Tag Archives: Design

New Skills for 2012

Here at WAL we usually speak of using “traditional” library and information science skills in new arenas. In today’s post, we’ll focus on skills that you might not have learned at library school — either because you had no room for tech-heavy electives or they simply weren’t offered.

While this may seem like the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions post, think of it as a post about generating new opportunities for yourself in the years to come. So in addition to signing up for that gym membership this January, give your brain a workout and familiarize yourself with these skills. Then stay tuned for more in-depth posts about many of these topics.

Please let us know in the comments about skills we may have missed.

(via w3.org, mashable.com, ixda.org, perceptualedge.com, upassoc.org)

NYC World Usability Day Recap

This year’s New York event for World Usability Day was truly inspiring. It also happened to be my first time attending a NYC UPA event as a new member. Over 300 members attended the event held at Bloomberg, and despite the large crowd, I felt welcomed by open arms by this friendly and engaging group.

The theme of the event was Designing for Social Change. Several speakers spoke about how their projects employ good design to improve not only the way people interact with products, but also the positive impact on the world around them. The missions of speakers’ projects ranged from education and awareness about global issues such as women’s health, immigration and eating locally, to redesigning existing products such as voting ballots, to improving workflows for democracy like those at third-world poll locations.

My biggest takeaway, aside from my awe inspired by these innovators, was that the road to success in socially responsible design is not a straightforward one. It does require doing some work pro bono to build a portfolio and gain recognition. It was heartening to hear several speakers say that such free work eventually led to grants and paid work.  Doing work for free for an inspired non-profit is a positive act for social change in itself. Design and social impact need not to exist in separate worlds.

For more on the speakers and their projects at NYC World Usability Day, please check out NYC UPA’s event page. If you weren’t there, I’m really sorry! If you were, what were your favorite moments?

Visionaries in Usability Webinar

What: Visionaries in Usability Webinar

When: November 10, 1:30pm EST

Where:  http://tinyurl.com/8324gn8

Tomorrow is World Usability Day! Participants from around the world will gather to discuss solutions, train fellow professionals, educate the public, and most importantly celebrate the design that aides our everyday access and use of technology. There are many online events taking place, but you can register here for this free webinar.

Here is an abstract from the website:

Usability relies on the triangulation of data: see, say, do. One goal is to eliminate the discrepancy between what users “say” they see and what they actually do see. New eye tracking technologies make this goal more attainable than it has been in the past. In this webinar, Dr. Tharon Howard of Clemson University, Dr. Joyce Carter of Texas Tech University, and Dr. Brian Still of Texas Tech University discuss the importance of eye tracking to a usability professional’s tool kit as well as the possibilities for using vision technologies in the future.