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2013 Summer Update

We know you miss us. And we miss you too.

Greetings, PhillyCHI members!

As we’ve mentioned at our most recent meetings, this year’s PhillyCHI officers decided to take a summer break. But, rest assured, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to plan exciting events for this Fall. It’s important to us that you feel informed about what’s in the pipeline so below is a list of what’s coming.

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PhillyCHI & I-SITE Present: Tech + Design Quizzo for Philly Tech Week

I-SITE and PhillyCHI are pleased to host a technology and design-themed Quizzo as part of Philadelphia Tech Week. So come socialize with design and user experience professionals, try your hand at trivia, and (hopefully) learn a thing or two, all over a few whiskey sours and buttered popcorn.

Trivia begins at 7PM, so come early to get a table! Enjoy prizes and drink specials.

About I-SITE
I-SITE has been designing websites and interactive media since 1996. Founded by an American and a Brit who both like tea, we?ve created websites, mobile and iPad apps and various digital products for scooters, magazines, kids, beverages, analgesics, downtown districts, and gorillas. We live in an old toy store where we work and play. Get to know us at www.i-site.com and follow us at facebook.com/isiteunited and @isiteunited.

About The Trestle Inn
The Trestle Inn is Philadelphia?s spot for Whiskey and Go Go. This unique bar set in the Eraserhood offers a mash up of retro entertainment, music, food, and drink. Expect to ?nd Barbarella-clad Go Go dancers swinging to French pop, blue-eyed soul, pyschobilly, funk, garage, and disco on most nights of the week. Add a dash of vintage projections, 60?s inspired cocktails like the Velvet Jones, and classic casseroles and there you have it! Look us up at: www.thetrestleinn.comfacebook.com/thetrestleinn and @thetrestleinn.

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 phillychi.acm.orgor follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

 

PhillyCHI 7th Annual Design Slam, Thursday, April 18, 2013

Challenge Hint: Accessibility in Ubiquitous Computing

Please join PhillyCHI and Artisan as we host the 7th Annual Design Slam. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

** Space is limited. Registration required. **

Come out and compete in a fast-paced race to create the best user experience design solution to a real-world problem involving ubiquitous computing and accessibility. Awards and bragging rights given to the victors!

What is a Design Slam?

The design slam is a collaborative and competitive event, where participants are divided into teams and given a design challenge. Each team has approximately one hour to craft a compelling solution. Teams then pitch their designs to a panel of judges who will select the winning design. Observers are welcome to watch the proceedings.

About Our Sponsor

Artisan has created the industry’s first Mobile Experience Management platform, bringing the capabilities of customer experience management and website optimization to mobile apps. With an intuitive platform and robust analytics, we enable the world’s largest brands to create compelling native app mobile experiences that deepen engagement, drive retention, and increase revenue. Visit http://useartisan.com for more information.

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 phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI & CS Philly present: Karen McGrane – The Mobile Content Mandate

Please join PhillyCHI and Content Strategy Philly as we present Karen McGrane who will discuss why you need to deliver content wherever your customer wants to consume it and what the risks are when you don’t make content accessible to mobile users.

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT **

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Social time from 6:30-7:00PM)
Location: The William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone(215) 732-2220
Driving directions & parkinghttp://waygay.org/utilities/directions.asp
Registrationhttp://phillychi-karen-mcgrane-2013.eventbrite.com

About the Presentation

You don’t get to decide which device people use to access your content: they do. By 2015, more people will access the internet via mobile devices than on traditional computers. In the US today, nearly one-third of people who browse the internet on their mobile phone say that’s the only way they go online. It’s time to stop avoiding the issue by saying “no one will ever want to do that on mobile.” Chances are, someone already wants to. In this session, Karen will discuss why you need to deliver content wherever your customer wants to consume it — and what the risks when you don’t make content accessible to mobile users. Already convinced it’s important? She’ll also explain how to get started with your mobile content strategy, defining what you want to publish, what the relationship should be between your mobile and desktop site, and how your editorial workflow and content management tools need to evolve.

About the Presenter

If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For more than 15 years Karen has helped businesses create better digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. She is Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006, and formerly VP and National Lead for User Experience at Razorfish. She’s led projects for dozens of publishing clients, including The New York Times, Condé Nast, The Atlantic, and Time Inc. Karen teaches Design Management in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, which educates students on how to run successful projects, teams, and businesses. Her book, Content Strategy for Mobile, was published in 2012 by A Book Apart.

