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BlinkThink: Gallery and Speaker Series

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 15:41
Blink UX Artist Gallery & Speaker Series
Thursday, October 29
5:30–8 p.m.
1011 Western Ave. Suite 810, Seattle

Members of the HCDE community are invited to BlinkThink: Gallery and Speaker Series, on Thursday, October 9. Blink will be featuring art by Alex Hulphers and presentations from Dr. Matthias Adair and Dr. Jennifer Stephan from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. They will also be offering tours of the office and wine, beer, and light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Questions? Contact Blink at

Amazon Design & UX Portfolio Review Session

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:24
Amazon Design & UX Portfolio Review Session
Wednesday, October 28

4:00 — 5:30 p.m.
Startup Hall, 1100 Northeast Campus Parkway

Join Amazon designers and recruiters for a Design and User Experience Portfolio Review Session as part of Seattle Starup Week.

If you have a final or in-progress portfolio, Amazon designers will review your work and share tips about what makes a successful portflio. Don’t have a portfolio? Learn from the
team about what they look for when hiring UX designers and researchers.

Visual and UX designers, user researchers, design technologists and graphic designers are all welcome. This is one of three career-related Startup Week events open to all UW students and hosted by Startup Hall.

No RSVP necessary, but space is limited so please arrive early.

Student Volunteers Needed for E-Learning Research

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 09:58

The following information is from the University of Washington Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics.

The University of Washington Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC) is seeking student volunteers to support the development of an online intervention (an E-learning course) for suicidal individuals who engage in heavy episodic drinking (HED) to regulate their emotions.

The position is especially valuable for those interested in human-centered technology and/or behavioral research and provides an introduction to the workings of an active psychology research lab.

What’s in it for you:

  • The opportunity to help individuals overcome debilitating psychological disorders.
  • Training in E-learning concepts and software.
  • Potentially included as a co-author on a conference presentation or symposia.
  • Potential endorsements and/or letters of recommendation from graduate
  • students in HCDE and UW Psychology.
  • An excellent addition to your resume and/or portfolio.

About the Online Intervention:
The online intervention is a computer-assisted instructional program called OASIS (Online Alcohol and Suicide Intervention Study). It is essentially an E-learning course intended to examine the efficacy of a computerized intervention for heavy episodic drinkers who are suicidal. Specifically, the goal of this project is to develop a computerized version of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training.

The intervention is being developed with Articulate Storyline 2, which is functionally similar to PowerPoint. The result will be a multi-media E-learning course with interactive components that incorporate instruction, review, and practice for specific DBT skills. Volunteers will primarily work with Storyline 2 to develop slides and interactions for each session of the intervention.

Who we are looking for:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in E-learning technology, interaction design, visual communication, clinical psychology, or behavioral research.
  • Can devote approximately 2–6 hours/week for anywhere between 3–6 months.
  • Can work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Must work on-site at the BRTC clinic on campus.
  • A penchant for visual communication as well as a logical, organized thinker.
  • A strong grasp of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, or functionally similar software.
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS) is a plus, but not required.

About the BRTC: The BRTC is a clinical research center focusing primarily on the development and evaluation of psychotherapies for individuals with severe and chronic personality disorders. The research focuses on the understanding, assessment, and treatment of suicidal behaviors, drug addiction and of Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT is the primary treatment that is investigated at the BRTC, developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, director and University of Washington professor.

Interested individuals should e-mail Alex Mann, HCDE MS student and Research Assistant at the BRTC, as soon as possible at

Innovation Force UX Internship

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 09:52

The following internship description was sent from Cambia Health Solutions.

Innovation Force UX Internship
Cambia Health Solutions
Portland, OR

This full-time internship is scheduled to begin in September/October 2015


The User Experience Design Intern will be responsible for creating useful, usable, and delightful user experience for customers, and will provide consulting in critical decisions around branding and the design process. The intern hired will be a member of Cambia’s Innovation Force, a small focused team that analyzes and creates elegant solutions to complex problems in the healthcare industry.

