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PhillyCHI | Electronic Ink Happy Hour

Join Electronic Ink and PhillyCHI as we talk design and celebrate PhillyCHI’s 5-year anniversary!

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Electronic Ink
One South Broad Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Map: http://tinyurl.com/rynwxo
Parking: http://www.philapark.org/
RSVP by Monday, September 28, 2009: phillychi@gmail.com

Come socialize with design and usability professionals, learn about the design process, and tap into your creativity, all over some tasty food and drinks. Also, have a chance to win a raffle prize!

About Electronic Ink
About Electronic Ink Electronic Ink is an international design consultancy dedicated to improving the way people interact with technology, environments and one another. To learn more about Electronic Ink’s services, please visit http://www.electronicink.com.

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. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at http://phillychi.acm.org/.

PhillyCHI September Meeting – Using Design to Solve Our Client’s Problems, Each Step of the Way

Please join us as the team from Happy Cog East talks design, business, and group hugs. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall, Room 1206
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Map: http://tinyurl.com/nk6mpv
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation
In a series of thought-provoking 10 minute presentations from different members of our team, we’ll share practical ideas that have arisen directly out of a few recent projects.

We’ll touch upon the relationship between user experience thinking and several of our standard project phases, outlined here:

  • Sales & Client Relations: Robert Jolly will explain how to quickly understand the client’s needs during the sales process, and identify possible approaches to solving business and design challenges.
  • Project Management: Dave DeRuchie will demonstrate how maintaining flexibility in web project management is the only way to manage the fluid nature of requirements.
  • Project Definition: Kevin Hoffman will talk about building kickoff meetings for maximum energy and information transfer.
  • Visual Design: Chris Cashdollar will explore what happens when you lead a project with visual thinking, and how that impacts the UX phase.
  • Development: Jenn Lukas will review the biggest uh-oh moments and often overlooked concepts out of information architecture and design that impact CMS planning, and Mark Huot will draw a straight line between critical decisions points during strategy, UX, design, and their impact on content management systems and back end implementation.

Whether you’re an independent, part of an internal team, or at an agency, this should be of use to anyone looking to close communication gaps in their process and answer the question “can’t we all just get along?” with a resounding “Yes!”

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. Visit us at www.happycog.com.

PhillyCHI August Meeting – UX Health Check: A measure a day keeps the redesign away

Please join us as Livia Labate of Comcast Interactive Media discusses how user experience teams can benefit from introducing metrics and benchmarks of success into their practices. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, August. 27, 2009
Time and Location: Wharton School of Business, John M. Huntsman Hall, Room 240
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Driving directions:http://tinyurl.com/av96yb
Parking Info: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=419
RSVP: Phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation

The presentation will provide attendees with an introduction to the UX Health Check approach and its use as a tool for collaborative UX strategy and management.

The UX Health Check allows IA/UX professionals and their collaborators to introduce metrics of success and benchmarks to their product and service design decision-making, from the most strategic to the most tactical aspects.

Measures of success that qualify and quantify user experience efforts are scarce and not widely adopted. The UX Health Check approach introduces a common language to measure how direct investments in improving the user experience result in concrete outcomes.

About the Presenter

Livia Labate is Principal of Information Architecture and User Experience for Comcast Interactive Media where she designs media services across platforms. Livia is also part of the Board of Directors of the Information Architecture Institute, where she volunteers her time to help develop the practice and support IA practitioners.

PhillyCHI August Happy Hour – Creative Associations Showcase

PhillyCHI has been invited to participate in Innovation Philadelphia’s Creative Associations Showcase this year. This is an opportunity to connect to other creative organizations, as well as network with other creative professionals. Drink specials and appetizers will be available. The event is free and open to the public, so register today.

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 7:00PM
Location: Thirteen (in the Marriott on Market)
Address: 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Registration Required
: http://www.innovationphiladelphia.com/events/event_registration.aspx?eid=978

About the Event
Network with your fellow creative professionals and meet representatives from regional technology-driven, creative associations at Center City District Sips, this summer’s hottest happy hour series.

Join Innovation Philadelphia, Center City District and the design associations listed below on August 19, 2009 at Thirteen. This is a unique opportunity to learn how you can get involved in the Philadelphia Region’s creative associations, as well as network with other creative professionals. Drink specials and appetizers will be available. Pre-registration for this event is required.

Design associations invited to participate include:
AIGA- Philadelphia
American Institute of Architects – Philadelphia
Industrial Designers Society of America – Philadelphia
PANMA – Philadelphia Area New Media Association
PhillyCHI – Computer Human Interaction
Usability Professionals Association – Delaware Valley Chapter

Recommended Attire: Professional

For more event information see: http://www.innovationphiladelphia.com/events/event_details.aspx?eid=978

About Innovation Philadelphia
Innovation Philadelphia is a non-profit economic development organization that serves 11 counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Innovation Philadelphia is working to establish the Greater Philadelphia Region as a national leader and world-class destination for Creative Economy industries, businesses and talent. Innovation Philadelphia leads regional efforts to attract and retain young professionals, ages 25-34, who are vital to fueling our workforce and economic growth. For more information visit: http://www.innovationphiladelphia.com/.

