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New Student Orientation Dates

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:39

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) welcomes new and returning students for the 2014–2015 academic year. Orientation dates are below:

MS RE-Orientation

For continuing master’s students
Monday, September 15
5–6 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

Undergraduate Orientation

Wednesday, September 17
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

MS Orientation

Thursday, September 18
5–6 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

PhD Orientation

Monday, September 22
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
HCDE Large Conference Room, Sieg 420

Call for Capstone Projects

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:57

Undergraduate and graduate students in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) will soon be embarking on a Capstone Course beginning in the autumn quarter and continuing though the academic year. Capstone projects focus on the user-centered design process, and can range from user research to design and prototyping to implementation and usability evaluations.

HCDE Corporate Affiliates Partners at the strategic membership level are invited to propose Capstone Projects for students to choose from.

Learn how to propose a Capstone Project or join the HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program, here.

Please contact HCDE Senior Lecturers Andy Davidson or Liz Sanocki with any questions about sponsorship.

ConveyUX 2015: Call for Proposals is Open

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:51

HCDE students and alumni are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal to the ConveyUX conference, happening in Seattle from January 22–24, 2015.

General interest areas include Managing & Development, Engagement & Interaction, and Content Strategy. ConveyUX judges are interested in case studies of research, interaction design, visual design, usability testing, accessibility, collaborative techniques, and anything else that helps us become better at understanding our users and improving their experiences.

You have two different presentation opportunities:

Breakout Session presenter: Present a topic as part of the 45-minute breakout sessions. These sessions take place Thursday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 23. You will be expected to prepare a session that engages your peers with thought-provoking ideas and practical techniques.

Project Showcase presenter: Show off your work as part of the Project Showcase, which takes place Friday, Jan. 23. The Showcase is an informal exhibition of real-world projects. You will discuss and demonstrate your work with your peers as they visit your showcase space.

Those presenting a breakout session topic receive complimentary registration to the conference. Project Showcase presenters receive a discounted registration to the event for $295.

To submit a proposal, email the ConveyUX Program Manager, Joe Welinske, by September 15.

Emails should include the following details:

  • Your background and experience. Include links to relevant online work, previous presentations, and/or LinkedIn profile.
  • Topic or project title.
  • Topic or project description of no more than 100 words in length.
  • Several bullet points describing what attendees can expect to learn.



Autumn 2014 HCDE Info Sessions

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:44

Are you interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering? The best way to learn about the program, including the application and admission process, is to attend an information session.

HCDE MS Info Sessions  Monday, October 6  Monday, November 3  Monday, December 1

All sessions are held from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Sieg Hall, Room 420, on the UW Seattle Campus. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Join us!

XX+UX Happy Hour for Women in UX

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
6—8:00 p.m.
Google’s Fremont Office
601 North 34th Street, Seattle
RSVP on Eventbrite » 

XX+UX is an event for women in UX to meet and mingle with other women in design, research and technology. #xxux

You in UX and the Social UX team at Google are hosting this month in Seattle. As an added bonus to the usual drinks, munchies, and merriment, we have a few activities planned, including a Q&A with a special guest speaker.

RSVP on Eventbrite » 

Please be sure to bring a photo ID for check-in.

UXPA Seattle & UX/IA Meetup Host AdHoc Personas Talk

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:32

UXPA Seattle and UX/IA Meetup are excited to host Tamara Adlin for a special talk on September 9, 2014 about her long journey with Personas, and how her current thinking is aligned with new work on “Adhoc Personas.”

About the talk

Tamara will discuss the evolution of Personas until about 1998 when Allan Cooper released his seminal book, “Inmates Are Running the Asylum,” and popularized “Goal-Oriented” design methods. Tamara will discuss her own journey, after Cooper, and the challenges of adapting Personas to creative organizations from Apple to Zillow.

Finally, Tamara will introduce “Adhoc Personas,” what they are, and why she now advocates this approach after many years of devising, testing, and refining methods. She will also step-through what an Adhoc Persona Workshop looks like using artifacts and pictures from actual client sessions.

Register and find additional details about the talk, speaker, location, and schedule on » 

This event is graciously being sponsored by The Creative Group (TCG) Seattle.

Suggested Reading from HCDE Students

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:03

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) students recently shared some of their must-read books with an incoming student in the HCDE student facebook group. Here are a few of their recommended books about human centered design and design thinking:

And a few helpful links:

What do you think? Have any other books to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

HCDE is Hiring an Academic Advisor

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:36

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is hiring an Academic Advisor to join our student services team. This position is the primary contact for both prospective and current undergraduate students, advising them on the admissions process, potential course of study, and graduation requirements.

Learn more and apply »

Call for Entries: Seattle Design Festival Showcase

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:00

Seattle Design Festival is calling all designers, in all media, from architecture to furniture, products to toys plus interactive and graphic design, film and video design. Submit concepts, prototypes, and finished products that express ‘Design in Motion’ for SHOWCASE 14.

Coming to Pioneer Square September 5–12, SHOWCASE 14 is a combination Gallery and Pop-Up Shop curated by a jury of local designers to spotlight the vibrant range of design being practiced in the Pacific Northwest.

Space is limited, so hurry! DEADLINE to submit an application is Monday, August 4, at midnight.

HCDE Graduate Student Association Happy Hour

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:09

The HCDE Graduate Student Association (GSA) invites HCDE MS and PhD students, and HCDE alumni, to the annual GSA Summer Happy Hour.

HCDE Graduate/PhD/Alumni Summer Happy Hour Friday, August 8th at 7 PM Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, 4133 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105

More info on the facebook event 

Upcoming HCDE MS Info Sessions

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:58

Are you interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering? The best way to learn about the program, including the application and admission process, is to attend an information session.

HCDE MS Info Sessions  Tuesday, July 29  Monday, August 25

All sessions are held from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Sieg Hall, Room 233, on the UW Seattle Campus. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Join us!