Oct. Event – Qualitative Research & Reframer.app

How are you currently conducting research? Do you have an office wall covered with sticky notes? Dozens of spreadsheets stored in several different locations? Do you find yourself cherry-picking only the “sweet” tidbits from your audience interviews?

Join Matt Ventre as he challenges you to rethink your research methods and takes you through several all-too-common scenarios detailing the pain points of qualitative research. He’ll then give you a first-hand look at Reframer, the new collaborative analytics platform from software startup Nimbly Apps, and how it aims to ease the pain while making research engaging again.

Date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6:30-7)
Location:
messagefirst
230 N. 2nd St.
Suite 2C
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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There will be light snacks and drinks provided.

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About our Speaker

Matt Ventre is a designer at messagefirst with a background in user-centered design and web development. As a youngster, Matt created websites in his spare time, learning the building blocks of the budding web. In college, he discovered the value of iterative techniques and the power of web standards while honing his coding chops and research skills. He now spends his days designing and prototyping with modern web toolsets like HTML5 and CSS3.

Prior to joining messagefirst, Matt led experience design efforts at Raymour & Flanigan and Cornell University’s ILR School on a variety of web-based products and mission-critical applications.

About our Sponsor

nimbly apps

Elegant web-based apps for real-time collaboration, sharing information, and making team-driven decisions.

Sept. Event – Designing 'Fun' with Deb Gelman

As designers, we get a lot of elusive adjectives from clients, as they tell us what they want their sites, or apps, or software to be: “The site needs to be ‘cool,’” “It should be ‘exciting,’” “I want it to ‘pop.’” When we ask them to clarify, the answer we get back sounds a lot like “I can’t tell you what it is, but I’ll know it when I see it.”

“Fun” is a particularly difficult concept to define. And we’re starting to hear it a lot more from clients as we design for different contexts of use.

The good news? We all have an idea of what “fun” is. The bad news? The nuances in these ideas—among designers, clients, and most importantly, users—can mean the difference between a successful project and an unsuccessful one.

Join us on Thursday September 22nd when Deb Gelman will present tips and techniques for designing “fun” as well as other emotive terms. She’ll share processes, anecdotes and examples to help us make sure what we design matches the expectations of both clients and users.

Date: Thursday, Sept 22, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6:30-7)
Location:
Jon M. Huntsman Hall (Wharton)
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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There will be light snacks and drinks provided.

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About our Speaker

Deb Gelman has been involved with kids and media since 1993. After earning bachelors’ degrees in visual media and psychology from American University in Washington, DC, Deb worked in children’s television, creating educational programming for elementary-school kids. She moved into interactive media in the late 90s, studying information design and technology at Georgia Tech. Her masters’ thesis, and subsequent work, focused on using virtual worlds to teach kids about environmental science.

Since that time, Deb has been designing kids’ websites and software for companies including Crayola, PBS Sprout, Scholastic, The Campbell’s Soup Company, ING Direct and Comcast. Deb currently works as UX Studio Manager at Comcast Interactive Media in Philadelphia, PA. She is the author of Design for Kids: A Framework for Digital Experiences to be published by Rosenfeld Media in 2012.

About our Sponsor

Wharton - University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has more than 4,800 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 86,000 graduates.

As an strategic asset of the Wharton School, Wharton Computing provides the technology resources and environment to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Sept. Social – PhillyCHI Happy Hour at Sassafras

Join us Tuesday, September 13th at Sassafras in Olde City. PhillyCHI member Brady Ajay is also a jazz saxophonist and he’ll be playing there Tuesday night (7-9PM). We’ve had a couple of great socials there, and we’re happy to go back there this month.

As an extra bonus, PhillyCHI members get 20% off drinks. Just mention you’re with PhillyCHI to the bartender. There is no cover to enter. The music starts at 7, but come by earlier to get your happy hour started.

Date: Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011
Starting around: 6:30PM

Location:
Sassafras
48 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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August Event – Summer Show n' Tell

UX Show and Tell is a casual workshop where UX, IA, and IxD pros share design ideas/problems, works-in-progress, and deliverables for feedback and open dialogue with the group. Events are free & locations vary. This time around, our friendly local coworking community, IndyHall is hosting the event.

