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Free Card Sorting Webinars

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In the run up to the release of our new card sorting analysis package, SynCaps V3, we are hosting a series of free one-hour webinars on card sorting for user experience design. These will cover a range of topics and deal with both paper and online sorting. You do not have to be a current SynCaps user to attend or to benefit from the content.

Follow these links to register for the webinars:
1) Card Sorting Part 1 – Paper Sorting (24 Jan @ 16:30 GMT)
2) Card Sorting Part 2 – Basic Analysis (31 Jan @ 16:30 GMT)
3) Card Sorting Part 3 – Advanced Analysis (7 Feb @ 16:30 GMT)

Part 3 deals specifically with a whole range of new facilities in the upcoming release of SynCaps V3. These are designed to make it easy for you to make sense of card sort data (including existing online sorts) by performing participant analysis. This will allow you to remove “noisy” participants and identify distinct user communities based on how participants sorted their cards.

If you cannot make the webinars themselves, registering will give you access to downloadable recordings.

If you would like to take part in beta testing of SynCaps V3 and are an existing SynCaps user, please drop me a line – william.hudson@syntagm.co.uk

For more information on the existing versions of SynCaps, including the entirely free SynCaps V1, visit www.syncaps.com. For background information on card sorting have a look at my card sorting entry in the Interaction Design Encyclopedia at www.interaction-design.org/encyclopedia/card_sorting.html

Half-Price Webinar Sale Extended

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We’ve extended the end-of-the world sale of our 16 Guerrilla UCD webinars through to 7 January. So if your New Year resolutions include building better user experiences or improving the understanding of user-centred design in your team, take a look.

New Book in Production & Half-Price Sale on Guerrilla UCD Webinars

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I’ve got two exciting items of news. My 55-minute guide to usability, accessibility and search engine optimization is in the final stages of production and should be available in January. It’s a good introduction to all three topics (and it’s not just me saying that – see the reviewers comments at www.lightingtheroadahead.com) plus can help to explain their need to colleagues and customers. Visit the site to join our mailing list and be among the first to get hold of a copy.

The second news item is that we’ve finished recording this year’s 16 Guerrilla UCD webinars. They are now available at half price until the end of the year. For each webinar you’ll be able to download a PDF of the slides and a WMV video file. Both can be shared within your team and are yours to keep. Visit www.guerrillaucd.com to see the full list and to start taking advantage of this money-saving offer. (The 60-minute overview is still free. You can either add it to your basket on the Guerrilla UCD site or watch it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNH1zwZgR0.)

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

William Hudson

August 2012 News

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Our Guerrilla UCD webinars are in full swing plus we’ve published an article on Agile user-centred design in Agile Record magazine.

Guerrilla UCD – Usability, User Experience and Agile Webinars

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We’re launching our series of usability, user experience and Agile webinars with a free one-hour overview next Wednesday (23 May) at 16:30 London time. The focus of the series is to engage the whole team in user experience so they are designed for a broad audience. See www.guerrillaucd.com for more details and to book the free overview (add it to your basket and checkout – there will be nothing to pay).

Spring 2012 Courses in Agile, UX, UCD and IA

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We’ve just launched our Spring 2012 training schedule for Agile, UX, UCD and IA courses in London and Brussels, including our popular UxFest early next year (March 2012). See the full details and book online.

Autumn Courses in Agile, UX & UCD Launched

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Our first UxFest London in February was a great success. It included four courses, two from William Hudson and two by O’Reilly author James Kalbach.

For the Autumn, we have kept the two most popular of the February courses and added two brand new, thought-provoking, but relevant days: Agile Requirements (William Hudson) and Alignment Diagrams (James Kalbach). As before, there are special discounts for every three places booked (3 x 1 day, 1 x 3 days and other permutations) or for booking all four days. (Note that the ‘UxFest Complete’ price already includes the 3-for-2 discount.)

See http://www.syntagm.co.uk/design/schedule.shtml for further details and online booking.

UxFest London 7 – 10 February: Early booking extended

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

We’ve extended the early booking discount for UxFest until 15 Jan. This is the perfect opportunity to hone your UX and IA skills for the next decade!

UxFest London, 7-10 February 2011: Four Days of UX, IA and UCD

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The four days cover an range of important topics for getting the most out of your web or intranet projects: 

  • Dynamic User Experience: Ajax Design & Usability – how to use the greater interactivity offered by Ajax and DHTML to improve (rather than damage) user experience. Topics include an overview of Ajax from a non-technical perspective and its implications for usability and accessibility.
  • Agile UX & UCD – doing user experience and user-centred design within an Agile environment. How Agile differs from traditional waterfall methods and the strategies needed to make users the centre of attention. Participants do not need previous Agile experience although some familiarity with UX and UCD/usability is assumed.
  • Designing Web Navigation – principles and elements of navigation, including a simple-but-effective technique called cores and paths. Participants will learn about transitional volatility, the scent of information (amongst other topics) and how to create a unified navigation system.
  • Faceted Search & Beyond – faceted analysis, implementing facets and understanding the user interface design requirements of facets with hands-on exercises. Advanced topics include faceted navigation design with SEO, selecting multiple values, grouping and more.

Early bird rates run until 7 January and there are substantial discounts for booking three or more places. We also have a very special price for booking all four days.

I have presented the first two courses many times, including at international conferences. The dynamic user experience course has been part of the Nielsen-Norman Group Usability Week seminars. James Kalbach will be presenting the web navigation and faceted search courses. He is the author of O’Reilly’s Designing Web Navigation and is a well-respected speaker.

Visit our web site for full details and to book online.

Agile UX & UCD Courses (and IxDA talk) in November – Hamburg and London

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Ever had a hard time selling usability or user-centred design to your technical colleagues or managers? Not sure how to fit UX & UCD activities into an Agile scrum (Brit. informal; a disorderly crowd<g>)? We have an evening talk and two one-day courses coming up on these and related challenges in November:

The Psychology of Nerdiness and Its Impact on User-Centred Design (in English; Betahaus Hamburg, 19:00 04-Nov-10)http://ixdahh.mixxt.org/networks/events/show_event.24218

Agile User Experience & UCD (in English; Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg, 09:00, 05-Nov-10)
http://www.uxworkshops.com/user_experience_workshop_II.php

Agile User Experience & UCD (in English; St Pancras, London, 09:30, 15-Nov-10)
http://www.syntagm.co.uk/design/agileucd.shtml