IxD(a) meetings in London

20 Feb 2008 - 8:46am
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Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Hi there,

I live and work close to London as well, I'd be happy to participate
in organising any meetups. I think I'm in this list for a year or so
now, and I haven't seen any meetup in London.

With respect to other groups, UK Usability Professionals' Association
seem to have some regular events, see:
http://ukupa.org.uk/events/

I think the local groups in other places around the world have some
sort of private mailing list for things like this, maybe someone knows
if such list exists and how to access it?

Thanks,
Alex

On Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 8:38 AM, Alexander Livingstone
<adl.ixda at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I was wondering if there were any IxD(a) groups / meetings in London?
> I've searched the list, and there seems to be sporadic meetings, but
> nothing regular.
>
> If nothing does exist, would anyone be interested in helping to
> organise a regular meet-up? Even if it is every two months or so, it
> would be great!
>
> We need to give these yanks a run for their money ;)
>
> Regards,
>
> Alexander
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20 Feb 2008 - 9:27am
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi Alex's,

I like this Interaction Design Alex's in London. ;) (IxDA ... ha ha)

There are no private discussion lists that are part of the IxDA
community. There might be non IxDA related discussion lists about
interaction design, but not owned/operated by IxDA.

As to the question of starting an IxDA group in London, yeah!!!!
It's been attempted ages ago, but that attempt didn't take. There
are great reasons to have an IxDA community in London and I hope Alex
power can pull this off.

As to your assertion about UPA in London. Yup, almost in every town
where there is a Local IxDA group there are other UX-related
organizations. They thrive as cooperative neighbors and in some
places even create co-events ever so often. The primary reason to
have an IxDA local group in these climates is to bring the virtual to
real. There is a thriving community of 5500 people here on this list
(that we know of; and doesn't include the 2000 people on the
announcement list), and to have opportunities to meet in person, is
really great for everyone here. The virtual and the real feed off of
each other.

The work that Local groups are doing reverberates back here and
obviously the virtual community and the conference (global stuff)
reverberates back.

Back to London, there were a few Londoners (greater London) from
Doppler, AA-RF, and Microsoft at the conference. Might be worthwhile
to find "London" and "UK" folks using the Crowdvine site and
hitting them up to see if they are interested in participating in
some way.

-- dave

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22 Feb 2008 - 11:42am
Matt Jones
2008

Hi - I came back from the IxDA conference in Savannah with just the
thought that perhaps there should be a regular IxDA meetup in London.

As you say - there are a few regular events by other associations and
fantastic, more-irregular events such as Http://www.thishappened.org,
but I reckon there would be an appetite for something more
everyday-interaction-designer focussed.

Perhaps the best thing to do would be just to pick a pub with a
friendly upstairs and put something on upcoming...

/mj

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22 Feb 2008 - 2:46pm
Peter Boersma
2003

Matt (hi!) wrote:
> Hi - I came back from the IxDA conference in Savannah with just the
> thought that perhaps there should be a regular IxDA meetup in London.
[..]
> Perhaps the best thing to do would be just to pick a pub with a
> friendly upstairs and put something on upcoming...

You may also want to contact the people running the London-IA list who are also interested in organizing another UX-ish meeting. See: http://iainstitute.org/en/network/localgroups/local_groups.php or go directly to: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/london-ia/

Peter (and yes, I am currently the Local Groups Director for the IA Institute ;-))
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22 Feb 2008 - 3:16pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Matt, that is really similar to how NYC got started.
I might suggest alternatively considering the great conference
content, that you pull a meeting around that content and create a
conversation space.

alternatively you might want to give a repeat performance of your
talk to those who couldn't attend the conference.

I bet that that would generate a lot of buzz and get a good group
together, which can then break inertia and go from there.

(Priya, you around at all? Bruno, are you listening?)

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22 Feb 2008 - 3:55pm
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

I'm working in London as well and I've been to some of the UPA
meetings (I'm a member of UPA) who are really great. I think it
would be great to do some IxDA meetings too. I know a bunch of people
in the area and I'm sure I could persuade them to join us as well.

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22 Feb 2008 - 5:05pm
niklasw
2005

Hi Matt et al.

Sounds like a plan! We did pretty much the same thing in Stockholm.

I spoke some to Mikhail Goldgaber from Avenuea-Razorfish (cc) back in
Savannah who also expressed interest in doing something IxDA local in
London.

Just let me know if there's anything we can do to support you, other
then cheering you on ;)

.Niklas

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Director, IxDA
Local leader, IxDA Stockholm
http://ixda.org

Sr. Interaction Designer
Ergonomidesign
http://ergonomidesign.com
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On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 08:42:32, Matt Jones <matt at blackbeltjones.com> wrote:
> Hi - I came back from the IxDA conference in Savannah with just the
> thought that perhaps there should be a regular IxDA meetup in London.
>
> As you say - there are a few regular events by other associations and
> fantastic, more-irregular events such as Http://www.thishappened.org,
> but I reckon there would be an appetite for something more
> everyday-interaction-designer focussed.
>
> Perhaps the best thing to do would be just to pick a pub with a
> friendly upstairs and put something on upcoming...
>
> /mj
>
>
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23 Feb 2008 - 5:50am
Anonymous

I'd definitely be up for IxDA meetings in London.

