Great Meeting – Knowing Smirks & Grins of Delight

Kip Voytek speaking to PhillyCHIWe had a great meeting for March. Kip Voytek of R/GA in New York came down to spend the evening with PhillyCHI and MBC (now Digitas Health – read more at Not only did Kip give a great talk on the importance of emotion in interactive products, but MBC put on a great spread of food & drink, including martinis! Approximately 56 folks were in attendance for both the social hour and presentation.

Thanks to Kip for giving such a thought provoking talk and engaging us in a great discussion afterwards. And a big thank you to Brendan Gallagher, Carly Kuper, and everyone at MBC for being the perfect hosts.

You can check out photos from the event at Flickr:

Hope to see you all at our next happy hour sponsored by Morgan Creative on Thursday April 19, 2007 from 6 to 8 pm at Loie Brasserie & Bar in Center City. Details to follow.

PhillyCHI March Meeting

PhillyCHI March Meeting – Knowing Smirks & Grins of Delight

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: MBC – 229 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia (map)

For our March meeting, PhillyCHI is pleased to have Kip Voytek from R/GA presenting. Kip will discuss how interaction design must reach beyond usability and the satisfaction of user needs in order to truly help clients achieve their goals. By examining interactive product examples, he will demonstrate how interactive experience is being infused with emotion, creating connections between users and the products they are using. In today’s market, the successful completion of user tasks and usability are table stakes—the competitive advantage lies in being able to make experiences enjoyable, fun, delightful.

Kip Voytek is Senior Vice President of Interaction Design at R/GA, the lead digital partner for Fortune 500 companies and world-class brands such as Avaya, Lowe’s, Purina, Subaru, Target and Verizon. Over his career, he has won dozens of awards from some of the most prestigious competitions, including the One Show Interactive and Cyberlions. Voytek began his career as a game designer and writer at Engineering Animation, Inc. (EAI) and Byron Preiss Multimedia.

Learn more about R/GA at

MBC - Medical Broadcasting CompanyAbout Medical Broadcasting Company (MBC): We are the healthcare demand experts. We are experts in using the Internet to connect our clients’ knowledge, advice, and experience to people’s problems, conditions, and questions. We help our clients help doctors, patients, and all the people who care for them have better-informed conversations that lead to better treatments and better results. Because of our expertise and our clients’ success, we are the interactive agency of record for many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, bioscience, and medical device companies. MBC is an agency of the Digitas family, a member of the Paris-based Publicis Groupe S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577, NYSE: PUB), the world’s fourth largest communications group and second largest media counsel and buying group.

For more information please visit

March Happy Hour

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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: The Black Sheep – 247 South 17th Street, Philadelphia (map)
RSVP: Not necessary, but nice:

Join us on March 15th in Center City for an open bar happy hour sponsored by our good friends at TEKsystems. This is an excellent way to meet up with fellow HCI professionals and learn about job opportunities in the region.

About our sponsor: TEKsystems is a premiere technology execution company committed to building IT careers with contracted technical professionals by:

  • Providing growth opportunities within quality companies
  • Matching technical and industry experience with challenging job assignments

TEKsystems services clients in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas as well as Northern Delaware and South Jersey up through Princeton. With over 150 local clients, they staff positions in Applications, Infrastructure and Telecommunications, including information architects, usability professionals, Web developers, graphic designers, and many more. They also offer full compensation and benefits.

Learn more about TEKsystems at

Great Meeting – Tagging: It’s the Interface Stupid!

PhillyCHI members had an excellent time during our February meeting featuring Joseph Busch of Taxonomy Strategies. Joseph spoke on tagging, indexing, and some of the great things being done by websites like Flickr and He also gave his own personal wish list for the ultimate indexing / tagging interface. Photos from the event are now posted on Flickr:
You may check out Joseph’s presentation at

PhillyCHI would like to thank Joseph for taking time out of his very busy schedule to present to us. We would also like to thank GSI Commerce, Inc. for hosting and providing food and beverage for the meeting.

February Happy Hour Photos

Regan and Mira Much fun was had this past Thursday at Bar Noche in Philadelphia. Despite the icy roads and cold, cold weather, a good number of folks came out to enjoy a drink and mingle.

Thanks again to MissionStaff for sponsoring the February happy hour. You’re a great group of people and we look forward to hanging out with you again.

Additional photos can be seen on Flickr (thanks, Mira!)

2007 Design Slam

Our first ever Design Slam was a great success with almost 40 people in attendance! 28 people on 5 separate teams competed for first place medals and this year’s bragging rights. Teams had to design, sketch out, and sell their ideas for a handheld wireless device to be used on an island resort in less than an hour. Check out the winning team below. You can view all the photos from the event on Flickr.
2007 PhillyCHI Design Slam Winners

The Champions! Kyle, Jen, Christoph, Brian, and Dom

Thanks a million to Priyanka Kakar, Volunteer Coordinator, and Bill Bullman, PhillyCHI Vice Chair, for putting the whole show together. Thank you also to those who played roles on the client team of Tropical Paradise LLC: Todd Warfel, Dave Rizzio, John Ferrara, and Brian Nothacker. We appreciate all your hard work.

The feedback on the slam was overwhelmingly positive. So it’s definite – the Design Slam will be an annual event!