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Social: Joint UX Summer Picnic – Saturday 8/21

Joint UX Summer Picnic

Please join PhillyCHI, UPA Delaware Valley, PANMA, and AIGA Philadelphia for a family-friendly affair (children and significant others are more than welcome). We’ve reserved a pavilion at Ridley Creek State Park in Newtown Square, PA. Food and drinks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Date and Time: Saturday, Aug. 21st, 2010, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Ridley Creek State Park, Pavilion 3
351 Gradyville Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073-2803
Google Map
Park Website
Park Phone: (610) 892-3900

Register (Please indicate the total number of attendees)

More Info About the Park and the Event

  • We have reserved pavilion 3, which is a covered pavilion with picnic tables.
  • Bathroom facilities and a playground are located near the pavilion.
  • Our platinum sponsor Empathy Lab will be providing some activities for the kids.
  • Feel free to bring Frisbees, wiffle ball sets, or anything else to add to the festivities.
  • The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the park.
  • Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.
  • The park office is located in Media, but the address of the visitor area is in Newtown Square, PA. Please use the address above for directions, online mapping tools, GPS devices, etc.

About Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

About Empathy Lab

Empathy Lab is a digital agency dedicated to the strategic pairing of user and client needs to drive break-through interactive experiences and business results.  Over the past five years, we have applied our unique methods of understanding end-user behavior towards mission critical eCommerce and broadband initiatives involving world-class brands including Verizon, WWE, Rogers Communications, PBS Sprout, Payless Shoes, Saucony, Dow Jones, Clarins, Game Stop, David’s Bridal, Sony Pictures, Walgreens, and GSK.  We are currently exploring ways to expand our geographic reach and strategic offerings and are always looking for new talent to help us in our quest to become the world’s most influential digital strategy and execution firm. Learn more at http://www.empathylab.com/.

Gold Sponsors

About Blue Plate Minds

We’re blue plate minds, a creative staffing agency representing advertising and marketing professionals for freelance and permanent hire. With 25 years in this business we know that mediocrity kills. That’s why we only represent the top five percent. We also know that a personal, hands-on approach with our clients and our candidates helps us create perfect matches. And when that happens, it’s euphoria all around. Visit us at http://www.blueplateminds.com/.

About Happy Cog

Founded by visionary Jeffrey Zeldman and staffed by creative superstars, Happy Cog delivers beautiful websites that never lose sight of the human being using them. From site structure to interface design, from branding to content development, Happy Cog’s people are the authorities. Learn more at http://www.happycog.com.

About Rosetta Marketing

For nearly 20 years, Rosetta has been translating customer connections into measurable business growth for our clients.  Our passionate team of over 600 strategy, marketing, creative and technology experts has positioned us as one of the top ten interactive agencies in the country. Our dedication to client work within Consumer Products & Retail, Healthcare, Financial Services, Consumer Technology & Media, B2B, and Travel & Hospitality industries has created enduring partnerships with our clients including Scholastic, Coach, Borders, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nationwide, Marriott and Microsoft. Learn more at http://rosettamarketing.com/.

Silver Sponsors

About Chariot Solutions

Chariot Solutions is an enterprise application development consulting firm. We build and integrate the critical software applications that run our clients’ businesses. We are successful because we attract the most talented and collaborative software architects in the region. They are leaders in Java, open source and emerging technologies. We work in small, agile teams. We solve hard problems with a practical approach centered on communication, common sense and continual learning. Learn more at http://chariotsolutions.com/.

About Intelligence Capital Network (ICN)

ICN is a one of a kind talent organization. By providing our clients access to the brightest people, ideas and solutions, we help drive your success.  ICN is a full service technical and marketing staffing firm that partners with clients to afford them access to the top creative and IT talent across the full employment spectrum.  By leveraging experienced leadership, client insights, and operational excellence, ICN allows for timely and cost effective growth. Learn more at http://www.icn-i.com/.

About MISI Company

The Experience Matters
To your customers. To your business. To your bottom line.
An online purchase, a phone call, an in-person conversation, an announcement on your intranet — every touch point with your business is an interaction between you and your audience. Successful interactions lead to success for your business. We provide objective, evidence-based guidance necessary to craft successful interactions. Together our Architecture, Creative, Measurement, and Technology teams provide a comprehensive set of core skills that enable you to define, design and deliver successful experiences. Learn more at http://www.misicompany.com/.

About the Participating Organizations

About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in human-computer interaction, user experience, usability, and other related disciplines. Learn more at http://phillychi.acm.org/.

About UPA Delaware Valley

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) provides networking and professional development opportunities for usability professionals, information architects, designers, and other professionals and students in the Philadelphia metro area, including Philadelphia, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. More information is available at http://upadelawarevalley.org/.

About PANMA

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association serves individuals and companies involved in digital development. We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals. Visit us at http://www.panma.org/.

About AIGA Philadelphia

In 1981, a group of Philadelphia designers formed AIGA Philadelphia, the first local chapter. Presently the chapter is comprised of over 700 members. AIGA Philadelphia’s purpose is both integral and complementary to the national organization: to provide the highest standards within the profession and the business community and to stimulate interest and understanding of graphic design and visual communication through lectures, exhibitions, periodicals and other activities.  For more information, visit http://www.aigaphilly.org/.

PhillyCHI Social: Thursday, 8/12 – Technology & Design-Themed Quizzo

PhillyCHI is pleased to host our fourth Technology and Design-Themed Quizzo night. Trivia questions will be based on technology, design, architecture, art history, and other related topics. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams. So come socialize with design and user experience professionals, try your hand at trivia, and (hopefully) learn a thing or two, all over tasty food and drinks.

