IxDA in Manila

26 Sep 2006 - 7:56pm
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regnard
2006

Hello All!

We had our very first F2F meeting here in Manila and I could say that
it had little success. Attendance was low, but I'm still optimistic
things will pick up soon. The Interaction Design community here needs
to be more united and I'm thinking of ways on how to develop our local
IxDA chapter.

I'd like to ask the community on how you were able to overcome
challenges awareness and community participation. Are there any
specific steps to take on how to go about this?

Thanks!

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27 Sep 2006 - 1:33pm
Stacy Surla
2003

Hi Regnard,

I'm a member of an IA local group in Washington, DC (dc-ia.com). Yes,
there are definitely challenges to getting a group started and keeping
one going. But the rewards really outweigh the difficulties in my
experience. I've got lots of thoughts, but briefly here are some
things that work for me:

Remember it's a process
- Be patient and declare victory often
- What's a successful meeting?
o 2 people or 20?
o meeting 3 times over 6 months?
o having a single new idea or supportive conversation?

Try different modes of communication and types of events
- Face-to-face meetups
o little or no agenda (dinner, cocktail/coffee hour)
o easy agenda (book group)
o planning meetings (events, activities, infrastructure)
o meet for dinner during conferences (connect to others in your
area)
- Presentations
o deliverables fair
o event recaps
o guest speakers (grab them when they're in town)
- Ongoing communications
o start an email list (could be announcements only, or discussion)
o start a website (blog?)

Think about event logistics
- For meetings, find good locations and reuse them
o bookstores
o coffee shops
o public libraries
o schools with related programs
o your company
o your home
- "Good locations" means:
o enough room for the number of people and the activity
o right ambiance (for talking, socializing, sharing documentation
etc)
o centrally located, with good public transport and/or parking

I'd be happy to chat offline with you and anyone else who is interested
in local groups.

~Stacy

------------------------------------------
Stacy Surla
Information Architect
MITRE Corp.

-----Original Message-----
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 08:56:30 +0800
From: "Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan" <regnard at raquedan.com>
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] IxDA in Manila

Hello All!

We had our very first F2F meeting here in Manila and I could say that
it had little success. Attendance was low, but I'm still optimistic
things will pick up soon. The Interaction Design community here needs
to be more united and I'm thinking of ways on how to develop our local
IxDA chapter.

I'd like to ask the community on how you were able to overcome
challenges awareness and community participation. Are there any
specific steps to take on how to go about this?

Thanks!

--
Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan, ACP, SCJA

mobile: +63.919.2907711
email: regnard at raquedan.com
web: http://www.raquedan.com

29 Sep 2006 - 1:34am
dszuc
2005

Hi Regnard:

We started a UPA Chapter in HK about 6 years ago and also started with low
numbers. So we just kept on organising events with interesting speakers: We
now average around 20-30 folks for events so it takes some time to get some
traction.

Some ideas:

1. Start an email list

2. Get folks to provide business cards (see point 1)

3. Organise interesting speakers & survey folks on the topics that would
like to hear about. See: http://www.usability.com.hk/events_2005.htm

4. Provide an event plan for the year (if you can)

5. Organise snacks at events and give people an opportunity to network

6. Organise a place/location that's easy to get to

7. Organise topics that relate to IxD including : product design, usability
etc

8. Partner with other organisations

9. Give away gifts at events - we will give away a UPA poster or magazine

10. Foster discussion through some prepared questions.

Also good to hook up with the community in Asia:
http://www.upachina.org/userfriendly2006/default_en.htm

Rgds,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 8:57 AM
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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] IxDA in Manila

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Hello All!

We had our very first F2F meeting here in Manila and I could say that it had
little success. Attendance was low, but I'm still optimistic things will
pick up soon. The Interaction Design community here needs to be more united
and I'm thinking of ways on how to develop our local IxDA chapter.

I'd like to ask the community on how you were able to overcome challenges
awareness and community participation. Are there any specific steps to take
on how to go about this?

Thanks!

--
Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan, ACP, SCJA

mobile: +63.919.2907711
email: regnard at raquedan.com
web: http://www.raquedan.com

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29 Sep 2006 - 6:46am
Dave Malouf
2005

Daniel, that was a great list of stuff.

I want to re-iterate what Daniel said about size doesn't matter.
In the NYC group which now averages about 30 people per event and sometimes
we reach about 60 or 70 people started out with sometimes as little as 4
people gathered in a room eating pizza. Today we have 6 people who have
volunteered to organize. This is now 3 years later.

It is really important to think about the intricasies of your particular
community.
What is the bulk of the work going on there.
I.e. most of the work in NYC is NOT product related but agency (advertising,
or web design), financial services, and media. What is it that you're doing
in Manila?
What are the issues facing designers in Manila?

Also, especially in the beginning, mix it up. You are learning. Build it,
put it out there and don't be afraid of criticism (aka failure). A failure
is just a form of feedback telling you to move in a new direction.

Use the energy of the people. You don't need stars. You need interest.
Create events that utilize the energy and expertise (at whatever level you
have) of your local community. This is good b/c well you are growing your
local community.

As much as possible keep it free.

Last point, GET HELP. Sometime I vowed from the beginning of my work here in
NYC is that I would never organize alone. Find at least one other person who
has at least 1/2 the commitment that you have, who can help you out.

As a reminder, if you want to create an IxDA local face2face, feel free to
contact local at ixda.org. We have a local leaders list where people can share
ideas and talk about issues.

-- dave

29 Sep 2006 - 8:21am
Alvin Tan
2006

This discussion is getting interesting. Since I'm also from Manila, I can
share a few issues I've encountered so far.

