UIE Virtual Seminar Archives

Here is your opportunity to learn the design, information architecture, and usability insights used by today’s most successful web sites. UIE's monthly Virtual Seminars will give you the chance to hear the latest perspectives in the world of design from the field's premier experts.

Instead of traveling to a training course, you and your colleagues can hear the latest insights on the most important design topics right from your office for only $129. You'll watch and listen to the presentation right on your PC screen.

The Analysis Toolbox: Making Sense of Usability Test and Field Study Data

Jared M. Spool, User Interface Engineering

Are you overwhelmed by the incredible amounts of data you're left with after performing a field study or usability test? Can you effectively analyze the data you've collected and use your findings to successfully guide your product development process?

Field studies and usability tests produce a vast amount of quality data. However, making sense of what you've learned is often a huge challenge that many teams find difficult to overcome. In this 90-minute presentation, UIE's Jared M. Spool will share some tricks and techniques on how to organize your field study or usability test to get the most out of the immense data you'll collect.

The User is Always Right: Making Personas Work for Your Website

Steve Mulder, Molecular

Are you unsure whether your web site gives your users what they need? Are you designing for too many different users, each with conflicting goals? Is your team struggling to agree on a common design because everyone has a different opinion about what’s right?

The best solution to deal with these types of critical issues is a Persona. That’s why we’re so excited that Steve Mulder, author of the groundbreaking book, The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas for the Web, has put together a comprehensive 90-minute Virtual Seminar covering the basics of personas.

Social Design: Designing for the Social Lives of Users

Joshua Porter, User Interface Engineering

Amid the rise of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, a new discipline of social design is emerging. UIE's Joshua Porter has put together a seminar for folks who recognize the incredible value of social features, but aren't sure where to start. He describes 9 principles that will give you a solid foundation for adding social features to improve your user's experiences.

Field Studies: The Ultimate Tool in Your Usability Toolbox

Kate Gomoll, Gomoll Research & Design

Field Research is the best way to truly understand your users' goals, attitudes, and workplaces. In this Virtual Seminar, Kate Gomoll explains how to turn the incredibly rich data culled from field studies into powerful, intuitive, and easy-to-use products.

Demystifying Usability Tests: Learning the Basics

Christine Perfetti, User Interface Engineering

UIE's Christine Perfetti has put together a fabulous Virtual Seminar designed explicitly to share the basics of usability testing.

Paper Prototyping: Streamlining the User-Centered Design Process

Carolyn Snyder, Snyder Consulting

Paper prototyping is one of the easiest, cheapest and fastest approaches you can use to design, test, and refine user interfaces. In this presentation, Carolyn will share some of her most important findings about paper prototyping, its techniques, and its effectiveness.

Gallery Pages: The Hardest Working Pages on Your Site

Jared M. Spool, User Interface Engineering

If your site has more than one page, it has a gallery page. When a user lands on your gallery page, it has only one job: to help the user decide which content page they want to end up on. The best gallery pages do that quickly and efficiently. The worst, well, it gets ugly.

The Visual Design of Web Applications: Creating Usable and Beautiful Designs

Hagan Rivers, Two Rivers Consulting

Learn the key strategies for creating both usable and aesthetically pleasing web applications for your customers.

Adventurous Usability Techniques

Christine Perfetti, User Interface Engineering

UIE's Christine Perfetti will show you usability testing methods you've probably never heard of—techniques only practiced by the most adventuresome usability professionals.

What Makes a Design Seem Intuitive?

Jared M. Spool, User Interface Engineering

Everyone wants an intuitive interface: the users, the designers, and the content publishers. But building them is hard. User Interface Engineering's recent research has given insight into why it's hard and how to get past major obstacles.

Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for My Site?

Joshua Porter, User Interface Engineering

In this presentation, UIE's Joshua Porter talks about the difficult challenge of organizing content on web sites. He discusses tagging, a new design approach that may help alleviate content challenges by allowing users to organize the information all by themselves.

Initial Scent: The Latest Thinking on Home Page Design

Jared M. Spool, User Interface Engineering

The key to a successful home page is how it communicates the "scent" to direct the user to the content they seek. In this entertaining and enlightening seminar, Jared will share UIE's most recent thinking on the best approaches for designing the optimal home page.

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