[EVENT and RECAP] Chicago IxDA July and August Events
31 Jul 2009 - 2:55pm
4 years ago
We're sending out double-duty email here - August's event, and a
(delayed) recap of our last event on Rapid Prototyping.
AUGUST Happy Hour---
Please join us on Wednesday, August 12th for our next Chicago IxDA gathering!
Chris Bernard of Microsoft will be hosting the happy hour at the Aon
Center. There will also be a demo available for Microsoft Sketchflow,
the interaction design tool that's part of the Expression Blend suite
(see our recap below for more information - this tool garnered a lot
of interest at our July meeting).
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Address: Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL (exact
location and time range TBD)
Please RSVP by end of day Monday, August 10th. You will get a
confirmation message after filling out this RSVP form.
See you there!
Erik Klimczak of Clarity Consulting talked about rapid prototyping. He
focused on three methods:
Video - Clarity has used video as a way to quickly show the
possibilities with a gesture-based solution. Erik showed us a
prototype made during the business development process that involved
using a greenscreen overlay on a Microsoft Surface table, with a
person gesturing in a planned pattern - the basic screens of the
Surface table where then mocked up in the video using Adobe After
Effects. This allowed for a quick turnaround of a concept (2-3 days)
that demonstrated the natural movement and context of a gestural
interface in an engaging way without requiring a full Surface
Microsoft Sketchflow - Erik then showed us how Clarity has been using
Sketchflow within the Expression Suite to prototype early concepts in
a way that shows movement from screen to screen and interactive
elements, in a manner that generates usable code. Leveraging design
assets in the final project is a goal in order to save effort and
cost, especially if paired with an iterative process to ensure
Flash Catalyst - This tool is Adobe's answer to interaction design
that lets people familiar with Adobe products build rich experiences /
prototypes with photoshop files in lieu of code. It's still in beta
mode - you can see it out here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashcatalyst/
Position Title: User Experience Architect
Department: User Experience
Client : Sears
Engagement Length: Approximately 9 weeks
Location of Position: Chicago, IL
POSITION: User Experience Architect
The User Experience team at Sears Holdings Online Services is
looking for a senior user experience architect with five plus years of
experience and a passion for collaboration, technology, user-centric
interaction design, and application design to join our close-knit
group of web professionals.
Specific requirements we're asking for besides five years of experience-
Create compelling interactions and experiences with the target audiences'
needs in mind.
Work independently and collaboratively in an agile environment.
Plan and execute iterative user research and analysis projects,
including but not limited to interviews, concept and usability testing
and heuristic evaluations.
Collaborate to develop scenarios, navigation models and prototypes
for demonstration of concepts to stakeholders and project teams.
Develop and document detailed information architecture and
interaction designs for highly interactive interfaces to support
business strategy, marketing strategy and desired user behaviors.
Serve as an expert consultant during the detailed design phase by
reviewing interaction design, copy and visual design for usability
Work collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams.
And someone who has:
A college or university degree in information design, human
factors, human-computer interaction or related field (strongly
5+ years experience in user experience strategy, information
architecture and concept development applied to web-based and
2+ years in planning and executing usability research activities,
including usability testing and evaluations, with at least one year
applying these skills to web-based design.
Project experience working with teams on large-scale, long-term projects.
Proficiency with design tools including Visio and MS Office Suite.
Familiarity with current user experience and usability research,
theories, best practices and methodologies.
Knowledge of web user-interface technology, excellent analytical
and process-oriented skills, strong verbal and written skills.
Strong knowledge of user-centered design methods and techniques.
Experience working on multiple projects simultaneously.
Other required skills include:
User research and scenario generation
Process flow generation
Site structure definition
Concept generation and modeling
Audits and evaluations
Project planning and tracking
Mentorship of co-workers, including design inspiration
The ability to identify tools, templates and techniques that would
evolve the existing approaches of the digital experience and