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Mapping the User Experience with Chris Cavallucci

In “Mapping the User Experience,” Chris Cavallucci will provide a framework for mapping concepts to create visualizations, spatial representations, or relationships which would otherwise take much effort to describe only in words.

: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall, Room 211
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
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About the Presentation

Chris will also discuss a variety of map types, including site maps, user flows, brainstorming notes, click paths, and application components. To help demonstrate the value in each type, Chris will walk us through using concept maps to:
  • Create meaningful relationships and structure, where we catalog and classify functions, pathways, behaviors, hierarchies and events;
  • Gather requirements, plan, and consolidate information for a project
  • Discover complex concepts and think visually
Lastly, Chris will demonstrate some different tools and methods he’s used to create and share these maps, as well as his experiences with them.
About Chris Cavallucci

Chris is a User Experience Architect based in the Philadelphia area. His work engages teams across multiple disciplines including engineering, product design, marketing, and business strategy. As a software quality consultant, he has worked on numerous enterprise information systems design and development projects in the financial services, pharmaceutical, RFID/logistics, and technology industries. On a full-time basis, he has worked for several entrepreneurial firms including TMX Interactive, Patron Solutions/Comcast-Spectacor, and Exclaim, a mobile phone media company. Chris helps customers enhance their experience designs and brand relevance.

In addition to holding a Masters of Information Systems degree from Drexel University and an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from Albright College, he actively participates in PhillyCHI, IxDA, IAI, and ASQ.
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

Please contact the PhillyCHI Officers at

PhillyCHI Fourth Annual Design Slam

Please join us for the Philadelphia region’s fourth annual Design Slam. Contestants will participate in a fast-paced race to create the best design solution to a “made-up” real-world problem. Awards will be given to the victors!

Date: Friday January 22nd, 2010

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm (We’ll have our opening announcements starting at 6pm, and the competition will start promptly at 6:30, so please come early)

Location: Messagefirst – 230 N 2nd Street, Suite 2C, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (under the Ben Franklin Bridge)

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Parking Info: (Moderately priced parking is available in a garage located directly across 2nd Street from Messagefirst)

RSVP at Eventbrite:
Space is limited and RSVP is required. Registration will be closed once the event is full. Please register now.

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 an award.

What’s in it for me?

This is a chance for interested IAs, designers, usability practitioners, developers and marketing professionals 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.

Please try to arrive on time. We’ll have our opening announcements starting at 6pm, and the client team will introduce the design challenge promptly at 6:30pm.

If you do not want to participate because you won’t be able to get to the meeting on time or a have 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, please visit:

PhillyCHI Winter Social: Karaoke Night | Thursday, December 10th 6pm – 9pm

Please join PhillyCHI in celebration of another amazing year. Our annual year-end Winter Social is around the corner. Meet the new officers for 2010 and join us for winter merriment including karaoke and drinks.

When: Thursday, Dec. 10th, 2009 6pm – 9pm
Where: National Mechanics
22 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
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It’s hard to believe, but another year has passed. 2009 was a great year for PhillyCHI. In the past 12 months, we’ve held numerous events, meetings, and socials, all of which were well-attended.

This year’s Winter Social event will include karaoke. Keyboard Man, a PhillyCHI member and the host of SXSW’s Happy Cog’aoke will be spinning whatever you choose to sing from his collection of 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s classics. Whether you love to sing or love to listen (or both), please come join us for a great night and celebration of this year’s accomplishments.

PhillyCHI will provide appetizers and one free drink ticket per person (gratuity for drinks is not included, so please remember to tip your bartender). Please arrive as early as possible to ensure that you receive a drink ticket.

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

2009 Philadelphia Creative Mega Social | Thursday Dec. 3rd, 2009 6pm – 9pm

Please join PhillyCHI as we participate in the 2009 Philadelphia Creative Mega Social.

The Creative Mega Social is Philadelphia’s largest annual gathering of creative professionals. It’s a night for you to join your compatriots from all walks of Philadelphia’s creative community to network, enjoy free food, bowl, drink and win some cool prizes! All at Northern Liberties’ nightlife hot spot North Bowl Lounge n’ Lanes.

When: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: North Bowl Lounge n’ Lanes (
909 N. 2nd St.; Philadelphia, PA 19123
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Registration Required at the Event Page – Space is Limited!

Cost: Free, but please bring a donation of canned food for our charity, Philabundance.

PhillyCHI will have a table at the event. We will be providing raffle prizes to several lucky winners.
Complimentary food will be provided and drink specials will be available.