Minimum Requirements

Competencies and Knowledge:
• Graduated with undergraduate or graduate degree in business information systems, computer science, information system, computer engineering or a related program in the last 18 months (Candidates who currently enrolled and scheduled to graduate by the end of December 2015 are also encouraged to apply)
• Minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average
• Candidates who have served on active duty in the U.S. Military within the past 24 months or are currently serving as a member of the National Guard or reserve component are also encouraged to apply
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
• Fluency in best practices for web-based information architecture and design
• Strong practical knowledge of user-centered design methodologies, usability principles and the ability to provide detailed specifications, mockups/prototypes, and style guides
• Proficiency in a variety of design tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
• Demonstrated ability to consistently produce great user-centered design solutions
• Experience designing user experiences for web, mobile, desktop or connected devices
• Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams including the ability to broker differences and conflict well
• Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, including the ability to adapt quickly and effectively to changing requirements
• Ability to think both tactically and strategically, including high levels of self-direction, innovation and imagination
• Demonstrated skills in developing interactive experiences for the Web, including consumer web products and application interfaces.
• Strong focus on the user and passionate about the customer experience and usability; experience in user experience testing and analysis.
• Demonstrated general understanding of how design impacts development; a knack for constructing dynamic, interactive designs that are technically feasible and prudent
• The ability to turn around rigorous wireframes and mockups quickly in an iterative environment
• Must be available for full-time internship beginning in September/October 2015
• Must be legally authorized to work in the United States

General Functions and Outcomes:
• Create high quality user-centered designs through consideration of market research, business requirements, customer feedback, and usability study findings
• Supports other designers on projects and interfaces with UX design team to produce designs needed.
• Stays current with and develops an understanding of “hot” and emerging technologies and how they are used in a day-to-day life by the general public.
• Knows and effectively targets audience’s personality. Understands their likes/dislikes and how they interact with virtual technologies – achieved through independent research and active participation in UX testing and studies
• Develop conceptual diagrams, wireframes, visual mockups, and prototypes
• Develop and maintain detailed user-interface specifications
• Defends designs in a manner that is respectful and educational rather than defensive
• Maintains a close relationship with engineering partners, understands the technical limitations and opportunities for development and design in any given project

If you are interested in applying, search for job # 961963 at

From Student to Startup: Entrepreneur panel at Startup Hall

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 21:36

From Student to Startup: Entrepreneur panel at Startup Hall
Thursday, October 29, 5–6 p.m.
1100 NE Campus Parkway, UW Seattle

As a student, the impending “real world” is a very real and terrifying reality. Trying to decide what and where those first few steps after graduation are is a seemingly impossible task.
Especially when it comes to starting your own business. Luckily, there are people who have survived to tell the tale.

Come by Startup Hall on Thursday, October 29, from 5–6 p.m. to hear from a panel of current startup CEOs and Founders who began their entrepreneurial journey directly after or during their time as college students.

Hear from Startup Hall and Techstars member companies:

  • Taylor Ward from Hubtag
    Joe Lee from Streamline
    Kevin Ye from Tack
    Alvin Ko from Candy Jar
    Conner Beckwith from Candy Jar

Register in advance at:

Find event on facebook:

Call for Speakers: World Usability Day

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 16:57


Panel/Speaker Submissions wanted for World Usability Day, November 12, 2015

 The Puget Sound World Usability Day committee is compiling a world-class roster of UX technology thought leaders for a program filled with timely insights, strategic views, and intellectual stretching.  Do you have anything to contribute about how UX is shaping and transforming the way we do and think everyday?

The 2015 World Usability theme for the 10-year-anniversary is INNOVATION. Innovation can mean different things to different people but most can agree it includes inventions and changes in products and services that improve a situation or solve a problem in a new way.  Innovation in User Experience means that people can do what they need and want to, with technology, products and services that enhance their experience.

Innovation also means revolution: 2015 is the year to grow our UX revolution and bring our message to the general public: No-one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology.

Previous speaking experience is excellent and we are interested in selecting speakers who share our commitment to providing the WUD audience with unique experiences and real-time information that matters. This year’s event will be at the Microsoft HQ in Redmond.

Do you have an idea for a panel or talk? Let us know. We are accepting panel/speaker proposals now through October 18, 2015.

