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Conference Program

At User Interface 13, you’ll get 4 full days of in-depth techniques from the world’s leading web design and usability experts. On Monday and Wednesday, you will attend full-day seminars with our expert speakers. On Tuesday, we have a day filled with 90-minute Featured Talks. We'll cap off the week on Thursday with our Showcase Seminar Day, where you can choose between UIE's most popular seminars.

Monday, October 13th: Full-day Seminars

8:30 a.m — 5:30 p.m.

Usability Testing Techniques: Collecting User Data on a Shoestring

Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell, Usability Works

Dana Chisnell, co-author of the newly revised book, Handbook of Usability Testing, will teach you how to plan, design, conduct, and analyze usability tests all on a shoestring budget. You'll learn how to get your design team the information they need when you have limited time, money, and resources.

In this seminar, you will learn how to use formal and informal testing techniques to make the best design decisions possible. You'll learn what you can do on a limited budget, what corners you can cut, and what the "nice-to-have" options are when a little extra budget or time comes your way.

Dana will show you why a formal usability lab isn't necessary and what you need to ensure you collect quality user feedback, even though you don't have the fancy one-way mirror and high-tech recording equipment. She'll discuss how investing in recruitment can payoff big in the data analysis and common recruiting mistakes to avoid (and save you huge fees). She'll also share tricks on easy and effective session moderation, including how to quickly train co-workers so the burden isn't always on you.

If you've never conducted a usability test, or have tried but found the process overwhelming, this session will teach you the tricks of seasoned professionals without spending the big bucks.

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Bulletproof Ajax: Designing Interactive and Usable Ajax Solutions

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith, Clearleft

Would you like to learn more about the newest and most powerful technologies on the web? Do you want to know how Ajax can enhance the interactivity on your website? In this seminar, Jeremy Keith, author of the book Bulletproof Ajax and a recognized expert on Ajax, will teach you how to create applications that are highly flexible that degrade gracefully.

By the end of this seminar, you’ll have a full understanding of how to script your own Ajax solutions rather than relying on a third-party library. You will learn how to add Ajax interactivity to your page in a way that doesn’t break the fundamental concepts of the web and will help improve usability. Through the practical examples demonstrated in this session, you will learn how to create advanced form validation and even an Ajax shopping cart.

This seminar is a perfect for intermediate developers with a good understanding of CSS and XHTML, and a basic grasp of JavaScript and the DOM.

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Subject to Change: Product Strategy and Planning Tools for Great User Experiences

Peter Merholz and Andrew Crow

Peter Merholz and Andrew Crow, Adaptive Path

The world of next-generation designs require novel approaches. What are the new methods that will ensure success in your work? In this seminar, Adaptive Path's Peter Merholz and Andrew Crow will share proven steps valuable in the development of great user experiences.

Peter and Andrew will focus on tools for developing the strategy and planning for your designs. Drawn from time-tested techniques of product strategy, the design experts at Adaptive Path have evolved these approaches to suit the expedited pace of today's web development world. You will learn how to focus your design on the things that truly matter to your organization, how to quickly prototype design solutions with stakeholders, and how to communicate an elevator pitch for your application.

They will also teach you the key methods for Scope Planning. Successful designs are feature stingy, doing a small set of things well rather than boiling the ocean. You'll practice methods for controlling the scope of your designs, including concept mapping and road mapping.

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Visual Design for the Web: Communicating with Customers

Luke Wroblewski

Luke Wroblewski, Yahoo!

Does your Web site's visual design communicate what your site provides and why it matters? Do the visuals help convey your organization's value to users? Your site's visual presentation has a much greater impact than just making your site "pretty." It helps to organize information for your users, provide an emotional impact, and direct your audience to the important elements they’ll use to achieve their goals, whether that’s finding the content they need or getting things done.

In his full-day seminar, Luke Wroblewski, author of the popular book, Site Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability, will share practical insights and strategies for boosting your site's visual appeal while directing and delighting your users. When users interact with your site, they are relying on the visual presentation to tell them what the site has to offer and how they can make use of it. As a result, the more emphasis you place on communicating visually, the easier it is for people to understand and use your interface designs.

Through a series of presentations, interactive discussions, and hands-on exercises, Luke will teach you the core visual design principles that will affect your site's success.

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Tuesday, October 14th: Featured Talks

Tuesday, October 14th is our Featured Talks Day. This is our “sampler” day where conference speakers give informative and entertaining 90-minute presentations. Topics will include: how to integrate design into your organization, groundbreaking design techniques that will allow you to build more robust web sites, innovative design, expert review techniques such as heuristics evaluations, and strategies for boosting your site's visual appeal.

Tuesday also includes lunch and one of the main highlights of our 4-day conference—an entertaining keynote from UIE’s very own, Jared M. Spool.

