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9th Annual Design Slam

The Design Slam is a collaborative event in user experience design where participants compete in teams to develop the best design solution for a given challenge. Each team will develop a compelling solution to this year’s challenge using the materials provided. Teams will pitch their designs to the group and a panel of judges will select the winning design. Spectators are welcome.

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Design for Kids

In this fun, interactive session, you’ll learn the basics of designing for kids through hands-on activities, projects and collaborative activities. You will learn techniques for research and testing with kids as well as specific strategies for designing for kids of different ages. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply these strategies and techniques to adult audiences as well.

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2015 UX Workshop Series

This year, PhillyCHI has organized an educational workshop series for beginner practitioners, students, and professionals working in digital who are interested in learning about topics in usability, user experience, and information architecture.

The series has been built upon topics that are foundational to the practice of user experience. Each half-day workshop is designed to teach fundamental theory and its application through case studies and hands-on exercises.

Tickets may be purchased for single workshops ($35) or the entire series ($315).

Please join us! Sessions are capped at 30 students so don’t wait because they will sell out.

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Beyond the Like Button: Incorporating Social Identity Theory into Design

Users and clients expect digital experiences to allow for social interaction. Because of this, digital design teams are constantly pushed to include social aspects into their products. Incorporating effective social interactions into an experience isn’t as simple as slapping a “Like” button on every page. Designing a successful, usable and influential social experience requires thoughtfulness and a conscious effort.

Social Identity Theory provides a framework for design teams to thoughtfully incorporate elements of social influence within their work. This presentation defines and discusses key elements of Social Identity Theory, using relevant examples in digital design. The presentation will conclude with a facilitated discussion on moving beyond the “Like” button when designing for online social interaction.

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UX Book Club: Just Enough Research

Our 1st event of the year is on Tuesday, January 20th at 5:45pm in collaboration with UX Book Club Philadelphia at Intuitive Company. We’ll discuss the A Book Apart title “Just Enough Research” by Erika Hall. After we have our own discussion, she’ll join us via Google Hangout for a Q&A.

There is no obligation to read the book – everyone is invited to join the discussion, whether you’re an expert, new to the field, or just looking to learn more. If you don’t have time to read the book, here are some resources for you to read in five minutes or less:​

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Cast Your Vote for PhillyCHI 2015 Officers


Follow this link to vote for your 2014 PhillyCHI officers!

The polls will close on Thursday, December 4th at 12pm. The new 2015 PhillyCHI board will be announced at the holiday social on Thursday, December 4th at the PANMA & PhillyCHI Holdiday Party.

Good luck to all candidates!

Note: This link is being distributed via the PhillyCHI e-mail list and LinkedIn group only.

Meet the candidates!

Candidates for Chair

Nominee: Lis Pardi
Reason for nomination: Lis Pardi is a natural leader, well informed in academic and professional experiences concerning IA, UX and HCI. Lis as a current board member to PhillyCHI has brought ambition and the will to execute that ambition. She is fit for the roll as PhillyCHI 2015 Chairman and the organization will benefit from her leadership.
Brief biography: An information scientist “ready to organize everything,” Lis Pardi is User experience designer, usability researcher, information architect, librarian, speaker, oddly-good untrained stiltwalker. She devotes her literary-trickster nature to organizing, designing, and coding to make websites and software easier to use.

Candidates for Vice-Chair

Nominee: Victor Yocco
Reason for nomination: Victor is seeking a second year as the PhillyCHI Vice Chair. He has enjoyed working with this year’s board. Together with the rest of the team, Victor accomplished a lot in the past year, continuing with many of the previous traditionally held events, and offering new opportunities such as the well received breakfast session with Jeff Gothelf. If re-elected, Victor plan to focus on increasing PhillyCHI’s transparency to membership by doing the following:

  • Implementing and enforcing a standardized process for requesting an event or to speak.
  • Facilitating the creation and distribution of a regularly scheduled (e.g. quarterly) update to our membership.
  • Cultivating a team of volunteers to serve on relevant subcommittees as needed.

He would also continue to work with the other board members to ensuring high quality events are provided to membership, and by continuing to look for new opportunities that align with PhillyCHI’s vision for the organization.
Brief biography: Victor Yocco is a researcher and strategist at Intuitive Company, a Manayunk based user focused research, design, and development firm. He is also the current PhillyCHI Vice Chair. Victor has been very active in PhillyCHI over the past year, participating in PhillyCHI events, maintaining PhillyCHI’s LinkedIn page, and attending regularly scheduled Board meetings.

Candidates for Treasurer

Nominee: Brian Crumley
Reason for nomination:As an organizer for BarCamp Philly and the Forge Conference, Brian has an acute understanding of executing and maintaining logistics. Brian would bring these skills to helping PhillyCHI grow in both quality and influence.
Brief biography: Brian is a Front-End lead and UX Developer at O3 World, an Interactive Agency in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. There he works with the design and strategy teams on projects to ideate on and test the overall experience of websites. Brian is an organizer for BarCamp Philly and the UX-focused Forge Conference, frequent local event attendee, occasional snowboarder, and unapologetic foodie.

Nominee: Lauren Galanter
Reason for nomination: Lauren has been a PhillyCHI member for the past few years, and is excited at the prospect of joining its leadership. If elected, she would bring a fresh perspective as a new UX practitioner, focusing on inclusion of new/aspiring UXers and strengthening PhillyCHI’s online presence. Lauren is very active in the Philly tech scene, and would be able to leverage her network to help grow PhillyCHI.
Brief biography: Lauren Galanter is a self-described Web Polymath who calls South Philadelphia her home. She has worked at tiny startups and giant corporations, holding positions touching almost all aspects of technology and the web – content operations, visual design, development, and most recently user experience and information architecture. Active in the local tech community, Lauren has TA’d multiple classes for Girl Develop It Philadelphia. Local lore has it that she named the documentary series Developing Philly and coworking space Independents Hall. Outside of technology and design, Lauren loves to read comic books, refinish vintage furniture, and watch too many cat videos and Star Trek. Her website is

Candidates for Secretary

Nominee: Upma Singh
Reason for nomination: Upma ​has been involved in PhillyCHI for the past year. She has found PhillyCHI to be warm and inviting, and being part of PhillyCHI has bolstered her desire to transition into a UX career. She​ ​would like to be involved in the community in a bigger way, believing that being an officer of the PhillyCHI​ ​​Board would be a wonderful way to accomplish this goal. Additionally, Upma would like to institute more regular events, so that PhillyCHI members can expect something fun and great on a regular basis.
Brief biography: Upma Singh​ ​will be an experience designer someday. For the last 18-ish months she’s been on a self-learning journey and she is weirdly in love with everything UX. She has spent much of her professional life as a corporate video producer and editor, and​ ​holds an MFA in film and video production. She is currently​ ​an instructional technologist at Haverford College. Her other interests include cooking, traveling and chillin’ in West Philadelphia with her husband and two cats.

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 or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.