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Design the Engineering DIscovery Days T-Shirt

HCDE Blog - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:04

Please see the following volunteer and t-shirt design opportunities for Engineering Discovery Days.

  • Sign up to volunteer at Engineering Discovery Days 2015! This event is a great opportunity to share your excitement about the engineering field with K-12 students. All volunteers are given an event t-shirt and provided lunch. Sign up here:
  • We have an opportunity open to all College of Engineering students to submit a design for the front of the 2015 Discovery Days t-shirts.The t-shirts will be purple, and can have up-to three colors imprinted on the front (must use the UW’s brand colors found here:
    • The design should include the phrase, “Engineering Discovery Days” and note that this is the 100th year/Centennial of the event.
    • The design should also include the university’s block “W” and guidelines on how to use it are found here:
    • Attached is the Discovery Days branded logo and title; students can contact Katie Kirkland ( for an .eps version if you would like to include it in your shirt design but it is not required.
    • The maximum imprint area is 12.5” x 17”.
    • All designs must be submitted as a vector file like eps, PDV or ai by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to
    • On Monday, March 30 Katie will send all of the designs to the UW Licensing Office for approval, then a panel of students and faculty will narrow down the designs to the top four. Katie will post the top four designs on our Facebook Page ( The most “liked” design will be used on the 2015 shirt.
    • Student designers will be credited on the Engineering Discovery Days Facebook page and website.

HCDE Comics Release Party

HCDE Blog - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:51

The HCDE Comics Student Organization, in association with Dr. Charlotte Lee and Jeremy Kayes, invite you to join them for the release party for their very first comic book: Have the Humans Grow More Arms.

Tuesday, April 7
4–6:30 p.m. (stop in whenever you can!)
HCDE Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

Please RSVP online by Wednesday, April 1 »

There will be refreshments, food, and comics-related activities! Copies of the book will be available for sale (cash or card accepted). All funds support the current and future publishing costs.

To find out more about the book, see this article in UW Today »

For questions or comments, please contact

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Internship: UX/UI Design at Essay Mentors

HCDE Blog - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:14
UX/UI Design Project Intern
Essay Mentors

Essay Mentors helps high school students write better college essays. We have a clear process that we are turning into a scalable, automated, interactive online system. This will allow us to expand to large numbers of students, helping many to get access to a quality college education.

We’re in the process of raising investment to build the full system–right now we need a great demo to show foundations, investors and people contributing to a crowdfunding campaign.

Working from our highly detailed process flowcharts, we need an intern (or two) capable of creating a simple and intuitive UX/UI and making a demo. This will highlight what our final product may look like and the kinds of features it will have.

Depending on the quality of work, this project may be extended to include the full UX/UI design for our upcoming website.

We want this to be a fun learning experience. Interns will be completing a project that we will use in our business.

Required Skills: (These skills may be one person or two)

  • UX/UI in developing interactive websites and/or apps
  • Website design

Desired Skills:

  • Making a video walkthrough of the demo–not required

Special Notes/Application Procedures:

We are in Issaquah, right by a bus that goes straight to the U District. You do not have to be here to do the actual design work, and we can meet online.

Application Deadline:  ASAP! Job will be listed until Apr 19, 2015

Duration of Position: 3 months

Pay Range: $15-$25/hour

Contact: Barak Rosenbloom,, 206–696-2448,

WiUX Registration Now Open

HCDE Blog - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:38

Women in UX (WiUX) Conference
April 11, 2015
Noon — 5 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB), UW Seattle Campus

Women in UX (WiUX) is a volunteer student-run conference for undergraduate women looking for careers in UX design, user research, and related fields.

The inaugural conference will take place on Saturday, April 11, from noon — 5 p.m. in the HUB rooms 250 and 214, on the UW Seattle Campus.

Registration is now open to the greater UX community »

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, speaking, or volunteering to host a workshop, see the WiUX website or email the organizers at for more information.


Internship: Intel Hardware Interaction Designer

HCDE Blog - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:08

The following internship description was sent by Intel, an HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program member.

