karen kranack | 4 Jun 19:44 2008

[Sigia-l] JOB: Seeking Information Architect to work at Thumbplay.com

Thumbplay Inc., the leading consumer brand in wireless entertainment, has an
immediate opening for an Information Architect to join a growing group of
user experience professionals on the product development team. The ideal
candidate will demonstrate a depth of experience in information architecture
practices, with an emphasis on navigation design, interaction design, and
principles of designing for e-commerce systems. The Information Architect
will work for the Director of Customer Experience and with the Product and
Operations teams to transform the Thumbplay web and mobile consumer
experiences through online initiatives and mobile products. The candidate
should be comfortable playing roles from information architect to usability
expert to project manager.

•    Create world class web and mobile commerce experiences.
•    Work closely with product development, technology, and marketing teams
to define strategy, help gather requirements and shape feature sets.
•    Translate user needs into desirable user interfaces.
•    Represent the user, either through developing user personas or
usability testing.
•    Work with team to create own project timeline and manage own
deliverables to delivery dates.
•    Develop deliverables that communicate ideas clearly, including
heuristic and competitive evaluations, personas, sitemaps, wireframes, and
functional specification documents.
•    Become acquainted with site analytics data to inform designs and
•    Contribute to the product development team by introducing new ideas and
creative approaches.

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Aaron Louie | 4 Jun 21:40 2008

[Sigia-l] Seattle Monthly IA/UX Meetup, June 10th

Join us for drinks, conversation, networking, and geeking out with
fellow information architects, librarians, usability experts, user
experience designers, and other like-minded user-centered
professionals and students. It's open to anyone, so bring a friend --
especially those in other local organizations! The format will be
casual, but all are encouraged to bring something to discuss -- recent
work, an interesting topic, or even your resume. This event is
organized by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the American Society for
Information Science & Technology.

What:   Seattle Monthly Information Architecture Meetup
Where:  Elysian Pub, 1221 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA
When:   7-10pm, June 10th (2nd Tuesday of every month)

See you there!

Aaron Louie
User Experience Architect, ZAAZ
Chair, ASIS&T Pacific Northwest Chapter
IA Summit 2009: 
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Pre cons on March 18 and 19   
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Stephanie Trunzo | 5 Jun 14:09 2008

[Sigia-l] AUTO: Stephanie Trunzo/Durham/IBM is out of the office. (returning 06/09/2008)

I am out of the office until 06/09/2008.

 I will be attending RSDC 6/2-6/9. I will try to check email in the
evenings if I can, but we will be pretty busy with the conference.
If you have any IA team needs while I am out, contact Susan Yeshin. If
anything is urgent, call or text my cell: 412 606 9045.

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HUGE | Caitlin Lillie | 6 Jun 06:13 2008

[Sigia-l] JOB: HUGE Seeking Sr. Interaction Designer (NYC)

HUGE is a strategic design organization that develops commercially
successful websites, software and branding solutions for some of the
smartest and most demanding companies in the world. Since its founding
in 1999, HUGE has developed a methodology and culture that combine the
most relevant aspects of research, design and technology to grow client
businesses. Clients include IKEA, JetBlue Airways, TheStreet, Amnesty
International, and Scholastic. The company is headquartered in New York
with offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and London.

he HUGE process starts with development of the product's conceptual
model--understanding exactly who the users are and describing and
ranking their goals and behaviors. Every project at HUGE includes
substantial time for research and experimentation, phases that are
conducted mainly by interaction designers. http://hugeinc.com/process/ 

Specific Challenges:

*	Select research processes and other tools, and participate in
user testing or fieldwork as needed 
*	Partner with Senior Clients to determine product's mandate,
feature set, and measures of success 
*	Develop user personas, scenarios of use, task analysis,
interaction models, and experience briefs 
*	Oversee creation of mock ups, functional prototypes, and other
*	Collaborate with HUGE teammates and HUGE clients to ensure that
your great ideas survive the development process 

*	Be a part of an award-winning team, contribute to our process
and shared knowledge 
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Michele Marut | 6 Jun 16:23 2008

[Sigia-l] EVENT: IXDA Pittsburgh June Meeting: An evening at Fit Associates

EVENT: IXDA Pittsburgh June Meeting: An evening at Fit Associates

When: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Refreshments and Networking: 6:30-7:00 PM
Presentation and Discussion: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Post-event Mingle: 8:30 PM onwards

Topic: "Making a Difference"
As interaction designers, we all want to see our work go to market, be loved
by its users, and make a positive difference in their lives. And that is
Fit's intention: to lead, nurture, connect and equip its clients so that
what they make fits the complexities of life and positively affects the
common good.

Fit partners Marc Rettig and Jenna Date will describe their approach to
integrating design practices, ethnographic research, and the practical
necessities of organizational change. Through project stories, they'll share
practical techniques and points of view on process, collaboration, and
making a positive difference for teams, organizations, and end users.

Where: Fit Associates, 5744 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside
Fit Associates' studio is across the street from the Shadyside Saloon and
above SPIN bar. The entry door is on street level to the left of SPIN bar.
 Look for the cranberry Fit Associates sign in the door. Ring the bottom
buzzer to be let in. Those that are driving can find parking at metered
spots on the street. Parking meters are not enforced past 6:00 pm.

link to Google Maps <
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David Malouf | 6 Jun 20:24 2008

[Sigia-l] [Event] NYC IxDA: Monday June 16 - "Micro-Interactions

  Please join NYC IxDA for our June event—RSVP by email to:
  nyc-rsvp (at) ixda (dot) org

  Micro-Interactions in a 2.0 World

  We live in a world where the little things really do matter.
  Each encounter--no matter how brief--is a micro interaction
  which makes a deposit or withdrawal from our rational and
  emotional subconscious. The sum of these interactions and
  encounters adds up to how we feel about a particular product,
  brand or service. Little things. Feelings. They influence our
  everyday behaviors more than we realize.

