Category Archives: Socials

PhillyCHI Happy Hour – Kildare's in King of Prussia, Thursday, June 18, 2009

Please note the date is June 18, 2009.

Come celebrate the beginning of summer with PhillyCHI at Kildare’s in the Western Suburbs. Stop by for a pint and some friendly conversation. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend!

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Time: 6:00 – 8:00
Location: Kildare’s Irish Pub
Address: 826 Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA19406
Phone: 610-337-4772
Website: http://www.kildarespub.com/main.php

RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (nice, but not necessary)

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. For more information visit: http://phillychi.acm.org/.

Joint Happy Hour with PANMA/PhillyCHI

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo by joining PhillyCHI and PANMA for a beer, or two!

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Time: 6:00 – 8:00
Location: Triumph Brewing Company 117 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 625-0855
Directions: http://www.triumphbrewing.com

phillychi@gmail.com (nice, but not necessary)

About PANMA

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association serves individuals and companies involved in digital development. By offering a professionally and socially friendly environment, PANMA enhances the interconnections in our community, encourages locally trained and educated professionals to make their homes in the Philadelphia region, and increases employment and business opportunities for our industry.

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association supports the regional digital development community.

We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals.

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.

PhillyCHI | CreativeConnects Happy Hour – Wed, March 11

* Please note, our regular third Thursday happy hour will replaced by this joint social. *

Please join PhillyCHI and CreativeConnects for a joint social this month. Pass the word and meet your colleagues for a drink and conversation at Alfa Bar in Center City Philadelphia.

Event Details
Event: PhillyCHI | CreativeConnects Joint Happy Hour
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time: 5:30-8PM
Location: Alfa Bar, Walnut Room
Address: 1709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Parking & Mass Transit: There are two parking garages located on 16th and Chancellor St.
The closest SEPTA stop is the Walnut-Locust station.

Invitation: http://www.thebossgroup.com/modules/creative_connects/

Join us for CreativeConnects, a free social event hosted by The BOSS Group for creative, marketing, communications, advertising and web professionals. Come network with colleagues, meet new people, keep up with industry news and get leads on jobs and business opportunities.

No formal program, no RSVP required, lite bites and one drink for the first 35 attendees courtesy of The BOSS Group.

About the BOSS Group
The BOSS Group is, literally, where talent and opportunity meet. It’s where creative and marketing communications professionals come to find jobs and assignments, resources and industry connections, and where clients find the talent that will help them succeed.

We’re committed to meeting the employment needs of employers and individuals with equal success. Our unparalleled staffing expertise for the creative industry and close partnerships with our talent and clients alike offer a true competitive advantage. The BOSS Group is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia’s chapter of the ACM SIG-CHI, a professional and academic group for those interested in user experience, information architecture, usability and other related disciplines. Find more information at: http://phillychi.acm.org.

PhillyCHI | UPA Joint Meeting on 2/26 – Angela Colter: Determining Readability

WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
* Meet & Greet from 6:00 – 6:30 PM *

WHERE: John M. Huntsman Hall, Room 260
Wharton School of Business
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Map: http://tinyurl.com/av96yb
Parking Info: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=419

RSVP: Please let us know you are coming at phillychi@gmail.com

Determining Readability: Ensuring Users Can Understand Your Content

Organizations spend countless hours and lots of money worrying over the usability of their sites. But this usually means simply seeing if users can navigate the site, operate widgets, and perform critical functions. Rarely do they ever test to see if users can read, understand, and use the site’s content.
This presentation by veteran readability tester Angela Colter, will examine the how’s and why’s of readability testing.

About the Presentation

The newly minted revision of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines include the directive to “make text content readable and understandable.” WCAG 2.0 success criteria are meant to be testable … so how do you test for readability?

This presentation will cover how to determine:
1. the reading ability required by text content
2. the reading ability of users
3. whether or not users understand text content

We’ll talk about readability formulas: what they are, how they work, how to apply them and why many in the plain language movement dismiss them altogether. We’ll also discuss low literacy as an accessibility issue and how to recruit low-lit participants for usability studies.