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. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings to discuss current topics in HCI and monthly social events to allow folks an opportunity to network and socialize. All PhillyCHI meetings and events are free and open to the public. For more information visit: http://phillychi.acm.org/.

Joint UX Summer Picnic – Saturday Aug. 22nd

Please join PhillyCHI, UsabilityNJ, UPA Delaware Valley and PANMA for a summer picnic at Washington Crossing Historic Park. This event is free and open to the public.

Date and Time: Saturday, Aug. 22nd, 2009, 1:00pm (Event will be held on Saturday, rain or shine)
Location:
Washington Crossing Historic Park (General Washington Pavilion)

Lord Sterling Rd. and Embarcation Rd.
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/mulvts
Park Website: http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/visit/index.htm
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (Please indicate the total number of attendees)

Please join PhillyCHI, UsabilityNJ, UPA Delaware Valley and PANMA for a family-friendly affair (children and significant others are more than welcome). We’ve reserved a pavilion at Washington Crossing Historic Park, located right on the Delaware River. Feel free to bring Frisbees, wiffle ball sets, or any other items to add to the festivities. Park amenities include historic buildings, monuments, trails, scenery, etc. that you can explore before or after the picnic.

We have reserved the General Washington park pavilion, which is a covered pavilion with picnic tables and grills. Bathroom facilities are located next to the pavilion. Food and drinks will be provided by none other than Marilyn Tremaine from UsabilityNJ (we hear she’s a fantastic cook). The menu will accommodate children, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. It will also be appropriate for people with a variety of allergies and other dietary needs.

Please note that alcohol is not permitted in the park. Dogs are welcome at the pavilion as long as they are leashed (visitors must also clean up after their dogs).

Parking and Location Details:
There is no formal address for the pavilion. The most visible landmark is the pavilion’s bathroom, a small brown building which is located at the corner of Lord Sterling Rd. and Embarcation Rd. There is a parking area to the right of the bathroom along Embarcation Rd., and a sign next to the bathroom marked “General Washington.” Next to that sign is a short pathway leading to the pavilion.

About Our Sponsors

About MISI Company
MISI COMPANY provides Experience Design and Sourcing consulting to Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations in the public and private sector. In business for more than 30 years, MISI’s team of sourcing professionals, technology thought leaders, experience design strategists and architects, audience experience analysts, creative designers, and technical system architects build our client relationships on a foundation of subject matter expertise and industry leadership.

MISI’s Experience Design (XD) group helps clients ensure the mutual success of every interaction between the business and its audience. Whether the XD team is evaluating the performance of existing interactions and user interfaces, designing and developing new ones, or validating business concepts and prototypes, MISI provides the objective, evidence-based guidance necessary to craft experiences that deliver both qualitative and quantitative business results.

MISI’s Sourcing group sources the most sought-after technical talent currently available. We provide access to quality candidates in web technology, application development and infrastructure support. MISI has more than 500 consultants staffed in a myriad of capacities from Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Architects to Developers, Testers and Help Desk.

About Marketing Capital Management
Part of the Intelligent Capital Network of companies, Marketing Capital Management brings decades of experience to the table in the marketing and talent acquisition fields. As a trusted partner of advertising agencies and marketing groups throughout the US, MCM has made a dramatic impact on our clients’ bottom line.

We understand that the longer a position goes unfilled, the bigger the impact on your business. We know you don’t get the time you would like to be able to find and interview dozens of candidates to find that just right person – the one with the personality that fits your team and the skill set to jump right into everything you need to get done… That’s where we excel.

Our management team and recruiters have the expertise to understand your requirements and we have access to the top talent in the United States to be able to fulfill those requirements efficiently and timely.

As a market leader we are highly selective in client and candidate selection, focusing on our core competencies in advertising and marketing specialties.

Our success is in the talent of our employees and the unique process we utilize.

About Anikto
Named after the Greek word for “open,” the purpose of Anikto LLC is to explore barrier-free design in a variety of digital contexts. The consultancy operates as a firm evangelist for universal design principles, endorsing the creation of highly utile media that benefits users and meets stakeholder objectives. Recent investigations include the adaptation of virtual technologies to social media initiatives and government-funded accessibility projects. Visit http://anikto.com or follow on Twitter @anikto.

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. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at http://phillychi.acm.org/.

About UsabilityNJ
UsabilityNJ, the New Jersey chapter of the Usability Professionals Association, is an organization of professionals in user interface design and development and related fields that supports usable design in products and services. Learn more at http://usabilitynj.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. For more information, visit http://www.panma.org/.