  David Armano
  VP Experience Design
  Critical Mass

  Monday, June 16th
  6:15 - 7:00 networking (refreshments served)
  7:00 - 8:00 presentation
  8:00 - 8:30 Q&A and discussion*

  SoHo; location details provided on RSVP

  Send e-mail to: nyc-rsvp (at) ixda (dot) org

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Laura Hunter | 6 Jun 21:31 2008

[Sigia-l] Job: Director User Experience-Irvine, CA

My client is a legend in their field.  They set the standard in the
automotive industry over 80 years ago and after creating their first web
site 10 years ago, they became and continue to be one of the most visited
web sites on the net.  Due to tremendous and continued growth, they are
seeking a new Director of User Experience to be located in Irvine CA.  This
position requires a UX knowledge base that is broad and deep.  You will
oversee and manage 3-8 people and work with the Director of User Research to
continue the best of breed site and products that have made my client the
most successful online site of their type, bar none.  Below is a basic job
description but there is much more to this exciting role.  Relocation
assistance is available for those out of the area and the salary, benefits
and bonuses are highly competitive.  Equally as important, this is an
opportunity to be a part of a world class organization that is making a huge
investment in their User Experience.  Please read the description below and
if you feel you are a fit, please feel free to submit a resume and examples
of your work to this email address.

Director of User Experience:

General Job Summary: 

This individual will lead the vision, strategy, and execution of the user
experience and site architecture of for my client site. This team member
will work closely with a group of key senior level executives to determine
and support the most effective product strategy, including identifying brand
appropriate, customer centric user experience and design solutions that
deliver on our business goals, ensure site-wide consistency, provide a
foundation for future enhancements and ensure our continued success. This
team member will be responsible for providing IA leadership and direction,
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Laura Hunter | 6 Jun 21:51 2008

[Sigia-l] Job: Director of User Research Irvine, CA

My client is a legend in their field.  They set the standard in the
automotive industry over 80 years ago and after creating their first web
site 10 years ago, they became and continue to be one of the most visited
web sites on the net.  Due to tremendous and continued growth, they are
seeking a new Director of User Research to be located in Irvine CA.  This is
an exciting new position and will be responsible for overseeing the creation
of their first usability lab!  

The Director of User Research is responsible for building and leading the
user research/usability practice. The Director of User Research will take an
active role in all user research activities across the site and products
including the planning, scoping, conducting of the research and the analysis
of findings. In addition, this person will be responsible for managing a
direct report, developing research service offerings and managing the
evolving user research lab.

Position Responsibilities:
- Building and leading the User Research/Usability practice, team and
service offerings
- Taking the leadership role in all user research/usability activities:
planning, scoping, conducting and analysis
- Running and maintaining the Usability Lab
- Conducting a variety of user research projects including: focus groups,
interviews, card sorting excises, usability testing, etc.
- Identify activities and deliverables necessary to execute user reach
projects on time and on budget
- Taking the leadership role in developing the user research portion of the
project plan
- Working with the rest of the User Experience and Design team in
understanding target audiences' needs, tasks, and goals and translating them
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Jared Spool | 9 Jun 06:09 2008

[Sigia-l] [Event] Book Launch Party: Handbook of Usability Testing, 2nd Edition

[ Apologies to those who receive more than one copy of this. ]


You're invited to attend a party to honor the launch of the second  
edition of the Handbook of Usability Testing.

   Cinghiale Restaurant
   822 Lancaster Street,
   Baltimore, MD 21202

   June 18, 5:30-7:30

RSVP for the event: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/776329/
  (RSVPing isn't required, but will help us make sure we don't run out  
of food or drinks.)

Buy the book: http://tinyurl.com/53o56p

In 1994, Jeff Rubin wrote the first edition of the Handbook. This  
became the bible of those of us in the usability world.

Now, Jeff Rubin and Dana Chisnell have completely updated it. It's a  
marvelous edition, filled with insights and useful tips and  
techniques. It's a resource that every user experience practitioner  
should have at their fingertips.

If you're going to be in Baltimore, either for the annual UPA  
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Bill Kules | 9 Jun 15:40 2008

[Sigia-l] Call for Papers: HCIR 2008 - Second Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval; Redmond, WA, USA; Oct 23, 2008

Second Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval

October 23, 2008
Redmond, Washington, USA

About this Workshop

As our lives become ever more digital, we face the difficult task of
navigating the complex information spaces we create. The fields of
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Retrieval (IR) have
both developed innovative techniques to address this challenge, but
their insights have to date often failed to cross disciplinary

In this one-day workshop we will explore the advances each domain can
bring to the other. Following the success of the HCIR 2007 workshop,
co-hosted by MIT and Endeca, we are once again bringing together
academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners for a discussion
of this important topic.

This year the workshop is focused on the design, implementation, and
evaluation of search interfaces. We are particularly interested in
interfaces that support complex and exploratory search tasks.

Keynote speaker:  Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research

Researchers and practitioners are invited to present interfaces
(including mockups, prototypes, and other early-stage designs),
research results from user studies of interfaces, and system
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