We're ready to put our money where our mouths are and start a
professional organization for the advancement of interaction design, and
we need your help. We're looking for several impassioned people to help
us get this organization off the ground.
We're planning a retreat for the second quarter of next year. During
this retreat, we will discuss the many details surrounding the creation
of our organization. What are those details, you ask? Well, that's
partly why we need your help. At the very least, we'll discuss
strategy, potential initiatives, and organization structure. All of
which will be centered around answering these questions:
* What are the issues today for IxD and for those practicing it?
* What type of organization would best address those issues?
* What will it take to create such an organization?
* What strategy short-term and long-term should such an organization
* What can the ad hoc environment we currently have today do
to start addressing these issues?
* Are the current initiatives good? What can we do to better
support them? Do we need to add new initiatives?
Sound like a lot to cover in a 2 1/2 day retreat? It is. So, it's
important we create a solid agenda and folks come prepared. To that end,
we're looking to the attendees to help plan the retreat, which will
involve attending a regular--at least once a month, but maybe twice a
month or more--planning meeting via chat or teleconference.
Now, what about costs? We're expecting everyone to pay their own travel,
hotel, and food costs. In addition, there may also be a facilities cost,
which we intend to split among the attendees.
We'd like to see a mix of individual practitioners and academics sign up
for the event. We'd also love to see folks from the international
community attend, though the costs for our international members may be
restrictive as the retreat will be held in the US--and will probably be
held somewhere on the east coast (though Chicago has been suggested as a
compromise for West coast folk). The final location will be decided upon
by the group of attendees.
In the end, though, we need people who are passionate about
interaction design and who have the time to plan the retreat.
We estimate that you will need to devote 2-4 hours a month to
the project, though could take as much as 8 or more depending on how
involved you want to get and how many people sign up.
We don't know how many folks will be interested, but it is possible we
won't be able to accommodate everyone who is interested. To help us
create a good event, please use the application at the bottom of this
email to tell us a little about yourself. Please complete it and mail it
to retreat05 at ixdg.org. All applications should be received by December 31.
Email all questions to retreat05 at ixdg.org.
It's time. Are you ready?
-The Steering Committee
Rick Cecil, David Heller, and Joshua Seiden
1. Copy and paste this application into a new email
2. Complete the application
3. Email it to retreat05 at ixdg.org
1. Your name:
2. Your email address:
3. Your age:
4. Your gender:
5. Your location:
6. Years of professional experience:
7. Current employer:
8. Job title:
9. What does your title really mean:
10. Do you work in:
[ ] education
[ ] industry
11. How does interaction design relate to your work?
12. Are you affiliated with any design or HCI
About the retreat:
13. How many hours per month do you think you can
14. Which region of the US do you prefer as a retreat
location? Mark each choice as one of the following:
easy, doable, will need help, can't do
- West Coast
14a. Is there someplace else you would prefer?
15. Why do you want to come to this retreat?
16. What special skills, know-how or other magic do you
possess that would help us create a successful retreat?
Please feel free to add any additional supplemental information about