PhillyCHI Sponsored Event – Higher Education Web Symposium – July 15-16

PhillyCHI is proud to be a part of a unique learning opportunity coming to Philadelphia in July. The Higher Education Web Symposium is a two day conference on usability and user-centered design filled with great content presented by great speakers. It features a keynote from Jared Spool, a full day workshop on CSS with Eric Meyer, and a full day workshop on best practices in form design from Luke Wroblewski, and much more. 

Topics covered will include AJAX and Web 2.0 technologies, usability testing, CSS, Web form design, content management systems, developing secure applications, SEO, usability, and presentation skills for IT professionals.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and has a focus on Web practices in higher education, but the topics covered are not especially unique to higher ed. All practitioners will get a lot out of the material.

Best of all, the price of the conference is incredibly low. And PhillyCHI members can sign up for preference in registration. Simply enter ‘PhillyCHI’ in the ‘School’ form field when registering online.

Seats are limited, so sign up today!
The first 200 people to sign up will get a chance to win a MacBook Air!

Higher Education Web Symposium
University of Pennsylania
July 15-16, 2008

Check out the conference website at:

PhillyCHI April Event: "Site Search Analytics: Conversations with Your Customers" by Louis Rosenfeld

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Time: 6 – 8PM (social time from 6 – 6:30PM)
Location: Messagefirst
230 N 2nd St. Suite 2C
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 825-7423
RSVP: Please help us plan & sign up at

About the Presentation
Any site with a search engine captures users’ search queries. This is real data that’s plentiful and inexpensive to acquire, and not necessarily difficult to analyze. Site search analytics tells you what users really want from your site—in their own words—and how well you’re meeting those needs. This session covers the basics of search analytics for web designers, showing how you can identify, diagnose, and fix major problems with your site’s content, metadata, navigation, and search functions.

About the Speaker
Louis Rosenfeld is founder of Rosenfeld Media, a new publishing house focused on short, practical books on user experience design. As an information architecture consultant, he has helped numerous Fortune 500s and other large, messy, political enterprises make their information easier to find. Lou is co-author of “Information Architecture for the World Wide Web” (O’Reilly & Associates; 3rd edition, 2006) and the forthcoming “Site Search Analytics: Conversations with Your Customers” (Rosenfeld Media, 2008). Lou co-founded the Information Architecture Institute and UXnet, the User Experience Network. He blogs regularly at

About Our Sponsor
Messagefirst is Philadelphia-based design research consulting firm. We work with companies to help them increase revenues, decrease costs, and ultimately improve the user experience of their products or services. Our goal-oriented data-driven design process improves performance and creates compelling experiences that solve business problems in a beautiful way. And unlike other consulting firms, we don’t just redesign products and service – we actually work with your team to plan and implement the design solution.

To learn more about Messagefirst, please visit:

PhillyCHI March Meeting – "What Not to Hear"

“What Not to Hear: Usability Parallels in Podcasting” by Jen Yuan

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Time: 6 – 8PM
* Meet & Greet from 6 – 6:30PM *
Location: Benjamin Franklin Room – Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
RSVP: Please help us to plan and RSVP at

About the Presentation
Podcasting has emerged as an important aspect of the Web 2.0 world, and several usability professionals have shared a tremendous wealth of information through this new medium. Taking examples from some of Jared Spool’s podcasts (SpoolCast and Usability Tools Podcast), we’ll examine how the do’s and don’ts in the primarily visual domain of usability translate in the auditory podcasting arena. We’ll also examine what makes an audio file qualify as a podcast, as well as how to subscribe to valuable content for little effort and no cost.

About the Speaker
Jennifer Yuan was part of the organizing team for the inaugural PodCamp Philly podcasting conference, and has been a repeat presenter at PodCamp conferences in the Northeast. She works as an IT Communications Analyst for the Information Systems and Computing (ISC) office at Penn, where she helps to design more usable websites and web application interfaces for clients across the University.

PhillyCHI User Experience Panel at WCU

PhillyCHI has been invited by West Chester University to meet with students to discuss opportunities in the field of user experience. We’ve put together a small group of practitioners to present an introduction to user experience as a career and to discuss our personal experiences, detailing how we ended up in our current line of work.

The panel will be made up of PhillyCHI members who work in user experience but whose undergraduate work was not in design, information systems, or HCI in order to demonstrate the possibilities of finding a career in user experience from other backgrounds.

We’d like to encourage PhillyCHI members to attend, as this event is part of PhillyCHI’s outreach initiative. The evening will end with Q&A, so the more perspectives in the room, the better.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending the event, please feel free to forward this information on.

Event: PhillyCHI UX Panel at WCU
Date: March 27, 2008
Time: 7 – 8PM with discussion following
Location: Philips Hall Autograph Library
West Chester University
RSVP: Not required

Location Details: Philips 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. *

Event Flier

The User Experience and You
An Evening with PhillyCHI*

Learn more about an exciting career opportunity. Join professionals from PhillyCHI, a professional organization for those who work on the design of computing systems for human use—in other words, people whose business is making information on the Web and computer software more intuitive.

Date: March 27
Time: 7:00–8:00
Location: Philips Autograph Library

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.

What are the benefits of attending this event?

  • Network with professionals in this rewarding, cutting-edge field.
  • Find out how your writing and critical thinking skills can be translated into a challenging and rewarding job in IT.

*More about PhillyCHI—PhillyCHI is a Philadelphia-area professional group for those interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI members work in a wide range of industries and have various educational backgrounds, and they all share a common desire to discuss the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. PhillyCHI is a chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIG-CHI).

PhillyCHI | CreativeConnects Joint Happy Hour

* 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 12, 2008
Time: 5:30 – 8PM
Location: Alfa Bar
Address: 1709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
RSVP: Not Required


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.

Also, visit our online resource center,, for
links to creative resources, tools, free downloads and our blog.

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.

February Happy Hour

Please join us as PhillyCHI kicks off the 2008 Happy Hour season. Stop by, have a drink and see what fellow PhillyCHI members and HCI/UX professionals are up to.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Continental Midtown, Rooftop Lounge, 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
RSVP: (not required, but nice)