UIE Virtual Seminar Presentation - Testing Your Critiquing Skills: Site Navigation

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Opinions are cheap but insights are priceless. When looking over someone else's design, how do you ensure you're delivering valuable insights that bring new perspectives to the table? The best critiques not only deliver value to the original designer, but to everyone involved, because it raises the discourse to the underlying fundamentals and goals, not just the specifics of color and font size. Learning to critique well is like many other skills: the more you practice, the better you get.

The UIE Virtual Seminars, User Interface Engineering's monthly series of online seminars, give you the chance to hear the latest perspectives in the world of design from the field's premier experts. Instead of traveling to a training course, you and your colleagues can hear the latest insights on the most important design topics from your office. Once you purchase the seminar, you can watch the presentation right on your PC screen.

Event date: Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Time: 1pm ET / Noon CT / 11am MT / 10am PT
Price: $129 ($99 when you register with the promotional code "PRWEB21")
More detail at http://www.uie.com/events/virtual_seminars/critique/

You'll know you've delivered a great critique when:

  •     The designer is receptive and engaged in the discussion, instead of being defensive and argumentative
  •     The designer becomes introspective and talks about how they want to revisit some of the underlying precepts of the design
  •     Other team members use the critique to look at other on-going work

In this UIE Virtual Seminar, you'll get a chance to test out your critique skills. We're soliciting four web sites from members of our audience. We'll ask them some important information about their designs and then, a week before the seminar, pass that on to you. You'll have an opportunity to look at each site and develop your critique points. In the seminar, you'll compare your findings against our critique and other attendees.

We're going to focus this session on Site Navigation. We'll look at some interesting solutions and talk about what the designers have done well and where we might expect their users to run into issues. We'll see how these designs tackle some of the big challenges that many designers face when building large, complex web sites. We'll even look at other sites that have possibly solved the problems in other ways.

Join us for this fun, interactive session where you and your colleagues will get a chance to test your skills and learn new techniques for providing insightful, constructive feedback.

Instructor Biography - Jared M. Spool founded User Interface Engineering in 1988, and has built the company into a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in usability and experience design. He has been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.

Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual User Interface Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.

Learn more about this online event at http://www.uie.com/events/virtual_seminars/critique/

Adam Churchill, Director of Online Events
User Interface Engineering


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