Sketchnote Hangout Attendance Policy

Hello Sketchnoters,

As you are aware, all Sketchnote Hangouts are FREE to attend, hosts and organiser are volunteering their time to provide attendees with an insightful, useful and fun experience. Makayla Lewis intends to keep the Sketchnote Hangouts free although Google Business is charging Makayla Lewis a fee to host 25 attendees.

Due to Sketchnote Hangouts being free has resulted in a high number of sign-ups and people not attending the Hangouts or giving less than an hour notice, in some instances only a few minutes notice, meaning those on the wait list cannot attend. The organiser and host have put in a lot of effort and would appreciate if you could update your Eventbrite RSVP within 12 hours of the hangout, if for some reason you cannot make it to the hangout.

As a result of people not attending Hangouts or giving less than an hour notice, I have introduced a 2 STRIKE Policy:

First Strike: If you do not turn up to the hangout or give less than 12 hours notice, you will be marked as a “NO SHOW” and removed from Eventbrite Sketchnote Hangout invitation mailing list.

Second Strike: If you do it again you will be marked as “NO SHOW x2” and will not be allowed to sign up for the following month Sketchnote Hangout.

I look forward to seeing you at future hangouts, don’t forget to bring your favourite pen, some paper or your favourite digital drawing device and plenty of questions.

🙂

Regards,

Makayla Lewis

Sketchnote Hangout Organiser

CHI2014 write(sketch)-up

I recently attended CHI2014 to deliver a work-in-progress and 2 workshop papers and like most attendees I decided to blog my experiences. However unlike most I’ve opted to take a similar approach as my CHI2013 write up creating a digital sketchnote travelogue that expresses my key experiences & feelings:

Digital CHI2014 Sketchnote Travelogue

I’ve also collated my sketchnotes from the eleven CHI2014 sessions I attended, these range from UX, accessibility, tactile experiences and empathy design.

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote Ways Of Creating in HCI

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 Sketchnote

CHI2014 travelogue & session sketchnotes can also be found on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/makaylalewis/sets/72157644383668723/

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These photographs are presented here for viewing purposes ONLY. They are NOT royalty free images and may not be used for commercial or private use. Any such use of these images is strictly prohibited. Specifically, these images may not be copied, manipulated, be reproduced by any other means nor sold without prior written consent by the author.

CHI2013 write(sketch)-up

I recently attended CHI2013 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) and like a lot of attendees I decided to blog my experiences. I originally began a rather lengthy write-up that discussed the informative sessions I attended, the influential individuals I met and the key things I learnt. I was half-way through and said to myself:

“Makayla you’ve been sharing your sketchnotes throughout the conference why are you now writing?”

I deleted the post, closed my laptop, opened my Moleskine, grabbed 3 pens and sketched a highlight travelogue that expressed all my key experiences & feelings plus much more.  So here is my “sketch-up” for CHI2013:

Sketchnote Travelogue: CHI2013, Paris France
Sketchnote Travelogue for CHI2013

I have also collated my sketchnotes from the twelve CHI2013 sessions I attended, these range from UX, accessibility, co-design to information security:

My CHI2013 travelogue & session sketchnotes can also be found on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/makaylalewis/sets/72157633362234865/detail/

©ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

These photographs are presented here for viewing purposes ONLY. They are NOT royalty free images and may not be used for commercial or private use. Any such use of these images is strictly prohibited. Specifically, these images may not be copied, manipulated, be reproduced by any other means nor sold without prior written consent by the author.

Making events accessible web resource by Scie

Access is the same for non-disabled people as disabled people. You wouldn’t hold a meeting on the 10th floor with no lifts, or where there was nowhere to sit, or in pitch blackness or even where all documents were given out in Braille.

