World Usability Day – Three Events in Michigan!

November 13, 2008World Usability Day Events: 9-5 MSU, 3-5:15 Michigan Tech, 6-9:30 Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, East Lansing, & Houghton, MI

World Usability Day is blossoming here in Michigan! We’ve grown from one event in 2007 to three events in 2008, spanning 555 miles within Michigan! Local events can be found in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and Houghton. While it might be challenging to get to all three, please do join in the festivities, wherever you are located in Michigan!

Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association

The Michigan UPA chapter is offering Usability in Your Life and the Products You Use 6:00-9:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Speakers from the University of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, Menlo Innovations, Tec-Ed, Ansys, and the getDowntown program of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce will highlight usability in transportation.

Michigan State University’s Usability and Accessibility Center

MSU is celebrating World Usability Day with their sixth annual usability and accessibility event. The event is 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the MSU Union, in East Lansing, Michigan. A distinguished speaker line-up will address usability and accessibility issues.

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Tech is hosting WUD-UP! World Usability Day in the Upper Peninsula at Michigan Tech featuring a poster session 3:00-4:00 p.m. and a panel discussion 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Houghton, Michigan. Take the Global Transport Challenge! World Usability Day

UXnet @ The Henry Ford’s “Out of this World”

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

Host: The User eXperience network (UXnet)

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Location: The Henry Ford

Street: 20900 Oakwood Blvd

City/Town: Dearborn, MI

Visit to The Henry Ford with your User Experience colleagues. See the special exhibit “Out of this World” and other parts of the museum (and Greenfield Village if the weather is good). There MIGHT be a special time/place to meet your UX colleagues, but there might not. If we all go on the same day, we will run into each other as we visit the museum, and that may be enough.

Acrobat: Features, accessibility, and version 9

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ann Arbor, MI

The next Refresh Detroit meeting will be 6:30pm, Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at Ann Arbor SPARK in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are fortunate to have Adobe representative Doug Halliday lead the presentation.

Doug will highlight features in Acrobat, including creating PDFs, sharing, forms and usability. He’ll also discuss the new features in the upcoming Acrobat 9 version, due for release in mid-summer 2008. Adobe expert Greg Pisocky will join our meeting remotely to explain the accessibility features in Acrobat.
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Navigating the Job Market

May 6, 2008

Ann Arbor, MI

The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC/SM) offers its May program entitled “Navigating the Job Market: Staying Positive and Creating anEffective Resume” on Monday, May 19, 2008 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Refresh Detroit “Show and Tell”

Wednesday, April 23

Ann Arbor Public Library

It’s our demo night, where people in the audience are invited to “show and tell” their latest creation, design, application, or a cool tool they’ve discovered that’s made their life easier. Each person has five minutes to present and answer questions. Demo night is a great opportunity to share your work, see what others have been working on, and get feedback on works in progress.

Interested in demoing your work? RSVP on the Refresh Detroit website.