October Social: Time Restaurant & Bar

Please join us for our next social at 8pm on Thursday, October 21st at Time in Center City. Time has a great selection of wines, beer, and even absinthe. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend!

NOTE: This starts at 8:00pm, not 6:00pm like most of our socials.

Date: Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Time Restaurant & Bar
Address: 1315 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 985-4800
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/2d4zdkx
Website: http://www.timerestaurant.net/home.html
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (Nice, but not necessary)

This social event will be held after UX Show & Tell. For more information about UX Show & Tell, visit http://uxshowntell-philly2.eventbrite.com/.

Meeting: Experience Frameworks with Crystal Kubitsky – Wednesday 10/13

Please join us for our next meeting “Experience Frameworks” with veteran PhillyCHI member Crystal Kubitsky.

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Wharton School of Business, John M. Huntsman Hall, Room G50
Address: 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Google Map & Directions: http://tinyurl.com/av96yb
Campus Map & Parking: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/map.php
Please Register: http://phillychi-oct1.eventbrite.com

About the Presentation

In an interview with Johnny Holland this year, Jesse James Garrett spoke about the need for experience frameworks: “We need to be able to talk, as a professional community, about what differentiates successful experience design from unsuccessful (or absent) experience design. In order to do that we need frameworks for thinking about experience, describing it’s qualities, and evaluating it.”

Throughout the past few years, many frameworks have emerged in the field of user experience, but few appear as the topic of debate and there’s little public evidence that these frameworks are effectively being used as tools for experience design.

Crystal will also introduce several user experience frameworks she’s uncovered from the industry and facilitate a discussion on the usefulness of them as experience design tools.

You will also see examples of how she used one of these frameworks — The Experience Cycle by Hugh Dubberly and Shelley Evenson — was used as a tool to support framing, communicating and evaluating experience design.

About Crystal Kubitsky

Crystal Kubitsky is a Senior Information Architect and User Experience Researcher at Comcast. She has spent the last 5 years helping to make entertainment and communications products better for Comcast customers. For the past 2 years she has primarily focused on user experience research and helping to build this capacity at Comcast.

Crystal is also a former officer of PhillyCHI and has helped to organize the annual IA Summit.

Meeting: "The Design Gap" with Jon Deutsch

PhillyCHI is pleased to present Jon Deutsch for our September event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Jon will share his experience on how design and design thinking bring value to businesses and organizations.

**Important registration and attendance info**

  • Registration is required, and should be made in advance. The Bank’s Law Enforcement officers will not admit any PhillyCHI members or attendees not listed on the registration sheet. Register Here: http://phillychi-sept1.eventbrite.com
  • Visitors should enter the building at the 7th street entrance.
  • We need to close registration 36 or 48 hours in advance so we can make sure the Fed actually has the list 24 hours prior.
  • Attendees need to go through a brief security screening/scanner (similar to an airport scanner).
  • Please have identification ready to show security.
  • The doors will open at 5:30 to accommodate security.

Date: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 5:30-6:30PM)
Location: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Address: 10 Independence Mall (7th & Arch St)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-6000
Website: http://www.philadelphiafed.org/
Map & Directions: http://bit.ly/9OTHBk
Registration is Required: http://phillychi-sept1.eventbrite.com

About the Presentation

“The Design Gap” — Why Design Matters and Why it Should be Used to Solve More Problems with Jon Deutsch
Design is one of the most underutilized disciplines in business, yet it is one of the most effective ways to create a differentiation in most any aspect of an organization. This presentation will discuss the multiple facets of design, look at case studies where design-centric thinking enabled breakthrough solutions, and offer models for using design in more areas of business.

About Jon Deutsch

Principal & Senior Strategist, Capital D Design

As Principal and Chief Strategist of Capital D Design, Jonathan Deutsch is responsible for the foundational principles that enable CapD’s design-centric approach to innovation, problem solving and user experience. He applies this thinking to problems ranging from brand & messaging to usability & technology, to organizations & leadership.

Jonathan began his career in information technologies, and quickly transitioned into information system design & planning, interactive/web program management, and eventually global interactive strategy and brand communications & design.

Jonathan has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, and a Masters of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. It was through his master’s program at Penn where Jonathan developed and honed the concept of Capital D Design, and developed the “Design Gap” methodology.

Jonathan is also certified in Global Studies and Leadership Management by the University of Pennsylvania.

About our Sponsor

The Federal Reserve of Philadelphia

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government.

One of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Learn more at http://www.philadelphiafed.org/


Please contact the PhillyCHI Officers at phillychi@gmail.com.

RESCHEDULED Social: Tuesday 9/7/2010 – Happy Hour at Time Restaurant & Bar

Please join us for Happy Hour at Time Restaurant & Bar in Center City. Time has a great selection of wines, beer, and even absinthe. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend!

