The Usability Architect is a new role at Office Depot and is junior to the Sr. Usability Architect. This role supports usability of the online design process and has responsibility for the success of mid-size projects. The Usability Architect will function as part of a cross-functional, matrixed team with responsibility for research, strategy execution, product definition, and design refinement. This role will function as an innovative designer, a product manager, a confident team member, team player, and skilled client partner.
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We are pleased to announce the new Austin UXPA board members for 2013. They are Candice McFarland, President; Sasha Wolosin, Vice President; and Julie Lowe, Secretary.
Candice McFarland is the customer engagement manager for Dell’s B2B websites globally. What does that mean? Well, she’s a combo researcher/strategist with a huge dollop of user advocacy. (Go, IT pros!) Before that, she was in Dallas working with clients like Disney, Microsoft, Michelin and Moen on fabulous methodologies like usability testing, card sorting, cognitive walkthroughs and focus groups. When she’s not stalking Tom Tullis, you can find Candice watching reality dance shows and keeping things she reads in UTest a state secret.
Sasha Wolosin (www.sashawolosin.com) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focuses on the influence of motivation on human memory. Sasha has experience with UX research and design, and plans to work in these areas after completing her degree. She is passionate about good design, bikes, music and travel.
Julie Lowe is a Sr. Interaction Designer at Mutual Mobile. Coming from a usability research background, she loves being able to put findings into action through design. When she’s not working on reducing user tears, you can find her socializing with the UXPA and IxDA communities in Austin, going out swing dancing and tackling the occasional DIY home improvement project.
Thank you to all who attended the meeting on Tuesday! And a big thank you to our speaker, Travis McCutcheon. Through real world examples, Travis conveyed with energy and enthusiasm the importance of user research and iterative testing early in business development, and demonstrated how to implement these methods to create effective business models.
Slides from the meeting can be found here: http://l4m.co/uxpa
If anyone is interested in trying to seed these concepts within their organization, Travis can be reached at:
travis [at] leapformankind [dot] com
Rock Star Senior UX Designer Wanted
When presented with a thorny problem, do you immediately grab pencil and paper to figure out the solution?
Are you always considering ways that the real world can better organize and present information (e.g. restaurant menus, store signage, forms from the DMV) so can can get in, get out and get on with your life?
Are you good friends with boxes and arrows? Post-Its and Sharpies? OmniGraffle, Visio, Illustrator and Axure?
If you answered an emphatic “yes” to these questions, we would love to talk to you.
Design For Use is a user experience consulting firm with offices in Austin, USA and Gurgaon, India.
We are looking for Information Architects and Interaction Designers with 3-5 years of experience who are passionate about their craft and want to make the world a better place through design. Together we can make brilliant experiences!
Considering the international structure of our team, living in Austin is not a requirement for this position. As long as you’re a good fit for the job, you have the option of working remotely.
Send your resumes and portfolios to:
President, Design For Use LLC
At our meeting next week, Tuesday Feb 5th, Travis McCutcheon of Leap for Mankind will present “Modeling the Experience”, discussing how to use design activities to validate a business model.
We will also be holding elections for the 2013 Austin UXPA board briefly before the presentation. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email us by Feb 2nd (contact: Candice McFarland, candice_mcfarland (at) yahoo.com). For more information: http://www.austinupa.org/2013/01/call-for-austin-uxpa-board-members-election-on-feb-5/
Presentation starts at 7 p.m.
Modeling the Experience
Success of new products depends on viable business models. Too often the model is formed around technology or marketing. Incorporating the voice of the customer into the foundation of your model allows you to create delightful experiences while building sustainable products. This presentation walks through a business model illustrating how each element corresponds to a design activity. It will encourage you to think holistically about product development while creating, delivering and capturing value.
Opal Divine’s Downtown
700 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
Opal Divine’s has great appetizers, dinners and beer. Bring your appetite.
Tuesday, Feb 5th
Networking/Hanging Out/Eating/Drinking: 6:30 p.m.
Elections: 6:50 p.m.
Presentation: 7 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/529460487084208/