Last year I consulted on a Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) web resource project. I predominately looked at the usability of the access-wiki website however my personal/research experience of accessibility was also put forward. As a result of this and other work [1] Scie have recently launched a Making events accessible web resource (it is no longer referred to as a wiki) . The aim of the web resource is to help people plan events and meetings within the social care field that are accessible to people who use services. However I feel the findings presented within the web resource should be considered by all event organisers. The Making events accessible resource can be found here: http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/accessibleevents/index.asp
Screenshot of Making Events Accessible: Choosing a Venue webpage
Screenshot of Making Events Accessible: Choosing a Venue webpage - http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/accessibleevents/choosingavenue/index.asp

[1] This resource was written by Fran Branfield from the suggestions and comments made by people who use services on SCIE’s access-wiki website. The web access-wiki was usability and accessibility tested by consultants which in turn affected the delivery of the final resource.

British Sign Language (BSL) Resource for Learners

BSL resource logoRecently I came across a brilliant American Sign Language (ASL) resource by Glenda Hampton Anderson, as a result I searched for a similar resource related to British Sign Language (BSL) and did not find anything as comprehensive.

I’ve been a BSL learner for last 2 years and I’m in the process of completing a Level 2 BSL certificate at hfals. During this time I have gathered a comprehensive list of BSL resources that I will now share with new, current or future BSL learners, which I hope you will find useful.

This resource will cover BSL websites related to: information, news, mobile apps, TV, events, dictionaries, books and Twitter.

Last update: 21 March 2012, 13:36.

Information

News

Dictionaries

Mobile and Apps

TV

Events

Books

Other

Twitter

  • List coming soon…

#csun12 Twitter statistics and content analysis by @maccymacx

Chart showing #csun12 hashtag between 27/02-03/03/2012Over the next couple of days I plan to upload Twitter statistics and content analysis for 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN’12). To do this I will be using #csun12 hashtag from Monday 27th February to Saturday 3rd March 2012.

— Data correct as of 03/02/2012 at 08:39PST.

Total tweets:

4,880 including retweets and @ mentions (see graph on right)

Associated hashtags

#csun12, #a11y, #perfecta11y, #wacol, #accessibility, #a11ysociety, #accessgrade, #gerijewell, #etext,

#bs8878, #ipad, #newblack, #w3c, #blind, #csun2012, #socialmedia, #ibm, #html5, #tweetup, #accessibilité,

#ixd, #619, #mobile, #windows, #techcomm, #ios, #braille, #bsi, #road2csun, #aac, #apps, #adobe, #web,

#html5a11y, #accessu, #autism, #kinect, #twitter, #aria, #webable, #twitpix, #video, #awesome, #axs,

#inclusivetlc, #assistivetechnology, #sandiego, #media, #disabilities, #tobii, #ipad2, #slpeeps, #disability,

#android, #tapit, #csun13, #spedchat, #wcag, #windows8, #moodle, #longdesc, #oi_vote, #blindness,

#description, #epub, #microsoft, #newtwitter, #ipad3, #205, #accessiweb, #seo, #html, #csunsocial,

#csuntweetup, #deaf, #webdev, #edtechbc, #technology, #win8, #usability, #a11yla, #pdf, #aphasia,

#apraxia, #assistive, #ally, #windoweyes, #road2csun, #olderixd, #cost, #eowg, #petition

Tweet Locations:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • France
  • UK
  • Germany

Key communities tweeting:

  • Technology
  • Bloggers
  • Students
  • Engineers
  • News
  • Politics

Sentiment analysis

  • 25% positive sentiments
  • 1% negative sentiments
  • 74% neutral sentiments

Gender

  • 82% male
  • 18% female

Top 3 Retweets

  1. RT @maccymacx: WCAG 2.0 success criteria: keyboard accessible Facebook 14%, LinkedIn 29%, Youtube 0%, Google Plus 0% and Twitter 0%. #CSUN12
  2. RT @SeroTalk: All of the @serotalk Podcast interviews from #csun12 are now available on SPN Radio available from the front page of iBlin …
  3. RT @gwmicro: #CSUN12 Window-Eyes and Windows 8 Presentation now available online:http://t.co/DgRqeINo

Top 10 tweeters:

  1. @maccymacx
  2. @yahooaccess
  3. @jennison
  4. @dboudreau
  5. @goodwitch
  6. @webaxe
  7. @slewth
  8. @mpaciello
  9. @karlgroves
  10. @blindbargains

Other twitter users include:

@leoniewatson @pauljadam @iheni @joedolson @scenariogirl @a11ymedia @whitneyq @ppatel @serotalk

@jared_w_smith @aseanidpp @graceapp @a11yconf @oliviernourry @mike107designs @lflegal @wahlbin

@stcaccess @nethermind @gba11yday @dennisl @canadian_diva @easychirp @csuncod @wendyabc

@johnfoliot @terrillthompson @stevefaulkner @pyyhkala @googleaccess @vick08 @gwmicro @charjtf

@dbo75 @clydewii @accesssandiego @uxprinciples @hanshillen @sinabahram @mongoose_q @msftenable

@kelsmith @christiane @mactoph @ladymoonan @chadleaman @samuelsirois @looktel @ibmaccess

@gbla11yday @mikecalvo @jesse_a11y @mediaaccessaus @lordjeff @accessforall @webaim

@marcoinenglish @salesforce @kmactane @audaciouslife @martinlittler @arigaud_pro @accessibledaisy

@jfc3 @mollydotcom @robert_sinclair @hkramer99 @dequesystems @knowbility @feather @senderogps

@ricky_enger @berkeleyblink @web @marcozehe @leonie_watson @vincent45nord @paciellogroup

@pooja_nahata @kevinchao89 @lisamareedom @jage9 @cptvitamin @jonhassell @sallycain @nfb_voice

@swimsy @mattmay @sonnentuete

Analysis of final day of conference (2/03/2012)

Tweets:

  • 998 tweets generated
  • 480 original tweets
  • 81 @ mentions
  • 437 retweets
  • 861,444 impressions reaching an audience of 258,898 followers

Top 3 by number of impressions:

  1. @maccymacx: 57.460
  2. @mpaciello: 41,580
  3. @cindyii: 41,447

Top 10 by number of tweets in last 24hrs:

  1. @maccymacx: 68
  2. @slewth: 47
  3. @kmactane: 31

5-stage process for social media change at #CSUN12

Interview Participant Using Social Media and Assistive Technology
Interview/observation participant using social media and assistive technology

Short Title: aOSN-cp model to assist social media change

Strap line: An aOSN-cp model to support online social network users with cerebral palsy when providers introduce change.

Conference: 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN’12)

Type: Lecture | Session Length: 60 minutes

Date/Time: Friday, March 2, 2012 – 4:20 PM PST

Location: Madeleine CD, 3rd Floor

Session webpage: http://bit.ly/MakaylaLewis-CSUN12

Internet use in the United Kingdom is almost the highest in Europe, with over 65% of households accessing the Internet […]. Forty-nine percent of these users are using online social networks (OSNs) like Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and YouTube and are now making over 24 million visits a month [1, 2, 3]. Nevertheless, OSNs are often directed at people without disabilities. Existing human-computer interaction (HCI) literature suggests that OSNs have the potential to help people with cerebral palsy (cp) to overcome their mobility, access and communication limitations to enable communication independence [4, 5]. As conventional communication methods like face-to-face communication, telephone communication and text message communication are often difficult to use and can limit the opportunities for these users to engage in successful socialization […]. Therefore people with cp often see online communication especially OSNs as an attractive alternative [5, 6]. In spite of this, there have been no studies that solely look at OSN experiences and challenges faced among users with cp. The goal of this research was to address this gap in the research to make this community visible.

An exploratory interview study was carried out. The study explored the experiences and challenges faced when users with cerebral palsy use OSNs. Fourteen semi-structured interviews were carried out consisting of participants with different types of cp. The study found, among other factors, that abrupt and frequently changing online social networks slowed down and or prevented use [4]. For example during September 2011 Facebook.com introduced three functional changes that included a revamped friend lists, real-time news ticker and a subscribe button. Subsequently during the following month further changes that included a major overhaul of user profiles, new applications for playing music and watching videos were deployed. Such changes often affect assistive technology resulting in users relearning the number of clicks when using switches, making interacting with OSNs time-consuming. In spite of this, the study also identified that the technology is a vital way for users with cp to communicate with friends and family and would continue to play a key role within their lives.