DCG Hardware Interaction Designer Graduate Intern

Come intern with Intel’s DCG (data center group). Bring the creative process and design thinking approach for 6–12 months on a product development team with a focus on design for user experience for complex thermal/mechanical systems for the High Performance Computing industry. Be responsible for developing and executing effective prototyping techniques and modeling, product development processes, brainstorming practices, storyboarding, product visualizations, and customer feedback mechanisms. The successful candidate will need to be highly motivated, creative, bold, empathetic, passionate, and willing to tackle big challenges.

Time period: From April-June 2015
Job Category: Engineering
Primary Location: USA-Oregon, Hillsboro
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Job Type: Student/Intern
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

The ideal candidate should exhibit the following behavioral traits:

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with large teams of diverse disciplines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial attitude with drive for high quality work and attention to detail


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Experience listed below would be obtained through a combination of your school work/classes/research and/or relevant previous job and/or internship experiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing a Master of Science in a Design discipline (i.e. Systems Engineering, System Architecture and Modeling, Product Design, Interaction Design, Industrial Design, User-centered (UCD) or User-experience (UX) Design, Human Factors Engineering.
  • Must have the unrestricted right to work in the US without requiring sponsorshipMust have at least 3 months experience in the following:
  • User-centered design and build consensus around its use and application in a fast paced environment.
  • System Modeling, Storyboarding, Concept Model Design, User Flows, Sketching, and Mind Mapping

Applicants may apply online via the Intel jobs website, and additionally send their resume to Asmae Mhassni, Senior Systems Engineer.

UX Speaker Series: Sarah Zuberec — “Extend the Mileage of Your UCD Toolkit”

HCDE Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:34
Extend the Mileage of Your UCD Toolkit Sarah Zuberec March 13, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

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Your degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering has provided you with theories and methodologies to solve design problems for people – a UCD Toolkit. Early in your career, most of these design problems will be categorized as product design. You’ll be making “things.” As your career progresses, the problems that you work on may become more complex. These problems may be focused on organizational design, business design, or systems design. The good news is that you’ll be able to rely on your UCD Toolkit to address these amorphous and difficult problems. Sarah will provide some examples where she applied her UCD Toolkit to address these gnarly problems.

About Sarah Zuberec

Sarah Zuberec has worn many hats in her 20 year career, but she hasn’t strayed far from her roots in Human Factors and User Centered Design. Whether leading user experience organizations or driving marketing programs at Microsoft or owning cross-platform customer experiences as a product manager at Amazon, she’s been able to ensure that the business and technical organizations understand that the best customer experiences are informed directly by customers’ wants and needs. Quite simply, when people are the center of the system, then usually everybody wins. She’s shipped many products for many different audiences. She particularly enjoys working on big, amorphous problems that are integral to the success of the business. Sarah is currently a part-time lecturer in the HCDE department. She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Human Factors and Interface design.

Watch the full UX Speaker Series on the HCDE website »

Senior UX Designer: Smashing Ideas

HCDE Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:33

The following info was sent from HCDE alumni working for Smashing Ideas.

Senior UX Designer
Smashing Ideas

Creatives at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, consumer-champions, strategists and storytellers. What excites and unites us is crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight clients and customers alike. We’re seeking a passionate and highly-motivated UX Designer to become part of this dedicated and delightful team, designing for a wide range of projects and clients.  You’ll play a key role in the interpretation of business goals and customer needs, in order to translate it into compelling, elegant and engaging experiences.

This role requires 6 years of experience working in UX and reports to the UX Director.

