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.
6:30-7:00: Refreshments, introductions
7:00-7:30: Microsoft Design
7:30-8:00: Usability Testing De-mystified
Beverages will be provided by AddThis.
Microsoft has kindly offered to sponsor pizza this month. Thanks!
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.
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.
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.