Paticipating Organizations:

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Philadelphia Area New Media Association (PANMA)
Philadelphia Flash Platform Adobe User Group (PFPAUG)
Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GFPO)
Philly Illustrator User Group (PIUG)
Philadelphia Flex User Group
Social Media Club Philadelphia (SMC Philly)
Philadelphia Photoshop User Group
AIGA | the professional association for design – Philadelphia



the boss group
Marketing Capital Management
North Bowl Lounge n’ Lanes


With over 400 attendees last year, the Creative Mega Social is an event you won’t want to miss!

Space is limited! Don’t wait, register now!

We look forward to seeing you there!

World Usability Day 2009: Designing for a Sustainable World | Thursday 11/12

Please join UPA Delaware Valley, PhillyCHI, and UsabilityNJ in celebrating the 5TH ANNUAL WORLD USABILITY DAY.

Speakers include Jackie O’Neil, Director at e3bank, and Tanya Seaman, Co-Founder of PhillyCarShare.


THEME: Designing for a Sustainable World

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
(6:00pm – 6:30pm social time)

Comcast Center, 42nd Floor Amphitheater
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The Comcast Center is directly accessible from Suburban Station, a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Center City Philadelphia.

COST: FREE! World Usability Day is free and open to everyone.

Light fare food and refreshments will be provided.

Register now! Seating is limited and registration is required. Comcast security will let you into the building only if you have registered in advance.

*Please bring your business card for a chance to win a door prize (details below).


Jackie O’Neil, e3bank

User Experience Design and Sustainability: The story of applying both to the home, and how UXAs can choose to make a big difference.

About Jackie O’Neil

Jackie is a Delaware Valley sustainability leader, advocate, and a winner of the 2007 Philadelphia Sustainability Award. Jackie built the first LEED Gold certified homes in the U.S., which are also net-zero energy homes. Thousands of people, from the U.S. and as far away as Japan and Nigeria, have made the pilgrimage to visit her home and share the vision of what is possible.

She is a director at e3bank, a triple bottom line bank starting up to support more sustainable residential and commercial development and business practices.

Jackie has 30 years of high level management, systems strategy, usability design, web, and user experience design for companies such as The Vanguard Group, where she started and managed web design and usability. She is currently a principal at Intuitive Design Group, where she consults on E*strategy and user experience for companies such as Merck, GSK, Rohm and Haas, Unisys, Fannie Mae, and many more.

Tanya Seaman, PhillyCarShare

PhillyCarShare’s Quest to Make Sustainability Easy and Convenient

Tanya will discuss her experience starting and running the nonprofit car-sharing organization PhillyCarShare – from the standpoint of a driven business professional who is deeply interested in environmental sustainability. She will explore the evolution of the service’s online reservation systems and back-office applications, as well as the challenges and milestones she experienced in creating a convenient, affordable, and sustainable service.

About Tanya Seaman

Tanya co-founded the award-winning nonprofit car-sharing organization PhillyCarShare. She served as its original executive director and was instrumental in the organization’s expansion and tremendous growth. Aided by significant government funding received from 2006 to 2008, PhillyCarShare became the fastest-growing and largest regional car-sharing organization in the world, with over 50,000 enrollments by mid-2008.

Since leaving PhillyCarShare in 2008, Tanya has consulted for government entities as well as car-share clients in their start-up and growth phases. She has provided executive-level consulting to GRID magazine, which covers topics about sustainable living in Philadelphia. She’s also collaborated with Metavera Inc., the principal provider of car-sharing systems in North America.

Tanya holds a Master in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor degree in Design from the University of California at Davis. In recognition of her assertive leadership, technological prowess, and unequivocal commitment to PhillyCarShare, the Philadelphia Business Journal has recognized Tanya as one of Philadelphia’s outstanding “40 Under 40″.


Door prizes will be provided through a random drawing. Please bring your business cards for a chance to win a door prize.


Platinum Sponsors

Blue Plate Minds Logo
Rosetta Marketing Logo
YellowBook Logo
Aquent Logo

Gold Sponsors

Compass Healthcare Communications

Silver Sponsors

G2 Interactive Logo
MissionStaff Logo
The Boss Group Logo


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PhillyCHI November Happy Hour | Thursday 11/5

Join PhillyCHI as we ease into fall with drinks and good eats at Iron Hill Brewery in Media.
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Media
30 East State Street
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Phone: 610-627-9000
Come socialize and network with design and usability professionals at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Media. The happy hour will feature $3 house pints and half-price traditional pizza. This event is open to the public, so bring a friend!

The Iron Hill Brewery is about 1/2 mile walk from the Media SEPTA station, accessible by the R3 Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line. View the R3 Media/Elwyn weekly schedule:
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