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April Happy Hour

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Date: Thursday, April 19, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Loie Brasserie & Bar – 128 South 19th Street, Philadelphia (directions)
RSVP: Not necessary, but nice: phillychi@gmail.com

Come out and join us in Center City for an open bar happy hour sponsored by Morgan Creative Search. We’ll hang out at the bar, chat, and hopefully enjoy some warmer weather through Loie’s large open windows. The happy hour is open to folks interested in HCI, design, and information technology (among other things), so tell a friend!

About our sponsor:

Morgan CreativeMorgan Creative
Other search firms will promise you the moon and stars.
We’ll give you a galaxy of opportunity.

Thanks to our small size, tight focus on creative and area connections, Morgan Creative Search outfoxes the big guys. From advertising to interactive, marketing to PR – if it’s on your agency’s organizational chart, we do it.

Here’s a small sampling of the reasons we’re so damn loveable:

  • We specialize in full-time placement of creative positions only
  • We actively coach each of our candidates on the interview process, as well as the company, culture and position
  • The vast majority of our candidates are referrals from reliable sources
  • We personally meet every candidate we present face-to-face, to make sure they aren’t sociopaths or jerks
  • We scour our candidates’ references with a fine-toothed comb
  • We developed an invaluable tool called 7 Tips to Successful Interviewing
  • We are experts at matching soft and hard skills
  • We give referral fees if we place the candidate
  • And much, much more!

A true boutique firm (no, we don’t do hair and makeup, although Samantha always looks impeccable), we’re able to offer you the attention you crave, and the one-on-one service you deserve.

For more information, please call Samantha Chaikin at 267-238-3882.

Great Meeting – Knowing Smirks & Grins of Delight

Kip Voytek speaking to PhillyCHIWe had a great meeting for March. Kip Voytek of R/GA in New York came down to spend the evening with PhillyCHI and MBC (now Digitas Health – read more at http://www.digitashealth.com/). Not only did Kip give a great talk on the importance of emotion in interactive products, but MBC put on a great spread of food & drink, including martinis! Approximately 56 folks were in attendance for both the social hour and presentation.

Thanks to Kip for giving such a thought provoking talk and engaging us in a great discussion afterwards. And a big thank you to Brendan Gallagher, Carly Kuper, and everyone at MBC for being the perfect hosts.

You can check out photos from the event at Flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/19552960@N00/sets/72157600047364683/.

Hope to see you all at our next happy hour sponsored by Morgan Creative on Thursday April 19, 2007 from 6 to 8 pm at Loie Brasserie & Bar in Center City. Details to follow.

PhillyCHI March Meeting

PhillyCHI March Meeting – Knowing Smirks & Grins of Delight

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: MBC – 229 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia (map)
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

For our March meeting, PhillyCHI is pleased to have Kip Voytek from R/GA presenting. Kip will discuss how interaction design must reach beyond usability and the satisfaction of user needs in order to truly help clients achieve their goals. By examining interactive product examples, he will demonstrate how interactive experience is being infused with emotion, creating connections between users and the products they are using. In today’s market, the successful completion of user tasks and usability are table stakes—the competitive advantage lies in being able to make experiences enjoyable, fun, delightful.

Kip Voytek is Senior Vice President of Interaction Design at R/GA, the lead digital partner for Fortune 500 companies and world-class brands such as Avaya, Lowe’s, Purina, Subaru, Target and Verizon. Over his career, he has won dozens of awards from some of the most prestigious competitions, including the One Show Interactive and Cyberlions. Voytek began his career as a game designer and writer at Engineering Animation, Inc. (EAI) and Byron Preiss Multimedia.

Learn more about R/GA at http://rga.com.

MBC - Medical Broadcasting CompanyAbout Medical Broadcasting Company (MBC): We are the healthcare demand experts. We are experts in using the Internet to connect our clients’ knowledge, advice, and experience to people’s problems, conditions, and questions. We help our clients help doctors, patients, and all the people who care for them have better-informed conversations that lead to better treatments and better results. Because of our expertise and our clients’ success, we are the interactive agency of record for many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, bioscience, and medical device companies. MBC is an agency of the Digitas family, a member of the Paris-based Publicis Groupe S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577, NYSE: PUB), the world’s fourth largest communications group and second largest media counsel and buying group.

For more information please visit http://www.mbcnet.com.

March Happy Hour

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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: The Black Sheep – 247 South 17th Street, Philadelphia (map)
RSVP: Not necessary, but nice: phillychi@gmail.com

Join us on March 15th in Center City for an open bar happy hour sponsored by our good friends at TEKsystems. This is an excellent way to meet up with fellow HCI professionals and learn about job opportunities in the region.

About our sponsor: TEKsystems is a premiere technology execution company committed to building IT careers with contracted technical professionals by:

  • Providing growth opportunities within quality companies
  • Matching technical and industry experience with challenging job assignments

TEKsystems services clients in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas as well as Northern Delaware and South Jersey up through Princeton. With over 150 local clients, they staff positions in Applications, Infrastructure and Telecommunications, including information architects, usability professionals, Web developers, graphic designers, and many more. They also offer full compensation and benefits.

Learn more about TEKsystems at teksystems.com.

Great Meeting – Tagging: It’s the Interface Stupid!

PhillyCHI members had an excellent time during our February meeting featuring Joseph Busch of Taxonomy Strategies. Joseph spoke on tagging, indexing, and some of the great things being done by websites like Flickr and del.icio.us. He also gave his own personal wish list for the ultimate indexing / tagging interface. Photos from the event are now posted on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/gp/64858839@N00/m3H2XD.
You may check out Joseph’s presentation at http://www.taxonomystrategies.com/presentations/End_User_Tagging.ppt.

PhillyCHI would like to thank Joseph for taking time out of his very busy schedule to present to us. We would also like to thank GSI Commerce, Inc. for hosting and providing food and beverage for the meeting.