2017-06-20 UX Design Jam

For our last event of the 2016-17 season, CapCHI is holding a UX Design Jam! Registration is required!

Date: Tuesday June 20th, 2017.
Time: doors open at 5:30 pm; design jam begins at 6:00 pm.

  • 6:00pm: Formation of teams, presentation of format and design challenge
  • 6:30pm: Design Jam!
  • 8:30pm: Team presentations
  • 9:30pm: Winners announced

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite — registration is free, but required to participate in the Design Jam! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-ux-design-jam-tickets-34875183613

 

Description:

Come and spend a night working on a fun and unique design challenge with a team of fellow UX and HCI enthusiasts. Everyone who registers will be placed on a team of 4 or 5, so this event is all about you. Due to the nature of the event, we are limiting participation to 50 and pre-registration is required, so get your ticket before they’re all gone.

We’re going to kick things off a little earlier than normal to allow for a full two hour design session guided by CapCHI’s team of volunteers. Following the design portion of the evening, each team will have approximately five minutes to present their solution to the room. Presentations will be judged by the CapCHI team, with a special prize going to the winners.

Join us at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 5:30pm, with the design jam beginning at 6:00 pm. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 20th, 5:30 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Senior Software Developers Opportunities

Job Description: 

Robertson & Company Ltd. is currently looking for two Senior .Net Developers for their Client in the Ottawa area. Our client is a forward-thinking custom software development company in central Ottawa.

What you will achieve in this role: 

The consultant will join a dynamic team of development specialists to build custom solutions for their clients. 

 

.Net Developer – SQL Server Specialist 

  •  10 years of .NET experience
  • Worked with enterprise/large scale back ends
  • SQL Server dev experience
  • IIS dev experience (.NET app pools)
  • Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance

 

.Net Developer – UI Design Specialist

  •  10 years of .NET experience
  •  Experience with UI design and development
  •  Experience with enterprise management UIs
  •  Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance

How to apply: Interested candidates may send their resume to Amanda Tucker at Amanda.tucker@robertsonandcompany.com

2015-12-08 Lightning Talks

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for an “unplugged” version of CapCHI. We’re moving away from our usual format to bring you a more casual night of Lightning Talks as we head into the holiday season.

Date: Tuesday December 8th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-lightning-talks-tickets-19598864732

Come for complimentary appetizers during our 6:00pm networking session and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

What are Lighting Talks?

Lightning Talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics in the HCI, UX, and/or Design worlds. The topics are about what interests and excites them outside of their nine to five. Whether it’s about technology, culture, art, or history, there’s someone in our community who has a topic they’re passionate about and we’re going to hear 5 minutes of it. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll come away from this event having learned something new.

Here is our current list of presenters, but there could be some surprise additions:

  • Brett Tackaberry (Technical Director, bv02): Ottawa is a city full of great people doing incredible work. Meeting those people – especially if they’re outside of your field – can be challenging. Brett wants to introduce you to Tech4Good – an initiative bringing together people using technology for social good – and Random Hacks of Kindness – a hackathon for social good. We hope you will be inspired. We hope you will see that your expertise and experience is invaluable and you have a lot to give.
  • Ben Waldman (Creative Director, bv02): A New Definition of ‘Memory’: Did my Parents Drive a Citroën? Our understanding of the human brain is growing in leaps, and while we’re still a decade away from even nailing down the optic process of a mouse, there’s plenty to be excited about — especially for creatives. In a lightning talk that stretches beyond his normal call of duty, bv02 Creative Director Ben Waldman will present some of the interesting finds he’s made in the neuroscience of memory, what it means for creative marketers, and what it has meant to him personally.
  • Ali Arya (Associate Professor of Interactive Multimedia, Carleton University): Marriage changes everything, or how I learned to stop worrying and love kids’ apps! A brief look at my experiences on the subject of family, and my journey from writing bedtime stories with my son to developing an educational app for children.
  • Cornelius Racheriu (Managing Director, Ampli2de and Founder & Co-Chair, CanUX): Wanderlost – As designers, we are on a constant quest for inspiration. However, our daily routines and familiar environment can only inspire us up to a point. Cornelius will make the case for getting lost (mostly) on purpose in an unfamiliar environment while travelling, as an ideal activity that challenges you to break down your own creativity barriers and fuels your imagination.
  • Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Co-Founder, Jumping Elephants): Minecraft: UX HR’s Perfect Tool -This talk by Alasdair Stuart-Bell, father of two avid Minecraft inhabitants, will explore how Minecraft functions as the perfect tool to assess whether UX practitioners are a good fit for your team.
  • Jennifer Fraser (Design Director, Macadamian Technologies): Shaken or stirred: A Study in the Craft of Cocktails – We will take a whirlwind tour through the rise, the fall, and then the resurrection of the craft of cocktails. What led to the celebration and proliferation of this craft, why did it become a lost art and why has it risen again in popularity?
  • Alvaro Vargas (Marketing and UX Design, Government of Canada): What I Learned from A Week on the Camino – These days we are not often put in situations in which we come upon our limits and are given a choice to stop or blow past them. In this brief talk, I will share some of what I learned while walking through northern Spain. 
  • Anna De Medeiros (UX Designer, Electronic Arts): Fake it ’til you bake it – Are we born with our passions, or can passions arise from mastering skills? I’ll share how my love for the culinary arts blossomed out of a need. Drawing on social and cognitive learning theories, I explore how peer-to-peer online learning and related design patterns were critical to my transformation.
  • Vidushi Gupta (VP of Design and Operations, Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University) – Travel fast, Travel often – At the age of 20, I took to travelling around the world for 3 months. I wandered to places I have never been and spent the night in several different locations. I barely ate two meals a day and slept little. I experimented with my conscience and my principles. I will be drawing out from specific anecdotes and how they inspired me to think, live and breathe design.
  • Luc Lalande (Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub at University of Ottawa) – Live biohacking of rotten meat in public spaces; creating living human skins on LEGO minifigures; and growing human tissues inside of apples. If you think this is science gone mad, you will be surprised to learn that the instigator of these projects is not only a scientist, but a self-described artists, hacker, endurance runner and entrepreneur. This talk is about a young scientist who sees no barriers between art and science.
  • AND YOU!!! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor for those so inspired as to tell us a story of their own. 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 8th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2015-03-24 Interaction Design Jam

