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Design. Innovation. Story: an Odyssey of Confluence
Leading academics, designers, professionals and artists will gather at Savannah College of Art and Design for the International Digital Media and Art Association's ninth annual conference, to explore how digital media and art is a confluence of creative innovations.
With the new year, I'm thinking a need to get some better systems in place with regards to running my own interaction design business. Some questions for those who are consultants/freelance/solo practitioners:
- assuming you are on a long-term job, what percentage of your available working hours are billable? What is a good target? (I work from home and I always seem to spend some of my working hours doing laundry, etc.)
- what software do you use to track your hours?
- what software do you use to bill your clients and keep track of paid and unpaid bills?
Just curious: How do you work to convince the client that your solution should be implemented? I know this involves a great deal of "sales" skill, but what about those clients who make you really feel like you are trying to "lead a horse to water but he just won't drink"! There are some clients who will spend so much money on a consultant and never take a step toward implementing.
DUANE BRAY, interaction designer and head of Digital Media for IDEO, and
RYAN JACOBY, who leads IDEO’s Business Design discipline, will co-lead a
discussion about the intersection of interaction and business design.
Drawing on examples from IDEO’s past work as well as inspirational stories
elsewhere in the world, the two will consider the question of how
interaction and business designers approach problems, how the relationship
between the two disciplines has changed, and how collaboration can lead to
rich user experiences and business solutions.
IxDA NYC is pleased to announce that Duane Bray and Ryan Jacoby of IDEO will
be co-presenting “Business Design Meets Interaction Design” at our July
event. You won't want to miss this one so SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday evening, July 16, 2009
6:00 - 7:00 Networking and refreshments
7:00 - 7:15 Welcome and announcements
7:15 - 8:30 Presentation and Q&A