Welcome Social for Higher Ed Web Symposium – Monday, July 14, 2008

PhillyCHI is pleased to be a sponsor of the Higher Education Web Symposium. In order to give folks attending the conference a chance to meet local UX practitioners, we are holding an informal happy hour on Monday, July 14, 2008. This will be a great opportunity for the local UX community to meet and network with experts from the field and practitioners from throughout the region.

There’s no cover and the event includes an open bar and appetizers.

For information on the symposium, please visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/uiconf

Event Details
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Date: Monday, July 14, 2008
Time: 6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-222-1400
Directions: http://www.worldcafelive.com/directioninfo.html
Free Parking: http://www.worldcafelive.com/directionpark.html

RSVP
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phillychi@gmail.com

About our Sponsor
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Aquent is the world’s largest marketing staffing firm. For 20 years they’ve been the leader in helping marketing organizations find the people they need, on a freelance and direct-hire basis, and in helping marketing professionals find the rewarding assignments they want. They represent talent in virtually every marketing discipline, from brand managers to copywriters, from data analysis to web designers.

In addition, Aquent offers marketing organizations a wide range of services including consulting, studio solutions, project management, and translation/localization.

To find out more about Aquent, visit http://www.aquent.com.

Web Accessibility: Myths, Facts, Opportunities – Thursday, June 12, 2008

* Please join us for an enlightening discussion about the facts of web accessibility and Section 508 compliance, as well as practical advice on creating accessible websites without sacrificing design. *

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008
Time: 6 – 8PM * Social time & networking 6 – 6:30PM *
Location: Hunt Room, Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street (Broad and Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Directions: http://www.uarts.edu/admission/directions.html
Parking Locator: http://www.philapark.org/parkinglocator/parking_locator.aspx
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com

About the Presentation
A California federal judge’s recent decision not to dismiss a discrimination case against retailer Target Corp has possibly opened to the door to future Internet-related Americans with Disabilities Act claims. The ruling, believed to be the first indicating that the ADA can apply to the Internet, brings to light issues surrounding web accessibility and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In this presentation, Kel Smith will speak about the concept of barrier-free user experience, describe the practical benefits of compliance, explore the legal and technical history of accessibility, and offer advice to those who want to design attractive websites that meet the needs of all users.

About the Speaker
Kel Smith is a conceptual technologist specializing in the design and usability of digital experiences, with stints at such companies as GlaxoSmithKline and Yellowbook. His strong interest in web accessibility has resulted in published articles, lectures and seminars; his piece titled “The Missing Link” appeared in The Practical Lawyer and Experience Magazine, and he was recently interviewed by Bill Cullifer for the WOW Technology Minute series.

In February 2008, Kel launched Anikto LLC to promote accessibility tactics across multiple disciplines and markets. He is currently the Director of Design and Development for Tandem Learning, a company specializing in highly-interactive, multimedia training experiences. Kel lives just outside of Philadelphia with his very, very patient wife.

About the Sponsors
Avenue A | RazorfishAvenue A | Razorfish is one of the largest interactive marketing and technology services agencies in the world. The company helps industry leaders such as Starwood Hotels, Kraft, Ford Motor Company and Carnival Cruise Lines use digital channels to acquire and service customers. Avenue A | Razorfish’s full suite of digital offerings includes online advertising, Web site design and development, email and search engine marketing, emerging media strategies, and enterprise portal development. Its award-winning client teams have a great understanding of customer needs and provide solutions through distinct business disciplines, which include: analytics, strategy, technology, media, creative design and user experience. Avenue A | Razorfish has offices in markets across the United States, and global operations in Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Visit http://www.avenuea-razorfish.com for more information.

mmCMACEstablished in 1997, the Multimedia Department grants Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and offers studies spanning a wide range of interactive media and design. Part of the University of the Arts’ College of Media and Communication (CMAC), the Department shares the CMAC mission of the integration of art, technology, and communication. The University of the Arts’ New Media Center — a state-of-the-art digital laboratory — is the primary classroom for students in the Multimedia Program.

For more information, visit http://www.cmacweb.org or call 215.717.6322.

Beyond In-Lab Website Testing with Morae

* Please join us PhillyCHI and UPA Delaware Valley for a sneak peak of the new release of Morae coming in Summer 2008. *

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2008
Time: 6 – 8PM (social time & networking from 6 – 6:30PM)
Location: Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania
3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Map: http://www.perelmanquad.com/about/directions/index.php

Parking: Available at garages on 38th & Walnut and 34th & Chestnut
RSVP: http://upadelawarevalley.org/events/event_register.php?id=9

Event Description
When you think of TechSmith Morae, you probably think of testing things on a computer screen-like a software application or Web site. But what about testing the iPhone user’s experience? Could Morae speed up and simplify a whole range of testing methods, from paper prototyping to in-depth interviews to focus groups? Could it enable unmoderated testing? The Morae development team is hard at work to support all these methods and approaches! In this session, we’ll pull back the curtain to give you a peek at what’s coming…and demonstrate specific use scenarios. Remote user testing with UserVue will also be shown. We hope you can join us!

About the Presenter
Shane Lovellette is the product manager for Morae and UserVue. Shane came to TechSmith with over eight years of management and production experience in video and television. In 2004, Shane helped TechSmith introduce Morae, the first all-digital solution that records and synchronizes user and system data for the analysis of human-computer interaction. In that time, Morae has become the gold standard for usability testing and user experience research. Shane holds a bachelor’s degree in television, radio, and film production from Syracuse University and an MBA from Michigan State University. Shane resides in DeWitt, Michigan, with his wife and two children.

About TechSmith
Founded in 1987, TechSmith is the world’s leading provider of screen capture and recording software for individual and professional use. People everywhere use our products to capture content from their screens in ways that help them communicate more clearly, create engaging presentations for diverse audiences, and analyze product usability and customer experience.

To learn more about TechSmith, visit http://techsmith.com.

Happy Hour with PANMA

Come out and join PhillyCHI and PANMA for a beer, or two!

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Time: 5:30 – 7:30
Location: National Mechanics, 22 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, http://www.nationalmechanics.com
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (nice, but not necessary)

About PANMA

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association serves individuals and companies involved in digital development. By offering a professionally and socially friendly environment, PANMA enhances the interconnections in our community, encourages locally trained and educated professionals to make their homes in the Philadelphia region, and increases employment and business opportunities for our industry.

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association supports the regional digital development community.

We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals.

PhillyCHI and IDSA Joint Happy Hour

Please join us as for our PhillyCHI and IDSA Joint Happy Hour. Stop by, have a drink and see what fellow PhillyCHI and IDSA folks are up to.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: The Black Sheep, 247 S 17th St (South of Locust St), Philadelphia, PA
RSVP: phillychi@gmail.com (not required, but nice)

About IDSA

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design.

IDSA is dedicated to communicating the value of industrial design to society, business and government. IDSA provides leadership to and promotes dialog between practice and education. As a professional association, it serves its diverse membership by recognizing excellence, promoting the exchange of information and fostering innovation.