[EVENT] Chicago IxDA meet-up at the PhizzPop Design Challenge - Dec. 5

28 Nov 2007 - 7:11am
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Janna DeVylder

I am remiss in not mentioning earlier that the local Chicago IxDA is excited
to hold our monthly meet-up at the Phizz Pop Design Challenge, being held on
Wednesday, December 5th (how is that next week already?). As Chris Bernard
said, though, you need to register, so follow the link below for more


Our November event was a great success, with close to 40 people in
attendance! One thing is clear, folks are excited to have a local forum to
bring the list topics to life. Like one attendee mentioned, it's like
having a mini-conference once a month. And better yet, it's free for

Last month's topic was Rich Internet Applications (RIA), which clearly ended
up being a topic that exceeds just one night's discussion. Carolyn Chandler
and Brett Gilbert from Manifest Digital lead the discussion, first by asking
WHAT an RIA was, and it was quickly evident that there was no one definition
to agree on (not a surprise with this list, right?). Beyond the definition,
other topics came up that warrant futher discussion:

-How do I communicate RIA during the design process (the $10,000 question,
and the one most people struggle with day-to-day).
-How do I stay current with the technology, so that I know what's possible
when I'm designing?
-Am I at a disadvantage if I don't understand the technology?
-Are we too attached to our historical deliverables, trying to make them
work as design documents for RIAs?
-How have desktop app designers, or flash designers, historically approached
these issues?

Chris Bernard from Microsoft also showed many examples, which sparked much
discussion. We wanted more time to discuss, but you can only do so much in
one night. With that in mind, Nick Iozzo from TandemSeven is interested in
creating a Chicago-based Unconference focused on these important issues,
where we the participants get to shape and guide the agenda. We'll
definitely send out a separate email to explain more and gauge interest.

We have a space secured for our January meet-up (thank you, Critical Mass!),
when we'll go back to our regular format. Be on the look-out for dates and
topics. If you have a topic you'd like to lead at an event, please let us


On Nov 27, 2007 4:02 PM, Chris Bernard <Chris.Bernard at microsoft.com> wrote:

> The catch? You have to register:
> <http://designchallenge.phizzpop.com/>
> If you have questions email Sean Seibel about the NYC and Boston events
> and Will Tschumy about LA. Feel free to give me a shout about Chicago and
> Austin. For those going to the NYC event I'll see you Friday as I'm dying to
> see how our New York challenge compares to our earlier San Francisco
> challenge.
> Chris Bernard
> Microsoft
> User Experience Evangelist
> chris.bernard at microsoft.com
> 630.530.4208 Office
> 312.925.4095 Mobile
> _

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