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Usability & UX: Hottest Topics of 2013 and Predictions for 2014 and Beyond

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Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, will be speaking about Usability and User Experience:

The practice of usability or user experience (UX) was formalized 70 years ago. Over the decades, it has evolved and focused on many products, systems and applications. Rather than tracking history and evolution, this talk will quickly focus on the topics that have been most impacted and/or are most in need of impact by this practice we call user experience for this year and moving into the future. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of new and diverse areas where user experience work is needed, and ideas on how they may retool or redirect their own careers to work in a new industry or to remain in their current industry with a new focus. Dave will include as many of the following as time permits (and there may be a few more options not listed here):

• Websites

• Smart phones

• Smart watches

• Home healthcare products

• In-vehicle driver assistance products and services

About David Mitropoulos-Rundus

Dave has made his career designing products to fit people. He has designed physical, visual, and auditory user interfaces for hand-helds, kiosks, web sites, production machines, and automobiles, and has conducted user research in the lab, on the web, in the field, on the phone, in cars, and in the homes of consumers. Dave has held user experience consulting, sales, and management positions in both corporations and in consulting groups including OnStar by General Motors, Eastman Kodak, Compuware, and ForeSee. He is currently the User Experience Architect at Quicken Loans, Principal of Clear Usability, LLC, and Director of the annual Internet User Experience conference.

Dave writes papers and gives presentations, tutorials, and workshops on user research, interface design, usability evaluation methods, web site design, product design, and home product testing at numerous industry and professional conferences and events. He has also developed and taught user research and interface design and evaluation classes at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and the University of Michigan’s School of Information. He is a chapter author of, "Design by People for People: Essays in Usability".

Dave has a Masters degree in Human Factors Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dave's contributions to the user experience profession include the ongoing direction of the Internet User Experience conference, which has been held for nine consecutive years and counting. He is also is an officer of the Michigan chapter of ACM SIG-CHI, a founder of the Michigan Usability Professionals Association (UPA), and a former board member of the International UXPA.

Parking and Venue information

We suggest parking at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10, and it is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here is a link from the Grand Circus website on parking (

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower (, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Take the elevator to the 4th floor.

While this event is free, refreshments are not provided (but allowed). So feel free to bring your own drink/snacks.


Please note that there is a Tigers game that evening, so downtown will be crazy and parking may be an issue. One recommendation is that you park at the Atwater parking deck, next to the RenCen, and take the People Mover to Grand Circus. Here is more information on the Atwater Deck