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  • 06 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    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, rebatilley@yahoo.com

    Laura Blanchard, laura.blanchard@mac.com

  • 14 Aug 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    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.

    Speaker
    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 yahoo.com or Laura Blanchard - laura.blanchard at mac.com

  • 09 Aug 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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).

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  • 22 Jun 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    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...

    7:30pm
    Tuesday 6/23/09
    Carolina Inn bar
    http://www.carolinainn.com/chapel-hill-trip-planner.php

    Hope you can join us!

  • 05 Jun 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    When: 6:30pm | Wednesday 6/10/09

    Where: Raleigh Ale House at Brier Creek

    How: Register Online - We're looking forward to seeing you there!


    Know the difference between HCI and Hi-C? Do you make user interfaces in your Alpha-bits? Can you recite all the HTML4 tags? In reverse order? Want to get to know other UX Professionals and win prizes?

    Come out and join us for the first ever TriUPA UX Trivia Night. You’ll be able to show off your UX knowledge while answering user friendly trivia questions in a quest for fame and prizes.

    This is a great chance to get to know other triangle area User Experience folks in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. There are a few prizes too:

    • Chance to win free admission to a TriUPA workshop of your choice
    • UX Books straight from our library
    • Bragging rights, bragging rights, bragging rights!
  • 26 May 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user
    If you are attending the 2009 Usability Professionals Conference in Portland be sure to visit the UPA Networking Event on Wednesday, June 10 to meet up with other Triangle area Chapter members! The networking event will also showcase UPA projects, SIGS, and other Chapters. If you’d like to connect with other TriUPA members prior to the conference, comment here on our blog, or contact Kim Chang at kim.chang at bcbsnc.com.
  • 22 May 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    The TriUPA community needs you!

    Do you have ideas for articles that you would like to see on the TriUPA website?

    Are you passionate about a particular user experience related subject?

    Do you have expertise or a success story that you would like to share?

    If you are interested in writing for our site, please contact Kimberly Chang at kim.chang at bcbsnc.com.

  • 24 Apr 2009 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    Finally, job seekers get a break. Carrboro Creative Coworking, a professional workspace in downtown Carrboro, will throw open its doors in May to anyone currently searching for work.

    Eager to help those who have lost jobs in the recent economic downturn, owner Brian Russell is offering free coffee, free Wi-Fi and a desk in a collaborative shared space on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the month of May.

    “Our community atmosphere helps people network, which is crucial to those who are unemployed,” Russell said. “Good jobs are found through the connections people give you, through tips and personal references. Carrboro Coworking is designed to foster that kind of networking, and I wanted to share our part-time coworker service with those who need it most right now.”

    A part-time coworker can use a desk in a large, shared room during Carrboro Coworking’s normal business hours. Amenities include a kitchen, complimentary coffee, free parking and high-speed Internet access. The office is on Lloyd Street, within easy walking distance of Carrboro’s shops and restaurants.

    When job searchers began stopping by and asking about access to the space, Russell told them they could have the first day free, something he offers to all new coworkers. But he wanted to do more. A coworker suggested the free month, and Russell immediately took up the idea.

    “North Carolina has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country,” he said. “Chapel Hill and Carrboro are traditionally considered more insulated, but they’re not as insulated as we thought. And the tech sector, which is usually considered stable, is being hit as well. I wanted to step up and do what I can.”

    Carrboro Coworking welcomes entrepreneurs, telecommuters and freelance professionals in many fields, but some of its services are tailored to those who work in information technology. The space hosts Meetups on IT topics like Ruby on Rails, Erlang, Python, Rich Internet Applications and iPhone/Cocoa development.

    Brown bag lunches with guest speakers, after-hours Wii games and other special events bring coworkers together and let them blow off stress. Resume coaches and free events with small business advisors will be conducted too. All events with day and time information will be posted at http://carrborocoworking.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3b7219e188e737e12....

    “Having fun and staying focused while you hunt for a new job is key,” Russell said. “I want people to have a friendly place to go while they search for new work or maybe start up a new business. I want to help people be productive in this economy.”

    Carrboro Creative Coworking is a professional shared workspace with a community atmosphere. It is located at 205 Lloyd Street, Suite 101, Carrboro NC 27510.

    For more information, contact Brian Russell at brian@carrborocoworking.com or (919) 442-5301 or visit www.carrborocoworking.com.

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