PhillyCHI & Tech in Motion Co-Hosted Meeting – Panel: Applications of Responsive Web Design – Tuesday, July 24th

Please join us for a panel discussion on applications and approaches to Responsive Web Design (RWD) — a technique for adapting web layouts to multiple viewing environments. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location:  2 Liberty Place, 50 South 16th Street, 3rd Floor (map:
RSVP: (nice, but not necessary)

About the Panel

Panelists will each give short presentations of case studies, usability tests, their experiences, and the pros and cons with the implementation of responsive web design. After all panelists have presented, a round of audience Q&A will follow.

Anthony Colangelo, Happy CogAnthony Colangelo

Anthony is a 21-year-old front- and back-end developer at Happy Cog, who also (sometimes successfully) tries to design. He loves usability, responsive design, semantic markup, object-oriented programming, optimized database queries, and making things people love. When not typing semicolons and all that, you’ll probably find him playing music, watching Philadelphia sports, or talking about space.



Catherine Farman, Bryn Mawr CollegeCatherine Farman

Catherine Farman has been building websites for over half her life, starting with HTML cobbled together in Notepad sent to Geocities over a dialup connection. Since then she’s learned modern web design and now works as Web Developer/Designer for Bryn Mawr College, where she focuses on usable interfaces, accessibility, and responsive web design. Her excitement for responsive design grew out of a frustration with difficult-to-navigate mobile websites and a desire to make the web better for everyone. For fun she teaches women how to code for Girl Develop It and organizes networking events with Girl Geek Dinners.


Gerald Gant, VanguardGerald Gant

Embracing key user experience methodologies, Jerry’s designs are modeled on the psychology and emotional experiences of targeted users. Jerry has undergone the highs and lows of the struggle to persuade decision-makers to place the users’ needs and desires above the latest technology and “coolness” factor. His latest project has placed him in the hub of Vanguard’s first foray into responsive design.



Jake HillerPunk AveJake Hiller

Jake Hiller is a Front-end Developer and Designer at P’unk Avenue in South Philadelphia. In his three years at P’unk, he has designed and built sites for clients like Duke University, UPenn, and CHOP. He’s also contributed heavily to the open source Apostrophe Content Management System. He was integral in bringing responsive design and development techniques to P’unk Avenue, and is continually evaluating the many good and bad aspects of the responsive design process.


Matt HummelRed PrivetMatt Hummel

Matt Hummel is an accomplished strategist, designer, consultant, and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in user interface design, 14 of which focus on customer experience, user-centered design methods, and usability. In 2009, Hummel founded Red Privet, a Harrisburg-based customer experience design firm that helps companies gain more business value from their digital products. Prior to this, he managed all aspects of web products as Vice President of Web Development at the PHEAA. Hummel also has served as Director, Experience Strategy at Rare Medium and Vice President at Ariel PCS, where he led successful consulting engagements with top firms including Walt Disney Imagineering, Fisher-Price, General Motors, Citigroup, and Paychex.


Matt Thomas, BresslergroupMatt Thomas

Matt is a user experience + interaction designer, academic, adventurer, and geek.  He is passionate about the ideation and creation of engaging user experiences that delight the senses. He works at renowned industrial and interaction design firm, Bresslergroup, where he’s striving to implement responsive design techniques beyond the web browser and in embedded user interfaces. He’s also currently striving to gain momentum with his master’s thesis on the subject of computer-based learning with touchscreen devices.



About Tech in Motion: Philadelphia

Tech in Motion: Philadelphia is an inclusive group for all Philadelphia technology lovers and enthusiasts. We have regular meetups on anything and everything that we think will interest the tech community. Whether you are an entry-level programmer, an expert in the field, an open-minded entrepreneur, or just a hobbyist — this group is for you. Sponsored by Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates. Learn more about Tech in Motion: Philadelphia at

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 or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.