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 phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI Meeting: Austin Govella – Maximizing Value for Lean and Agile Design Teams

Please join PhillyCHI as we present Austin Govella who will be presenting how agile, lean, and waterfall design teams can create different value from design.

  • Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Social time from 6:30-7:00PM)
  • Location: The William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Phone: (215) 732-2220
  • Driving directions & parking: http://waygay.org/utilities/directions.asp
  • RSVP: PhillyCHI@gmail.com

About Presentation

The Design Age Or A young designer’s primer on maximizing value for lean and agile teams.

Design is all about value. It helps transfer value from one person to another. Design insures you have an experience: that at the end, you’re different than when you started. Design makes this difference, and like Babbage’s Difference Engine of yore, specific knobs and levers control how much value you can create with design.

In this presentation, we’ll learn how five levers — models, fidelity, audience, annotation, and velocity — work together. We’ll see how agile, lean, and waterfall teams apply these levers differently at different times to create different value from design.

Friday at work, you won’t be able to stop yourself from asking five, simple questions. You’ll be maximizing design value for every project you encounter.

About the Presenter

Austin Govella is an Experience Design Manager with Avanade where he’s helping re-invent how large enterprises collaborate. Prior to Avanade, Austin worked for Comcast Interactive Media where he contributed to early versions of Comcast Xfinity. In 2009, he co-authored the second edition of Information Architecture: Blueprints for the web with Christina Wodtke for New Riders/Peachpit, and he’s spent the last few years studying how agile teams, lean companies, and user experience designers can work better together.

About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia regionʼs 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 phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

Alla Zollers: Are You Designing Your Professional Relationships? — Thursday, January 17, 2013

PhillyCHI & The BOSS Group present Alla Zollers: Are You Designing Your Professional Relationships?

Please join us for an evening with Alla Zollers as she discusses strategies for designing professional relationships.

SPECIAL BONUS!
The BOSS Group will be available before and after Alla’s talk to conduct Portfolio/Resume Reviews for any interested parties. Read below for more information.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Social time 6:30-7:00PM)
Location: The William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone(215) 732-2220
Driving directions & parkinghttp://waygay.org/utilities/directions.asp
RSVPphillyCHI@gmail.com

About the Presentation

Our job is to be professional communicators. We communicate our thought process through our deliverables, we work to get buy-in for our solutions, we advocate for the end-user, and often act as the translator between the end-user, the business, and development. The biggest challenge that we face as professionals is that our communication is not always effective.

When communication breaks down, confusion and resistance emerge. You suddenly find yourself feeling frustrated, not heard or valued. The key is to set yourself up for success by explicitly designing your relationships with clients, stakeholders, managers, and co-workers. Regardless of your role – be it consultant, agency, or in-house – good working relationships are vital to your success.

The purpose of designing the relationship is to:

  • Establish an alliance
  • Create a safe space for communication to occur
  • Gain mutual trust
  • Empower each other and understand how best to work together

In this talk, I will present invaluable exercises, scripts, and questions that you can use to:

  • Identify your core values so that you are able to communicate your needs to others and request the same in return
  • Vet the next job or project to make sure that its the right fit for you
  • Design a relationship with every person on your team – from manager to co-worker – to ensure that you are empowered to do your job and set yourself up for success.

About Alla Zollers

Alla is a passionate UX consultant and coach. Alla has eight years of experience in the UX field helping companies with the entire design process, from discovery research to strategy, wireframe design and evaluation. Alla is also a trained and certified coach who helps people to wake up to their lives so that they will not only have lived the length of their life but the width of it as well.

About Our Sponsor

The BOSS Group is a boutique staffing firm, specializing in the placement of Creative, Interactive and Marketing professionals in both temporary and full-time positions. The BOSS Group will have Recruiters and Account Managers available to talk one-on-one to discuss the following topics:

  • How potential candidates should format their resume to gain the attraction of hiring mangers
  • What clients are specifically looking for in candidate portfolios and skill sets
  • Where to find jobs
  • Why it benefits a candidate to partner with a staffing firm in addition to conducting their own search
  • What opportunities we are currently recruiting on

If you have any questions about The BOSS Group, you can reach out to Samantha Straube. She’s been with The BOSS Group for three years and has experience working with on both the candidate and client side.

About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia regionʼs 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 phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

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