Tech & Design Quizzo!

In celebration of DesignPhiladelphia, PhillyCHI is pleased to host a technology and design-themed Quizzo night. Trivia questions will be based on technology, design, architecture, and other related topics. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second 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, October 8, 2009
Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM (Play starts at 8PM, so come early to get a table)
Location: National Mechanics
Address: 22 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Web: http://www.nationalmechanics.com/
Map & Directions: http://nationalmechanics.com/philadelphia-hours-directions
RSVP: Not necessary but nice: phillychi@gmail.com

About DesignPhiladelphia
Moving into its fifth year, DesignPhiladelphia is the largest national celebration of its kind. This city-wide cultural event spotlights all things design from architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, textile to graphic design. It’s a journey exploring exhibitions, workshops, studio tours, lectures, special events and product roll-outs that inspire, engage, excite and delight.

Check the website regularly as the calendar continues to evolve, calls for entry are posted, and news items are shared: http://designphiladelphia.org/.

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 http://phillychi.acm.org.

AIGA | PhillyCHI Joint Meeting – Nathan Shedroff: Sustainable Design Strategy

Please join AIGA Philadelphia and PhillyCHI in welcoming Nathan Shedroff to Philadelphia. Nathan will help kick off DesignPhiladelphia by presenting a discussion of design, business, and sustainability, and the connections between them, in a clear and easy way that will inspire you to integrate these perspectives, techniques, and tools into your practice. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Tyler School of Art, Room B004
Temple University
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Public transportation: Tyler is conveniently located a few blocks from both the Temple University SEPTA station and the Susquehanna-Dauphin subway stop
Parking & Parking Map: http://www.temple.edu/parking/main.html and http://www.temple.edu/parking/pdfdocuments/2007%20Main%20Campus%20Map.pdf
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation
Sustainable Design Strategy
The worlds of design (and design thinking), business (and strategy), and sustainability are drawing ever more tightly together. To approach either perspectives without the others is becoming less possible and more important. Nathan Shedroff will make these domains, and the connections between them, clear and easy to follow and inspire you to integrate these perspectives, techniques, and tools into your practice.

About the Presenter
Nathan Shedroff is one of the pioneers in Experience Design, an approach to design that encompasses multiple senses and requirements and explores common characteristics in all media that make experiences successful, as well as related fields, Interaction Design and Information Design. He speaks and teaches internationally and has written extensively on design and business issues, including, “Experience Design 1” and “Making Meaning.” Nathan is a serial entrepreneur, works in several media, and consults strategically for companies to build better, more meaningful experiences for their customers. His latest book, “Design is the Problem” from Rosenfeld Media, is an exhaustive primer on sustainable design.

Lately, Nathan has spent a lot of time building strategies for start-ups and established firms using a variety of online technologies to deliver new solutions that enhance and evolve their online brand, develop new offerings, and enhance their customer relationships. He also consults on corporate strategies for sustainability since earning his MBA in Sustainable Management.

You can learn more about Nathan at: http://www.nathan.com/.

About Our Sponsors
Graphic and Interactive Design Program at Tyler School of Art
GAID at Tyler School of Art is known for the quality and rigor of its BFA and MFA programs. GAID’s mission is to educate designers who aspire to practice design for communication at the most creative levels of the profession. Tyler’s graduates are working in all areas of the design industry.

The GAID facilities in Tyler’s new home on Temple’s main campus are spacious and state-of-the art. Tyler students have ready access to a rich array of academic courses. The proximity to students from Temple’s many programs in academics and the arts offers the breadth of experience that is essential to the designer’s education. To learn more about GAID, visit: http://www.temple.edu/tyler/gaid.html.

BresslerGroup
Bresslergroup develops innovative product solutions via integrated user research, interaction and industrial design and production engineering. Since its founding in 1970, Bresslergroup has won more than 80 major design awards including IDEA, MDEA, iF Hanover and Appliance Design. Bresslergroup has also authored more than 120 patents. For more information, please visit: http://bresslergroup.com/.

About AIGA Philadelphia
AIGA, the professional association for design, is the premier place for design—to discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it.

AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA stimulates thinking about design through journals, conferences, competitions and exhibitions; demonstrates the value of design to business, the public and government officials; and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers by providing invaluable educational and social resources.

Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. AIGA now represents more than 22,000 design professionals, educators and students through national activities and local programs developed by 64 chapters and 240 student groups. AIGA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution.

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 http://phillychi.acm.org.

PhillyCHI Panel: The User Experience & You

Please join us as PhillyCHI discusses what is user experience as a practice and a profession with West Chester undergraduate students. This event is free and open to the public, so spread the word.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: Philips Hall Autograph Library
West Chester University
Map: http://tinyurl.com/2sbuyf
RSVP: Not required.

Location Details: Philips Hall Autograph Library is at the corner of University Avenue and High Street.
 
Note: The Autograph library is in the administrative offices section of the building, not the other section where there is an auditorium. There is tunnel dividing two sides of the building, and the Autograph Library is on the east side of the building, the side closest to High Street.
 
* Parking is available in a garage one block north and one block west of that location, at the corner of Sharpless St. and Church St. for $1 per hour. *

About the Panel
The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that in today’s world of work, students can anticipate having 6-8 career changes following graduation. Of those, two will probably be in areas that have not been identified or defined currently. User Experience might be the field you didn’t know you were looking for.

So what is User Experience? To answer that question, PhillyCHI has put together a small panel of professionals to offer an introduction to this growing and dynamic field. They will discuss their backgrounds, both educational and professional, and describe how they came to work as user experience professionals. And they will demonstrate the work they to by discussing case studies and leading hands-on exercises, including a personas exercise and an eyetracking study.

About the Panelists
Dave Cooksey, Founder & Principal
saturdave UX Consulting

Casey Malcolm, Director, IA & Usability
Comcast Interactive Media

Michael Summers, Vice President, Usability
gsi interactive

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 http://phillychi.acm.org.

PhillyCHI | Electronic Ink Happy Hour

Join Electronic Ink and PhillyCHI as we talk design and celebrate PhillyCHI’s 5-year anniversary!

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Electronic Ink
One South Broad Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Map: http://tinyurl.com/rynwxo
Parking: http://www.philapark.org/
RSVP by Monday, September 28, 2009: phillychi@gmail.com

Come socialize with design and usability professionals, learn about the design process, and tap into your creativity, all over some tasty food and drinks. Also, have a chance to win a raffle prize!

About Electronic Ink
About Electronic Ink Electronic Ink is an international design consultancy dedicated to improving the way people interact with technology, environments and one another. To learn more about Electronic Ink’s services, please visit http://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 http://phillychi.acm.org/.

PhillyCHI September Meeting – Using Design to Solve Our Client’s Problems, Each Step of the Way

Please join us as the team from Happy Cog East talks design, business, and group hugs. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall, Room 1206
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Map: http://tinyurl.com/nk6mpv
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation
In a series of thought-provoking 10 minute presentations from different members of our team, we’ll share practical ideas that have arisen directly out of a few recent projects.

We’ll touch upon the relationship between user experience thinking and several of our standard project phases, outlined here:

  • Sales & Client Relations: Robert Jolly will explain how to quickly understand the client’s needs during the sales process, and identify possible approaches to solving business and design challenges.
  • Project Management: Dave DeRuchie will demonstrate how maintaining flexibility in web project management is the only way to manage the fluid nature of requirements.
  • Project Definition: Kevin Hoffman will talk about building kickoff meetings for maximum energy and information transfer.
  • Visual Design: Chris Cashdollar will explore what happens when you lead a project with visual thinking, and how that impacts the UX phase.
  • Development: Jenn Lukas will review the biggest uh-oh moments and often overlooked concepts out of information architecture and design that impact CMS planning, and Mark Huot will draw a straight line between critical decisions points during strategy, UX, design, and their impact on content management systems and back end implementation.

Whether you’re an independent, part of an internal team, or at an agency, this should be of use to anyone looking to close communication gaps in their process and answer the question “can’t we all just get along?” with a resounding “Yes!”

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. Visit us at www.happycog.com.