Adopting a User-Centered Approach to Interface Design & Chapter's 4th Birthday

Topic Description:

Software only posses value when it is used. Unfortunately, from an end user's point of view, most software is poorly designed and a good portion of what is created goes unused. One of the most overlooked keys to developing successful and accepted systems is to create user interfaces and processes that match the mental models of the end users. No one will argue that software engineers and end users live on two different planets. The key is translating data models and processes into intuitive structures for end users and vice versa. The presentation will examine translations of form-based data models and some of the processes used to create intelligent design metaphors.

About the Presenter:

Frank Brusca has been designing, building and managing instructional and informational systems for twenty five years. His background includes film and video production, multimedia development, software engineering and learning management. At NCR in Dayton, he was the lead instructional technologist for the company's NCR University. Between 1998-2002 he was a consultant and senior partner with Ariel Performance Centered Systems, a Cincinnati-based company that specializes in intelligent designs for systems. He is an accomplished and award-winning web site developer. His work has been cited in USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, Columbus Dispatch, Ohio and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and TV news stories. One of his sites,, was the subject of a three-page article in Delta Airlines' in-flight magazine, Sky. He now works at Otterbein College managing their instructional technology systems. He holds a Master's degree in Instructional Technology from Towson State University.

Frank X. Brusca
Instructional Technologist
Department of Information Technology
Roush Hall 015B
Otterbein College
Westerville, OH 43081

(614) 823-1875
(614) 823-1335 FAX

2nd Topic Description:

The April meeting will celebrate the success of the chapter with pizza, cake, and door prizes. The focus of the annual celebration is to provide the members a format to help set the goals and ambitions of the chapter for the next year. Topics include; what does the organization mean to the IT professional, what can the chapter do to get more involved in the community, and ideas for future fund raising and sponsorships. The meeting is open to all members and non-members interested in setting the objects and goals for the coming year.