We’ll have UX Show n’ Tell host Chris Avore and four local practitioners sharing their work, taking questions, and welcoming input on their creations. It’s first come, first served for the presentation spots, so if you have a something you want to share with the group sign up before they’re gone.

We’re going BYOB-style this time, so bring your favorite summer beverage to share with the group. If you have cooking skills and want to share them, you’re encouraged to show’em as well and bring a culinary creation.

Date: Thursday, Aug 18, 2011
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6-7)
Location:
IndyHall
20 North 3rd St. Unit 201
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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About our Sponsor

Independents Hall

IndyHall is a coworking space and community located in Olde City.

IndyHall is not about the desks. The desks are a vehicle for being a more effective worker and a more active contributor to your city.

Coworking at IndyHall isn’t just for technology people. Our community is comprised of designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers, and more. The common thread is this: we all know that we’re happier and more productive together than alone.

 

Video on-demand: User Experience Research. Is there an Academic – Practitioner Divide? Mike Carvin and Mike Zarro

PhillyCHI  June 2011

Speakers: Mike Carvin and Mike Zarro

User Experience Research – Is there an Academic – Practitioner Divide?

Rather than draw a distinction between academic and practitioner research, Michael Zarro and Michael Carvin will present a view of research based on its contribution to fundamental understanding and considerations of use. Research in the fields of usability/user experience and the social sciences can be more alike than not with motivation and presentation being a primary difference.

In addition to discussing the similarities and differences of academic and practitioner research, they will look at academic research specifically and the role it can play in improving day-to-day projects for UX practitioners. They will share tips on finding the appropriate research papers and articles, understanding their contents and examples of how projects have directly benefited from such research.

About our Speakers

Michael Zarro is a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at Drexel University. Research interests include digital libraries, healthcare informatics, search, and social media. He holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel and a BA from The George Washington University. Previous experience includes time spent as a Project Lead / Developer at The University of Pennsylvania, Web Applications Developer at Bryn Mawr College, and Information Architect in industry.

Michael Carvin is a Principal Experience Designer at Red Privet, with more than 16 years of experience in evidence-based design, usability testing, analysis, and information architecture. He seeks to engage, enable and empower everyday people through simple and enriching online experiences. Previous experience includes Trellist Marketing & Technology, where he helped businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 companies realize their business goals through improved user experiences, and at Thomson Peterson’s, an industry leader in college search and selection publications.

July Event – Whit Hour LIVE Featuring Whitney Hess

Whit Hour is an open office hour where independent User Experience consultant Whitney Hess answers many of the emails she receives around going freelance, how to transition to UX, life in NYC, and her thoughts on the overlap between real life and UX practice. Whitney doesn’t prepare topics for her conversations and takes questions as they come from the chat room which, in this case, will be you the audience! Come prepared with any questions you might have for Whitney as we relax with her after her presentation at the Wharton UI Conference.

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011
Time: 6 PM – 8:30 PM (Social time & Announcements from 6-6:30)
Location:
Jon M. Huntsman Hall (Wharton)
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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There will be light snacks and drinks provided.

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About our Speaker

Whitney Hess is a user experience design consultant based in New York City. She helps make stuff easy and pleasurable to use. Whitney consults primarily with startups, most notably Boxee, House Party, NeedFeed, and RedStamp. In addition, she has collaborated with Happy Cog on projects for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Scientific American.

Prior to going independent, Whitney was on the design team at Liquidnet, an international financial software company. Previously, she was an interaction designer at Digitas and Tribal DDB, where her clients included American Express, The New York Times, Allstate, Claritin, Tropicana, and EarthLink.

Whitney received a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing and HCI, both from Carnegie Mellon University. She writes about improving the human experience on her blog, Pleasure and Pain.

About our Sponsor

Wharton - University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has more than 4,800 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 86,000 graduates.

As an strategic asset of the Wharton School, Wharton Computing provides the technology resources and environment to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge.