Hi folks! I signed up recently and wanted to get acquainted with the members here. I work in the marketing dept. of my company, and the manager asked me to look into anything that could help me develop Web skills for web development marketing (social networking, "Web 2.0", etc).
I thought this would be a good opportunity to develop interactive design skills in general. Some years back I picked up the book "Writing for Interactive Media", and it inspired me into taking a programming class for the purpose of building interactive media (interactive storytelling, presentations, Internet-savvy theatre, and so on. In retrospect, I'm not sure what I was thinking). Unfortunately, that's about as far as things went due to work and life in general. I've done a few small progamming projects, but nothing worth showing to anyone. Now it seems I have an opportunity to expand my horizons.
I think what works for me best are discussion boards, seminars, trainings and workshops. Books are good, but it seems being face-to-face with someone and sharing experiences is what really helps me get going on something. It's close to the end of the year now, so I expect there's not much going on right now. If anyone has any recommendations for something in the Southern California area, I'm all ears.