Mount Union Alum Dreger to Speak at Stir Trek Convention

April 18, 2016

Kyle Dreger Mount Union AlumnusCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Kyle Dreger, a 2014 graduate of the University of Mount Union, is slated to be a guest speaker at the annual Stir Trek convention in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, May 6.

Dreger studied writing and computer science at Mount Union before he was hired as the lead user experience designer at Patriot Software.

The topic of Dreger’s presentation is “What if Ernest Hemingway had given up writing to become a user experience designer?” His speech combines two of his interests—writing and user experience design.

“I find that there are a number of parallels between writing for computers and writing for people. Knowing how to approach both audiences helps give me context—context that’s valuable when your job is to manage the relationship between people and computers,” Dreger said.

During his session, he will discuss how good writing principles affect the onboarding, microcopy and delight that users expect in applications.

“I’ll be talking about how the language we use in our apps and websites, no matter how small the copy, is important. I’ll be talking about ways that designers can incorporate terse, intentional language into their interfaces. I’ll also be including some far-reaching predictions on the future of user interfaces in general,” commented Dreger.

Patriot Software is a company that provides online payroll and accounting software to small businesses. Dreger has been with the company for two years and works alongside fellow Mount Union alums, including Brandon Forrest ’15, Amanda Cameron ’15, Sarah Richards ’15, Hannah Laps ’12, Matt Strumbly ’11, Russ Corbett ’06, Michael Wheeler ’05, Don Penny ’03 and Aaron Gibbons ’01.

Stir Trek was created to teach software developers new technologies, techniques and tools. The convention includes a full day of presentations and concludes with a private screening of a blockbuster movie at the Rave Polaris Theater.

“I’ve attended Stir Trek several times, and I’m excited to be able to see things from the other side of the microphone,” Dreger said.

For more information about the convention, please visit stirtrek.com.

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