MiUPA Events

Creating and Evangelizing a Corporate Web Standards & Usability Program

March 28, 2007

This event is sponsored jointly by the MIUPA and STC/SM.

Deb Ermiger As the leader of EDS’ Web Standards & Usability program, Deb Ermiger has been working in online communications since 1994. Her work has spanned many areas including writing, editing, graphic design, information architecture, usability testing, and yes … even some coding.

Deb currently leads a cross-organizational team of experts in the documentation and delivery of user interface standards and guidelines for the Web. Her team also provides consulting to EDS Web sites and client accounts.

Internet User Experience 2007 Third Annual Conference

February 19-22, 2007

A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today’s web site user experience.

Search Analytics: Diagnosing What Ails Your Site

January 17, 2007

Louis Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld Media


Lou Rosenfeld is an information architecture consultant and founder of Rosenfeld Media. He has helped numerous Fortune 500s and other large, messy, political enterprises make their information easier to find. Lou is co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O’Reilly & Associates; 2nd edition, 2002) regarded as the bible of information architecture, and has been a regular contributor to Web Review, Internet World, and CIO magazines. His blog is in the top 1% of most popular blogs. He is co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute and UXnet, the User Experience Network.

MiUPA 2006 events

November 14, 2006

World Usability Day for Michigan

A full day of free workshops and presentations on the topics of usability and accessibility as they relate to everything from web sites to automobiles.

  • Live Web Site Evaluations (Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus)
  • Community-based user research (Jeff Grabill)
  • New Communication Technology for the Deaf (Christopher Hunter)
  • Vehicle Order Management Usability (Chad Esselink)
  • “Products for People” Podcasts (Tim Keirnan and Tom Brinck)
  • Driver Distraction Research (Paul A. Green)

August 16, 2006

Survey of User Interface Prototyping Tools

Brian Phelps, Pfizer.

August 9, 2006

Obsession: Finding the Sympathetic Heart of Design

Tom Brinck, Creative Director, A9.com.

June 27, 2006

SnagIt 8 – The Challenge of (Re)designing a Successful Product, TechSmith Corp.

Balancing your product’s user experience between ease of use, the ability to discover its capabilities and creating an overall positive response is a tall order, but when you get it right, the payback is worth the effort.

May 18, 2006

Usability Practitioners and Technical Communicators–Kindred Spirits?

A panel of four speakers discussing how usability and technical communication intersect, overlap, or occasionally have areas of contention

  • Mary Jane Northrop, Enlighten
  • Gina Tecos, Usability Engineer at Compuware Corporation
  • Laurie Kantner, Director of Client Services at Tec-Ed, Inc.
  • Timothy Keirnan, Jackson National Life Insurance

February 20-23, 2006

Internet User Experience 2006 conference

A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today’s web site user experience.

MiUPA 2005 Events

November 3, 2005

World Usability Day for Michigan

  • Real World Usability Success Story Carol Barnum, Professor of Information Design and Co-Director of the Usability Center, Southern Polytechnic State University, and author of Usability Testing and Research
  • Useful, Usable, AND Desirable: How One Washer Changed the Face of Laundry
    Laura Vennie and Sara Ulius Sabel, Usability Specialists from Whirlpool
  • Accessibility Experts Lead the Way to Profits by Design
    Speakers: Stephen Blosser and Michael J. Hudson MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • User Experiences and System Issues with Online Recommender Systems
  • Speaker: Joseph Konstan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, and author of Word of Mouse: The Marketing Power of Collaborative Filtering

October 12, 2005

Live Usability Evaluations of Local Web Sites

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, President of the Michigan UPA and UPA International Board Member
Sites relevant to Southeast Michigan were reviewed. These included Thomson Gale, Jackson National Life Insurance, and Techsmith Corporation

October 4, 2005

Live Usability Evaluations of Local Web Sites

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, President of the Michigan UPA and UPA International Board Member
Sites relevant to Western Michigan were reviewed. These included Amway, National City, and Zondervan

May 11, 2005

Latest Research: Human Behavior on the Web

Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

March 14-15 , 2005

Internet User Experience 2005 conference

A conference spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today’s web site user experience.

February 23, 2005

Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Developing Useful and Usable Software

Barbara Mirel, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and author of Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Designing Useful and Usable Software

MiUPA 2004 Events

December 2, 2004

The UMTRI Driving Simulator and Its Use for Driver Interface Research

Dr. Paul Green, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Interview with Paul Green

October 26-27, 2004

Second Annual Usability and Accessibility Conference - Usable Information Technology

Persuasive Communication in Industry, Government, & Higher Education
A two-day conference for professionals, faculty, researchers, Web designers, systems software developers, and IT managers across a broad range of disciplines and industries: http://usability.msu.edu/conf/

October 5, 2004

UPA International Efforts to Ensure Voting Usability: Can Usability Truly Save Democracy?

Josephine Scott, Compuware Corporation
Interview with Josephine Scott

August 24, 2004

PDtrials.org: Accessibility and Usability in the Design of a Web Site for Parkinson’s

Tom Brinck, Diamond Bullet Design

July 20, 2004

Methods & Deliverables of Web User Experience

Jason Withrow, Washtenaw Community College

June 24, 2004

User interface design and evaluation at Bose Corporation

Dr. David Aurelio, Bose Corporation

May 6, 2004

Usability: A Business Case

Susan Weinschenk, Chief of Technical Staff, Human Factors International

April 1, 2004

Usability ROI: Making it Practical

Stephanie Rosenbaum, Founder and President, Tec-Ed, Inc.

March 16, 2004

TechSmith Case Study: Usability Evolution and How It Impacted a Usability Product

Shane Lovelette, TechSmith Corporation
Magelone Bollen, TechSmith Corporation
Allen Dalton, TechSmith Corporation

MiUPA 2003 Events

November 19, 2003

Search Log Analysis for User Research

Louis Rosenfeld, Independent Consultant

September 30, 2003

Identifying and Exploring Innovative Design Opportunities Through Design
Research and Prototype Development

Pamela Nyberg, Sanford Corporation

May 29, 2003

The State of Web Site Usability Today and Next Steps for Improvement in the Short and Long Term

Keith Instone, IBM
Laurie Kantner, Tec-Ed, Inc.
Tom Brinck, Diamond Bullet Design
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Compuware Corporation

April 15, 2003

Section 508: Aiming for Accessibility

Piyusha Paradkar, UI Answers

February 20, 2003

Introducing Usability to Development Staff through ‘Certification’

Robert Watkins, Flagstar Bank

UPA’s Position on Certification

Laurie Kantner, Tec-Ed, Inc.

January 23, 2003

Stalking the User: How Anthropology Helps Design Successful Products

Stephanie Rosenbaum, Tec-Ed, Inc.

MiUPA 2002 Events

December 11, 2002

Egreetings Web Site Redesign: An Information Architect’s Approach

Chris Farnum, ProQuest

November 14, 2002

Usable Graphic Design Essentials for the Web: What usability specialists should know about design and implementation of web graphics (and what graphic/visual designers should know about usability)

Yelena Babin, Interface Design and Graphics Consultant

October 16, 2002

CyberLaw and You: What New Media Professionals Must Know

Christopher Julliet, Technical Writer, Consultant, and Attorney

April 9, 2002

Usability on Consumer Retail Web Sites: Is There Still a Problem?

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Compuware Corporation