Holiday Mixer with Michigan CHI and STC-SM

Have some beer cheer,

Network with a peer,

Learn why site maps remain dear,

Engage with products that are queer,

Hear each chapter talk about the past and new year,

…and win some stuff!

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6–9pm

Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti


6:00pm Networking, check-in, and product usability challenges (appetizers provided, cash bar)
7:00pm Tiny talks and raffles (Michigan CHI, Michigan UPA, and STC-SM)
7:30pm Presentation: Helping Site Maps Get Their Groove Back, Caitlin Potts
8:15pm The Usability Game Show
8:30pm More networking and appetizers

Helping Site Maps Get Their Groove Back

Who remembers site maps? Anyone? Even if your answer is “Me! Me! I remember them!”, you probably still wonder why anyone used them. Well, no more! Site maps are much more than the antiquated deliverable that offered little to no value that most people remember. We’re bringing site maps back and let me tell you, your product owner and developers will thank you!

I truly believe that site maps are an undervalued deliverable of UX and IA, and I have done work over the last several months that shows how valuable a site map can be, regardless of the state of a project.

This presentation will include a brief introduction of what site maps are today, followed by a case study of how I’ve improved sitemaps at my organization and the benefits that we’ve seen as a result. And if that’s not enough, this presentation will offer takeaway (an Omnigraffle template!) that is immediately actionable for almost any UX or IA professional.

About Caitlin Potts

Caitlin PottsCaitlin Potts is a user experience practitioner (designer and researcher) at Covenant Eyes, Inc., in Owosso. Working as part of an agile team, she spends her time collaborating with the developers to design web, mobile, and client application interfaces. She is also leading the development of a brand standards guide for Covenant Eyes.

She is passionate about building interfaces that delight users and make their lives just a little bit easier. She also loves ampersands, great coffee, and her Sharpie collection (63 and counting!).


$5 CHI, UPA, and STC members (if you’re not a member, join one or more!)
$8 All others


Register online at Guestlist so we know who’s coming and how to plan for refreshments. We’ll also take payment (cash or check) at the door. Questions? E-mail events {at} michiganupa dot org.