Date: Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM (Game starts at 8PM, so please come early to get a table)
Location: National Mechanics
Address: 22 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Website: http://www.nationalmechanics.com/
Map & Directions: http://nationalmechanics.com/philadelphia-hours-directions
Register: To help us plan, please register: http://phillychi-august1.eventbrite.com/

What is a “Quizzo”?
Quizzo is a live trivia game, usually hosted at a bar. The game is played with teams of two to eight people. Several rounds of questions are held. Questions are read out loud while each team writes down the answers. The team that answers the most trivia questions correctly wins first place.

July Social: Tue 7/20 – Video Game Night to Kick Off the Wharton UI Conference

Please join us on Tuesday, July 20th for a Video Game Night at the Blockley Pourhouse in University City. We’ll be kicking off the Wharton Higher Education Web Symposium which begins the next day. The first 100 people to arrive after 6pm will receive a ticket for one free drink.

Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Location: The Blockley Pourhouse

Address: 3801 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 222-1234

Website: http://www.theblockley.com/

Google Map & Directions: http://tinyurl.com/23hqltw

Register: http://phillychi-july2-2010.eventbrite.com/ (Please help us plan by registering for the event)

About the Social

We’ll be playing both Nintendo Wii as well as old skool Nintendo (NES) on a large screen at the bar. We’ll have a selection of Wii games as well as classic NES games, including Super Mario Brothers. Feel free to play or just watch. The bar serves a variety of drinks as well as food.

Attendees from the Wharton UI conference will be joining us.

And last but not least, the first 100 people to arrive after 6pm will receive a ticket for one free drink.

About the Wharton Higher Education Web Symposium

The Wharton Higher Education Web Symposium from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, being held on July 21 & 22, 2010 will bring together programmers, designers, project managers, and other IT professionals in Higher Education who are concerned about improving the experience for their users. Open to the public, we also welcome usability and interaction professionals to join us for two days for learning, sharing, and networking. Learn more at http://web.wharton.upenn.edu/uiconf2010/.

About Our Sponsors

The Blockley Pourhouse
The Blockley serves innovative pub cuisine in a warm, relaxed atmosphere with a centrally located stage for live music and a large, square bar to anchor the room. Exposed brick walls, stained oak floors, polished cement floors, stainless steel accents and black-board menus lend a rustic feel to the space. A state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and clear sight lines to the stage make this one of the area’s premiere music venues. Learn more at http://www.theblockley.com/.

July Meeting: "Shared Experiences and High Performing Teams" with Vincent Matyi

It’s never been more important for Experience Design practitioners and managers to cultivate a culture in the work place that not only fosters creativity but also empowers collaborative teams to reach their fullest potential in the dynamic world of User Experience.

Date: Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Wharton School of Business, John M. Huntsman Hall, Room 240
Address: University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Google Map & Directions: http://tinyurl.com/av96yb
Campus Map & Parking: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/map.php
Register: http://phillychi-july1-2010.eventbrite.com/ (Please help us plan by registering for the event)

About the Presentation
A high performing team is fundamental when crafting meaningful human-centered solutions. It’s never been more important for Experience Design practitioners and managers to cultivate a culture in the work place that not only fosters creativity but also empowers collaborative teams to reach their fullest potential in the dynamic world of User Experience.

There’s a wealth of UX knowledge, resources and perspective that Vincent will share in this fast paced and stimulating presentation targeting the following questions:

  • How do we inspire, lead, and support our teams to drive high-impact solutions?
  • How do we know if it’s working?
  • What design and development tools, techniques and methodologies are unfolding in our industry to optimize but not stifle creativity and solving?
  • Where does User Experience practice meet Software Development? Marketing? IT? … And deliver results.

About Vincent Matyi
Vincent Matyi has a diverse range of experience in the UX field. He’s conducted contextual inquiry in the bowels of the S&P building during Wall Street’s darkest days and crafted experience design solutions for the world’s most prestigious global management consulting firm. He’s run usability tests with physicians and performed design research with cancer survivors. Vincent is delighted to present Shared Experiences and High Performing Teams on Thursday, July 15th.

Joint UX Summer Picnic Saturday 8/21

Joint UX Summer Picnic Please save the date for the upcoming 2010 Joint UX Summer Picnic. This picnic is a family-friendly event held every summer. Participating organizations include PhillyCHI, PANMA, AIGA Philadelphia, and UPA Delaware Valley.

This year’s picnic will be held on Saturday, August 21st, 2010 at Ridley Creek State Park in Newtown Square, PA. More info coming soon!

Video-on-demand: What Can Carl Sagan Teach Us About the Web? Mark Trammell

PhillyCHI  June 2010

Speaker: Mark Trammell

What Can Carl Sagan Teach Us About the Web?

2010 is the 30th anniversary of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” Not only is his explanation of our universe relevant today, it can teach us a great deal about how to create better websites.

* What can Carl Sagan teach us about the Web?
* What can constellations tell us about Web analytics?
* What does man’s ancestry tell us about people choosing to interact via the Web?
* How does the evolution of the human brain affect a site’s brand?
* What can we learn from Heike crabs about how our users influence our designs?
* What does the deciphering of the rosetta stone tell us about people new to a website?
* How can the search for extraterrestrial life help us understand our users?
* How can the mating patterns of whales be used to help searchers?
* What parallels can be drawn between viruses and information architecture?
* What can the evolution of our solar system tell us about the future of our websites?