Usability Professionals Assemble in Washington DC for User Focus 2007

The Washington, DC Metro chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) is pleased to announce that registration has opened for User Focus 2007. This second annual usability conference, to be held on Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, is a one-day exchange of ideas and experiences that demonstrate the value of usability in successful design.

User Focus 2007 is a unique opportunity to learn about important trends, cutting edge methodologies, and case studies in creating user-friendly products and services. The keynote address, The Dawning of the Age of Experience, will be delivered by Jared Spool, a well respected leader in the field of usability and design since 1978. Other highlights include a panel on Web 2.0, a presentation on the Future of Usability, and two tracks of presentations that offer the latest research, techniques and best practices, for people new to usability as well as experienced practitioners. Three optional 90-minute tutorials provide extra depth on software design and usability testing topics.

Last year’s conference was a sell out, so attendees are encouraged to register early. Early bird pricing will be offered through September 15.

The Washington, DC metro chapter of UPA is a multidisciplinary organization committed to the design and development of usable products. It is one of 42 local chapters around the world. The Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2,500 members. UPA members are specialists in designing and evaluating products that are efficient, effective, and enjoyable. They lead the creation of international product standards and promote the value of usability practices in industry, government, and education.

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Carolyn Kelley Klinger

I'm a technical communication consultant working primarily in the bioinformatics field and also designing and delivering training classes on 508 compliance for electronic documents. I have been involved with the STC Washington, DC - Baltimore chapter since 1994 and am an STC Fellow.