Kopie z Prague ACM SIGCHI blogu.
Jedním z benefitů, který mohou členové Prague ACM SIGCHI SIGCHI využívat, je přístup do knihovny.

Knihovna obsahuje “klasiku”, jako je např. About Face a The Inmates Are Running the Asylum od Alana Coopera, nebo The Design of Everyday Things od Dona Normana.

Zároveň jsme ale do knihovny koupili i tituly pokrývající komunikační a prezentační schopnosti. Na komunikaci – hlavně na řešení konfliktů – je zaměřená kniha Difficult Conversations, která je dílem autorů z Harvardovy univerzity, konkrétně Harvard Negotiation Institute. Prezentační schopnosti pokrývá dnes již legendární Presentation Zen a Presenting to Win – The Art of Telling Your Story, podle našeho názoru velmi kvalitní kniha, vysvětlující principy působivých prezentací.

March 14, 2011 User Experience

Kopie z Prague ACM SIGCHI blogu.

V úterý 30. listopadu proběhlo jednání vedení Prague ACM SIGCHI. Co se mimo jiné projednávalo?

- V listopadu proběhl facelift, přidání blogu a změna hostingu našeho webu. “Následky” stále dolaďujeme.

- Vzhledem k růstu UX pozic v Česku uvažujeme o zřízení “job bank”, jako má např. BayCHI: http://www.baychi.org/jobbank/

- V lednu by měla proběhnout první lokální Cocktail Hour – zcela neformální setkání zaměřené na networking. Po setkání s Janem Jursou zkusíme model podle: http://berliniacocktailhour.blogspot.com/

- Na jaro plánujeme druhý lokální UX Camp.

- Další přednáška proběhne koncem ledna, Jakub Franc bude mluvit o moderování testů použitelnosti.

- Začínáme řešit WUD 2011. Zatím hlavně nahrávání a nový web.

December 7, 2010 User Experience

Kopie z Prague ACM SIGCHI blogu.

Letošní WUD hodnotíme jako zatím nejlepší ze všech. Podařilo se nám sehnat zajímavé řečníky (Erica Reisse, Jana Jursu, Conrada a CollColl), zúčastnilo se zatím nejvíce lidí (330 registrovaných) a odezvy byly celkově velmi pozitivní.

Odpovědi na nejčastější dotazy:

- Proč byly Ericovy slajdy přeloženy do češtiny? Popravdě řečeno, nevíme. Jejich překlad byl Ericovo výslovné přání. Co je nám známo, vystupoval podobně např. v Rusku.

- Proč byl začátek v nelidských 8:30? Šlo o kompromisní řešení. Jsme nezisková organizace s velmi omezených rozpočtem. Proto jsme využili výhodné cenové nabídky od Palace Cinemas za pronájem sálu, ale akce se musela konat dopoledne. Navíc jsme měli zkušenost z minulých let, že se po pauze na oběd velká část účastníků už nevrátí. Tudíž bylo podmínkou ukončit akci do 13:00. Vzhledem k tomu, že se nám podařilo sehnat velmi zajímavé hosty, nechtěli jsme žádnou přednášku rušit. Ale snad brzké vstávání stálo za to.

- Proč není k dispozici videozáznam? Minulé roky jsme pro záznam využívali studenty ze Strahova, např. AVC. Nahrávání bylo zdarma, ale bohužel zpracování videa trvalo někdy i rok. Takže letos i loni jsme vytvořili pouze audiozáznam. Jsme si vědomi, že to není ideální, ale profesionální videozáznam nejsme schopni zaplatit. Pokud je však někdo z komunity schopen zajistit a zpracovat záznam pro příští rok, samozřejmě to jen uvítáme!

Poslední, ale nejdůležitější informace: WUD 2011 je opět druhý čtvrtek v měsíci, tzn. 10. listopadu!

December 6, 2010 User Experience

This post is a copy from Design at Sun blog.