To further explore the affects of abrupt and frequent changing OSNs a longitudinal web 2.0 monitoring and analysis study was carried out. The study identified how OSN Twitter.com changes, specially # Old Twitter to # New Twitter, are introduced, their affect on users, and the factors that encourage change acceptance and non-acceptance. More than 950,000 tweets mentioning #(hashtag) New Twitter were posted between September 2010 to February 2011, however the 60-minute lecturer will focus on 600 tweets from key discrete occasions: peaks. The results of the study were used alongside common change management approaches and theories to develop an innovative 5-stage process for online social network change (aOSNcp) for OSN change agents to follow. The process defines the requirements for successful online social network change including the OSN change agent responsibilities before, during and after the change.

The lecture will summarize the exploratory interview study; introduce the key inhibiting factor and the examination of New Twitter; and present the aOSN-cp process as a method to assist online social network providers during user interface change process without alienating users with cp. A video of Makayla’s lightning talk “Developing a 5-stage process for online social network change: a focus on users with cerebral palsy” at January’s Web Accessibility London meetup has been made available to summarize this lecture.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/37237102]

References

[1] eNation reports – Social networking sites lock out disabled users – AbilityNet. Available: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/enation85 [1/28/2011, 2011].

[2] DUTTON, W.H., HELSPER, E.J. and GERBER, M.M., 2009. The internet in Britain: 2009. Oxford Internet Institute.

[3] OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS, 2009. Internet Access 2008 Households and Individuals. Office for National Statistics.

[4] LEWIS, M., 2010. Cerebral palsy and online social networks, Proceedings of the 12th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility, 2010, ACM, pp. 243-244.

[5] BALLIN, L. and BALANDIN, S., 2007. An exploration of loneliness: Communication and the social networks of older people with cerebral palsy. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 32(4), pp. 315-326.

[6] DOBRANSKY, K. and HARGITTAI, E., 2006. The disability divide in Internet access and use. Information, Communication & Society, 9(3), pp. 313-334.

[7] THOMAS, D.R., 2006. A general inductive approach for analyzing qualitative evaluation data. American Journal of Evaluation, 27(2), pp. 237.

@UXsurgery: Portfolio, interested?

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I am now coming to the end of my PhD in HCI with an a11y and UX focus so I need to update my UX portfolio which I found a challenge i.e. asking myself questions like: What should I add? How should I sell myself appropriately? what should it look like? how long should it be? etc.

Over the last couple months I have put such questions to many professional UXer’s and attended a few events that attempted to answer said questions. However everyone seems to have different opinions/expectations of what makes a successful UX portfolio.

So I propose @UXsurgery an interactive workshop-based meetup for professional UXer’s to attempt to tackle these questions. The meetup will be structured as a creative workshop, taking place at City University London. It will begin with clear/concise presentations from strong UX people with experience creating successful UX portfolios, followed by a surgery where attendees can share and comment on each other portfolios (within a roundtable/creative/friendly setting) and also ask questions from the expert presenters. The aim is for attendees (including me) to leave the meetup feeling confident about the future directions of their UX portfolios.

My question to you is: would you be interested in attending this event? (please vote below):

If you have any questions please tweet me via twitter @UXsurgery.

Contributing to #BBCOuch! Talk Show #72: Social Media [Audio]

Last month I contributed to a podcast by BBC Ouch! a talk show that discussed how disabled people (including my research population: cerebral palsy) use social media:

How are disabled people using social media? we’re joined by uber tweeter, Facebooker and campaigning blogger Lisa Egan; startup internet businessman Martin Sibley; and PhD student Makayla Lewis who is researching accessibility of social media for people with cerebral palsy. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ouch/2011/06/ouch_talk_show_72_social_media.html

Recording at BBC Broadcasting House was an enjoyable and insightful experience, and I hope you find the podcast useful:

Note: 37.43min podcast also includes other BBC Ouch! items

Download: .mp3 at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/ouch/ouch_20110628-0915a.mp3 or .rtf transcript at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/podcast/transcripts_2011/ouch_talk_show_transcript_ep72.rtf

p.s. as you listen to/read this blog I have still not listened to it, too nervous 🙂