PhillyCHI Meeting: Chris Avore – Under(standing) the Influence

Please join PhillyCHI and Chris Avore as he presents an exploration into social influence and what designers need to know when building artifacts and systems designed to be used and shared throughout people’s networks.

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM (Social time from 6:00-7:00PM)
Location: The Art Institute of Philadelphia, 8th Floor
1622 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (map)
RSVPPhillyCHI@gmail.com (nice, but not necessary)

Studying influence is a not new discipline. Many sociological and social psychological theories and piles of mainstream and academic research exist, all of which are trying to make sense of the origin, reach, and effects of influence. But how can we turn all this existing knowledge into strategies and approaches to design to influence others?

Influence matters more for than ever for business now, and services like Klout are in the news and at the forefront of social influence marketing strategies. We’ll explore if such services should be in the discussion at all.

Throughout the presentation, we’ll review actionable tips and strategies designers can use when they want to–or are expected to–catalyze behavior change in the users of their digital products.

Audience participation will help reveal and crystallize key themes of influence and why many marketers may be missing valuable opportunities to connect with their customers. A bibliography will be available for interested attendees.

About The Art Institute of Philadelphia
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.

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.

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 athttp://www.phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

Joint UX Picnic: Potluck in the Park, Sunday, August 12

Please join Philadelphia Metro Chapter of STC, PhillyCHI, Delaware Valley UxPA, and UX Book Club Philadelphia for a family-friendly affair (children and significant others are more than welcome). We’ve reserved a pavilion at Ridley Creek State Park in Newtown Square, PA. The hosting organizations will provide the basics. Guests are asked to bring a favorite casserole, side dish, or dessert. There will be face painting and animal balloons and other games for kids. This event is free and open to the public. So please join us!

* Please register to help us plan. *

Date: Sunday, August 12, 2012 (rain or shine)
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Ridley Creek State Park, Pavilion 3
351 Gradyville Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073-2803
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/28f5u2c
Park Website: http://tinyurl.com/ygcb849
Park Phone: (610) 892-3900
More Info About the Park & Event
  • We have reserved pavilion 3, which is a covered pavilion with picnic tables.
  • The hosting organizations will provide the picnic basics: protein for the grill (both meat and vegetarian options), buns, chips, condiments, beverages, as well as plates, cups, napkins, and utensils.
  • Guests are asked to bring a favorite picnic / summertime dish or dessert.
  • Awards for best casserole / picnic dish and best dessert will be awarded so bring your favorites!
  • There will be face painting and balloon animals by Bonbon’s Parties for the kids
  • Feel free to bring frisbees, horseshoes, other lawn games, or anything else to add to the festivities.
  • The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the park.
  • Bathroom facilities and a playground are located near the pavilion.
  • Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.
  • The park office is located in Media, but the address of the visitor area is in Newtown Square, PA. Please use the address above for directions, online mapping tools, GPS devices, etc.
About the Hosting Organizations
Philadelphia Metro Chapter of STC’s mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of technical communication for audiences worldwide. STC is concerned with the education, improvement, and advancement of its members. STC-PMC fills these needs on a local basis through a wide range of activities, including monthly meetings; Special Interest Groups; News & Views, a monthly newsletter; employment and education information; and competitions for technical publications, technical art, and online communications. Learn more at http://wwwstcpmc.org.
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.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.
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. The Delaware Valley UxPA provides business advocacy by serving as an independent and informed voice for user centered design and its related services. It is also offers networking and professional development opportunities for UxPA members in Philadelphia, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Learn more at http://upadelawarevalley.org.
The UX (User Experience) Book Club Philadelphia is a get-together in which people interested in the area of user experience come to discuss a book relevant to the discipline. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/39614303583.

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: http://goo.gl/maps/w1sN)
RSVP: PhillyCHI@gmail.com (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 http://www.meetup.com/TechinMotionPhilly.

