Interaction Design in the Middle East & Northern Africa

15 Jul 2009 - 4:24am
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juan leal
2009

I am trying to expand my projects to the Middle East area (from Turkey
to United Arab Emirates). However, I cannot find any reliable resource
related to this topic. The same happens when I try to search around
big Moroccan cities.

Is the IxD thing sooo down in these regions? Anybody out there knows
a bit more about this? I would really appreciate any feedback.

Cheers,

Juan

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Juan Leal
Seisdeagosto.com

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15 Jul 2009 - 11:03pm
SteveJBayer
2008

I've gown up/lived in the UAE for a good 2 decades. I'd say the
level of awareness of IxD and usability related practices is
negligible to almost zero. Most firms would prefer a
nice/fancy/dynamic looking website to a website with well implemented
IA and Ix.

The situation could have changed in the last 2-3 years (I've shifted
off to India where I was able to discover IxD) but I'm afraid that's
very unlikely.

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15 Jul 2009 - 11:14pm
SteveJBayer
2008

P.S GITEX held at DICEC http://www.gitex.com is a major trade
exhibition in the ME and N Africa and the best place/time to reach
out to the widest audience from that region.

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17 Jul 2009 - 11:43am
Arroxane
2009

I've been wanting to do studies on usability in R2L languages.
However, I've not found the backing for it, yet. I find it
disappointing.

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21 Jul 2009 - 6:46am
Pelin Atasoy
2008

Hi Juan,
as a PhD student with a background in usability in Turkey, I can say that
although the usability concept is fairly new in Turkey it is increasingly
gaining importance. I have been studying usability for seven years, since
the establishment of the first independent usability lab UTEST in 2002. We
have been giving consultancy to the industry partners in the university and
conducting academic studies and courses at the same time. During the years,
our background covered quite a broad area from white goods to military and
automotive industries, depending on the increasing demand. Although not very
up-to-date, UTEST's webpage is http://www.utest.metu.edu.tr/usiteng/
I had been working in UTEST as a contract-based researcher until a week
before, then I had to move to The Netherlands, therefore I expect I can't be
of much help to you other than giving some information. But you can contact
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cigdem Erbug from the Department of Industrial Design at
Middle East Technical University.

Apart from this, one of my ex-colleagues, Ali Berkman holds quite a lot of
experience in usability. He established a usability lab named UTRLAB and I
know that he is quite busy with usability projects nowadays. He is also the
local representative of UPA. You can reach more information from his blog
http://aliberkman.blogspot.com/.

Although I can say that we had some hard time trying to explain what
usability is to many people, things changed quite fast, happily :)

I hope these would be of help. If you like to get more information I would
like to help.

good luck with your studies.

Pelin ATASOY

PhD Student, Research Assistant
Middle East Technical University
Faculty of Architecture
Department of Industrial Design
www.id.metu.edu.tr

METU-BILTIR-UTEST Product Usability Unit
www.utest.metu.edu.tr

tel: +90 312 210 4220

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