Please use this online form to submit your abstract.  We will confirm that we’ve received your proposal and will follow up directly with you by October 21, 2015, if you’ve been accepted or if we have any questions.  If you have any questions, please contact

Toyota Mobility Challenge

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 15:16
Next Generation Mobility Challenge
Presented by Toyota + Net Impact
October 30, 2015
9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Foster School of Business, 4277 E Stevens Way, Seattle

Mobility innovations like car-sharing services and automated vehicle technology are all around, but how do we use technology in transportation to enhance our lives?

That’s the very question Toyota Motor North America, the Toyota Mobility Foundation, and Net Impact are posing to 15 US cities to re-imagine and build the future of mobility.

You’ll be paired into small teams and immersed in a 6 hour design-thinking process to come up with solutions on how we can increase productivity, safety, and joy through the technological facets of our mobility system.

Your team will pitch your solutions — products, services, or policies — and receive feedback from Toyota and mobility experts. The top team will even have the chance to incubate their ideas during a summer internship with Toyota’s mobility innovation partners.

Space is limited to 40 students. Apply now »

Food and drink will be provided at the event.

Startup Career & Internship Fair

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 14:49

Startup Career & Internship Fair
Friday, October 30
3:30 — 5:30 p.m.
Startup Hall, 1100 Northeast Campus Parkway

Want to work for a startup? Now you can!

Whether you’re a student or individual seeking employment or a startup company seeking talent to join your blossoming team of entrepreneurs, mark your calendars! Talk to dozens of fully established and vetted startups who are looking for talented people like you to join their companies.

This is one of three career-related Startup Week events open to all UW students and hosted by Startup Hall.

RSVP here:

To participate as an employer, email Lizzie at startup hall at

HCDE Industry Night with Adam Bullock

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 14:44

HCDE Industry Night
October 19, 2015
4:30–5:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

HCDE students are invited to join us for the inaugural HCDE Industry Night on October 19, 2015. Industry Nights connect current students with local UX professionals for a one-hour career talk and Q&A. Mentors discuss career paths and share tips about how students can best prepare for today’s job market.

Adam Bullock is a UX Design professional based in the Seattle metro area. During his career, Adam has designed and driven omni-channel digital experiences for brands like Nordstrom, Sorel, Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardwear, Sears and Nike.

Find the event on facebook »

Industry mentors: If you’re interested in hosting your own HCDE Industry Night for our students, please contact Cassie Atkinson-Edwards, HCDE Outreach Manager, at to let us know how you would like to be involved.

Panel: Equity In Design Education and Practice

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:45

The following event is organized by UW Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)

Equity In Design Education and Practice (panel)
Saturday September 19, 2015

Noon — 1:00 p.m.
Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle

Free and open to the public!


  • Noelle Huskins, Associate Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Susan Kemp, Professor in School of Social Work at UW
  • Kristine Woolery, Senior Design Strategist at Microsoft
  • Izzie Zahorian, UX Lead at Google Ideas

Through a panel discussion we hope to promote open dialogue about what it means practically to consider equity in design. Panelists will include designers of varied disciplines and professions whose work centers around economic and social equity. The aim is to have a discussion about the various approaches that do and could exist to support critical engagement with equity in the field of design. Particularly, with the growing interest amongst practitioners in design for good or social impact, we hope to interrogate questions like the following: “What tools do designers have for making unique contributions towards equity? How could we better support this work by providing practitioners with the language and frameworks to address these issues?”

More details »


Architecture, Engineering, Construction Hackathon

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 10:35

The following information is from AEC Hackathon Pacific Northwest organizers.

AEC Hackathon 2.5
September 25–27, 2015
University of Washington’s Center for Research and Education in Construction
7543 63rd Ave NE, Seattle

Hello Innovators, Geeks, Builders, Designers and Robots,

Technology and the tech industry are driving and changing our Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC) industry and the real estate market here in the Seattle Area — which makes it a perfect time and location for our Second AEC Hackathon Pacific Northwest (and our 9th AEC Hackathon thus far!).

And to make our event even more technical and to engage the tech industry, this year we will be co-locating a Virtual Reality Hackathon in the same venue. The VR Hackathon will be focused on all things VR (with some Mixed and Augmented Reality as well) but many hackers in this network are also very interested in AEC and the built environment. This will be a great opportunity to network and collaborate with gamers and other hackers using 3D data in new and creative ways. The judging for the AEC and VR Hackathons will be separate but there will be a lot of mixing and overlap.