Often, if not always, designers are only viewed as graphic designers. To
some extent, the low budgets for local website or software projects also
hampers the design phase and often makes releasing a bug-free software/site
the only priority. Projects coming from abroad maybe another case and I
think this is an opportunity for local designers to really dwell on
designing a good product - user testing/research/etc.

Aside from my personal projects, the projects I have given design a hard
thought are outsourced projects coming from the US (since I have time to do
it). These are web and windows applications. I guess this also answers
David's question on bulk of work here in Manila.

Regnard, I'm sure your second F2F meeting will have 2 people attending
already. :)

Alvin

On 9/29/06, David (Heller) Malouf <dave at ixda.org> wrote:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> Daniel, that was a great list of stuff.
>
> I want to re-iterate what Daniel said about size doesn't matter.
> In the NYC group which now averages about 30 people per event and
> sometimes
> we reach about 60 or 70 people started out with sometimes as little as 4
> people gathered in a room eating pizza. Today we have 6 people who have
> volunteered to organize. This is now 3 years later.
>
> It is really important to think about the intricasies of your particular
> community.
> What is the bulk of the work going on there.
> I.e. most of the work in NYC is NOT product related but agency
> (advertising,
> or web design), financial services, and media. What is it that you're
> doing
> in Manila?
> What are the issues facing designers in Manila?
>
> Also, especially in the beginning, mix it up. You are learning. Build it,
> put it out there and don't be afraid of criticism (aka failure). A failure
> is just a form of feedback telling you to move in a new direction.
>
> Use the energy of the people. You don't need stars. You need interest.
> Create events that utilize the energy and expertise (at whatever level you
> have) of your local community. This is good b/c well you are growing your
> local community.
>
> As much as possible keep it free.
>
> Last point, GET HELP. Sometime I vowed from the beginning of my work here
> in
> NYC is that I would never organize alone. Find at least one other person
> who
> has at least 1/2 the commitment that you have, who can help you out.
>
>
> As a reminder, if you want to create an IxDA local face2face, feel free to
> contact local at ixda.org. We have a local leaders list where people can
> share
> ideas and talk about issues.
>
> -- dave
>
>
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29 Sep 2006 - 9:27am
Susie Robson
2004

Good list, Daniel. We also had a similar experience starting up a Boston
UPA chapter many years ago. It did start small but has grown to over 300
members now.

We rarely hold our meetings at the same location since each location is
not convenient for everyone.

We find people who work for companies that will "host" a monthly
meeting. They generally provide the snacks for the meeting and they get
free PR in return.

We don't charge annual dues. It is free to be a member.

We are fortunate in Boston to have so many great speakers!!

A popular meeting lately has been our series of 10 minute talks. We have
about 5 presenters and they are only allowed 10 minutes to present and
are only allowed 6 PowerPoint slides maximum. It goes over really well
and it's amazing how much can be said in 10 minutes.

We have an annual mini-conference which has been very successful and has
grown tremendously over the years. We usually have 3 tracks going at the
same time though that is not necessary when you are still small.

Find out what the members want to hear about at each meeting and then
find presenters on those topics. Often, these are practice presentations
for a larger, international conference.

Have interactive meetings--we have done card sorts, affinity
diagramming, etc. as a group.

Best of luck.

Susie

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Daniel Szuc
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 2:34 AM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] IxDA in Manila

[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
material.]

Hi Regnard:

We started a UPA Chapter in HK about 6 years ago and also started with
low
numbers. So we just kept on organising events with interesting speakers:
We
now average around 20-30 folks for events so it takes some time to get
some
traction.

Some ideas:

1. Start an email list

2. Get folks to provide business cards (see point 1)

3. Organise interesting speakers & survey folks on the topics that would
like to hear about. See: http://www.usability.com.hk/events_2005.htm

4. Provide an event plan for the year (if you can)

5. Organise snacks at events and give people an opportunity to network

6. Organise a place/location that's easy to get to

7. Organise topics that relate to IxD including : product design,
usability
etc

8. Partner with other organisations

9. Give away gifts at events - we will give away a UPA poster or
magazine

10. Foster discussion through some prepared questions.

Also good to hook up with the community in Asia:
http://www.upachina.org/userfriendly2006/default_en.htm

Rgds,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
Regnard
Kreisler C. Raquedan
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 8:57 AM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] IxDA in Manila

[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
material.]

Hello All!

We had our very first F2F meeting here in Manila and I could say that it
had
little success. Attendance was low, but I'm still optimistic things will
pick up soon. The Interaction Design community here needs to be more
united
and I'm thinking of ways on how to develop our local IxDA chapter.

I'd like to ask the community on how you were able to overcome
challenges
awareness and community participation. Are there any specific steps to
take
on how to go about this?

Thanks!

--
Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan, ACP, SCJA

mobile: +63.919.2907711
email: regnard at raquedan.com
web: http://www.raquedan.com

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29 Sep 2006 - 9:59am
jarango
2004

Alvin:

The experiences you outline re: design work in Manila echo my
experiences doing the same in Panama, point-by-point. We have a saying
here (roughly translated to English): "Nobody is a prophet in their
own land", which I take to mean we tend to place a higher value on
imported goods and services than on those that are homegrown. I see
this happen in almost every assignment for local clients.

On another note, I recently went to a web dev unconference here in
Panama, and it was clear that folks in attendance thought of design
strictly in terms of visual design. I presented the Jesse James
Garrett "Elements of User Experience" diagram, and they were intrigued
by the notion of there being more to this design iceberg under the
surface. Most importantly, they were eager to find out more.

We're organizing a meetup (the first of its kind in Panama) to discuss
UX/IXD/IA topics, it's set up for the end of October.

Cheers,

--
Jorge Arango
http://www.jarango.com

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