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February Happy Hour Photos

Regan and Mira Much fun was had this past Thursday at Bar Noche in Philadelphia. Despite the icy roads and cold, cold weather, a good number of folks came out to enjoy a drink and mingle.

Thanks again to MissionStaff for sponsoring the February happy hour. You’re a great group of people and we look forward to hanging out with you again.

Additional photos can be seen on Flickr (thanks, Mira!)

2007 Design Slam

Our first ever Design Slam was a great success with almost 40 people in attendance! 28 people on 5 separate teams competed for first place medals and this year’s bragging rights. Teams had to design, sketch out, and sell their ideas for a handheld wireless device to be used on an island resort in less than an hour. Check out the winning team below. You can view all the photos from the event on Flickr.
2007 PhillyCHI Design Slam Winners

The Champions! Kyle, Jen, Christoph, Brian, and Dom

Thanks a million to Priyanka Kakar, Volunteer Coordinator, and Bill Bullman, PhillyCHI Vice Chair, for putting the whole show together. Thank you also to those who played roles on the client team of Tropical Paradise LLC: Todd Warfel, Dave Rizzio, John Ferrara, and Brian Nothacker. We appreciate all your hard work.

The feedback on the slam was overwhelmingly positive. So it’s definite – the Design Slam will be an annual event!

February Meeting | Tagging: It's the Interface Stupid!

A presentation by Joseph A. Busch, Founder and Principal, Taxonomy Strategies LLC

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: GSI Commerce, Inc., 935 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA (map)
RSVP: Please let us know if you are coming at

Interest in content user-assigned tags is one of the big new stories on the Web. But content tagging is not a new story. What’s new about Web 2.0 is that end users are doing the tagging instead of librarians, and the results are being shown almost instantly on websites like flickr,, Wikipedia, and Technorati.Librarians have long contended that end users cannot usefully tag content because they are not trained in how to do indexing. More correctly, end users cannot tag content the way librarians tag content. But this begs the question about what kind of tagging is useful.

Joseph will discuss the usefulness to be found in tagging as it relates to librarians and usability professionals, the Semantic Web, and document and content management practices.

Joseph Busch is the Founder and a Principal of Taxonomy Strategies. Joseph is an authority in the field of information science, a past President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and an appointee to the Board of Directors of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. He is a frequent speaker on metadata, taxonomy, indexing, classification research, information retrieval, and content management. Read more about Joseph at Taxonomy Strategies.

GSI CommerceThe February meeting is sponsored by GSI Commerce, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA. GSI Commerce is a leading provider of outsourced e-commerce solutions for approximately 50 partners. More information about GSI COmmerce, Inc. can be found at

February Happy Hour

Open Bar, Good Conversation, and Networking

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Bar Noche – 1901 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia (
RSVP: Appreciated but not necessary at
* Please pass this along to anyone you think will be interested! Thanks.*

MissionStaffJoin us Thursday, February 15th for drinks and networking in Center City Philadelphia. Our sponsor this month is MissionStaff, a full-service IT staffing firm based in Center City Philadelphia. MissionStaff places professionals in the fields of Web and Application Development, Database Administration, Business Analysis / Project Management and User Experience Design / Information Architecture. They provide contract staffing services as well as direct placement to a client concentration that spans from Princeton, NJ to Wilmington, DE. You can find out more about MissionStaff at their website at

During 2007, phillyCHI will host a happy hour every third Thursday of the month, giving folks interested in HCI a chance to get together to socialize. So mark your calendars and please join us!

January Meeting: PhillyCHI Design Slam 1

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2006
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Levine 307, UPenn Campus 3301 Walnut, Philadelphia PA
Map of the building:

Sign up now!
If you would like to participate, please RSVP Now. Why now? We may need to cap attendance.

What’s a “design slam”?
During the meeting, participants will be teamed and introduced to a full-fledged hypothetical project, including appropriate client-side deliverables. They’ll then have an opportunity to interview key players on the client’s team. The session will conclude with proposal presentations from each of the groups to the “clients” and the assembled audience.

Then the “clients” team will choose a winner. Members of the winning team will receive a plethora of praise from your peers and perhaps an award.

What’s in it for me?
This is a chance for interested IAs, designers and usability practitioners to get their hands dirty working side by side with colleagues as they tackle tough business problems in a fun and sometimes crazy environment. Knowledge transfer, technique sharing, and a social atmosphere makes this session stand out from the garden-variety “lecture-and-powerpoint” presentation.

Those that want to participate need to be at the meeting by 6:15pm at the latest. The client team will be introducing the design challenge promptly at 6:25.

If you do not want to participate due to not being able to get to the meeting on-time or a severe case of social phobia, fear not! We would like to have an audience during this session to play the role of users, and help choose the winning team.

This idea is shamelessly stolen (with permission) from the IA Summit’s IA Slam.For more information about the IA Slam, visit

December Meeting: PHICHI Holiday Party

Mark your calendar for the PHICHI Holiday Party on Friday, December 15th!

Join us in celebrating the holidays! We have a terrific night planned with lots of good food, drinks and surprises! This will be a great opportunity to combine celebrating the holiday season with getting to know your fellow PHICHI members better. We also hope you’ll take this opportunity to become better acquainted with the new officers and volunteers for ’07!

When: Friday, December, 15th
6:30 – 9:30 PM
**Try to arrive on time to take advantage of our one hour open bar.**

Where: Noche
1901 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(conveniently located within 4 blocks of Suburban Station)
Parking options

RSVP: Not required, but appreciated. Please send RSVPs to phillychi at gmail dot com.

This event would not be possible without the support of our proud sponsors, GSI Commerce and Usable Interface:

GSI Commerce ( is a leading provider of outsourced e-commerce solutions for over 50 partners in the United States. GSI’s integrated e-commerce platform offers services in three areas: technology, logistics and customer care, and marketing services. Headquartered in King of Prussia with two fulfillment centers in Kentucky, and customer care centers in Florida and Wisconsin, and presence in the international market as well with GSI Commerce Europe, Inc.

Usable Interface ( is an independent consulting company specializing in product usability and user interface design. Usable Interface provides consulting services in the areas of: user research, usability testing, interaction design, and information architecture.