IxDA DFW Reinstatement Meetup Summary

20 Aug 2010 - 11:48am
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So last night I show up at Champps and go over to the hostess and explain to her I told a bunch of people to show up there; I have no idea how big the crowd would be but that we'd get a table when there were enough. About that time, Adam Polanski (@adamtheia) walks up to the hostess station and I'm standing next to him.

The hostess says to me, "I think one of you is already here."

"Where is he?"

"Not sure."

"Can you tell me what he looks like?"

"Well, he's...." she looks at me and Adam, "thinner. He is tall. He's handsome. He is wearing a nice shirt."

So he was the opposite of me. I never found the mystery man. Oh well. I hope he burns in hell.

Anyway, the meeting was great. We came up with good ideas to re-energize IxDA DFW. We all agreed we belong to other professional organizations (e.g. STC, UPA, etc.) so we wanted a format that didn't duplicate what we saw at those meetings. We came up with doing on-site meetings at places where interaction design takes place and get a tour, lecture, problem solving workshop, or whatever at that location. Here are some of the ideas people had:

  • Bass Hall
  • Holocaust Museum
  • DART
  • Toll Authority
  • Walking tour of Fort Worth with a city planner
  • woot's headquarters
  • Botanic gardens
  • Miller brewing
  • American Airlines
  • DFW Airport (who is currently redesigning terminals)
  • Sabre's usability labs
  • Photo studio in the warehouse district


Somebody let me know if I missed one.

Adam Polanski has the idea of creating a t-shirt that looks like a concert tour shirt with a list of the places we visit. I think that will rock.

The next meeting will be a social event where we try to get more people involved and committed. When we book the on-site visits we want a solid number. The next meeting will take place in October. The location and date are forthcoming. We are going to kick off the on-site meetings in December.

If you haven't already, register here and watch for announcements.


21 Aug 2010 - 4:53pm
Scott Carter

What if all of these places were set up as a trip on Gowalla? Add all the places as part of a  "IxDA UX DFW Tour". Up to 20 places can be added to a trip in Gowalla.

21 Aug 2010 - 5:11pm

Scott, I Think that's a great idea, because i am creating a unique scavenger hunt game called BluJ-Hunt that will leave each of the Gowalla Badges randomly. Also I think we should engage QR Codes to leave pictures and interesting facts about the meeting each time we meet. I really wanted to be there but Irving is quite far for a student riding public transporation. I also would like to see more topics on the UX Healthcare industry since this is becoming a heated debate. I would also like help forming the J_iXD program here in Dallas. I am finding that a growing interest is brewing nationally for the post I made on Junior Interaction Design Meetup's. It would be awesome to get a few donations to start this fully in December. I look forward to the next event.

21 Aug 2010 - 5:16pm
Scott Carter


Stickbits might be more fun too and you can use any barcode, thought you can also order an inexpensive book of barcodes to stick places. If you're not familiar with it, you should check them out: http://www.stickybits.com

The concept is great and the actual use is also neat. You can leave text, photo and video based messages associated with a barcode. My experience with the QR codes at both SxSW and on every day packages and other events has left me quite unimpressed to say the least.

23 Aug 2010 - 8:26am
Phillip Hunter



Thanks again for putting that together and for the great notes. Next time I'll stay for the middle of the meeting! :)




28 Nov 2010 - 10:37pm

I love the idea of the onsite meetings. There's a lot of interesting stuff that you just can't get from a presentation and your location ideas are intriguing. Plus the format promotes interaction both between members and with the environment.

Do you need any help planning or organizing a meetup this month?

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