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th on the third floor of the Fox & Feather Pub & Grill for our Interaction Design Jam!

Date: Tuesday March 24th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interaction-design-jam-tickets-15835779242

What:

The future of OTTAWA’S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE is a hot button topic that played a major role in last fall’s municipal election. Well, CapCHI is going to jump on the TRAIN to see if we can help DIRECT THE FLOW of our TRANSIT future in the 2015 CapCHI Interaction Design Jam! Come on out and join CapCHI in an evening of fun, laughs, and learning.  Check out this summary of a previous rendition of our Interaction Design Jam (formerly Interactionary): http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary.

The PLAN:  A time limited design competition where student and professional teams NAVIGATE through unique challenges, employing solid user experience methods.

The CONVOY will officially consist of teams from Akendi, Jumping Elephants, and two entries from Algonquin College‘s School of Media & Design.

Urged on by all those in attendance, the teams WEAVE their way through the TRAFFIC and follow a ROUTE to a DESTINATION. An esteemed panel of judges will give the teams points, but hopefully not DEMERIT points, in variety of categories, including teamwork, approach, final design, and audience participation. The winning team DRIVES away with great prizes and amazing bragging rights!

With spring around the corner, it’s time to hit the STREETS and get out of the office. This event is sure to be as popular as a DOUBLE DECKER BUS, so HOP ON BOARD! Whether you come by FOOT, BICYCLE, BUS, CAR, or LIGHT RAIL (not this year, but it’s coming!), we guarantee you one heck of a RIDE. While PRESTO CARDS will not be required, we do request that bring a good sense of humour, positive vibe and a sense of fun – we won’t revoke your LICENSE!

As always, there will be complimentary appetizers during the networking portion of the evening (6:00pm-6:30pm) and our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing all those in attendance with 10% off their food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around after the event for more great networking, food, and drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 24th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

To you, modal windows might be a blessing of additional screen real estate, providing a way to deliver contextual information, notifications and other actions relevant to the current screen. On the other hand, modals might feel like a hack that you’ve been forced to commit in order to cram extra content on the screen. These are the extreme ends of the spectrum, and users are caught in the middle. Depending on how a user browses the Internet, modal windows can be downright confusing.

Modals quickly shift visual focus from one part of a website or application to another area of (hopefully related) content. The action is usually not jarring if initiated by the user, but it can be annoying and disorienting if it occurs automatically, as happens with the modal window’s evil cousins, the “nag screen” and the “interstitial.”

However, modals are merely a mild annoyance in the end, right? The user just has to click the “close” button, quickly skim some content or fill out a form to dismiss it.

Well, imagine that you had to navigate the web with a keyboard. Suppose that a modal window appeared on the screen, and you had very little context to know what it is and why it’s obscuring the content you’re trying to browse. Now you’re wondering, “How do I interact with this?” or “How do I get rid of it?” because your keyboard’s focus hasn’t automatically moved to the modal window.

This scenario is more common than it should be. And it’s fairly easy to solve, as long as we make our content accessible to all through sound usability practices.

For an example, I’ve set up a demo of an inaccessible modal window that appears on page load and that isn’t entirely semantic. First, interact with it using your mouse to see that it actually works. Then, try interacting with it using only your keyboard.

Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

[Source: Smashing Magazine]

2014-06-17 Science and Art In Design Research – A Shopify Perspective

Join us for Science and Art In Design Research – A Shopify Perspective, presented by Dylan Blanchard and Alëna Iouguina at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday June 17th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Abstract:
Good design is a highly complex synthesis of intersecting domains of the beautiful – the art of quality and the true – the science of quantifiable. How do we take these domains into consideration when creating something that is beautiful, functional, and above all useful? Come hear how two design researchers at Shopify, Dylan Blanchard and Alëna Iouguina, approach this problem and hear some case studies that highlight the difficulties in carefully balancing the domains of art and science.

Bios:

After helping to build out Shopify’s support team of gurus, there’s few who’ve listened and talked to more Shopify merchants. Now Dylan Blanchard listens more than he talks as UX Researcher at Shopify.

Alëna Iouguina is a practitioner and facilitator of biologically informed design. UX Researcher at Shopify and co-founder of Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 17th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2014-01-22 Microsoft and CapCHI Presents: Intro to Developing Apps for Windows 8

Microsoft and CapCHI Presents: Intro to Developing Apps for Windows 8

Join us for an intimate event focused on developing for the Windows 8 platform, co-hosted by Microsoft.

Date: Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 (Note the day and location!)
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; workshop begins promptly at 6:30 pm
PlacePressed, located at 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada (www.pressed-ottawa.com)

Microsoft and CapCHI  are inviting developers to come out for an intimate event focused around developing for the Windows 8 platform. Microsoft will be guiding attendees through the process of setting up the development environment and getting ready to build an app that will take advantage of all that Windows 8 has to offer (phone, tablet and PC). The aim of the event is to have attendees leave with a fully set up dev environment, and a plan in place to hit the Windows 8 Marketplace across several device types.

Microsoft will be providing resources ahead of time, in order to get developers ready with downloads so they can be guided through the setup process once at the venue. We will then help developers set up environments and get their projects started with tools and resources to make sure you can take full advantage of what Windows 8 has to offer.

CapCHI members have a strong background in UX and are encouraged to attend the event to hear about the design elements that are unique to Windows 8. You’ll hear about Tiles and some design guidelines that Microsoft is pushing to make Windows 8 apps stand out in the mobile industry.

Abstract:

In this session you’ll learn about getting started with Visual Studio and picking the right SKU for the task. From there, we’ll jump into a high level overview of developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, covering topics like design, programming languages and portable class libraries or PCLs to share code between Windows Phone and Windows 8. We’ll also take a brief look at the various platforms to make multi-platform development easier and finally programs and training from Microsoft to help you get started.

What to Bring:

Update: A laptop/computer/Windows 8 is not required for participating in the event as it will focus on a ‘what you need to get started’ overview with follow up resources.

A list of resources will be provided for what people should download before coming to the event in order set up the development environment, if you wish to bring a computer and follow along. Attendees will be walked through the setup process, but attendees should have everything downloaded before showing up, so they can dive right into the setup process upon arrival.

Wifi and ample outlets will be available for the event.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 pm (doors open; workshop begins promptly at 6:30 pm) at the Pressed, located at 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada (www.pressed-ottawa.com).

Registration

A $15 pre-registration fee is required via Eventbrite, and only 40 spots are available. Food will be provided; drinks will be extra!

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

 

2012-04-17 Interactional identity: designers and developers making joint work meaningful and effective

Interactional identity: designers and developers making joint work meaningful and effective

Presented by Judith Brown

Date: Tuesday April 17th, 2012
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

Abstract:
How does identity enter into software creation work?  We studied collaborating interface designers and software developers engaged in multidisciplinary software creation work on novel software projects with significant user interface design challenges. Twenty-one designers and developers in 8 organizations were interviewed to understand how each specialist viewed their interactions with their fellow team members. We also shadowed most of these designers and developers for a week as they worked. The results of our analysis showed that designers and developers construct unique identities in the process of collaborating that are satisfying personally, provide meaning to their artifact-mediated interactions, and help them to effectively accomplish the work of creating novel software. Our model of interactional identities specifies a number of aspects of joint project work in which an interactional identity is expressed, such as project tensions. We suggest these identities are constructed to bridge a gap between how designers and developers were taught to enact their roles and the demands of project-specific work. We look at specific identities such as the “movie director” designer or the “binder” developer and show how these emerged as a direct response to past and present experiences, as well as touching on 19 others.  We show how people develop more effective interactional identities after about 10 years of experience in the field.  As part of this presentation we will launch a discussion on how practitioners can be encouraged to adopt more effective identities sooner.

Bio:

Judith Brown is a post doctoral fellow at Carleton University in the Human-Oriented Technology Software Research Lab. Judith recently received her PhD in Psychology/Human-Computer Interaction as a result of her field studies of collaborative work on software teams. She is currently engaged in a project for creating team room software for large displays to be used by software teams, another project to enable collaborative security work in data centres, and another to look at how large displays can enable analysis work. Judith was a professor in Computer Science and Software Engineering for 15 years and has many publications in software engineering and HCI. She has 6 years of experience as a developer in the field of telecommunications.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 17th, 6:00 pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant. The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the talk begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. An informal social gathering will follow at a nearby pub.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.