As a relatively inexperienced IxD'er I'm just at the point now where I'm looking for real-world groups to join in Cambridge (where I work) or London (where I live). There seem to be one or two possibilities (Refresh in Cambridge, occasional UPA meetings in London that Bruno mentioned), but IxDA meetings would be ideal.

23 Feb 2008 - 9:11am
Joe Lanman
2007

I'd be up for a London group too - I was part of discussions about
one a while back but it sort of didn't happen. I'm in Stoke
Newington in north London, but I'd be happy to travel if somewhere
else is more convenient for other London members. Where are people
based/want to travel to?

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24 Feb 2008 - 6:26am
Anonymous

OK,

I've set up a crowdvine network for discussions around when and
where the first meeting will happen. I'll also test the water with a
few pubs that I know have an upstairs around W1. See:

http://ixdalondon.crowdvine.com/

We will come back to the list with a date and time when it is set!

One thing I would be interested in knowing from groups that meet
already is: what format do your meetings take? I could see meetings
being anything from informal discussion, to individuals presenting on
topics and having a discussion around that, to group redesigns of
open-source packages (common ones - so that any interviews can be
conducted on each other / work colleagues), etc. etc.

It is probably a good thing to talk about at the first meeting,
however others' ideas and experiences are most welcome!

Cheers!

Alex.

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24 Feb 2008 - 10:45am
Priya Prakash
2004

Hi Alex & Alexander -

I was the local London IXDA rep a while back. We (Matt J, Bruno F)
are hoping to meetup around 3-5th March to work out how we can get
London IXDA going again.
Alexander- Setting up Crowdvine is great.
I hope you are free for a tentative date of 3rd March 6pm at ICA?
See http://www.ica.org.uk/visit on how to get there
I am trying to co-ordinate with Matt J & Bruno to make it as well.
Cheers
Priya

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24 Feb 2008 - 10:55am
Anonymous

Priya,

That sounds fantastic! It makes co-ordination a lot easier too. I've
sent you and a few other people invites on Dave's recommendation.

The ica will be a good place (and easy to get to from work, too) I
look forward to meeting you.

Alex.

On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 07:45:25, Priya Prakash <priya.prakash at hf-uk.com> wrote:
> Hi Alex & Alexander -
>
> I was the local London IXDA rep a while back. We (Matt J, Bruno F)
> are hoping to meetup around 3-5th March to work out how we can get
> London IXDA going again.
> Alexander- Setting up Crowdvine is great.
> I hope you are free for a tentative date of 3rd March 6pm at ICA?
> See http://www.ica.org.uk/visit on how to get there
> I am trying to co-ordinate with Matt J & Bruno to make it as well.
> Cheers
> Priya
>
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24 Feb 2008 - 10:50am
Priya Prakash
2004

Hi Alex & Alexander -

I was the local London IXDA rep a while back. We (Matt J, Bruno F)
are hoping to meetup around 3-5th March to work out how we can get
London IXDA going again.
Alexander- Setting up Crowdvine is great.
I hope you are free for a tentative date of 3rd March 6pm at ICA?
See http://www.ica.org.uk/visit on how to get there
I am trying to co-ordinate with Matt J & Bruno to make it as well.
Cheers
Priya

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24 Feb 2008 - 2:34pm
Peter Boersma
2003

Alexander (and other aspiring local leaders),

> One thing I would be interested in knowing from groups that meet
> already is: what format do your meetings take?

You may want to check the results of a survey the IA Institute held amongst local leaders:
http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/local_groups_coordinator_survey_2007.php

E.g. question 6: "What is the typical format for your group's events
(e.g., speaker presentations, round table, cocktail hour, salon, etc.)?"

Peter
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24 Feb 2008 - 3:42pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Peter B. that is a great resource, thanx.
What I found interesting about it is the sheer variety and how it
doesn't really map against my own experiences with IxDA "so far".

Alex, Niklas or Janna will probably be adding you to the local
leaders basecamp we have set up. In that basecamp we are assembling
resources which answer these questions.

To answer them here though so others can see them and be inspired.
Formats can take any form you like. It has many dependencies. In NYC
for example, social events don't do very well unless they are all
the UX groups. But in other cities they have worked very well.

We have had discussion groups, shown movies, had panels, done
talking-head presentations, workshops, flown people in from out of
town (or caught them while they happened to be coming through),
we've done it all, I would say. They all have their successes and
failures. Sometimes it is the combination of format, location,
talent/name, and topic combined that bring people out, and finding
that "right" mix is REALLY hard.

The main thing I tend to tell people is, 4-10 people make a really
great event. 10-20 is a success for the world to see. More than that
is AWESOME! Don't compare yourself to anywhere else, and think big,
and keep expectations reasonable.

:)

-- dave

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