NYC-UPA this Tues., 10/17, Technologies for User Research (+3 jobs)

14 Oct 2006 - 12:35pm
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Joy Zigo
2005

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NYC Usability Prodfessionals Association presents:

Technologies for User Research (TURe)

Speaker: Rob Tannen, PhD, Director of Human Factors for Electronic Ink

Sponsored by: Sachs Insights http://www.sachsinsights.com

Join us as Rob Tannen, PhD, Director of Human Factors for Electronic Ink,
presents emerging technologies and tools that have the potential to change
what/how user research will be performed in the near future.

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Registration: 6:00pm (refreshments served)
Presentation: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (includes Q&A)
Networking: 8:00pm to 8:30pm
Dinner at a nearby restaurant: 8:30pm to whenever (participants pay for
their own dinner)
Location: Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Laura Parsons Pratt
Conference Center, 281 Park Avenue South (at 22nd Street).

Usability practitioners are in the enviable position of researching and
evaluating new technologies - but are often limited by the tools available
for conducting this research. A number of solutions have recently become
available to support the process of user research. There are also several
emerging technologies that have the potential to change what/how research
will be performed in the near future.

The presentation will cover the following topics:
• The goals and limitations of current user research technologies
• Overview of some of the latest user research tools (e.g. remote
testing, eye tracking, digital ethnography)
• Criteria for evaluating user research technology
• Discussion of emerging technology trends (e.g. ubiquitous
computing, product integration) and their impact on user research
capabilities

Attendees to the presentation will gain a better understanding of what user
research technology can and cannot do, what tools are currently available to
support research, and what may be available in the future.

About the speaker:
Rob Tannen, PhD, is the Director of Human Factors for Electronic Ink, a
sixteen-year old firm that applies product design methodology to creating
usable software interfaces.

Rob has provided human factors expertise in applications including cockpit
displays, emergency dispatch, GPS navigation, equities trading and Web site
design.

Rob is also a leader of the Industrial Design Society of America Human
Factors Section, which promotes human factors and research methods to
designers: http://www.humanfactors.typepad.com/idsa/

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Cost: $10 for NYC-UPA members if pre-registered, $15 if not pre-registered;
$20 for non-members if pre-registered, $25 if not pre-registered; $5 for
full-time students if pre-registered, $10 if not pre-registered (students
please provide valid ID) All fees payable, by cash or check only, at the
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Thanks to our meeting sponsor: Sachs Insights. Visit them at
http://www.sachsinsights.com

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THREE (3) JOB POSTINGS
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(Job #1)
Director, User Experience, Autobytel Inc.

Autobytel, Inc., a leading Internet Automotive marketing services company
located in Irvine, Ca, is looking for an experienced Director of User
Experience. The Director of User Experience shall provide ownership of the
strategy, execution, and management of the Autobytel visual experience,
including but not limited to, the consumer website, consumer email and
newsletter communications, and consumer print materials. The Director of
User Experience shall also be responsible for the visual experience of the
dealer website, dealer email and newsletter communication, dealer print
materials, and the dealer customer relationship management tool.

If you know someone who might be interested, please call, or ask them to
call, Rich Senner at Wentworth Recruiting:
richsenner at wentco.com
(800) 995-9678 ext 343

(Job #2)
Usability/User Research Experts

Electronic Ink, a leader in user-centered business application design,
is looking for usability strategists for full-time or contract work in
New York City and Philadelphia. Usability Strategists collaborate with
our design and technology teams to lead client engagements in business
application redesign. Work with Fortune 500 companies using the latest
in user research methods and technologies, including digital video
recording and eye tracking.

We're looking for individuals with expertise in usability and design
principles and best practices. Experience required includes leading
project initiatives, planning strategies, requirements gathering
conducting usability research and presenting to clients.

* 3+ years experience conducting user research activities including
heuristic analyses, usability testing, contextual observation and design
reviews

* A working knowledge of business economics and consulting practice
* Ability to extend relationships with existing clients by
identifying new opportunities
* Ability to use project management techniques
* Ability to think on your feet and respond to client requests
quickly and accurately
* A solid understanding of information architecture, information
visualization, and interaction design
* A background in pharmaceutical, financial or healthcare a plus
* Able to travel intermittently to support client and project
needs

For more information on usability at Electronic Ink, see
http://www.electronicink.com/uhf/

Please submit resumes to HR at electronicink.com.

(Job #3)

Lead & Entry Level Software User Interface Designers

You're not the run-of-the-mill graphic designer. Sure, you've done your
share of brochures and web sites, but you're different. You design
software user interfaces making the systems people utilize every day
easier to use and visually stunning. You take pride in your work and
you're looking for some new projects to sink your teeth into.

We have the place for you.

Electronic Ink, a pioneer in the development of user-centered design, is
seeking Software User Interface Designers who are fascinated by complex
user interface design projects with Fortune 1000 clients.

Electronic Ink brings together human factors, technology and design to
provide our clients with world-class software interface solutions. The
design team creates interfaces for web and desktop applications,
dashboards, portals and websites by understanding the users' intentions
and ensuring the designs meet the users' needs.

Entry Level Job Requirements:

* A thorough understanding of user-centered design and the
benefits of getting feedback early and often
* Formal training in graphic design, human-computer interaction or
a similar field
* Ability to use design applications such as Adobe Illustrator,
InDesign and Photoshop
* Capability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while
still achieving milestones and delivering outstanding work
* Excellent communication skills within a collaborative
environment
* Ability to convert black-and-white wireframes into visually
appealing aesthetics
* Comfort in working directly with clients both over the phone and
in-person
* Understanding of web and desktop technology constraints and
possibilities
* Familiarity with interaction design and information
visualization a plus
* 2+ years of experience in software user interface design
* Understanding that user interface design is not simply
organizing fields on a screen, but providing the best interface for the
task and user
* Comfort with receiving critical assessments of your work from
designers, users, clients and human factors experts

Lead Position Job Requirements:

* A working knowledge of business economics and consulting
practice
* Ability to extend relationships with existing clients by
identifying new opportunities
* 5+ years of experience in software user interface design; 2+ as
a project lead
* Ability to use project management techniques to lead a team of
designers, technologists and human factors professionals
* Ability to think on your feet and respond to client requests
quickly and accurately
* A solid understanding of information architecture, information
visualization, and interaction design
* A background in pharmaceutical, financial or healthcare a plus
* Able to travel intermitantly to support client and project needs
* A strong portfolio of real-world applications for which you've
design the user interface

Compensation is commensurate with experience

Electronic Ink has both full time and contractor positions for this
immediate opening.

If you are up to the challenge of bringing your design skills into this
high-powered, cutting edge team, contact us at HR at electronicink.com.

OUR MISSION
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The NYC chapter of the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) seeks to
gather members of the marketing, design, technology and research communities
who share a common vision: creating websites that are compelling, intuitive
and customer-driven. By bringing together professionals from different
industries and disciplines and sharing our collective experiences, the NYC
UPA hopes to create a forum for learning and professional growth in the New
York City metropolitan (and tri-state) area.

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