This is a volunteer-organized, non-profit and vendor-neutral event. Event website and registration » 

AIGA Seattle Changemaker Showcase Event

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:33

The following information is from AIGA Seattle.

AIGA Seattle
Changemaker Showcase
September 23, 2015
6:30–9 p.m.
Pike Place Atrium, 1433 1st Avenue, Seattle

Wondering what grows from the intersection of creativity and food? Join the Design for Good Changemaker teams as we showcase and celebrate the results of the Changemaker Series!

Over the past few months, diverse volunteer design-thinking teams have used their superpowers by collaborating with local nonprofits on projects to enact social change addressing local food challenges. These include causes such as promoting access to fresh produce and healthy foods to low-income households, advocating domestic fair trade principles in the community, and empowering food entrepreneurs from immigrant communities in the hopes of creating a lasting ethnic street food market in Seattle.

  • Celebrate the teams’ successes over some wine, beer, and noshes
  • Check out the project showcase to see their design-oriented processes, valuable lessons learned, meaningful results and next steps for driving positive change in our community
  • Meet other creatives, win a prize in our Pour Back raffle
  • Commemorate the night in the photo booth
  • Seed ideas for next year’s Changemaker theme
  • And learn more about joining the Changemaker movement!
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite »

The Changemaker Showcase is the finale in a four-part event series that brings together diverse members of the design, nonprofit and social impact communities in partnership to use design thinking and sustainable frameworks to address today’s social challenges. Read more about Design for Good:

2015 InfoCamp Seattle

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 15:45

The following information is from the organizers of InfoCamp Seattle.

InfoCamp Seattle 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

InfoCamp is an unconference for information and technology professionals in Seattle. Our focus on information invites cross-pollination from all corners of the information world: IA/UX, Data Science, Library Science, Web Development, and beyond!

Capacity is limited; student tickets are $15 here:

Who attends InfoCamp?

InfoCamp welcomes anyone interested in information-related topics, from any perspective! Typical participants include:

  • professionals and practitioners from industry, academia, non-profits, government, libraries, and other sectors;
  • job– and career-seekers
  • hobbyists
  • students

InfoCamp attracts people who work with information in a variety of disciplines, from information architecture and user experience design to library science and information management.

What is the format of this unconference?

InfoCamp features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event — so anyone who attends can lead a session! You, the participants, design and deliver most of the sessions. You determine the topic and format of your session, pitch your session idea to the group, and sign up for a time slot. The purpose of this format is to encourage collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation. The benefits of this format include the immediacy of the topics – the sessions didn’t have to be submitted months ahead of time – and the fun, exciting (and a bit chaotic) feeling of being part of an event that’s being led by everyone.

What topics are discussed at InfoCamp?

Since InfoCamp is an unconference, nobody knows exactly what topics will be covered until the event actually starts. You can create sessions on any topic related to information, from any perspective. If you want a topic to be covered, you start the conversation. All we ask is that you don’t use session time to sell a product or service.

Who owns InfoCamp?

You do! It’s all creative-commons licensed, and anyone is welcome to host an InfoCamp! InfoCamp was invented in Seattle in 2007, but we want to share the idea with the world and let anyone who wants to run with it do so.

Who can register as a student?

Students enrolled in any program, any major, any school, in fall 2015 may sign up for student tickets. Be ready to show your ID.

What should I bring to InfoCamp?

You might want to bring business cards, a camera, a laptop, iPad, a personal water bottle or coffee mug, etc. And of course, if you plan to lead a session, bring whatever you need for your session. This might be a laptop, a handout for participants, notes to yourself, or just an idea!

The rooms have screens, projectors (bring your mac dongle!), and most have whiteboards.

Where do I go the morning of InfoCamp?

Registration will be held in Mary Gates Hall on the 1st floor (aka Mary Gates Commons).

Find Mary Gates Hall on the Campus Map:

Python Bootcamp and Seminar

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 15:30

The following information is from the UW eScience Institute.

UW Python Seminar and Bootcamp
September 28–29, 2015
Weekly seminar: Mondays, 3 p.m. through autumn quarter

Increasingly, scientific research in many fields is driven by computational approaches to large datasets, but graduate students are often expected to pick up these essential computational skills on their own. To help address this, UW eScience is offering a fall quarter Python bootcamp and seminar, aimed at helping first-year graduate students in scientific domains brush-up on the types of tools that drive computational research. The content is primarily aimed at first-year graduate students, but anyone from the UW community is welcome.

