Holiday Mixer on December 1

STC/SM, Michigan CHI, UXPA, and IXDA invites you to a casual Holiday Mixer.

Come and network with fellow STC/SM members (and non-members too) and join in the conversation for a convivial and relaxing gathering. There will not be a reserved room, so join us at the bar. Feel free to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to our area.

When: Tuesday December 1, 2015, anytime between 5-8pm
Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


TechSmith Program Meeting Recap: Using Visuals in our Communication

by Tom Glennan

Do you know what search engine is the second largest after Google? Or how to use visuals and images to “flip” your documentation for meetings? Or even what Snagit and Camtasia are (and why you should know)? These and many other useful skills and tips were revealed and discussed at the October 14th program meeting, “Leverage the Power of Image and Video in Your Communication,” which was presented by Andrea Perry and Matt Pierce of TechSmith Corporation in Okemos, Michigan.

How To Incorporate Usability Into Your Project Flow

By Maryann Bowen and Pat Gómez Martz

With World Usability Day fast approaching, this seems like a good time to recap our good friend and usability expert David Mitropoulos-Rundus’ presentation, How to Make User Experience a Priority, from the June 2015 User Experience Conference in Ann Arbor. Dave recommends including user experience and usability considerations in each phase of every project. He recommends defining your terms; defining usability requirements; designing to personas, scenarios, and environments; and iterative user testing. (more…)

World Usability Day – Events in Michigan and Ohio on November 12

Check out the upcoming World Usability Day events in Michigan and Ohio.

Michigan State University’s Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) is hosting the 11th annual Michigan World Usability Day Conference on November 12, 2015.  In the morning, recognized experts from industry and government will discuss real-world projects where they’ve incorporated UX/UCD best practices and user research to create effective, engaging user experiences and technologies.  There will also be an open house at UARC and tours of the lab in the afternoon.

Program Meeting: TechSmith Wednesday, October 14

Attend our October program meeting and leverage the power of image and video in your communication. In this session, Andrea Perry and Matt Pierce will introduce several ways images and videos can be used to improve internal communication, documentation, feedback, and more. Once they’ve got you thinking about how you can incorporate visuals into your own work, they’ll show you how Snagit and Camtasia can be used to quickly and easily create what you need.

Wednesday, October 14
Washtenaw Community College (room LA 372)
4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Free for students with ID, $10 for members and $20 for not-yet-members.


Book Review: Just Listen

Author: Mark Goulston

Review by: Sharon McDonnell

Published: AMACOM, New York, NY; 2011; 221 pages [Source: this was one of the books given away at STC’s Summit 2015 in Columbus, OH]just-listen-small

Mark Goulston is a psychiatrist, business advisor and coach, and a speaker. He presents techniques in the book that he has used through the years in his practice, in hostage negotiations, in a home with teenagers, or when advising businesses.

I always look at the synopsis and reviews in a book before deciding to buy/read it. I usually also look at the table of contents to see if the topics are of interest. (more…)

Ignite UX Michigan 2015 Returns on September 15!

You’re invited to Ignite UX Michigan 2015, an evening of twelve short talks on user experience topics in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, September 15. Now in its third year, Ignite UX Michigan gives local speakers a chance to share their knowledge. The event is free, registration is not required, and it is a great opportunity to learn and to mingle with other local UX professionals and students.

Ignite UX Michigan will be at Live in Ann Arbor, located on 1st and Huron Streets. The event will open at 6:30pm for networking, and then talks will begin at 7:00pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.


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