Just a few words about 5th Prague World Usability Day. This year, we have almost filled the capacity of the cinema, we had 290 registered visitors! We didn’t use the official theme of the event (sustainability), we put together topics focused mainly on case studies.

Jakub Franc was the conference MC.  During the intro, I’ve presented highlights from the first year of Prague ACM SIGCHI operating as an official non-profit organization: we have 45 paying members, more than 300 people in our mailing list, we organized 8 talks and 4 trainings, and we evangelized UX on major local conferences (for example WebExpo). The second short talk was from Michal Horava, who presented the first local HCI book, which consists from several articles from different authors (including myself and Jakub).

The keynote was given by Tjeerd Hoek from FrogDesign, focused on innovations, design processes and convergence of hardware and software.

After that, there was a presentation from Adam Fendrych and Tomas Blaha about their experience of using eyetracking device during redesign of local finance website www.mesec.cz.

The third talk was from the local Czech Technical University in Prague. They’ve presented first outcomes from Sun Center of Excellence focused on accessibility of RIA.

The last two talks were from Peter Korn and Theofanis OIkonomou focused on EU funded accessibility projects AEGIS and Accessible.

Slides, audio and more information about the conference (in Czech) is on our website www.wud.cz.

See you in Prague again on November 11, 2010!

Photos:

November 20, 2009 User Experience

This post is a copy from Design at Sun blog.

xDesign cooperates with Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) for more than 5 years. For example in 2004, we have opened first local usability lab, from 2005 we organize every year local World Usability Day and also recently we cooperate together on local chapter of Prague ACM SIGCHI.

Czech Technical University is one from the oldest technical universities in the world, established in 1707. Computer science department was established in 1964. The department has long term experience in the field of accessibility and cooperation on European Union projects. Recently, since the part of the department dedicated to computer graphics, HCI and accessibility is still growing, was a new department established: Department of computer graphics and interaction.

Sun Center of Excellence is an official framework for cooperation with universities. There is an official contract signed with description of work and deliverables, usually for 3 years. This one, with CTU, is for accessibility and usability in the area of development of applications (web, desktop, mobile). All results will be open sourced.

The official opening was on December 9th done by Peter Korn and Pavel Suk (director of Sun Prague Engineering Center) and the dean of the faculty Prof. Frantisek Vejrazka.

CoE CoE

More pictures:
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/mzourek/CTUCoE#

We closed the day in the atmosphere of accessibility in the restaurant "Pod kridlem noci", where you eat in complete darkness and you are served by blind waiters. Definitely interesting experience!

January 27, 2009 User Experience

This post is a copy from Design at Sun blog.
As every year, we were co-organizers of Prague World Usability Day. Theme for this year was “transportation”. We had about 130 registered attendees.

In the beginning, we have introduced new form of local SIGCHI chapter: non-profit organization Prague ACM SIGCHI.

There were 3 talks in the morning: first one from Jan Kleindienst (IBM Research) about Voice User Interfaces, second one from Roman Schubert (Skoda Auto) about usage of Virtual Reality during process of car design and from Jakub Franc (Sun Microsystems) and Jan Vystrcil (Czech Technical University) about project focused on navigation of blind people in interiors.

In the afternoon there were 3 excursions: in the Virtual Reality Lab of Czech Technical University, Cave of Czech Technical University and Usability Lab in Sun Microsystems. After the excursions, who registered soon enough, could attend one from 3 trainings: UI Bloopers, Interviews & Surveys and Usability testing of webs.

WUD WUD WUD WUD

More pictures: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/mzourek/WUD2008#

It was definitely great day!

January 21, 2009 Uncategorized

We have signed 3 years contract with Czech Technical University in Prague in the area of accessibility and usability. More info is in this official press release. Pictures from the opening are here.

December 22, 2008 User Experience

Prague ACM SIGCHI organizes local World Usability Day again! This one is aligned with the global one, so it’s focused on transportation. More information (in Czech) and registration is on: http://praguewud2008.eventbrite.com/

October 28, 2008 User Experience

This post is a copy from Design at Sun blog.

