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. Continue reading “How To Incorporate Usability Into Your Project Flow”
We had our annual planning meeting last Sunday, August 16, at our vice president’s home.
What will we be doing this coming year? Attending networking events, mingling and learning with our user-experience colleagues, and attending programs that focus on tools of the trade.
Continue reading “Welcome Back! A Letter From the President”
You will undoubtedly notice that there are missing pictures on this website, as well as a serious problem with the comments form.
The site had a major problem yesterday that exposed a hole in our redundant backups: the photos folder was not getting backed up. These problems will be worked, and I hope, fixed over the next week or two, so please bear with us.
“We had some terrific programming and networking events this year,” according to STC/SM Vice President Sharon McDonnell. I concur.
The mix of networking and programming events seemed to work well, especially as the networking events were hosted by people from the areas where the events were held, so our Programs Manager could concentrate on programs. Continue reading “A Look Back at the 2014–2015 Program Year”
We will convene at Station 885, which is at 885 Starkweather Street in Plymouth, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, for food and talk.
We will be also be distributing awards to our hardworking volunteers for the 2014–2015 Program Year, and recognizing our Immediate Past President, Tom Glennan, recipient of this year’s Distinguished Chapter Service Award.
There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own dinner and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to the STC/SM table.
Please let us know you are coming.
by Pat Martz
We had our Council and Planning meeting at Washtenaw Community College on Sunday, September 14, so I would like to fill you in on some of our plans for the year. Most of our discussions revolved around planning the program year, but we also discussed tweaking the fee structure and volunteer opportunities.
While this is my chance to talk to you, please feel free to contact me with ideas or questions.
Continue reading “Welcome to a New Program Year: A Letter from the President”
We’ve heard from many of you that you can’t get away for lunch, but would be interested in attending a breakfast event, so that’s what we’re offering this month.
If you can join for any part of that time, we’d love to have you. We’ll use the time to get to know one another and talk about our roles as technical communicators. As usual with our casual networking events, each attendee is responsible for purchasing his or her food and beverage, but the conversation is FREE.
Please respond if you’re planning to come so we can plan for enough seating, however, registration is not required. If you find at the last minute that you can attend, walk-ins are more than welcome!
When: Friday, November 22, 2013, from 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Where: Nick’s Original House of Pancakes, 3030 Lohr Circle, Ann Arbor
Cost: Whatever you choose to spend on breakfast
Directions: Take I-94 to the AnnArbor-Saline Road exit. Head south (away from town and the stadium) on Ann Arbor-Saline Road, and take the first left onto Lohr Road (the Meijer turn). The next left is Lohr Circle, and Nick’s is right around the bend.
What is WIAD? It’s World Information Architecture Day, February 9. The Student Organization for Computer-Human Interaction (SOCHI) at the UM School of Information is coordinating this free Information Architecture Institute conference, one of 15 conferences worldwide.
The focus will be on clarifying what we mean when we say “architecture” and when we say “design” in research and practice; the differences implied by these terms are frequently lost in translation. Peter Morville, Malcolm McCullough, Daniel Eizans, and Andrew Hinton are scheduled to speak.
More information, including the agenda and a registration link, is available at Ann Arbor WIAD 2013 Conference. You may also register in person from 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Where: University of Michigan, Modern Languages Building, Auditorium 3, 812 E Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan (one block east of State Street)
When: February 9, 9:30 a.m.–5:10 p.m., with a reception following from 5:10–7 p.m.
Pam Finger, Master of Science candidate in Technical and Professional Communication at Lawrence Technological University, is researching some issues of information architecture in an effort to make this website more useful and the information more findable. Pam is working on her practicum with STC/SM’s new webmaster and LTU adjunct faculty member, Pat Martz.
There are three competing, and possibly conflicting, needs:
- the users’ needs for findable information on a usable site
- the volunteer STCS/SM webmaster’s need for a shallow learning curve and an easy-to-maintain site
- STC/SM’s need for clearly identifiable branding
To that end, Pam will be leading a program on usability with a series of qualitative research exercises to determine what users want and need.
We need guinea pigs. Be one of those users! Join us in this opportunity to see what this type of research is like from the participants’ side of the table and to help us produce a website more responsive to your needs.
- Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
- Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Place: LTU, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, the Taubman Student Center’s Welcome Center, room C406
- Price: FREE! We will ply you with liquid refreshments and edible goodies in gratitude for your participation
Please register to ensure enough coffee and edible goodies.