For our September event, we had guest speaker Steve Portigal in from
California to talk about cultural context. Steve showed many examples of
different cultural expectations via some of the great photographs he's taken
during his travels. He also explored the reactions people have when their
normalized understandings of the world are pushed past the edges that define
their worlds and comfort levels. Stories ranged from toilet design to public
signage and graffiti.
On October 19th and 20th Chris Bernard from Microsoft will be giving
in-depth lab-based instructional sessions on SketchFlow in Expression Blend.
Part of Microsoft's Expression Blend, SketchFlow is a next generation tool
for ideation and the rapid creation of dynamic prototypes.
As part of this session you'll be assigned your own work station and Chris
will instruct all attendees in a detailed overview of the features of
Expression Blend. You learn why prototyping is an important part of the
design process and how SketchFlow enables a new paradigm of productivity for
the interactive designer. In addition, you'll receive a free trial of
Expression Blend to try at home and the chance to win a full version
Studio, T-shirts, etc.
Chris will use instructional content from his upcoming book entitled
'Dynamic Prototyping With Expression Blend' that is being co-authored with
Each session can accommodate 19 people and will be held in Suite 200 at AON
Center (Microsoft's Chicago Offices). Doors will open at 5:00pm and the
training sessions will start at 5:30 and conclude at 7:00pm.
Interested in hosting an IxDA event, facilitating a discussion, or
presenting a topic? How about helping to coordinate an event? We'd love your
help! Just respond to this email with information on what you'd like to do
or say - and thanks for supporting the Chicago IxDA!
Sr. Staff User Interface Designer
Motorola, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL)
Motorola's Applied Research & Technology Center (ARTC) is the corporate
technology research organization serving all of Motorola’s businesses. We
are tasked with ensuring that Motorola’s business units have the technology,
intellectual property, and assets to address growing opportunities in the
new market spaces.
As a Senior Staff Interaction Designer, you will contribute to all areas of
experience research, but have primary responsibilities for detailed user
interface graphics, design and task flows, up to and including UI
prototyping for evaluation and demonstration to end users, business partners
and key customers.
The position will have the following additional responsibilities:
• Participation in all facets of user research including contextual inquiry,
task analyses as well as tests of user performance on individual products
and end-to-end systems.
• Understand and design for optimum human performance across multiple
environments and task contexts.
• Work closely with a multi-disciplinary research organization and key
business partners to ensure that the final user experience meets or exceeds
the needs of the business partner, potential customers and end users.
• Publish and present results to peers, developers, management and customers
in terms of both user interface requirements documents and white papers
expressing needs for future product and system developments.
The job requirements include:
• Bachelors degree required, Masters Degree or higher in Design, Human
Factors, Engineering Psychology preferred.
• 5+ years UI design within a desktop or mobile application development
environment. A portfolio is required with resume submission.
• Expertise in creating high quality, production-ready UI graphics using
Photoshop, Illustrator, Visio, or comparable graphics products required.
• Ability to create a interactive software prototypes for user evaluation
and iterative development also required.
• Expertise in GUI screen layout with visual programming tools such as
provided by VisualStudio, Expression Studio, or comparable development tools
• Familiarity with exploratory techniques such as user/task analysis, surveys,
contextual inquiry methods, and other field studies and translation of
results into user profiles, use cases, and user interface designs is
• Good organizational and communication skills, both written and oral.
• Ability to perform in an informal leadership position among a
multi-disciplinary technology team in the creation of new designs and
• Able to work well across a decentralized, geographically dispersed