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NoVA UX May Meetup – Microsoft Design; Usability Testing Demystified

This month's meetup with have two speakers: first, Andrew Duthie will talk about Microsoft design and how Microsoft is building a consistent vision across mobile devices and desktop screens. Then, Bill Killam will talk about demystifying usability testing.

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Agenda

6:30-7:00: Refreshments, introductions 
7:00-7:30: Microsoft Design  
7:30-8:00: Usability Testing De-mystified  
8:00-8:15: Announcements 
8:15-8:45: Networking

Beverages will be provided by AddThis.

Microsoft has kindly offered to sponsor pizza this month. Thanks!

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Microsoft Design – Building a Consistent Vision Across Devices and Screens

G. Andrew Duthie, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

From Windows 8 to Windows Phone, and even on the XBOX 360, Microsoft has built a consistent design vision across multiple platforms and properties. Hear from Microsoft Technical Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie how design has become increasingly important and prominent at Microsoft over the years, and see the progression that has led to the Microsoft design language implemented in Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and XBOX 360, and which offers to app developers and designers a level of UX consistency across platforms not available anywhere else.

About Andrew

G. Andrew Duthie, aka @devhammer, is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft's Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the Microsoft development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed.

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Usability Testing De-mystified

Bill Killam, MA CHFP, User-Centered Design, Inc.

There is a lot of information around about usability testing.  And it can be overwhelming and confusing.  Questions of sample sizes.  Is it qualitative or quantitative?  Is it the same as compliance testing, QA testing, regression testing, user-acceptance testing?

To answer these questions, and to know what we can and cannot expect to learn from usability testing, we’ll need to understand a few things about the people who use our products.  Bill will review the main psychological principles on how people think, perform, and interact with products that will provide answers to all of these questions. He will present a series of demos to make the psychological principles memorable and explain how they determine who, when, and how best to perform usability tests.

About Bill Killam

Bill Killam is an applied psychologist and board certified Human Factors Engineering.  A 30 year veteran of the field, he holds degrees in both engineering and psychology. He is the founder and principle consultant at User-Centered Design. Inc. – a Human Factors Engineering consultancy in Northern Virginia that has provided user research, interaction design, and product testing services for commercial, Federal, and non-profits organization since 2001. He is also a university professor and teaches courses in Human Factors, research methods, interaction design, and human-computer interaction at the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and The Catholic University of America.


 

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  • Jim L.

    Check out Bill Killam's presentation, "Usability Testing Demystified": http://www.user-centereddesign.com/files/UsabilityTestingDemystified.pdf Learn about the kinds of biases that can affect your tests, and how different kinds of testing methodologies can address them. Great talk!

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Theresa K.

    2 great topics with presenters that were engaging, interesting, and funny. I picked up a few good tips to consider for my next design problems. This was my first UX meetup - I will definitely be coming to more and will recommend this group to others!

    May 16, 2013

  • Samir D.

    Thanks for organizing the great talks, Jim. Keep them coming! Also thanks to AddThis for the venue and drinks. Our NoVA UX community is growing and will surely reach 500 this month as you hope.

    May 16, 2013

  • Samir D.

    Thanks to Andrew for a great overview of Windows 8 and Windows Phone design principles. I am inspired to try my hand at Windows apps. Thanks for sponsoring the lucky draw and pizza too :) Thanks to Bill for very insightful tips and facts about usability testing. I liked your examples very much. They demonstrated the concepts in a snap.

    May 16, 2013

  • Dennis

    Great meetup last night. Thanks Andrew, Bill and Jim!

    May 16, 2013

  • Nevin H.

    Great meetup! Lots of handy insight into the Microsoft Design strategy and also the importance of keeping user experience context in mind when designing and testing

    May 16, 2013

  • Stephanie P.

    Enjoyed this meetup. Will definitely be coming again!

    May 16, 2013

  • G. Andrew D.

    And before I forget...if you want to find out more about upcoming Windows 8 or Windows Phone events in the DC/Baltimore area, check out the DC/Baltimore Windows App Developer meetup: http://www.meetup.com/DC-Windows-App-Developers/

    May 15, 2013

  • G. Andrew D.

    Here's a link to my deck from tonight's meeting:

    http://sdrv.ms/16hNAJp

    Thanks to all who attended. If you have questions, drop me a note at http://devhammer.net/contact

    May 15, 2013

    • G. Andrew D.

      One warning...the deck is very large. Just something to be aware of if you choose to download, rather than view online.

      May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great venue, interesting topics that talked about two different areas of usability

    May 15, 2013

  • G. Andrew D.

    I mentioned in answering one of the questions this evening, that there is a collection of reference design templates available for a variety of styles, if you're looking for inspiration. They can be found on Codeplex here: http://aka.ms/win8templates

    May 15, 2013

  • Jamie B.

    Great event (and not just because I won some microsoft swag!). Enjoyed both presentations.

    May 15, 2013

  • Qishen H.

    Due to conflict. See u next time.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute schedule conflict. So bummed to miss this month's meetup!

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    +1 guest

    March 13, 2013

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