Author Archives: moderator

Winter Social & Book Swap – Wednesday, Dec. 7th

Come celebrate and look back at the year with PhillyCHI at our winter social. You’ll have a chance to get into the giving spirit by bringing a UX book you’d like to swap for a new read. We’re doing a book swap this year and you could even walk out with two new reads for the hopefully less cold and less snowy winter ahead.

Here’s how it’ll work –

  1. Bring a UX/HCI-related book(s) you’re ready to pass on to add to the swap pile
  2. You’ll be entered once into a drawing to select one of ten Morgan Kaufmann books
  3. For each book you bring to swap, you can take one from the swap pile

Even if you don’t have any books to swap, come down to close out and toast the end of the 2011 year of events around the city and enjoy the evening with other PhillyCHI members. We’ll have the second floor at Time in Center City.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hope to see you there!

Oct. Event – Qualitative Research &

How are you currently conducting research? Do you have an office wall covered with sticky notes? Dozens of spreadsheets stored in several different locations? Do you find yourself cherry-picking only the “sweet” tidbits from your audience interviews?

Join Matt Ventre as he challenges you to rethink your research methods and takes you through several all-too-common scenarios detailing the pain points of qualitative research. He’ll then give you a first-hand look at Reframer, the new collaborative analytics platform from software startup Nimbly Apps, and how it aims to ease the pain while making research engaging again.

Date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6:30-7)
230 N. 2nd St.
Suite 2C
Philadelphia, PA 19106

There will be light snacks and drinks provided.

Register Now at Eventbrite

About our Speaker

Matt Ventre is a designer at messagefirst with a background in user-centered design and web development. As a youngster, Matt created websites in his spare time, learning the building blocks of the budding web. In college, he discovered the value of iterative techniques and the power of web standards while honing his coding chops and research skills. He now spends his days designing and prototyping with modern web toolsets like HTML5 and CSS3.

Prior to joining messagefirst, Matt led experience design efforts at Raymour & Flanigan and Cornell University’s ILR School on a variety of web-based products and mission-critical applications.

About our Sponsor

nimbly apps

Elegant web-based apps for real-time collaboration, sharing information, and making team-driven decisions.

Sept. Event – Designing 'Fun' with Deb Gelman

As designers, we get a lot of elusive adjectives from clients, as they tell us what they want their sites, or apps, or software to be: “The site needs to be ‘cool,’” “It should be ‘exciting,’” “I want it to ‘pop.’” When we ask them to clarify, the answer we get back sounds a lot like “I can’t tell you what it is, but I’ll know it when I see it.”

“Fun” is a particularly difficult concept to define. And we’re starting to hear it a lot more from clients as we design for different contexts of use.

The good news? We all have an idea of what “fun” is. The bad news? The nuances in these ideas—among designers, clients, and most importantly, users—can mean the difference between a successful project and an unsuccessful one.

Join us on Thursday September 22nd when Deb Gelman will present tips and techniques for designing “fun” as well as other emotive terms. She’ll share processes, anecdotes and examples to help us make sure what we design matches the expectations of both clients and users.

Date: Thursday, Sept 22, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6:30-7)
Jon M. Huntsman Hall (Wharton)
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

There will be light snacks and drinks provided.

Register Now at Eventbrite

About our Speaker

Deb Gelman has been involved with kids and media since 1993. After earning bachelors’ degrees in visual media and psychology from American University in Washington, DC, Deb worked in children’s television, creating educational programming for elementary-school kids. She moved into interactive media in the late 90s, studying information design and technology at Georgia Tech. Her masters’ thesis, and subsequent work, focused on using virtual worlds to teach kids about environmental science.

Since that time, Deb has been designing kids’ websites and software for companies including Crayola, PBS Sprout, Scholastic, The Campbell’s Soup Company, ING Direct and Comcast. Deb currently works as UX Studio Manager at Comcast Interactive Media in Philadelphia, PA. She is the author of Design for Kids: A Framework for Digital Experiences to be published by Rosenfeld Media in 2012.

About our Sponsor

Wharton - University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has more than 4,800 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 86,000 graduates.

As an strategic asset of the Wharton School, Wharton Computing provides the technology resources and environment to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Sept. Social – PhillyCHI Happy Hour at Sassafras

Join us Tuesday, September 13th at Sassafras in Olde City. PhillyCHI member Brady Ajay is also a jazz saxophonist and he’ll be playing there Tuesday night (7-9PM). We’ve had a couple of great socials there, and we’re happy to go back there this month.

As an extra bonus, PhillyCHI members get 20% off drinks. Just mention you’re with PhillyCHI to the bartender. There is no cover to enter. The music starts at 7, but come by earlier to get your happy hour started.

Date: Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011
Starting around: 6:30PM

48 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

August Event – Summer Show n' Tell

UX Show and Tell is a casual workshop where UX, IA, and IxD pros share design ideas/problems, works-in-progress, and deliverables for feedback and open dialogue with the group. Events are free & locations vary. This time around, our friendly local coworking community, IndyHall is hosting the event.

We’ll have UX Show n’ Tell host Chris Avore and four local practitioners sharing their work, taking questions, and welcoming input on their creations. It’s first come, first served for the presentation spots, so if you have a something you want to share with the group sign up before they’re gone.

We’re going BYOB-style this time, so bring your favorite summer beverage to share with the group. If you have cooking skills and want to share them, you’re encouraged to show’em as well and bring a culinary creation.

Date: Thursday, Aug 18, 2011
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6-7)
20 North 3rd St. Unit 201
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Register for the Event


About our Sponsor

Independents Hall

IndyHall is a coworking space and community located in Olde City.

IndyHall is not about the desks. The desks are a vehicle for being a more effective worker and a more active contributor to your city.

Coworking at IndyHall isn’t just for technology people. Our community is comprised of designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers, and more. The common thread is this: we all know that we’re happier and more productive together than alone.