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UX Book Club & PhillyCHI Present: What We Can Learn From Digital Outcasts

UX Book Club and PhillyCHI present Kel Smith: Digital Outcasts. Kel will be giving a presentation on how we can use technology to help people with disabilities and disadvantages rather than leaving them behind, followed by a Q&A.

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT **

As always, you’re not required to read or finish the book to attend. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
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Why We Fail: Learning from Experience Design Failures

Please join PhillyCHI as we present Victor Lombardi who will discuss what we can learn from experience design failures.

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No Swiping. Patents in the Interaction Design Process, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rob Tannen, PhD - No Swiping: Patents in the Interaction Design Process

Please join PhillyCHI as we present Rob Tannen, PhD and special guest, Leonid “Lenny” Kravets, who will discuss the basics of design and utility patents, and the relevancy of patents to the interaction design process.

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT **

  • Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM (social time from 6:00PM-7:00PM)
  • Location: Bresslergroup, Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. 1-2 (basement)
  • Phone: 215-209-3046
  • Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/BKQ9J
  • Registration: http://noswiping.eventbrite.com

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PhillyCHI Meeting: Michael Carvin — Important, but Invisible, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Please join PhillyCHI as we present Michael Carvin who will be speaking on designing for Boomers.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Time: 6:30PM – 9PM (Social time from 6:30-7:30PM)
  • Location: The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Art Gallery, 1622 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Building to right of RadioShack)
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/HJdSI
  • Phone: (215) 567-7080
  • RSVP: PhillyCHI@gmail.com

About the Presentation

From starting and managing small businesses to entering insurance information to making a donation to simply trying to listen to music on an MP3 player, Michael has observed people try to do things we designers take for granted. As it turns out, many of those participants were first-wave Boomers. And more often than you’d think, they used 4-letter words to describe their experiences.

In this talk, Michael will share:

  • Stories and insights from observing and talking with Boomers
  • Reasons why this audience is more important than they get credit for
  • Cognitive and emotional pain points they experience
  • Practical strategies and tactics for helping ensure this audience is considered in your work.

About the Presenter

Michael is an independent User Experience consultant specializing in research, strategy and design. In his 16 year career, he has served a diverse client base including American Red Cross, Bank of America, BarclayCard US, Sylvan Learning Centers, and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. While consulting at Red Privet, he worked with clients in health insurance and government services.

About Our Sponsor

Whether you’re in dire need of an incredible art director, or you’re a brilliant account manager long overdue for a better gig, you are one step closer to fulfillment. So relax. Put down the frustrating pile of bad resumes. Close the crapshoot list of job openings on craigslist. And take a deep breath.

We’re blue plate minds, a creative staffing agency representing advertising and marketing professionals for freelance and permanent hire. But we’re different because we get it right. With 25 years in this business we know that mediocrity kills. That’s why we only represent the top five percent. We also know that a personal, hands-on approach with our clients and our candidates helps us create perfect matches. And when that happens, it’s euphoria all around.

About the Location

The Art Institute of Philadelphia occupies 1622 Chestnut Street, a building originally designed in 1928 as the CBS flagship radio station affiliate. Designated as a historical site by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Art Deco building became home to the college in 1982.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia is a private college with an enrollment of over 3,200 students in the fall of 2011. Conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia, the college offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Advertising, Audio Production, Culinary Management, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design Technology, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, and Web Design & Interactive Media.

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.

World Usability Day 2012: Usability of Financial Systems – Dom LaCava and Matthew Ventre, Thursday, November 8th

Please join us for an evening of discussion on the process of building great user experiences for financial systems. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
  • Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
  • Location: Temple University Center City, Room #222 – 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Directions & maps: http://www.temple.edu/tucc/about/maps-directions.asp
  • Parking: http://www.temple.edu/tucc/about/parking.asp
  • RSVP: phillyCHI@gmail.com

* NOTE: Attendees must bring a form of ID in order to gain entrance to the building. *

About the Presentations

Dom LaCava: Financial organizations have turned to mobile technology to efficiently foster better relationships customers in efficient ways. Specifically, the Vanguard Group has built a website, a mobile site, and iPhone, Android, and iPad apps. However maintaining these sites and apps has introduced higher costs and inefficiencies. Additionally, as Vanguard expands into new international markets, it faces the challenge of making its brand recognizable and desirable while making its products accessible. Although it is armed with proven methods of promoting its brand, Vanguard has the opportunity to maximize its potential to increase brand awareness, to provide access to information, and to reduce maintenance by building a responsive website.

In this presentation, Dom provides practical, non-technical examples of planning for and designing a responsive website providing attendees with an understanding of how to plan for the challenges of achieving business goals while keeping focused on client goals.

Matt Ventre: Join Matt as he takes you through the trials and triumphs of pitching, planning, and producing an entire product experience in the investor relations sector. You’ll learn about things like why it’s especially important to prototype early and often, how to get stakeholders to buy into empathy-driven design, and hitting that sweet spot in between “too many” and “just enough” artifacts.

About the Presenters

Dom La Cava is a Lead Information Architect in Vanguard’s International Marketing Department, where he strategizes an overall user experience for Vanguard’s global markets while also architecting web and mobile solutions for individual countries’ sites. Dom’s UX interests are far and wide, as he has previously presented on scenario-based design; gaming techniques for non-game interfaces; and influencing client experiences through service design. He stays in tune with UX trends by his involvement in many communities, large and small, especially PhillyCHI.