  • Apply solid user experience and usability principles while looking for opportunities to innovate.
  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of all aspects of the UX approach and the ability to apply them flexibly across a variety of project types.
  • Promote collaborative work practices, and identify opportunities to improve quality and increase efficiency through collaborative design.
  • Ensure work is to the highest possible standards at all times, and that client presentations are engaging and inspiring.
  • Analyze and validate the user and content requirements, define the flow and structure and create wireframes and specifications to describe the intended user experience.
  • Demonstrate cross-functional understanding; clearly articulate purpose and value of other disciplines within the company, and identify when their input is most valuable.
  • Partner with our development team to evaluate and recommend technical solutions.
  • Lead and/or participate in immersive user research, research analysis, concept testing, usability testing, and analytics.
  • Uphold and evangelize our Lean UX and Agile best-practices to colleagues and clients alike.
Does this sound like you?
  • A passion for ideation, exploration and problem-solving.
  • An outside-in approach to user engagement; equates ambiguity with opportunity.
  • Expert in information architecture & interaction design for both web and mobile.
  • Proactive and organized, able to manage a diverse project portfolio.
  • A willingness to challenge conventions (including your own).
  • Welcomes critique of your work and ideas as an opportunity for improvement.
  • A deep understanding of UX processes, practices, and activities.
  • Can clearly communicate and defend solutions with compelling reasoning and research.
  • Can jump out to the 10,000 mile view and tackle big assumptions, then zoom back down to the details and make sure everything fits together sensibly.
  • Ability to lead user experience exercises such as content strategy and experience mapping.
  • Can effortlessly present work to clients, internal teams, and executives for review and feedback.
  • Can write well, as it pertains to crafting personas, experience narratives, and other related artifacts.
  • A desire to develop and maintain strong working relationships with clients and teammates.

Learn more and apply on the Smashing Ideas website »

Transportation Systems Engineer: IBI Group

HCDE Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:30

The following information was sent from Jill MacKay, Senior Project Manager at IBI Group, and an alumna of HCDE’s Technical Communication program.

Transportation Systems Engineer
IBI Group
Seatlle, Washington, United States

Position Summary:
Engineers thrive on solving problems by putting their logic and creativity together. They are able to invent, explore, and question to enhance the areas around us. IBI Group engineers work in multiple disciplines and collaborate on larger initiatives. The Team has the opportunity to work on unique and leading edge
projects with a local focus to make a global difference.

IBI Group’s Seattle office is searching for a Transportation Systems Engineer to join its growing team. We are in search for an individual that is motivated and eager with an excellent opportunity for professional growth!

Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to work on exciting projects across the western US alongside a dynamic team of experienced professionals? Then come discover what IBI has to offer.

  • Analyze feasibility of, and prepare business cases for, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects
  • Prepare technical specifications, drawings, cost estimates and other documents as needed for bid packages and system procurement
  • Attend and participate in meetings with clients and other team members
  • Perform field reviews, testing and construction oversight tasks, including communications with contractors and vendors
  • Prepare high quality technical reports and proposals
  • Create flowcharts, diagrams, and other documentation
  • Assist with project management tasks
  • Familiarity with Systems Engineering processes a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Able to work independently on tasks, be self motivated, manage time and meet deadlines
  • Possess excellent investigative and problem solving skills
  • Able to communicate effectively and confidently present finished work
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or MicroStation or Adobe Creative Suite a plus

If you are interested in the position, please send your resume and cover letter to Jill MacKay at Access with SPL Library Card

HCDE Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:54

The Seattle Public Library offers free access to, an online resource featuring instructional videos that teach software and computer skills. Previously the access was for in-library workstations, but patrons with a valid library card can now use it for free outside the library.

SPL card holders, access via the SPL portal here »

The library offers over 1,600 courses and more than 90,000 streaming videos. Users can learn to retouch photos, design websites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics and more. Software topics covered include Adobe Creative Suite, Blackboard, Avid, Open Source and more.

Khosla Ventures Design Internship Program

HCDE Blog - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:36

Khosla Ventures invites students enrolled in a related degree program to apply for a paid 3 month summer internship with Khosla portfolio companies.  By participating in Khosla’s internship program, you will have the opportunity to:

  •  Learn:  Apprentice with designers at leading startups and get real world experience
  • Collaborate:  Work with the brightest entrepreneurs in the industry
  • Grow:  Focus on challenging problems and develop your portfolio

Internships are available for students with skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • visual design
  • interaction design
  • user research
  • front end development

Applications received before March 15 will be given priority consideration.

Learn more and apply »

UX Speaker Series: Nick Finck — “Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand”

HCDE Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:46
Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand Nick Finck, Head of User Experience, Amazon Web Services March 6, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

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There are many things you learn as a UX designer that come from classrooms, articles, or books. This series covers UX career progression from the perspective of what is not yet covered in a book. In this first presentation of the series I am going to talk about finding a niche in what you do within the field of UX and how to build a personal brand that can enable you to get the kinds of jobs and engagements you want as you grow you career.