Date: Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Time Restaurant & Bar
Address: 1315 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 985-4800
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/2d4zdkx
Website: http://www.timerestaurant.net/home.html
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (Nice, but not necessary)

Social: Joint UX Summer Picnic – Saturday 8/21

Joint UX Summer Picnic

Please join PhillyCHI, UPA Delaware Valley, PANMA, and AIGA 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. Food and drinks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Date and Time: Saturday, Aug. 21st, 2010, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Ridley Creek State Park, Pavilion 3
351 Gradyville Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073-2803
Google Map
Park Website
Park Phone: (610) 892-3900

Register (Please indicate the total number of attendees)

More Info About the Park and the Event

  • We have reserved pavilion 3, which is a covered pavilion with picnic tables.
  • Bathroom facilities and a playground are located near the pavilion.
  • Our platinum sponsor Empathy Lab will be providing some activities for the kids.
  • Feel free to bring Frisbees, wiffle ball sets, or anything else to add to the festivities.
  • The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the park.
  • 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 Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

About Empathy Lab

Empathy Lab is a digital agency dedicated to the strategic pairing of user and client needs to drive break-through interactive experiences and business results.  Over the past five years, we have applied our unique methods of understanding end-user behavior towards mission critical eCommerce and broadband initiatives involving world-class brands including Verizon, WWE, Rogers Communications, PBS Sprout, Payless Shoes, Saucony, Dow Jones, Clarins, Game Stop, David’s Bridal, Sony Pictures, Walgreens, and GSK.  We are currently exploring ways to expand our geographic reach and strategic offerings and are always looking for new talent to help us in our quest to become the world’s most influential digital strategy and execution firm. Learn more at http://www.empathylab.com/.

Gold Sponsors

About Blue Plate Minds

We’re blue plate minds, a creative staffing agency representing advertising and marketing professionals for freelance and permanent hire. With 25 years in this business we know that mediocrity kills. That’s why we only represent the top five percent. We also know that a personal, hands-on approach with our clients and our candidates helps us create perfect matches. And when that happens, it’s euphoria all around. Visit us at http://www.blueplateminds.com/.

About Happy Cog

Founded by visionary Jeffrey Zeldman and staffed by creative superstars, Happy Cog delivers beautiful websites that never lose sight of the human being using them. From site structure to interface design, from branding to content development, Happy Cog’s people are the authorities. Learn more at http://www.happycog.com.

About Rosetta Marketing

For nearly 20 years, Rosetta has been translating customer connections into measurable business growth for our clients.  Our passionate team of over 600 strategy, marketing, creative and technology experts has positioned us as one of the top ten interactive agencies in the country. Our dedication to client work within Consumer Products & Retail, Healthcare, Financial Services, Consumer Technology & Media, B2B, and Travel & Hospitality industries has created enduring partnerships with our clients including Scholastic, Coach, Borders, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nationwide, Marriott and Microsoft. Learn more at http://rosettamarketing.com/.

Silver Sponsors

About Chariot Solutions

Chariot Solutions is an enterprise application development consulting firm. We build and integrate the critical software applications that run our clients’ businesses. We are successful because we attract the most talented and collaborative software architects in the region. They are leaders in Java, open source and emerging technologies. We work in small, agile teams. We solve hard problems with a practical approach centered on communication, common sense and continual learning. Learn more at http://chariotsolutions.com/.

About Intelligence Capital Network (ICN)

ICN is a one of a kind talent organization. By providing our clients access to the brightest people, ideas and solutions, we help drive your success.  ICN is a full service technical and marketing staffing firm that partners with clients to afford them access to the top creative and IT talent across the full employment spectrum.  By leveraging experienced leadership, client insights, and operational excellence, ICN allows for timely and cost effective growth. Learn more at http://www.icn-i.com/.

About MISI Company

The Experience Matters
To your customers. To your business. To your bottom line.
An online purchase, a phone call, an in-person conversation, an announcement on your intranet — every touch point with your business is an interaction between you and your audience. Successful interactions lead to success for your business. We provide objective, evidence-based guidance necessary to craft successful interactions. Together our Architecture, Creative, Measurement, and Technology teams provide a comprehensive set of core skills that enable you to define, design and deliver successful experiences. Learn more at http://www.misicompany.com/.

About the Participating Organizations

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. Learn more at http://phillychi.acm.org/.

About 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, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. More information is available at http://upadelawarevalley.org/.


The Philadelphia Area New Media Association serves individuals and companies involved in digital development. We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals. Visit us at http://www.panma.org/.

About AIGA Philadelphia

In 1981, a group of Philadelphia designers formed AIGA Philadelphia, the first local chapter. Presently the chapter is comprised of over 700 members. AIGA Philadelphia’s purpose is both integral and complementary to the national organization: to provide the highest standards within the profession and the business community and to stimulate interest and understanding of graphic design and visual communication through lectures, exhibitions, periodicals and other activities.  For more information, visit http://www.aigaphilly.org/.

PhillyCHI Social: Thursday, 8/12 – Technology & Design-Themed Quizzo

PhillyCHI is pleased to host our fourth Technology and Design-Themed Quizzo night. Trivia questions will be based on technology, design, architecture, art history, and other related topics. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams. So come socialize with design and user experience professionals, try your hand at trivia, and (hopefully) learn a thing or two, all over tasty food and drinks.

Date: Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM (Game starts at 8PM, so please come early to get a table)
Location: National Mechanics
Address: 22 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Website: http://www.nationalmechanics.com/
Map & Directions: http://nationalmechanics.com/philadelphia-hours-directions
Register: To help us plan, please register: http://phillychi-august1.eventbrite.com/

What is a “Quizzo”?
Quizzo is a live trivia game, usually hosted at a bar. The game is played with teams of two to eight people. Several rounds of questions are held. Questions are read out loud while each team writes down the answers. The team that answers the most trivia questions correctly wins first place.