IEEE Computer Society, GBC/ACM and BostonCHI

7:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Constant Contact, Reservoir Place, Waltham, MA

[Admission is free, but you must register at]

It's a Great Time To Be a UX Designer

Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering

jaredspool There's never been a better time to be a designer. After years of wishing we'd have the recognition and appreciation for the value we bring, we're now highly sought after for our talents and skills. A growing number of organizations have seen success through great design, from Apple to Cirque de Soleil to the White House. Others now want to get the same results. The demand for great designers has never been better.

Yet, as the proverb says, "Be careful for what you wish for, lest it become true." Now that everyone expects us to deliver great things, are we ready? While we're presented with more opportunities than ever, we also have increased challenges.

Mobile design requires us to rethink what we previously knew about designing for screens and interaction. Integrating with Agile methods forces us to critically explore past ideas of best processes and techniques. There's a lot of pressure to deliver excellent, world-changing designs while our own world is dramatically shifting under our feet.

Jared M. Spool, User Interface Engineering's Founding Principal, will delight and entertain you as he explores the vast opportunities and interesting challenges UX professionals are now facing. If you've seen Jared present before, you know why this keynote is something not to be missed.

Jared has been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers. He spends his time working with the research teams at his company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual User Interface Conference and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.

Constant Contact is part of Reservoir Place, which is nominally on Tracer Lane and at 1601 Trapelo Rd. This is just west of exit 28 of Route 128. Free Parking is available in front of the silver building. After turning off Trapelo Road, follow Tracer Lane to the right. Enter the building's main entrance, walk straight down the hall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. You can see the Reservoir Place building on a map here. Constant Contact requires us to provide a list of attendees in advance, so if you want to come, you need to register at, but admission is free.

We will be taking Jared to dinner at the Green Papaya after the talk at about 9pm.

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Updated: December 10, 2012.