June Meeting: Creating Game-Based User Interfaces with John Ferrara

Please join us for a “Creating Game-Based User Interfaces,” a presentation by one of PhillyCHI’s veteran members, John Ferrara.

Date: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Messagefirst
Address: 230 N 2nd Street, Suite 2C, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (under the Ben Franklin Bridge)
Map & Directions: http://tinyurl.com/yd3uyld
Parking Info: http://www.philapark.org/parkinglocator/parking_locator.aspx (Moderately priced parking is available in a garage located directly across 2nd Street from Messagefirst)

Register: http://phillychi-june2.eventbrite.com/ (Please help us plan by registering for the event)

About the Presentation

Video games are a primary means by which staggering numbers of people interact with computers. Game mechanics have been successfully integrated into compelling real-world applications like Foursquare, Google Image Labeler, and Fold.it. So why do we still view game design as a practice that’s separate from user experience design? We should drop that artificial distinction, and game design should become a permanent part of our UX toolkit. We should furthermore expand our skillset to adopt the core competencies needed to build high-quality game experiences. This fun and interactive presentation will encourage UX professionals to consider game-based solutions to common design problems, and outline ten guidelines to help them maximize the success of game-based projects.

About John Ferrara

John Ferrara is the author of the upcoming book, “Playful Design: Creating Game Experiences in Everyday Interfaces”, published by Rosenfeld Media. He’s worked in information architecture since 1999, designing interfaces for websites, desktop applications, and video games. He’s been at Vanguard since 2006, and before that did significant work for Unisys and General Electric. You can follow his blog at http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/game-design/.

About Our Sponsor, Messagefirst

Messagefirst is Philadelphia-based design research consulting firm. We work with companies to help them increase revenues, decrease costs, and ultimately improve the user experience of their products or services. Our goal-oriented data-driven design process improves performance and creates compelling experiences that solve business problems in a beautiful way. And unlike other consulting firms, we don’t just redesign products and service – we actually work with your team to plan and implement the design solution.

To learn more about Messagefirst, please visit: http://www.messagefirst.com