Thursday, November 8, 2007
UIE Showcase Seminar, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
New Perspectives in User Experience Design
For 15 years, User Interface Engineering has researched and developed the most advanced, state-of-the-art usability strategies and techniques used today. Two of UIE’s premier research leaders, Jared M. Spool and Joshua Porter, will share their outlook on the state of the User Experience Design today. You'll have the chance to hear Jared and Josh give informative and entertaining 90-minute presentations covering UIE's latest research in the world of User Experience and Social Design.
Because the research presented at this Showcase Seminar will be timely and based on UIE's summer research agenda, we will publish the detailed descriptions of the talks in August. Previous topics have included: Social Web Applications, Tagging Systems, Intuitive Design, Home Page Design, Recommender Systems, and Branding Best Practices.
Joshua Porter, Director of Web Development, User Interface Engineering
Joshua is responsible for overseeing the development of the User Interface Engineering's web sites, managing UIE's top notch team of web developers. Josh is also a leading member of UIE's research team and has written extensively on such topics as Web 2.0, Ajax, web standards, and on-site search systems. Josh shares many of his design thoughts and commentaries on his personal blog: Bokardo.com.
Josh received his Master’s degree in Information Technology and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He brings with him extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of human factors, usability testing, and web site design and development.
Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
Jared M. Spool is founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of it’s kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.
Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual UI Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time. He is author of the book, Web Usability: A Designer’s Guide.