NYC-UPA meeting Tues., 9/19, Designing for Diverse Audiences (+job posting)

5 Sep 2006 - 8:51am
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NYC Usability Professionals Association presents:

Designing for Diverse Audiences: Are We More Alike Than We Think?

Speaker: Whitney Quesenbery, principal consultant, Whitney Interactive
Design

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

Join us as Whitney Quesenbery, past president of the national UPA, presents
a case study of the design of a web site for The Open University that would
appeal to and be usable by more than one audience.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 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).

What happens when a site has to appeal to a wide range of people with
different usability needs? Can you make one site work for all of them, and
if not, how do you sort out conflicting requirements?

Last summer, the web team at The Open University set out to design a site to
introduce the university to a new audience: teenagers leaving secondary
schools. But it also needed to work for older adults, and people with low
English literacy just learning about higher education.

Recent usability research reports for these three audiences suggested that
one site would not fit all, but there was considerable overlap. In the end,
they launched a single site, built around a few simple plain language
guidelines.

Quesenbery will share those guidelines and how her team transformed some
long, dense pages of information written by academics into a site that helps
visitors take the first step on their journey to a university degree.

About the speaker:
Whitney Quesenbery, past president of the national UPA, is a user
researcher, user experience practitioner, and usability expert with a
passion for clear communication, working with companies from The Open
University to the National Cancer Institute.

Whitney serves on two Federal Advisory Committees (for voting systems and
Section 508 accessibility regulations), working to improve the usability and
accessibility of our civic life. Her most recent publication is a chapter on
storytelling and narrative in The Personas Lifecycle (by Pruitt and Adlin).

She has served as president of the Usability Professionals' Association, on
the board of UXnet and helped launch the first World Usability Day on 3
November 2005.

More info here: www.WQusability.com

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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
door only.

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Thanks to our meeting sponsor: Sachs Insights. Visit them at
http://www.sachsinsights.com

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JOB POSTING
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JPMorgan Chase is looking for User Experience Analysts and Designers to join
our team as we look to reshape the client's experience with our online tools
and reporting applications in one of our major divisions.

We've built a strong user-centered design practice, with complete management
commitment to our efforts. We work very closely with our clients and
development partners throughout all phases of the project lifecycle both in
person and remotely. Solid information architecture and user centered design
skills are required. A demonstrated work history with web applications is
preferred. Strong communication and consultative skills are required. For
our Analysts, we seek a minimum of 7 years related experience and 3 years
for our Designers.

Interested candidates should send their resume and work samples to
karen.s.pascoe at jpmchase.com.

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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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