker
    Nate Bolt, president of Bolt|Peters, is fascinated by the personal, social, and cultural role of technology, and how research and design can transform those roles. After pioneering and directing the User Experience department at Clear Ink in 1999, which included the construction of Natural Environment and Remote Observation laboratories, Nate co-founded Bolt | Peters. He now serves as el presidente, where he has overseen hundreds of user research studies for Sony, Oracle, HP, Greenpeace, Electronic Arts, and others. Beginning in 2003, he led the creation of the first moderated remote user research software, Ethnio, which is being used around the world to recruit hundreds of thousands of live participants for research.

    Nate regularly gives presentations on native environment research methods in both commercial and academic settings, and is currently co-authoring Remote Research, a book on remote testing. Working with faculty at the University of California, San Diego, he created a degree titled “Digital Technology and Society,” which focused on the social impact of technology. He also completed a year of communications studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he was jailed briefly for playing drums in public without a license.

  • 06 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Would you like improve the sustainability of our world?

    Are you passionate about user centered design, graphic design, industrial/product design, engineering, human factors and/or psychology?

    If so, then you should participate in our TriUPA World Usability Day design competition!

    Participants will tackle a design issue where user centered design and usability is central to the success of a solution that drives sustainability.

    Sounds great! What do I need to do?

    1) Sign up to participate by September 23, 2009.

    2) Attend an Information Session.

    You don’t have to attend this session to participate in the challenge, but if you have questions or would like more information, please join us on September 17th (Thursday) at 6pm at Capstrat (1201 Edwards Mill Road, First Floor Raleigh, NC 27607).

    3) Pick a topic from our list of suggestions, or create your own!

    4) Present your design ideas, findings and solutions.

    Participants are invited to share their solutions during our World Usability Day event to be held November 12th from 6:00 - 9:00PM, at the SAS Auditorium. Presentations need not be formal and can be a poster, informal oral presentation or PowerPoint format. All participants should plan a presentation around 7 - 10 minutes.

    For more information or questions about this year’s event contact:

    Rebekah Sedaca,

    Laura Blanchard,

  • 14 Aug 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Please save the date for our annual Triangle area World Usability Day celebration.

    The theme this year is: Designing for a Sustainable World.

    World Usability Day 2009 is approaching design from cradle to cradle. Coming from a user-centric perspective and looking beyond form and function, we are exploring the impact design has on our world. For this year's event we've lined up a great speaker and planned a killer design competition. See below for more information.

    Amy Hathaway, a Water Quality Engineer from the City of Raleigh, will be talking about the Fred Fletcher Park Water Garden design project. The project is unique in that it addresses the environmental issues of storm water runoff, water pollution and erosion in an aesthetically pleasing way that creates an enjoyable and educational park experience for visitors.

    Design Challenge
    In keeping with this year’s theme, we are featuring a design challenge. The challenge is open to club members, undergraduate and graduate students in related fields and asks them to solve some of today’s sustainability design issues. Participants will present their solutions and ideas during this year’s event. Learn more about the design challenge >>

    For more information or questions about this year’s event contact:

    Rebekah Sedaca - rebatilley at or Laura Blanchard - laura.blanchard at

  • 09 Aug 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Nathan Huening, who presented "Edward Tufte and Information Design Strategies for the Web," has provided his slides for anyone interested in downloading them.

    Slides: Edward Tufte and Information Design Strategies for the Web (PDF)

  • 12 Jul 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    When: 6:30pm | Thursday 7/23/09

    Where: Rigsbee Hall (208 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701)

    How: Register Online - We're looking forward to seeing you there!
    Co-Sponsored with Refresh the Triangle!
    "Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information. And so the point is to find design strategies that reveal detail and complexityundefinedrather than to fault the data for an excess of complication." --Edward Tufte.

    No matter how sophisticated the technology nor pleasing the design, your Web visitors are really interested in one thing. (No, not that.) They're after great content like your essay, your photo, your widget, your tutorial. It's what makes the Web so great: exploring, learning, and sharing what we know. And the task of a designerundefinedwhether of user interfaces, graphics, data or typeundefinedis to present this information appropriately and elegantly; to remove obstacles to understanding, not introduce them.

    In this presentation, Nathan Huening first presents an overview of the work of information design expert Edward Tufte and then discusses concrete applications and examples for applying his principles of analytical design to the Web. Selected themes include: contrast and meaning in design, avoiding "chartjunk" and "computer administrative debris", clarity and clutter, the value of aesthetics, and simplicity vs. minimalism.

    Edward Tufte is Professor Emeritus of statistics, information design, interface design and political economy at Yale University. In addition to his touring workshops, Mr Tufte has written four books on the display of information and analytical design: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983), Envisioning Information (1990), Visual Explanations (1997), and Beautiful Evidence (2006).
    About the Speaker
    Nathan Huening is a principal at Sprocket House, a creative firm based in Chapel Hill that specializes in Web and print design. When he's not writing client copy or puzzling over UI design, he enjoys making messes in the kitchen and falling off his unicycle to the bemusement of curious onlookers.
    Refresh the Triangle
    Refresh the Triangle is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of New Media endeavors in their areas. Promoting design, technology, usability, and standards.

  • 06 Jul 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    TriUPA recently welcomed David Malouf, professor of interaction design at SCAD, for a full-day workshop on sketching for interaction design.

    TriUPA member Leslie Carter was kind enough to provide some notes, ideas, and links to resources from the workshop. Thanks, Leslie! (You can also download a Microsoft Word copy of the notes: Notes from Sketching Seminar with Dave Malouf - June 2009).

    [scribd id=17145309 key=key-c7t0irr4qhth6mfov4b]

  • 22 Jun 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    David Malouf, one of the co-founders of IxDA, is presenting "Sketching for Interaction Design" for TriUPA.

    Want to meet Dave and talk interaction design before the workshop? Join Dave and other TriUPAians for drinks...

    Tuesday 6/23/09
    Carolina Inn bar

    Hope you can join us!

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