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 http://www.phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI Meeting – Dario Salvucci – Walk, Text, and Chew Gum: A Computational Approach to Understanding Human Multitasking

Please join us as Dario Salvucci from Drexel University discusses “threaded cognition,” a theory that explains multitasking behavior. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Ruth Auditorium, Nesbitt Hall
Drexel University
33rd & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
RSVPphillyCHI@gmail.com

About the Presentation
Multitasking pervades our daily lives in many forms: walking and talking, listening and note-taking, even (say it ain’t so!) dialing and driving. In this talk, I will describe the theory of “threaded cognition,” which states that multitasking can be represented as the interleaving of multiple cognitive “threads.” Threaded cognition uses computational cognitive models to simulate multitasking behavior and account for potential interference between two tasks. I will outline the theory and discuss a number of computational accounts of multitasking phenomena in both laboratory and applied tasks, especially in the context of driver distraction and human-computer interaction.

About the Presenter
Dario Salvucci is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, both in Computer Science. His work explores computational models of human behavior in complex tasks, with particular emphasis on multitasking and driving. Dr. Salvucci has written extensively in the areas of cognitive science, human factors, and human-computer interaction, and has received several awards including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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.acm.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI Meeting – John Ferrara – Fitter Critters: Designing a Persuasive Video Game, Thursday, May 24

Please join us as John Ferrara discusses how designers can build meaningful and persuasive game experiences. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.
*Space is limited. Registration required.*

About the Presentation

The unique ability of video games to command playersʼ attention and express meaning procedurally may make them, among user experience channels, an ideal way to persuade. This presentation will provide an overview of the specific strategies that our team employed in designing Fitter Critters, a prizewinning game designed to persuade children to adopt healthier eating habits. The gameʼs design drew upon our background in user experience design and the unfolding theoretical frameworks for the development of games that serve broader social objectives. Attendees will acquire methods for building persuasive games, and volunteers will be invited to play Fitter Critters live to demonstrate the process by which the game effects meaningful change in people.

About the Speaker

John Ferrara is an information architect at Vanguard and the author of the new book, “Playful Design: Creating Game Experiences in Everyday Interfaces,” published by Rosenfeld Media. John has worked as a user experience designer for over twelve years, designing web sites, desktop software, and video games. In 2010 he co-founded Megazoid Games, which focuses on creating mobile, social, and educational player experiences. John’s nutrition education game “Fitter Critters” was a top prizewinner in the 2010 Apps for Healthy Kids contest, awarded by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wonderful wife and superhero daughter.

About Our Sponsor

OSIsoft (www.osisoft.com) delivers the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, for management of real-time data and events. With installations in 107 countries spanning the globe, the OSIsoft PI System is used in manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, data centers, facilities, and the process industries. This global installed base relies upon the OSIsoft PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprise-wide visibility into operational, manufacturing and business data. The PI System enables users to manage assets, mitigate risks, comply with regulations, improve processes, drive innovation, make business decisions in real time, and to identify competitive business and market opportunities. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft, LLC is headquartered in San Leandro, CA, with operations worldwide and is privately held. 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.

PhillyCHI Open Studio: Electronic Ink – Thursday, May 17th

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: Electronic Ink
One South Broad Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-922-3800
Map: http://g.co/maps/yu5ry
Parking: http://philapark.org/
RSVP – Nice but not necessary: phillychi@gmail.com

Come socialize with design and research professionals at PhillyCHIʼs May open studio. Electronic Ink will open its doors to the design community for an informal happy hour and tour of its Broad Street research labs and design spaces. Drop by and talk shop with the Electronic Ink crew, participate in a usability test, and see examples of their work. This event is free and open to the public.

About Electronic Ink
Electronic Ink is an international business system design consultancy dedicated to improving the way people interact with technology, environments and one another. With a global interdisciplinary team of researchers, designers and technologists, Electronic Ink works with organizations worldwide to solve their most complex challenges. Using a unique research and design process, we create systems, software and experiences that balance business objectives with human contexts. In collaboration with our clients, we join analytical and creative thought to produce innovative solutions and transformative results. For more information about the company, visit www.electronicink.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 phillychi.acm.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.