Hi everyone, I just wanted to provide you with a recap of our awesome IxDA
Boston kickoff! =) Thanks to all who attended! Look for more soon!
*IxDA Boston Face To Face : Recap*
Last Thursday night, IxDA Boston broke ground and celebrated its very first Face2Face meeting. IxDA Boston's first meeting took place at Bentley College's Adamian Center and was graciously hosted by Bill Gribbons, founder of Bentley's Human Factors in Information Design program.
There was a palpable energy and excitement to the evening, and there was a good mixture of attendees, from young people just starting out in interaction design to more seasoned practitioners. About 34 people were in the audience, all eager to see and hear Jenifer Tidwell, author of Designing Interfaces, talk about "Design Patterns: What they are, what they are not, and why you should care."
*The Meat and Potatoes*
After Lisa introduced herself and the other organizers, Pauric O'Callaghan, Jesse Beach, and Will Evans, and after a warm welcome to the first Boston IxDA F2F, we got down to the business at hand: design patterns.
Jen's talk took us through what patterns were not (not style guides, not templates, not recipes), some common design patterns, and a discussion of how to find a middle ground between design principles and design templates or style guides. There was quite a bit of interest around the idea that handing a list of principles to a freshly minted eager and willing interface designer could not lead to good designs, and would certainly not give that designer the tools or framework to design, advance, and succeed in our field.
After the talk and Q&A session was over, we opened the gathering up to an exchange of ideas about what people wanted from the Boston IxDA chapter. General feedback was that people are looking for things that are practical to them doing their jobs: workshops on tools, design tips and techniques, and maybe even peer-to-peer portfolio reviews. Some members in the group wondered aloud how IxDA could/would/should be different from Boston CHI, UPA, SIGIA, and other groups, where there is a lot of overlap in membership.