Jiri Mzourek is a senior manager in xDesign, responsible for Sun Developer Products and SOA/BI. In his spare time, he evangelizes usability in the Czech Republic by organizing SIGCHI meetings, World Usability Day, and working closely with the Czech Technical University on usability and accessibility related projects.

Exciting news!!!

Have you ever dreamed of developing an accessible Swing GUI the easy way? Stop dreaming and checkout the new NetBeans a11y plugin!

Let’s start from the beginning:

The xDesign team in Prague has a long history of cooperation with our local Czech Technical University in Prague, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. For example, together we built the first usability lab in our region, organized a local World Usability Day, and ran Czech SIGCHI. The last 12 months we also cooperated on the a11y plugin for NetBeans. The main goal for this plugin was to allow Java developers without any special knowledge of accessibility to develop accessible Swing GUIs in NetBeans.

After a year we are proud to announce the availability of version 1.0 (for NetBeans 6.0 and 6.1)!

How you can use it:

1) If you don’t have it already, get NetBeans 6.0 or 6.1 from www.netbeans.org.

2) Download the a11y plugin from a11y.netbeans.org , or use the AutoUpdate (Beta) functionality built into NetBeans. If you downloaded it manually, once you’re running NetBeans, from the pull-down menus go to Tools -> Plugins, select the "Downloaded" tab, and click on the "Add Plugins" button; then browse your disk for the downloaded plugin (nbm file) and select it.

3) Now, start the NetBeans GUI Builder (for example add a new JFrame file into an existing Java project.)

4) Go to the Window menu and select "A11Y Result Window". That’s it!

plugin

Now, when you edit the GUI it will automatically be checked for accessibility. The findings will be sorted into 3 categories (Errors, Warnings and Infos), which will be described and also will have a suggestions on how to fix them. By double clicking on the findings, you accept the suggested fix (for example, double clicking a "Name" error would add an appropriate accessible name). More details (for example checking of tab-traversal) is described in the documentation.

Enjoy!

Many thanks from all of us to the Sun External Research Office for their financial support, Tomas Pavek (NetBeans engineering manager) for technical support, Max Sauer and Martin Novak – who wore two hats during the process (Sun QE and CTU students) and for their contributions and cooperation with all of the other CTU students.

April 28, 2008 User Experience

This post is a copy from Design at Sun blog.

Jiri Mzourek is a senior manager in xDesign, responsible for Sun Developer Products and SOA/BI. In his spare time, he evangelizes usability in the Czech Republic by organizing SIGCHI meetings, World Usability Day, and working closely with the Czech Technical University on usability and accessibility related projects.

When Sun’s Prague office became too small, we all moved to a new building. So during the space planning, we made sure that we got a room there for a usability lab. Why build a second lab? The main reason was to have it in the same place as the engineering team so they could easily attend the test sessions.

This time, we decided to do everything on our own: one of our interaction designers, Rudolf Bock, selected the equipment. Based on our experience with the labs at CTU and at Sun in Silicon Valley, we created blueprints and made sure to have a big one-way mirror. From our experience, despite the fact that some participants feel less comfortable in this set-up, it makes a difference to observers — they feel more connected to the participants.

We got the space with a one-way mirror in the Summer of 2006! Here are pictures of what we have now:

   

The lab is fully digital, again partially based on Morae. The equipment is:

  • 2x Dome camera Panasonic WV-CS570
  • 1x Panasonic WV-CU360CJ
  • 1x Data multiplex unit Panasonic WJ-MP204C
  • 1x Blackmagic Design DeckLink Multibridge Extreme PCIe

The first usability study was conducted in this lab in November 2006. Since then, we have used this new lab for the majority of our studies. We also plan to show it to the public as part of World Usability Day 2007. Stay tuned!

August 22, 2007 User Experience

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