Wednesday, October 15th: Full-day Seminars


The Myths of Innovation: How to Lead Breakthrough Projects

Scott Berkun

Scott Berkun, scottberkun.com

Are you challenged with creating new products that recreate and capture the market? Is your team struggling to develop innovative designs? Innovation is more than just a buzzword. All the great ideas we take for granted today, from the Internet, to the cellular phone, to anti-lock brakes, all started as ideas in someone’s mind, dismissed by leaders of major organizations. How these innovations came to be, and the challenges the managers of those projects faced, are untold stories, creating a gold mine of lessons ready for use today.

This full day seminar centers on the team leader perspective of innovation. Using stories from history as a guide, Scott Berkun, the author of O'Reilly's upcoming book on Innovation, will demystify innovation and debunk dangerous assumptions about how breakthroughs happen. Through games, exercises, debates, and conversations, Scott will cover everything design teams need to develop innovative projects in their organization, including creativity, people management, and business thinking.

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The Essentials of Interaction Design - SOLD OUT

Kim Goodwin

Kim Goodwin, Cooper

What makes a designer a designer? Is it knowing how to conduct research? Is it understanding how to create personas? Is it having a solid foundation conducting usability tests? While all of these skills are valuable, what really separates designers from the rest is the ability to visualize concrete design solutions that solve human problems. In this popular seminar, Cooper’s Kim Goodwin will help you refine your interaction design skills.

During the day, Kim will expose you to the essential tools of interaction design and help you develop the design “muscles” to use them. You will come away from the day with a solid vocabulary of interaction design patterns. You will learn the key principles to creating a coherent interaction framework, as well as collaboration and ideation techniques to achieve novel design solutions that delight your users.

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Information Architecture Essentials: Best Practices for Organizing Your Site's Content

Donna Maurer

Donna (Maurer) Spencer

Is your web site chaos, completely without organization or structure? Do users get lost finding the content they're looking for? Are you having difficulty deciding where to put hard-to-classify content?

To help designers and information architects solve these types of problems, we've turned to Donna (Maurer) Spencer, a world-renowned expert on information architecture theory and practice. In her seminar, Donna will provide you with a complete grounding in information architecture, including a solid overview of metadata, classification, and categorization theory.

You'll learn what it takes create a cohesive information architecture, including how to conduct a content analysis, how to categorize your content through card sorting, and how to organize your site based on proven navigation and page layout design principles. At the end of this seminar, you'll have what it takes create a cohesive information architecture that delights your users.

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Bringing User-Centered Design Practices Into Agile Development Projects

Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton

Is your organization considering a migration to agile development processes? Is your design team struggling with development lifecycles that move at a snail's pace? The agile development movement is catching on quickly within organizations -- for good reason. Agile processes have many advantages over traditional application development including faster development lifecycles, improved product quality, and the reduction of "feature creep."

Using agile methods, in as little as three weeks, design teams can go from initial concept to deployment. Yet, three weeks is a very short time in the world of user-centered design. How do you incorporate traditional techniques, such as usability testing and field research, into these dramatically shortened development cycles?

In this full-day seminar, Jeff Patton will provide you with solid, proven techniques to integrate user-centered design into the development process. Since 2000, Jeff has been heavily involved in agile methods and is the premier expert on how to incorporate user-centered design practices into your agile projects. Jeff will show you how to best collaborate with your team members, receive continuous involvement from your users, and start development right away without a big up-front requirements analysis. After spending a day with him, you’ll have gathered all of the essential details you need to work in a fast-paced agile environment with great results.

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Thursday, October 16th: UIE Showcase Seminar Day

Spotlight Plenary with Bill Verplank: Sketching Metaphors

Vill Verplank

8:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Every year, we extend an invitation to one world renowned speaker to present the Spotlight Plenary. This year, we've asked Bill Verplank, a pioneer in the world of Human Computer Interaction, to share his insights with you.

In his presentation, Bill will explore some important themes about today's world of experience design. He'll look at the systems we create: Are they tools? An extension of our brain? Or maybe they are a vehicle to achieving a greater goal? Or a type of fashion? Using a series of live sketches (something you have to see to believe), Bill will explore each of these paradigms.

Plus, you have your choice between UIE’s most popular seminars:

10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

New Perspectives in User Experience Design

Jared M. Spool

Jared M. Spool, User Interface Engineering

For 20 years, User Interface Engineering has researched and developed the most advanced, state-of-the-art usability strategies and techniques used today. UIE’s Jared M. Spool will share his outlook on the state of the web usability field today.

Jared Spool, the Founding Principal of User Interface Engineering, has guided the research agenda and built UIE into the largest research organization of its kind in the world.

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Product Usability: Survival Techniques

Christine Perfetti

Christine Perfetti, User Interface Engineering

In this comprehensive seminar, you will examine the most successful techniques for incorporating usability practices into your development process. Christine Perfetti, UIE’s Managing Director, will show how to build a working prototype of your web site or software application in a matter of hours.

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