Content Strategy For Mobile
By Karen McGrane
Date: TUESDAY, March 26, 2013
Location: To Be Determined (MAKE A SUGGESTION IN COMMENTS!)
RSVP: Via Meet Up
About The Book: You don’t get to decide which platform or device your customers use to access your content: they do.
Mobile isn’t just smartphones, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you are on the move. It’s a proliferation of devices, platforms, and screensizes — from the tiniest “dumb” phones to the desktop web. How can you be sure that your content will work everywhere, all the time?
Karen McGrane will teach you everything you need to get your content onto mobile devices (and more). You’ll first gather data to help you make the case for a mobile strategy, then learn how to publish flexibly to multiple channels. Along the way, you’ll get valuable advice on adapting your workflow to a world of emerging devices, platforms, screen sizes, and resolutions. And all in the less time than it takes you to fly from New York to Chicago.
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World Information Architecture Day
Date: SATURDAY, February 9th
Time: 1 – 5pm
Location: Mount Royal University, Room T126 (Fireside room)
RSVP: Via Meetup
A design slam for World Information Architecture day! We plan to look at charities through the eyes of information architecture.
Bring your sketchbooks, design tools and anything else that will help move the team along.
We plan to grab some drinks after!
Hope to see you on Saturday!!
The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail, But Some Don’t
By Nate Silver
Date: TUESDAY, Feb 5, 2013
Location: Hop In Brew Pub House (213 – 12th Avenue SW)
RSVP: Via Meet Up
About The Book: Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.
In keeping with his own aim to seek truth from data, Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA. He explains and evaluates how these forecasters think and what bonds they share. What lies behind their success? Are they good—or just lucky? What patterns have they unraveled? And are their forecasts really right? He explores unanticipated commonalities and exposes unexpected juxtapositions. And sometimes, it is not so much how good a prediction is in an absolute sense that matters but how good it is relative to the competition. In other cases, prediction is still a very rudimentary—and dangerous—science.
Silver observes that the most accurate forecasters tend to have a superior command of probability, and they tend to be both humble and hardworking. They distinguish the predictable from the unpredictable, and they notice a thousand little details that lead them closer to the truth. Because of their appreciation of probability, they can distinguish the signal from the noise.
About The Author: Nate Silver is a statistician and political forecaster at The New York Times who became a national sensation in the United States when his predictions during the 2008 presidential election trumped most mainstream polls. He is a contributor to The New York Times Magazineand has appeared as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC. He has spoken at TED and SXSW, and was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the world.
Are you curious about the landscape of UX professionals in Calgary and the rest of Canada? Do you wonder how your experience, skills, and compensation stack up against your peers and competitors, both in Canada as well as the US?
To answer these questions, the Vancouver User Experience (VanUE) group has partnered with a design firm, Periscope UX, to create the inaugural Canadian User Experience Work and Salary Survey. If you could take 10 minutes to answer the survey, your response will help paint an accurate portrait of the UX profession across Canada:
The survey will be open until November 29th, 2012. Results will be shared at a later VanUE event and for those who unable to attend, a summary of the results will be posted after the event (Don’t worry, your individual response will be kept completely anonymous.)
Your participation is greatly appreciated!
- Feel free to forward this to anyone you know of who works in the UX field.
In recognition of World Usability Day on November 8th the Faculty of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University has put together a selection of speakers and have extended the invitation to CalUX. Here are the details…
Measuring user experience during product development or after release can indicate if you got design right or where there might be potential problems. Each new product or service seems to have unique needs and extends our knowledge around user interaction. On November 8, World Usability Day, come listen to industry experts share their experiences and best practices. We have an outstanding list of guest speakers.
Date/Time: Thursday, 8 November. 5:00 – 7:10
Location: Room Y324 (videoconference classroom)
Note: Room Y324 is closest to the West Gate entrance on campus. I’ve included a link to our MRU Transportation & Parking website.
5:05 Rob Lokinger, App Centrica Inc. (Toronto) – UX: What’s Unique About Business Systems
5:25 Darryl Prince, UserInsight,(Atlanta) – Small Business Personas
5:45 Alan Boykiw, SMART Technologies (Calgary) – Challenges of Multi-Touch Interfaces
6:05 Jennifer Hogan, Getty Images (Calgary) – Changing a Business Model through UX Research
6:25 Darren Northcott, UX Guys (Calgary) – Gesture Based UX: taking mobile to a new level
6:45 Erik Fields, Critical Mass (Calgary) – Just Ask Why. The success of Apple and all things successful
If you can’t make it to the event in person, don’t worry as it will be presented as a synchronous session so you can join and participate online.
Guest access for online participation:
You will be asked to accept a Java download to access the collaborative environment. You can validate your computer setup at the following
Habanero’s ‘UE Done Right!’ is back in Calgary, here are the details…
Date: November 6th & 7th
About the workshop:
Ben Skelton and Jasvir Shukla from Habanero are going to be in Calgary to present a 2-day user experience workshop.
Perfect for everyone from project managers to developers and designers, the course teaches real-world techniques that you can use to create exceptional experiences.
Space is limited so register today to avoid disappointment!
The Alberta South chapter of GDC is hosting an event you may be interested in attending…
Date: Nov 15, 2012
Time: Not too sure just yet
Location: HeadSpace (1817 10th Avenue SW)
Cost: $30 for members, $45 for non-members.
But, Danny says he might be able to get Calgary UXers the member admission pricing to go to this event, they’ll just have to mention it.
RSVP: Coming Soon (via GDC/EventBrite when available)!
About The Event:
Think about your product, company, service… whatever your main focus is daily. Imagine if you always started with the Why. That one question would transform everything else. A common phrase I use when talking with our Creative Team is “start with the Why and everything else will follow.” It’s not quite as simple as that, but it’s close. The vision, mission, goals of a project (or better yet, an organization) should define Why something is happening. They should be the essence driving all of our UX decisions. People are come to our websites to complete a task, to get information, to interact with our stories.
Start with the Why. Build from that inner circle out to the How and then finally to the What. It will establish a foundation for your project that will be successful and will motivate intrinsically. It will keep you from jumping on the latest “feature bandwagon” and give clarity to each step you take.
About The Speaker:
Steve is the creative team nerd-herder at Yellow Pencil in Canada. He leads the charge on coordinating research, business analysis, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. On the global stage he’s a sought-after speaker on topics like responsive web design, UX, open source, design thinking, and web process. He also loves Twitter (maybe a little too much). @hellofisher