About Nick Finck

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile.

Nick has created web and mobile experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and He lives and plays in Seattle, Washington, where he’s the Senior Manager of User Experience at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud.

Mariam Asad — “Illegitimate Civic Participation: Supporting Community Activists on the Ground”

HCDE Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:23

Please join UW SIGCHI for a special guest lecture: 

Illegitimate Civic Participation: Supporting Community Activists on the Ground Mariam Asad

Friday, March 13
3:00 p.m.
Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

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In this talk, Mariam will discuss her work in examining the way Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) support forms of community activism that operate outside formal political and institutional channels. By working with activists concerned with issues of housing justice, she was able gain insight into the way ICTs play a role in complementing forms of civic engagement that challenges, rather than works with, institutional authority. She argues that ICTs are instrumental in supporting and shaping three alternate information practices—situating, codification, and scaffolding—that each serve the goals of direct democratic engagement. She also shows how local activist communities engage in these three practices through their varied use of ICTs, including the ways they provide mechanisms for informal but politically significant—and legitimate—civic engagement.

This free event is open to the public. Please invite others!

Facebook Jobs & Info Session

HCDE Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:14

The following information is from the UW Career Center.

Product Designer, Intern/Co-op 87509

Product Designer, University Grad

Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Facebook has a hacker culture that is always focused on having the greatest amount of impact. This means that we move fast, solve hard problems, and hire some of the most talented and passionate people in the world.

Majors/Master’s Recruited: Int. Design, Vis Com Design, MSIM, HCDE, HCID, Informatics

Resumes due March 3, 2015

Facebook Info Session
March 11, 2015
5:30–7:30 p.m.
MGH 134

*The focus of our session will be tailored to students interested in Product Design Internship and full-time positions.


Log into

  • Go to the search bar at the top right of your homepage
  • Enter the position ID # and hit search
  • Locate the position title and click on it
  • Read the job description and application information


CoMotion MakerSpace Launch Party

HCDE Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:39
CoMotion MakerSpace Launch Party
Tuesday, March 3, 3 — 5 p.m.
Fluke Hall 215

CoMotion is opening a new makerspace in Fluke Hall, available to the entire UW community – students, faculty, and staff – regardless of department or experience level. The CoMotion MakerSpace is where creators of all stripes can bring their diverse skills and common interests to collaborate and learn from each other. The Makerspace provides access to a wide variety of tools and equipment you can use to turn your ideas into reality, as well as studio space for teams to create and share projects. Want to learn a new skill or hobby? The MakerSpace provides entry-level workshops in 3D printing, sewing, electronics, and more! Come and create with CoMotion. It is what you make it!
Please RSVP via:


Join Shobe Prize Team Raindrops

HCDE Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:07
Mobile App Developer

RainDrops is the official winner of the 2015 Shobe Startup Prize. We are a startup based in Seattle, WA working on developing and launching an interactive micro-charity mobile platform. We are now funded by the Human Centered Design Engineering Department at University of Washington, with office space in Startup Hall.

The Job:

We are seeking a passionate and hard-working mobile app developer to join our team as the head of technology and a founding member. You will work on the front and back-end of the application, and help build, support and maintain the web services. You will be an integral part of the start-up as we prepare to raise funding from angel investors and scale up.


  • Proficiency in JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, HTML, and CSS for database web development
  • Knowledge and hands on design experience with Web Services (REST, SOAP, etc.), JSON, HTTP, GitHub and APIs
  • Experience in developing mobile apps
  • Self-Education, the ability to proactively seek and acquire new knowledge
  • Passionate about social entrepreneurship and philanthropy
  • Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work well independently, and assume responsibilities as a member of a team
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively
  • Previous experience with start-ups a plus


If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to Geet Chawla at

CRM Database Position at UW Athletics

HCDE Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:51

The following job description is sent from HCDE alumnus Eric Jones, now with the UW Intercollegiate Athletics department.

CRM Database Administrator
UW Intercollegiate Athletics

Our Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has an outstanding opportunity for an CRM Lead – Database Administrator.  This individual will Report to the Chief Technology Officer with indirect report to the Director of Information Technology.

