Toronto Region - Computer Human Interaction
 

Upcoming events

KMDI & TorCHI Present: Designed to Disconnect: Technologies of Non-Use and Communication Avoidance

Date: Wednesday December 10, 2014 7:00PM
Time:
 Networking starts at 6:45pm, Presentation starts at 7pm
Location: Faculty of Information, 140 St. George Street
Room: 205
Cost
:
 No RSVP.  Come and see what ToRCHI is all about, and if you like these presentations, join ToRCHI for $20/year membership. 
Presenter: Dr. Ethan Plaut, Stanford University

ABSTRACT  This message likely arrives amid a wave of email; it too was typed as if pulled by an undertow. We often deride our resignation to the pressures of over-connection as an “internet addiction” to be met with “self help,” but digital disconnection is better understood as an extension of our fundamentally human activity of avoiding communication. “Information overload” is older than commonly recognized, and although digital media today shoulder much blame for this, those very same technologies can be turned around and leveraged as tools of healthy disconnection. Still, the uneven distribution of technologies and opportunities to access the internet we usually call the “digital divide” has a flipside wherein solitude and its tools become luxuries unavailable to the poor and over-connected who cannot untether from their work. Dr. Ethan Plaut visits from Stanford University to deliver this lecture applying historical insights to new ways we are unplugging today and might yet develop to preserve space for solitude in our digital tomorrow.

-------------------

Designing for Work, Karel Vredenburg, IBM Director of Design

Date: Thursday January 15, 2014 7:00PM
Time:
 Networking starts at 6:45pm, Presentation starts at 7pm
Location: To be determined ...
Cost
:
 Free. RSVP Required.  Come and see what ToRCHI is all about, and if you like these presentations, join ToRCHI for $20/year membership. 
Presenter: Karel Vredenburg, IBM, Director of Design

Design has long been seen to be important for creating consumer products. Design hasn't been seen to be as important for enterprise products. Until now. At least for IBM. People spend the majority of their days working and we believe that they deserve to have at least as good an experience with the apps and products they use for work as they do with their consumer apps and products. Of course, it is a far greater challenge designing awesome enterprise products because the work domain, ecosystem, and social graph is more complex. This talk will outline the key elements of the new design program at IBM that is being used to design a new way to work for our clients, including our focus on hiring designers, prioritizing projects, using our design framework, and educating our staff experientially. Early examples that illustrate key elements of our approach will be provided and future directions for the design of new ways to work will also be discussed.  

I'm director of design at IBM and am responsible for worldwide evangelism of our design practices to ensure the understanding and adoption of them across all of IBM as well the application of them in working with key clients. I joined IBM more than a quarter a century ago after having done graduate studies, research, and teaching at the University of Toronto.  I introduced User-Centered Design at IBM in 1993 and assumed my company-wide role in 1995.  I've written over 60 conference and journal publications, written a book entitled "User-Centered Design: An Integrated Approach", contributed chapters to other edited books and served as special issue editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction special issue entitled "Designing the Total User Experience at IBM" and the "Ease of Use" issue of the IBM Systems Journal.  I'm a member of several international committees and working groups. I'm based in Toronto, Canada.



Past events

TorCHI's World Usability Day 2014 – UX Bootcamp - Hands-On Practice of Collaborative, Interactive, & Engaging UX Techniques  PRESENTATION SLIDES: http://bit.ly/torchi-wud 



The Future of Making - 3D Printing (video archive) by Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach

-----------------------------------------------------

Agile UX Toolkit: A 1-day workshop presented by Desiree Sy and John Schrag

-----------------------------------------------------

Eric Schaffer, Global CEO of HFI Human Factors International gave a talk on January 16, 2014 on Institutionalization of UX. Highlight slides are here EricSchaffer ToRCHI Slides Jan2014.pdf also see the VIDEO [1:19:48].

-----------------------------------------------------

Many thanks to Kimberley Peter and Adam Archer of IBM for an insightful workshop in December, 2013. Their presentation is available here: Advancing UX in Your Organization.

-----------------------------------------------------

New facebook group:
Toronto HCI is the place to go for discussion about everything to do with human-computer interaction that is of interest to people who: live in Toronto; used to live in Toronto; would like to live in Toronto, or who have a friend in Toronto, etc.


© ToRCHI
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software