Did you go to CHI? What did you think?

30 Apr 2006 - 6:31pm
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Peter Merholz
2004

So, 2006 marked my fifth year in a row of not attending CHI.

From what I heard before the conference, CHI made a concerted effort
to better appeal to practicing and professional designers.

So... did it work? Was CHI noticeably different, and hopefully
better, than prior years?

--peter

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1 May 2006 - 3:22pm
Jon Kolko [SCAD]
2005

Hi,

> So, 2006 marked my fifth year in a row of not attending CHI.
> From what I heard before the conference, CHI made a concerted effort
> to better appeal to practicing and professional designers.
> So... did it work? Was CHI noticeably different, and hopefully
> better, than prior years?

There has been a concerted effort to integrate design into the conference.
David Gilmore and Kristina Höök did a great job of structuring the first
Design Community, and the existence of the communities at all puts Design on
a level playing field with Research, Engineering, Management, Education and
Usability. David will be the technical conference chair of CHI2007, and he
has asked myself and Bill Lucas of Maya Design in Pittsburgh to chair the
Design Community in CHI2007, in San Jose.

You can read a student volunteer's retrospective of a particularly relevant
discussion in the Design SIG at
http://blog.acm.org/archives/chi2006/svs/chi2006/sig/index.html .. this
highlights the increasingly relevant nature of Design at the conference.

I am extremely interested in representing the needs of Design practitioners
at CHI in 2007, and welcome any particular feedback you can provide
regarding how to make Design better understood and acknowledged at the
conference. I'm of the opinion that Design will become welcome at a
conference like CHI when the program has content that Designers care about -
and this content will most likely come from other Designers. Thus, I hope
many of you will consider submitting to CHI - perhaps in a non-archival
format that emphasizes practice, experience and case study rather than
rigorous academic study.

Please - send me any and all comments you have regarding your experiences or
expectations at CHI, and I will do my best to make sure your voice is, at
least, heard.

Thanks,

Jon Kolko
Professor, Industrial & Interaction Design
Savannah College of Art and Design

http://facultypages.scad.edu/~jkolko
AOL IM// jkolkoSCAD

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