Capacity is limited; registration is $30 on a first-come first-served basis. Find more info at:


Job: Graphic Designer/Instructional Designer

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:44
Graphic Designer/Instructional Designer LTA (limited term appointment)
Learning Gateway group in Graduate Medical Education
UW Medicine

Length of term: October 15th 2015 – April 15th, 2016

Main objectives:

  • Design and deliver original graphic animations and multimedia products for online learning courses
  • Design online learning courses
  • Deliver all the source files to the Learning Gateway team


  • Animate characters and other various images, to create engaging interactions
  • Edit audio files and embed them into web-based animations
  • Edit and produce videos and embed them into online learning courses
  • Integrate online learning courses with the UW Medicine LMS (Learning Management System)
  • Work closely with subject matter experts to share and manage content in various formats for review purposes

Minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Experience with Adobe Web and Creative Suite or other graphic design suite
  3. Experience producing complex graphic elements and animations for the web
  4. Ability to show of examples of previous work
  5. Ability to self-reliantly learn Articulate Storyline 2 and other eLearning tools

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Availability of online portfolio
  2. Previous work experience with Articulate Storyline
  3. Experience in an agile project environment
  4. Experience with designing for learning environments

Interested applicants contact Simona Lazar, Director of eLearning Learning Gateway Program, at

Autumn Welcome Celebration

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:28

HCDE 2015 Welcome Celebration
Friday, October 2, 2015
4 — 6 p.m.
Sieg Hall, 4th Floor

New and returning HCDE students are invited to join the department for the 2015 HCDE Welcome Celebration.

Pick up some HCDE swag, enjoy light refreshments, and meet or reconnect with fellow HCDE students, faculty, and staff.

Find the event on facebook »

UXPA Call for Proposals

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:16

The annual 2016 UXPA Conference will be held in Seattle next May 31 — June 2, 2016.

Submission for proposals is now open, and will be until midnight, September 10.

What’s the next big thing in user experience? What are the major influences on our methods and tools? How can we get the best bang for our buck and ensure the voice of our customers are heard? What are the latest design trends?

Proposals can accommodate one of the following types of audiences:

  • Beginner (new to UX)
  • Intermediate (3–5 yrs into UX career)
  • Advanced (5+ years into UX career)

Learn more »

ARCADE Launch Party

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:11
ARCADE Issue 33.2 Launch Party
September 10, 2015
5:30–8 p.m.
1315 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

HCDE’s friends at Arcade magazine are hosting a launch party next Thursday, September 10, for their fall issue ARCADE 33.2, Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design and Art.

Suggested donation is $20.

From the feature intro, “Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design and Art”:

“Seattle is rapidly growing. As with any city undergoing growth, such changes can be exciting, bringing hopes of new jobs, better restaurants and more thoughtfully designed spaces (public and private). But residents of growing cities also face pressing moral, political and aesthetic questions about what is and isn’t worth preserving in the face of change. … this ARCADE feature investigates the concept of authenticity and the role it plays not only in arguments about development and growth, but also art, design and architecture.”

Find the event on facebook »

XX+UX Seattle: The Breadth of UX Panel

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:29

The following info was sent by Rebecca Destello, HCDE MS alumna and Affiliate Faculty member.

XX+UX Seattle: The Breadth of UX Panel
Tuesday, September 22
6 — 8:30 p.m.
1100 2nd Ave, Suite 500, Seattle
Sponsored by Moz and Anthro-Tech

User Experience Designer. Usability Specialist. Content Sorcerer —  What does it all mean? The theme of September’s XX+UX Seattle event tackles just that in “The Breadth of UX.” To kick off the discussion we’ve invited four successful leaders from four different UX disciplines to share their stories.

XX+UX is an event for women in UX to meet and mingle with some of the best and brightest women in design, research, and technology. Moz and Anthro-Tech are excited to co-sponsor the fourth XX+UX Seattle event.



  • 6:00 p.m. — Drinks and Apps
  • 6:30 p.m. — Speakers (please don’t be late, elevators lock out arrivals after 7:30 p.m.)
  • Networking until 8:30pm!