October Happy Hour – Triumph Brewing Company – Thu, 10/16

Join us for a beer and catch up on what PhillyCHI and its members have been up to. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

DATE:  Thursday, October 16, 2008

TIME:  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Triumph Brewing Company, http://www.triumphbrewing.com/indexfl6.html
117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (not necessary, but nice)

PhillyCHI Event – High-Definition Design Research – Thu, 9/11

Rob Tannen will be previewing his upcoming Design Research Conference presentation – High-Definition Design Research

WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 PM (social time from 6:00 – 6:30 PM)
WHERE: Heilmeier Hall, Towne Building, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation

Like the proverbial shoe-less cobbler’s children, user researchers have historically lacked appropriate technology for studying how people use technology. But this has changed with the emergence of a variety of tools that can be applied to data gathering, analysis and sharing. Now there is a need for awareness and guidance in the selection and use of such research technologies.

This presentation will cover:
– The basic characteristics of effective user research tools
– Data on current usage of various technologies for data gathering, analysis and presentation
– Demonstrations and tips on the latest technology tools for conducting user research, including high-speed digital video and pen computing
– Concept designs of future user research tools

For more background on the topic: http://tinyurl.com/6ae3tg

About the Speaker

Rob has over 15 years experience applying product/interface usability in the medical, industrial, commercial and consumer fields. He is Director of Research at Bresslergroup, an award-winning product design and development firm. Bresslergroup’s research practice delivers expertise and training in design research, human factors and usability. Previously he was Director of Human Factors at Electronic Ink, and held positions at Siemens Medical Solutions and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Rob is author of DesigningforHumans.com, a blog focusing on events, methods and technology related to user research. He has represented design research as a juror for the ID Magazine Annual Design Review and the International Design Excellence Awards. Rob holds a PhD in Human Factors/Experimental Psychology and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

Video On-demand: The Role of Failure in Design (panel discussion)

PhillyCHI’s November 2007 presentation recording of a panel discussion on the topic: “The Role of Failure in Design”

-Michael Atwood, PhD:
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Research, The iSchool at Drexel University

-Tom Hewett, PhD:
Professor of Psychology and Professor of Computer Science, Drexel University

-Jim Morris:
Lead Human Factors Analyst, Electronic Ink

-Mathieu Turpault:
Senior Designer, Bresslergroup

PhillyCHI August Event – Rapid Prototyping – Thursday, 8/21

Please join us as we continue our discussion on prototyping, this time focusing on prototyping tools and rapid prototyping practices.

Thursday, August 21, 2008
6 – 8PM *networking from 6-6:30*

Penn State Great Valley
30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA  19355
Phone: 610-648-3200
Directions: http://www.gv.psu.edu/directions/


About this Presentation
Developing applications in a global, corporate environment can be particularly challenging considering barriers to communication and agreement. Rapid prototyping using tools such as Axure Pro can help bridge these gaps by providing a powerful way of collecting and refining requirements in a global, dispersed setting as well as providing a practical UI framework for local or remote development teams. It is also very helpful for determining project scope and setting client expectations. The presentation will cover how to best harness prototyping tools and discuss best practices and tips for this type of prototyping.

About the Speaker
Ron McNamara has specialized in creating user friendly applications in the complex environments of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields for the past seven years. He is a CUA (Certified Usability Analyst), has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Information Systems from Drexel University. He was a scientific and medical researcher before migrating to an IT career in 1998. One of his areas of expertise is using prototyping tools to elicit requirements and design user interfaces. He currently works at GlaxoSmithKline as a project manager and business analyst supporting research and clinical scientists.

About the Sponsor
The Engineering Division at Penn State Great Valley offers master’s degrees to working professionals in the fields of:

* Software Engineering – offering study in service-oriented architecture, product line architecture, software design, agile development, and the management of software systems.
* Systems Engineering – offering study in heterogeneous systems interaction and the management of complex processes.
* Information Science – offering computing and IT expertise and the management of IT systems.

A Penn State degree is closer than you think. Courses are held in the evenings and most students complete the degree in 2.5 years. Learn more about the graduate degrees offered at the Great Valley campus and at the Philadelphia Navy Yard by calling Amanda Neill at 610-725-5382, emailing gvengin@psu.edu or visiting http://www.gv.psu.edu

PhillyCHI July Event: "8 Guiding Principles for Prototyping" with Todd Zaki Warfel – Thursday, July 24, 2008

* Please join us for an expert and seasoned look at prototyping and its application in Design. *

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Time: 6 – 8PM (social and networking time from 6 – 6:30)
Location: Messagefirst, 230 N 2nd Street, Suite 2C, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (practically under the Ben Franklin Bridge)
Phone: 215-825-7423
Parking Locator: http://www.philapark.org/parkinglocator/parking_locator.aspx

RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About this Presentation
Have you ever wanted to introduce prototyping into your organization’s design prcess but weren’t sure of where to start? Or do you currently practice prototyping and need some fresh ideas?

At this month’s PhillyCHI event, Todd Zaki Warfel will present eight guiding principles for prototyping and will perform a hands-on demonstration of several techniques. In addition to an overview of how and when to use prototyping in the IA/UX process Todd will also provide some techniques for the more seasoned veteran.

About the Speaker
Todd Zaki Warfel is a Principal and Founder of Messagefirst, a Philadelphia-based design research consultancy, where he blends research and design to evolve products in innovative and beautiful ways. Todd is a dynamic speaker and storyteller by nature. He is an active speaker and member of a number of industry communities and organizations, including the Information Architecture Institute, Interaction Design Association and Usability Professionals’ Association.

Todd’s clients have included Albertsons, AT&T Wireless, Bankrate, Bank of America, Citi, Comcast, Cornell University, IntraLinks, The Hartford, LA Times, Motorola, Palm and SBC.

Todd currently lives in Philadelphia and blogs at toddwarfel.com. His upcoming book, Practical Prototyping: A Practitioner’s Guide to Prototyping from Rosenfeld Media, will take a hands-on approach, enabling you to develop prototypes with minimal muss and fuss. The book will discuss how prototypes are more than just a design tool by demonstrating how they can help you market a product, gain internal buy-in and test feasibility with your development team. It is anticipated to be available later this year.

Those interested in obtaining a copy of Todd’s upcoming book can learn more at

For more information about Messagefirst, visit http://www.messagefirst.com