[EVENT] BostonCHI PDS 2011 on March 25, 2011

22 Feb 2011 - 12:39pm
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Hi everyone, 

I'm a member of BostonCHI, the Boston-area chapter of ACM's special interest group on Computer-Human Interaction.  I'd like to announce that BostonCHI will be holding a series of Professional Development Seminars on March 25 at Mathworks, in Natick, MA.  
The seminars are especially pertinent for those in the fields of User Experience and Usability, but we are offering a diverse range of courses that will also appeal to those who work in other fields.  Additional information and registration is available from our website at: http://www.bostonchi.org/pds2011_home.html.  
A brief summary of the courses follows below:
Tools of the Trade: User Experience Research and Design Skills

Friday, March 25 2011      8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Seven excellent full-day courses will help you learn new skills and hone existing ones, and there will be plenty of time for networking with other attendees. The cost for the day, including breakfast, lunch, a networking party, and course materials is $200 for BostonCHI members and $215 for non-members. Prices increase on March 12th, so register before then! Highly discounted student rates are also available.

Courses and Descriptions

Becoming Photo-Dynamic: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Fundamentals
Tracy Marks

Photoshop takes years to master, but with this focused introduction to its interface and several dozen practical tips, you will learn how to make ordinary photos more dynamic and appealing, both for print and for the Web.

Research for Design: User Research Techniques for Creating User Experiences
Sarah Bloomer

This workshop explores user research techniques you might not have tried before from the growing field of design research, established to capture user needs, both explicit and hidden.

Social Media Strategies
Lisa Gualtieri

In this course you will learn how to develop a social media strategy, keep it current, and execute it effectively. The social media technologies covered include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, ratings and reviews, eCards, and badges.

Taking it to the Streets: Mobile UI and UX
Adrian Mendoza

In this course, students will learn how to design and prototype applications across several mobile devices and the mobile web.

That's Just Proto-typical!: Prototyping Tips and Tools for Effective UX Design
Jason Miceli

Following this course you will understand how wireframes differ from GUI prototypes, as well as how creation of GUI prototypes for mobile apps, web applications, local applications, and hardware devices differ from one another.

Web Application Visual and UI Design for Non-Designers
Tania Schlatter and Debby Levinson

This workshop will provide lectures and hands-on exercises that will help you make design decisions; create an appropriate personality; place buttons and other elements effectively; know when and how to use a grid; get the best out of standards and themes; select a font; pick a color palette; select and use graphics/imagery.

WordPress to Impress: WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) Tool
James Coletti and Kurt Eng

In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of how WordPress works; how to organize your content and configure certain features and behaviors of your site; and how to install themes and plug-ins to alter the appearance of your site.

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