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Design and Technology Course Instructor

HCDE Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:55

The following information is from Seattle Academy.

SEATTLE ACADEMY is a dynamic, urban prep school, grades 6–12. Our diverse faculty is exceptionally qualified, strong academically, combining rich life experience with passion for their disciplines.

We seek a part-time Design and Technology Course Instructor:  12 week course, offered for three consecutive trimesters beginning August 2015.

An important aspect of designing apps, websites, and other types of tech products is ensuring that users understand how to use the product and can access the information they need. This class will combine psychology, sociology, design, and front-end development to convey best practices for structuring user flows, layouts, information architecture, and more. Students will learn to wireframe apps, create prototypes, and test those prototypes with users to improve their designs.

Please submit cover letters and resumes by email ONLY to: Search Committee at

Internship: User Experience Design at Epic

HCDE Blog - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:13

The following information was sent by HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program members, Epic.

User Experience Design Intern

Position Summary
Spend your summer designing applications that will shape the future of healthcare. As a User Experience Design Intern at Epic, you’ll collaborate with fellow interns and full-time designers and developers in creating user-centered applications for the web, desktop, or mobile devices. You’ll be mentored by UXD professionals and take ownership of challenging, meaningful projects from day one. You’ll gain an understanding of your user’s needs and play a critical role in constructing how they interact with our newest applications.

We expect you to be able to demonstrate your ideas with various levels of finish: sketches, wireframes, high-fidelity mockups, and interactive prototypes. We employ a variety of creative software in our work, and you’ll use whichever is best for the task at hand.

The software we create directly improves the way over 50% of Americans receive healthcare — in fact, it’s likely affecting the life of someone close to you. You’ll need to take your work seriously, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to take yourself too seriously (having fun is part of our mission). At Epic, you’ll find a rare combination of intellectually demanding and interesting projects that contribute to the greater good. We are located in Madison, Wisconsin, a city regularly ranked as one of America’s best places to live.


  • A solid portfolio demonstrating strong interactive and visual design skills
  • Education or experience in user-centered design techniques
  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree or greater in human-computer interaction or a related field
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. without visa sponsorship

For fastest consideration, please include a link to your online portfolio or any interactive applications you’ve designed.

Apply on the Epic website »

UW SIGCHI Talk: Collaborative Collecting: The Social Dimensions of User Data

HCDE Blog - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:00

Join UW SIGCHI for an invited lecture:

Collaborative Collecting: The Social Dimensions of User Data
Amelia Abreu (UW, Information School)
May 15, 2015
1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
128 Sieg Hall

When we design user experiences, we emphasize short term use: getting users signed up, initially interacting with the product, integrating it into their lives. But what happens after users have shared and saved meaningful data in a platform? How do users collect and share data, and how does this impact the long term user experience?

In this talk, Amelia Abreu will share findings from a longitudinal field study examining collecting and collaboration in social media platforms. She’ll explore findings about what types of users build collections, and how collections impact how users approach technology. Finally, she’ll share design guidelines for building better collecting experiences and creating stable and secure archival collections.


Based in Portland, Oregon, Amelia Abreu works with agencies, tech companies (large and small), and cultural institutions. Before this, Amelia worked as a researcher and instructor at the University of Washington while pursuing a PhD in Information Science. Her dissertation, “Sharing and Saving” takes a design research approach to examine data collecting and collaboration. She has worked with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research and the IXR Group at Intel, both of whom supported her dissertation research.

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

Black Box Festival

HCDE Blog - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:40

Dara Birnbaum. ARABESQUE (screening view of ARABESQUE). 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

HCDE is a proud community sponsor of Aktionsart’s Black Box art, film and technology festival.

Black Box takes place during the Seattle International Film Festival, May 6 — June 7, 2015, and is organized independently by Aktionsart - a new art and technology nonprofit based in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 2014 by Julia Fryett.

See the full festival program here »


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