Matt Ventre is a designer who believes in the power and value of empathy. He has employed his uniquely honed approach to prototyping and iterative design to deliver web based software for leading corporations, major universities, and small companies alike. Matt thrives on bringing teams and clients together with engaging collaborative design techniques. Every day he utilizes tools from sketching to raw HTML and CSS to nurture ideas from inception to reality.

About Our Sponsors

The Archer Group

The Archer Group is the Delaware Valleyʼs fastest growing full-service digital agency, offering regional brands a single integrated partner for digital marketing solutions. The unique integration of creative, technical, and user experience professionals enables Archer to create a wide range of offerings that includes: website development, mobile application creation, online advertising, and social media solutions. Founded in 2003, the Archer Group has received numerous regional and international awards for interactive marketing excellence. It was featured in the 2009 “Philadelphia 100” list of the regionʼs fastest growing companies and Inc. magazineʼs 2008 list of the nationʼs fastest growing companies. The company is based in Wilmington, Delawareʼs Lower Market Design District (LOMA). Learn more at: http://www.archer-group.com/.

blue plate minds

Weʼre blue plate minds, a creative staffing agency representing professionals for freelance and permanent hire in the advertising and marketing industry. With 25 years in this business we know that mediocrity kills. Thatʼs why we only represent the top talent. We also know that a personal, hands-on approach with our clients and our candidates helps us create perfect matches. And when that happens, itʼs euphoria all around. Visit us at http://www.blueplateminds.com.

The BOSS Group

The BOSS Group is an award winning creative staffing agency that provides interactive, creative and marketing talent. We’ve been supplying temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire professionals to leading organizations across virtually every industry for more than 20 years. Our clients attest to our expertise in creative staffing, the high caliber of our talent and our track record of service excellence. The BOSS Group has local offices in many major metropolitan markets and is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

CE Solutions

At CE Solutions we focus on adding value to your recruitment process. Our reputation for excellence is rooted in our commitment to understand not only the qualifications and skills you need, but also your distinctive corporate culture. Each search is tailored specifically to your needs. We have a high success rate because we focus on candidate quality, as you define it. For more information, visit http://yourcesolution.com/.

Empathy Lab

Empathy Lab is a leading digital consultancy focused on driving breakthrough strategies and experiences that drive business success across web, mobile, tablet and smart TV for Fortune 500 and fast-growth organizations around the world. To learn more about Empathy Lab, visit http://empathylab.com/.

Rosetta

Rosetta is a consulting-centered interactive agency engineered to transform marketing for the connected world. We are focused on helping progressive marketers drive material business impact by translating deep consumer insights into personally relevant brand experiences across touch points and over time. Learn more at http://www.rosetta.com/.

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.

About UXPA

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the User Experience Professionals’ Association (UxPA) supports professionals who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services in the Philadelphia metro area. We provide business advocacy by serving as an independent and informed voice for user centered design and its related services. We offer networking and professional development opportunities for UPA members in Philadelphia, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Learn more at upadelawarevalley.org

Android Alliance Philadelphia / PhillyCHI Joint Meeting: Josh Clark – Beyond Mobile: Where No Geek Has Gone Before, Monday, October 22

Please join us for an evening with designer Josh Clark, author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps”, as he discusses the future of mobile applications and devices. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
  • 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 the Presentation

Everyday technology is hurtling into the realm of science fiction, even magic, with new devices that are as surprising and delightful as they are useful. Developers and designers are running hard to keep up with this warp-speed pace of tech innovation, and for now, mobile devices are at the forefront. But what’s next? Trends are emerging at the hazy edges of the tech universe that hint at the future of computer interfaces, including computers without interfaces at all.

Designer Josh Clark, author of “Tapworthy,” takes you on an expedition of this final frontier. Learn how smartphones and other sensor-rich devices have changed how we approach computing, and explore how we can better design for sensors. Learn how dumber machines will make us smarter, and how our current work lays the groundwork for a future of social devices. Along the way, you’ll see how games lead the fleet, how robots can help us build our software, and why post-PC computing is about far more than phones and tablets. Finally, understand how a smart approach to technology choices now will better prepare you for the future, to boldly go where no geek has gone before.

About the Presenter

Josh Clark is the founder of Global Moxie. Josh is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. When heʼs not building friendly interfaces, he writes about them. In Joshʼs books and blog, he explores humane software, clever design and the creative process. Josh is the author of four books, including “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (OʼReilly, 2010), all of which aim to help you harness technology to make your work easier, more beautiful, more awesome. Josh is a regular speaker at international technology conferences, sharing his insights about mobile strategy and designing for phones, tablets, and other emerging devices.

About Our Sponsor

Empathy Lab is a leading digital consultancy focused on driving breakthrough strategies and experiences that drive business success across web, mobile, tablet and smart TV for Fortune 500 and fast-growth organizations around the world. To learn more about Empathy Lab, visit http://empathylab.com/.

About Android Alliance Philadelphia

Android Alliance Philadelphia is a group of Android users, developers, enthusiasts, and newbies willing to share, teach, and learn about all Android-related topics! To learn more please visit the Android Alliance Philadelphia Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/AndroidAlliancePhilly/ or see the groupsʼs mailing list on Google Groups at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/android-alliancephiladelphia.

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.