The ICA CRM Strategist – Database Administrator will lead the UW Athletic Department in future endeavors of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), related analytics and overall database management. The incumbent will participate in regular deep dive investigations on leveraging an assortment of technologies and resources not only from the university but also the various vendors known and unknown.  The CRM DBA will also provide analytics to the senior management for high level decisions as well as provide analytics for daily operations decisions.

The CRM DBA supports our existing database instances and participates in their design, implementation, optimization, and ongoing management and maintenance. This role is vital to meeting UW ICA’s needs for application scalability, availability, and performance. The CRM DBA needs a wide range of experience as they will be called upon to interact with a number of business and sports units; but they must maintain an enterprise-wide view of data accessibility and integrity as a vital business asset.

Provide the lead on daily operations and upgrades of current and future database designs and implementation, additionally provide guidance for 3rd party upgrades and investigate the future possibilities to solve the consistently developing needs.

• Responsible for designing, modeling, developing and supporting Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS).
• Analyze data requirements, application and processing architectures, data dictionaries, and database schema(s), and then design, develop, amend, optimize, and certify database schema design to meet system(s) requirements.
• Gather, analyze, and normalize relevant information related to and from business processes, functions, and operations to evaluate data credibility and determine relevance and meaning.
• Performs duties associated with data stewardship, data security, data integration, and data standards.
• Database mirroring and replication.
• Good understanding and background in TCP/IP, IT security.
• Strong communicator and works independently, as well as in a team environment.
• Develop and maintain database monitoring tools and automation systems.
• Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills; ability to take ownership and exercise good judgment.
• Communicating in a timely manner all issues, risks, concerns and status to management.
• Develop, review, and implement data manipulations (DML) and data definition (DDL) changes to support application requirements.
• Participates in the capacity planning, budgeting, and implementation of new database instances to meet operational needs.
• Provide data warehousing development and support to departmental data teams.
• Maintain comprehensive documentation and standards on production database environments.
• Identify and evaluate database software and cloud based technologies.
• Develop and implement policies and operational procedures in relation to stadium and event center technical services best practices.
• Develop a working knowledge of associated technical services and equipment in order to manage and operate all systems.
• Coordinate with facility and event operation departments and external clients by providing technical and operational input and assistance to assure successful execution of business operations and events.
• Develop and implement preventive maintenance techniques and procedures for all technical services and systems.
• Review and make recommendations to management on the technical services asset replacement plan.
• Recommend and secure the selection of service contractors for essential technical services & systems.
• Maintain accurate and complete files, records and other documents relating to assigned responsibilities. Administer documentation of changes made to all systems.
• Prepare and submit required reports, including event activity, contractor performance, equipment maintenance and repair to management.
• Recommend, justify, and manage the purchase of new relational database management technologies.
• Submit purchase requisitions for management approval.
• Provide support for the internal ticketing system and fund development donor system.  Provide support for Microsoft Server 2000–2008. Train users on related software applications.
• Perform related duties and special projects as assigned.

Compliance with the rules and regulations of the University, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference, the State of Washington and any other governing body is of paramount importance to the University.  The overall responsibility of this position is for the successful operation of the program in full compliance with all such rules and regulations.  As a condition of employment, the Employee shall be required to participate in rules education programs offered by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related technical discipline. A minimum of three to four years of experience in project management supporting medium-large enterprise data management systems (or equivalent education/experience) and development experience in MySQL, SQL Server, PHP environments; experience in IT development, project management, and related analytical fields; an understanding of SharePoint, MS Access. Familiarity with GUI based software analytics applications e.g. Tableau, SPSS; Business Intelligence (BI) data architecture and an advanced knowledge in designing, developing, and implementing data warehouse and business intelligence solutions; deep understanding of system architecture.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Firm understanding of project management and goal orientated timelines;  VBA knowledge and functioning understanding to be applied in a coding environment; high level of problem solving abilities;  experience in programming environments such as C#, C++, Java, Drupal, Visual Basic;  understanding of ticketing systems e.g. Lutz, Archtics; strong knowledge of data schema, enterprise business intelligence systems.

