[svlug] ACCU meeting on Wednesday

Walter Vannini walterv at gbbservices.com
Mon Nov 12 10:02:55 PST 2007

IMPORTANT: Please note below the different location and the need to give yourself some extra time to arrive.

Feel free to forward this notice to anyone who is interested.

When:      Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Topic:     GUI Bloopers: Avoiding Common UI Design Mistakes
Speaker:   Jeff Johnson
Time:      6:30pm doors open
         7:00pm meeting begins
Where:     Symantec
             VCAFE building
             350 Ellis Street (near E. Middlefield Road)
             Mountain View, CA 94043
Map:       <http://tinyurl.com/334rv5>
Cost:      Free
More Info: <http://www.accu-usa.org>

IMPORTANT - Please note that this is a new location.
Please give yourself extra time to get to the meeting.

This talk explains the different types of common user-interface design mistakes that occur in desktop software and webware, and how to avoid them. The talk is illustrated with examples of bloopers in commercially available software products and websites. Based on the authors recently-published book: GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don'ts and Dos.

Jeff Johnson is President and Principal Consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm that offers UI design, usability reviews, usability testing, and training. Its url is

He is the author of GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Dos for Software Developers and Web Designers (2000), Web Bloopers: 60 Common Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (2003), and GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don'ts and Dos (2007). Among other consulting projects, he assisted in the design and evaluation of a web-based system for reporting voting problems and irregularities, which was used in the 2004 and 2005 U.S. elections.

He has worked in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1978. After earning B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, he worked as a user-interface designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Human-Computer Interaction and the impact of technology on society. He frequently gives talks and tutorials at conferences and companies on usability and user-interface design.

----- Upcoming ACCU talks -----

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Ulrich Drepper
"CPU Memory and Caches"

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Speaker TBA
Topic TBA

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Speaker TBA
Topic TBA

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Kevlin Henney
"With Economy and Elegance"


The ACCU meets monthly. To suggest topics and speakers please email Walter Vannini via walterv at gbbservices.com

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