Joint PhillyCHI | NJ UPA April Meeting – Bill Buxton: From the Materialistic to the Experiential

We’re pleased to partner with Usability NJ for our April meeting, where Bill Buxton will give a talk entitled, “From the Materialistic to the Experiential: A Changing Perspective on Design.”

When:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
6:30 PM – Meet and greet with hors d’ouevres and soft drinks
7:00 PM – Presentation
8:30 PM – Book signing – We will hand out flyers from the publisher for 20 percent off Bill Buxton’s new book.  Bill will sign a bookplate that can be affixed to the book.

Where:
Computer Science Large Auditorium
Princeton University
35 Olden Street, Room 105
Princeton, New Jersey 08542

Directions: http://www.cs.princeton.edu/general/visit.php

Carpool and Public Transit Information: We will update this area with a link to our Facebook page to help people traveling from Philly.

RSVP: http://billbuxton.eventbrite.com

About the Presentation

Bill Buxton will talk about the transition from where we view design as primarily concerned with the material object (the device, dress, home, service, etc.) to a new state where our focus is on the experience that result from those same objects and services. One of the consequences is that great design (which equates to great experience) cannot be confined to, nor is it the sole purview of, any one department (design, marketing, or engineering, as examples). Rather, design has to be viewed in a holistic manner, and executing great design must involve every person in the food chain that produces the product. This not only has deep implications on what designers do. It also compels us to rethink who or what is a designer, and who is not. In order to do great design in the future — whatever that may mean — implies that the most important thing that we need to design is design itself. And yet, the paradox is, this is the only way to save design as a distinct and critical profession.

About the Presenter

Bill Buxton is a relentless advocate for innovation, design, and – especially – the appropriate consideration of human values, capacity, and culture in the conception, implementation, and use of new products and technologies.  This is reflected in his research, teaching, talks, and writing – including his column on design and innovation for BusinessWeek.com, and his 2007 book, Sketching User Experiences.

In December 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design.

To learn more about Bill, visit http://www.billbuxton.com/.

About our Sponsors

Princeton University http://www.princeton.edu/.

Usability NJ
UsabilityNJ, the New Jersey chapter of the Usability Professionals Association, is an organization of professionals in user interface design and development and related fields that supports usable design in products and services. Learn more at http://usabilitynj.org/.

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 Happy Hour | Tweetup – Thursday, April 9, 2009

PhillyCHI would like to invite you to join us for our monthly happy hour. We’re extending a special invitation to those already using Twitter and folks interested in learning more about Twitter and tweeting to join us this coming Thursday at National Mechanics bar.  We’ll project a live-Twitter stream so everyone can join in and experience mediated sociality together!

* Due to the many meetings this month, we’re meeting on the second Thursday of the month, not the third Thursday. Thanks! *
Event Details
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 6 – 8PM
Location: National Mechanics
Address: 22 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
RSVP: Not necessary but nice: phillychi@gmail.com
Re-Tweet Me Please
Announce the tweetup on your Twitter posts to get the word out.
About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia’s chapter of the ACM SIG-CHI, a professional and academic group for those interested in user experience, information architecture, usability and other related disciplines. Find more information at: http://phillychi.acm.org

PhillyCHI March Meeting- Dorothy Danforth: Foundations of a Great User Experience

Our March meeting will feature Dorothy Danforth, presenting on the Foundations for a Great User Experience: Crafting Compelling Research Strategies for New Products and Ventures.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM  * Meet & Greet from 6:00-6:30 PM *
Location: Tyler School of Art
Room B089
Temple University
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
RSVP: Please let us know you are coming at phillychi@gmail.com.

About the Presentation
User Experience professionals are commonly called upon to fix a problematic design or help drive product enhancements. There is a wealth of research methods to help assess the successfulness of an existing interface. But what about the early phases of a new product or concept? Do these same methods still apply? How can you best tailor your approach to gather useful input when your product and/or company are still in the formative stages?

For this month’s PhillyCHI talk, Dorothy M. Danforth will discuss various low overhead, high-impact research methods available to Web Designers and UX professionals when creating new products, scenarios for when and how to use these methods, as well as general insights on how to get the most out of early stage R&D processes. Some illustrative examples and ideas from past product-concept research efforts will be provided.
Talking points to include:

  • considerations when developing a UX focused research plan for a new product or concept
  • how brand and corporate culture can impact and possibly drive interface decisions
  • how the research process can identify organizational knowledge gaps (and vice versa)
  • integrating UX research within the creative (visual design) and engineering processes

The presentation is open to anyone with interest, but could be particularly helpful for…

  • Web & Graphic designers who find themselves in the “accidental” UX consultant role
  • Product managers who would like some ideas on how to better integrate UX research into their product development lifecycles
  • Early and mid-level career UXD professionals

About the Speaker
Dorothy M. Danforth is founder and principal consultant for Danforth Media (danforthmedia.com), a user experience design consultancy. With more than twelve years in interactive services, Dorothy has provided software design and usability guidance to a number of companies such as Applied Materials, Bath & Body Works, Comcast, Levis, Palm, Pfizer, Radio Shack, Reuters, Toys‘R’Us, and Wharton.

Dorothy has made a career out of working with startups and developing new product concepts. Previous to her work as a consultant, Dorothy was Vice President of Product Management for pcFirst, a PC services startup acquired by FusionOne. She established the Web Services department for Telocity, a DSL provider acquired by DirecTV. As an early “pre-launch” Telocity employee, she spearheaded their usability lab and initiated the company’s web design processes and standards through to the company’s IPO. In addition to her user experience design work, Dorothy has been a founding member of a fine artists’ online collaborative, a web chat service provider, and two volunteer management non-profits.

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

Aquent
Aquent is the talent agency for marketing and design professionals. We pair marketing and design specialists with challenging jobs to create inspired, productive partnerships. Partnerships that produce meaningful work for our client companies and the talent we represent. For information about Aquent, please visit http://www.aquent.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 | CreativeConnects Happy Hour – Wed, March 11

* Please note, our regular third Thursday happy hour will replaced by this joint social. *

Please join PhillyCHI and CreativeConnects for a joint social this month. Pass the word and meet your colleagues for a drink and conversation at Alfa Bar in Center City Philadelphia.

Event Details
Event: PhillyCHI | CreativeConnects Joint Happy Hour
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time: 5:30-8PM
Location: Alfa Bar, Walnut Room
Address: 1709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Parking & Mass Transit: There are two parking garages located on 16th and Chancellor St.
The closest SEPTA stop is the Walnut-Locust station.

Invitation: http://www.thebossgroup.com/modules/creative_connects/

Join us for CreativeConnects, a free social event hosted by The BOSS Group for creative, marketing, communications, advertising and web professionals. Come network with colleagues, meet new people, keep up with industry news and get leads on jobs and business opportunities.

No formal program, no RSVP required, lite bites and one drink for the first 35 attendees courtesy of The BOSS Group.

About the BOSS Group
The BOSS Group is, literally, where talent and opportunity meet. It’s where creative and marketing communications professionals come to find jobs and assignments, resources and industry connections, and where clients find the talent that will help them succeed.

We’re committed to meeting the employment needs of employers and individuals with equal success. Our unparalleled staffing expertise for the creative industry and close partnerships with our talent and clients alike offer a true competitive advantage. The BOSS Group is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia’s chapter of the ACM SIG-CHI, a professional and academic group for those interested in user experience, information architecture, usability and other related disciplines. Find more information at: http://phillychi.acm.org.