To apply, find the job post on UW Hires, Req# 116359:

WiUX Call for Sponsors, Speakers, & Volunteers

HCDE Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:44

The following information is from HCDE undergraduate student Erin McLean, an organizer of the new Women in UX Conference.

WiUX Conference is Looking for Corporate Sponsors, Industry Speakers for Panels, and Student Volunteers

WiUX,  a conference for undergraduate women in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington, will be held April 11th from 12pm-5pm at the HUB.

We are looking for corporate sponsors for the event. Sponsorship is $100 and in return your company will receive a dedicated table at the event for networking with participants. Additionally, we will list you as an official sponsor in our brochures and website. We ask that sponsorship be paid for via check addressed to WiUX and mailed to the HCDE main office:

428 Sieg Hall, 3960 Benton Lane
Seattle, WA 98195

Additionally, we are currently recruiting industry professionals to be a part of one of our three panels at the event. The panel themes are ‘Applying for Jobs’, ‘Interviewing for Jobs’, and ‘The First Year on the Job’. If you are interested in being a panelist, please email Erin McLean(

Lastly, WiUX is recruiting student volunteers to assist on the day of the event. Volunteering is open to all students at the University of Washington. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the following form:

XX+UX Community Facebook Group

HCDE Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:42


The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion was sent by HCDE alumna Chelsey Glas­son.

The new XX+UX Seattle facebook page is a place for Seattle-area women (XX) in User Experience (UX) to share stories, news, and encouragement with each other.

Like the new facebook page and stay in touch »

UX Speaker Series: Joyce Paul Siamak — “YAY! I am an HCDE Graduate. Now What?”

HCDE Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:26
YAY! I am an HCDE Graduate. Now What? How do I Create Compelling Products in Real Llife? Joyce Paul Siamak, Artistic Director, Arpan February 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

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This talk shares practical experiences of bringing eclectic training backgrounds into practice as a UX researcher.

Joyce will focus on tips and techniques for making an impact right out of school, and translating disparate learning experiences into creating compelling user experiences and products. She will also talk about the excitement of incubation projects vs. the rigor of big systems such as Windows and Office.

About Joyce Paul Siamak
As an Anthropologist, Instructional Designer, UX researcher, performing artist, and small business owner, Joyce Paul Siamak holds a unique viewpoint into the functioning of the learning mind, and the complexities of human computer interaction. She is currently the owner & Artistic Director of ARPAN, a performing arts company that strives to bring social change through dance. She frequently teaches master classes at UW and Cornish.

Prior to launching her own company, Joyce was the UXR consultant for Expedia, MS Office, and Volume licensing. She has released about 15 products and lead the creative UX team for Voice Solutions bringing together content development, UI text, instructional design and usability under one functional unit to better deliver user friendly products.

She is a passionate advocate for the user and has a proven track record in evangelizing User Experience as a multidisciplinary experience to product teams.

HCDE Invited Lecture: Carl DiSalvo — “Designs for Foraging”

HCDE Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:07
Designs for Foraging Carl DiSalvo Thursday, March 12
9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
Sieg Hall, Room 233

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Foraging is the activity of collecting fruits and vegetables from sites other than farms or orchards, such as collecting apples from trees in parks or mustard greens from abandoned lots. The Designs for Foraging project is an ongoing, multi-year design research project exploring how to support urban foragers, and the project also provides the opportunity to theorize the role of design in new economic and civic contexts. In this talk I’ll present ethnographic work into the practices of foraging and research through design work investigating the use of hobbyist drones to support foraging. Drawing together scholarship from Science and Technology Studies, Economic Geography, and Design Studies, I’ll discuss how designing for foraging produces insight into the challenges and opportunities of designing for shifting scales of practice. Specifically, I argue that foraging exemplifies a shift towards post-capitalist economics and hybrid civic services. This, then, requires new product-service ecologies and new approaches to understanding and analyzing material participation in matters of public concern.


Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a design research studio exploring socially-engaged design practices and civic media. He is also the co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. He publishes regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings. His first book, Adversarial Design, was published MIT Press in 2012. DiSalvo’s experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center. DiSalvo holds a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University (2006).


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