By the end of this session, you’ll be able to determine the grade level required to understand a sample of text, choose which readability formula to apply, and communicate what the results do — and more importantly, don’t — mean. And hopefully, you’ll have a better understanding of why and how to consider
the needs of poor readers.

Do you write text content? Conduct user research and usability tests? Or generally want to make sure that your content is understood by the widest audience possible? Then this talk is for you.

About the Speaker

Angela Colter is a freelance usability and accessibility consultant in Philadelphia.

She has worked on numerous readability projects for the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Justice, and Pfizer. While a senior usability specialist at UserWorks, she was the lead researcher for a Government Accountability Office study on the readability of credit card disclosure materials.

Angela is a doctoral candidate at the University of Baltimore researching how to make search engines easier for users with low literacy skills.

About Our Sponsor

Liberty Personnel Services is a staffing firm formed with the guiding principles of professionalism, integrity and efficiency. We are committed to building long term relationships with our clients, job seekers, and our own employees. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies and small corporations ranging from start-ups to companies over 100 years old. Our proven system enables us to deliver a superior service for both the employer and job seeker. For more information: http://www.libertyjobs.com/.

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: http://phillychi.acm.org/.

About the UPA Delaware Valley

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) provides networking and professional development opportunities for usability professionals, information architects, designers, and other professionals and students in the Philadelphia metro area, including Philadelphia, central
New Jersey, and Delaware. Our focus is on sharing information about professional
skills and skill development, methodologies, tools, and technologies. Learn more at: http://upadelawarevalley.org/.

Joint PhillyCHI | IDSA Philly Happy Hour – Friday, February 20, 2009

IDSA Philly and Philly CHI invite you to join us for a joint happy hour at Mad River Bar & Grille.

Event Details
Date: Friday, February 20, 2009
Time: 6-8PM
Location: Mad River Bar & Grille
126 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Website: http://www.maderiverphilly.com
RSVP: Not needed, but nice: phillychi@gmail.com

Mad River Bar & Grille is something different from the Old City lounge scene. There are no ropes or private rooms for bottle service here. Instead, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere with a good-looking crowd of young professionals who are either meeting friends or making new ones seven days a week. Mad River is Old City’s only place with drink specials every day and serves our upscale pub menu for lunch and dinner daily.

Named after a famous ski run in Vermont, Mad River opened on October 8, 2004, and has all the familiar trademarks of this popular East Coast concept, from the copper-top bars to pairs of skis on the wall.

As always, we hope to see you there!

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s professional group for those interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability and other related disciplines. We meet once a month to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Check us out at http://phillychi.acm.org/.

About IDSA Philly
Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design. IDSA’s mission is threefold:
– Lead the profession by expanding our horizons, connectivity and influence, and our service to members
– Inspire design quality and responsibility through professional development and education
– Elevate the business of design and improve our industry’s value
More information at: http://www.idsa.org

PhillyCHI Year-End Winter Social – Wed, 12/10

PhillyCHI has had an amazing year. In 2008, we increased the size of our mailing list to almost 450, our average meeting size was 41, and our socials were well attended and included some very interesting building tours.

Come celebrate this amazing year at our annual year-end Winter Social. Meet the new officers and join us for bowling, appetizers and drinks.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 7 – 9PM
WHERE: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 – http://www.northbowlphilly.com
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

Bowling is first come, first serve and free! Appetizers and the first drink is on the house.

ABOUT OUR SPONSORS

Aquent
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Aquent is the world’s largest marketing staffing firm. For 20 years they’ve been the leader in helping marketing organizations find the people they need, on a freelance and direct-hire basis, and in helping marketing professionals find the rewarding assignments they want. They represent talent in virtually every marketing discipline, from brand managers to copywriters, from data analysis to web designers.

In addition, Aquent offers marketing organizations a wide range of services including consulting, studio solutions, project management, and translation/localization.

To find out more about Aquent, visit http://www.aquent.com.

saturdave
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saturdave is a user experience consulting firm based in the City of Brotherly Love. Founded by Dave Cooksey, saturdave specializes in crafting compelling experiences informed by user research, building user-centric taxonomies, and executing first rate information architecture.

To learn more about saturdave visit http://saturdave.com or email Dave at dave@saturdave.com.