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UX and the City – An Introduction to User Experience Design in the Financial Services Industry

The presenter talks about:

  1. working as a UX professional in the financial services industry
  2. the trading floor work environment and its impact on UX work
  3. UX design considerations

User Centered Design 101

Is User Centered Design a buzzword, a technique, or a methodology? Why does “UCD” get so much attention? How has it changed how teams approach web application usability efforts? Is UCD right for you?

The presentation consists of the following topics:

  1. User Centered Design: Evolving from Dot-Com to Web 2.0
  2. Why UCD? (Development, Business, Design benefits)
  3. Development process: UCD vs. Agile vs. Waterfall
  4. Case Studies: User Centered Design success stories
  5. Is UCD right for you?: Planning a UCD process for your product
  6. Q & A

Human Factors in Computer Science

Jesun Hwang talks about human factors in computer science during the Penn State National Ergonomics Month.

Culture vs. Usability in Enterprise Applications

Different cultures create different expectations in humans from that culture. This requires designing systems in a way that satisfy different cultures.

Human Factors in Healthcare

Monifa Vaughn-Cooke present on human factors in healthcare during the Penn State National Ergonomics Month.

LearnAR

LearnAR is a new learning tool that brings investigative, interactive and independent learning to life using Augmented Reality. It is a pack of ten curriculum resources for teachers and students to explore by combining the real world with virtual content using a web cam. The resource pack consists of interactive learning activities across English, maths, science, RE, physical education and languages that bring a wow-factor to the curriculum.

Revealing Design Treasures of Amazon.com

On its surface, Amazon.com just seems like a large e-commerce site, albeit a successful one. Its design isn’t flashy, nor is it much to write home about. But deep within its pages are hidden secrets — secrets that every designer should know about.

If one looks closely at what the team at Amazon has built, it’s filled with innovative functionality and clever designs, all of which creates a delightful experience for its users and directly produces regular profits for its shareholders. But not all is perfect. Some design changes in the last few years have not been the success that the team had hoped for. Amazon’s exceptional qualities and imperfections are critical knowledge for any designer that wants to dig deep into what makes the site tick.

In this entertaining presentation, the presenter will share some of his organization’s latest research into the hidden treasures of (the) Amazon.

You’ll learn:

  1. The simple Yes/No question that increased revenues by more than $1 billion
  2. The elegant subtlety of Amazon’s security system
  3. Why Amazon’s business model is more than meets the eye (and why designers need to care)
  4. The wins and losses that Amazon has had with social media functionality

Modeling the Mobile User Experience

A presentation by Bryan Rieger of Yiibu on Modeling the Mobile User Experience.

Video- Designing by Understanding Human Perception and Cognition

In this session, Alex Faaborg provides an in-depth look at human perception and cognition, and its implications for interactive and visual design. The human brain is purely treated as an information processing machine, and the audience will be taught its attributes, its advantages, its limitations, and generally how to hack it.

While the content will provide a deep review of recent cognitive science research, everything presented will also be grounded in example design work taken from a range of Google applications and platforms. Specific topics include: edge detection, gestalt laws of grouping, peripheral vision, geons and object recognition, facial recognition, color deficiencies, change blindness, flow, attention, cognitive load balancing, and the perception of time.

Effective Solution Design Using Design Principles

I think that design principles are important to bring clarity within the team at a fundamental level. Everything else will build on it. I want you to understand the extreme importance of them. Here is a presentation to let you know more about it.

“They are a tool that helps project teams establish a common language, make day to day decisions, and deliver a better, more consistent user experience. An added benefit of design principles is that the process of defining and agreeing on them helps a project team form a shared understanding of the design goals for a product. This presentation discusses how to create design principles that stick and how to use them to speed up decision making and drive user experience improvements.”