July Meetup #1

  • July 8, 2009 · 6:30 PM
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Greetings everyone. I'm pleased to inform you that I've renewed our arrangement for meeting at the classroom at the Khabele school, the one with the projector, and that I've gotten my laptop fixed so I won't need one of you to bring one for us to use. The good news is that under this arrangement, we can stay until 8:30, so we get a full two hours.

We're going to continue the arrangement from last month, where we have the meeting in two halves- the first hour will be our job club meeting, where those of us in the design and media industries who are looking for work can network and trade information on our job or work searches. Then the second hour will be our general meeting where we'll have a topic of discussion. Having explained the purposes of the two halves, we of course welcome anyone who wants to come to attend either or both halves.

I want to especially encourage any members of our group who are writers to at least attend the first half of the meeting. One of the things I want to discuss is an idea for creating a meeting specifically for writers to better address the needs and issues they face.

The discussion topic for the general meeting will be "digital vs. physical packaging". A CD design I created was just released, but only in partial form- the full booklet I created for it is only available as a download, because the band couldn't afford the printing costs. So what kind of future are we looking at where music is primarily sold online, books are becoming that way, and newspapers are on the endangered list?

Hope to see all of you there!

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  • Fletch Brendan G.

    Also in attendance at this meetup was my friend, Scott Stringer. It annoys me that when people are removed from Meetup for inactivity, the record of their attendance is deleted too.

    January 14, 2010

  • Fletch Brendan G.

    Also in attendance were M. Abdur "Abbie" Razzaque, Brennan Collins, and Pam Ingalls, all from the Launchpad Job Club.

    July 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Refreshing ideas.

    July 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to see so many people attend and to be able to share resources!

    July 9, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was probably one of the better ADMs I've attended. It was an impressive turnout along with providing useful information. I look forward to the next one.

    July 9, 2009

  • Fletch Brendan G.

    Phil's right, with the large turnout it did get a little unwieldy. I was somewhat unprepared for this because in the past some of our meetups have had lots of RSVPs, but then we'd still only have a few people show up. So to have a meeting this large was a very pleasant surprise.

    Also I need to apologize for the hot room, I'll have to ask the school if there's a way to keep the place cool after the day ends so it's still comfortable when our meeting starts.

    I'm going to take Phil's suggestion to heart, and work on our next meeting at the Khabele School in August as something that will work better if we want to talk and exchange info in smaller groups. Perhaps, since there's a kitchen there, we can do the next group as a potluck dinner, and we can eat and socialize for the first part of the meeting and then have a discussion about our favorite tips and tricks. Thanks again to everyone for coming tonight!

    July 9, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually, I thought there were too many people. I prefer to be involved more. If the group had been in a different setting, where it could be divided into subgroups (like a party), that would have been fabulous :)

    The topic didn't provide me with much insight. Although it's, in general, a nice topic, I would rather hear information from my fellow local designers about their own personal tricks, tips, and wisdom. Stuff I can learn from. Like how they do their work. General opinions or arguments are information readily accessible to me from common syndicated formats like blogs and magazines. If we could take advantage of the fact we have a groups of locals who are all trying to do the same kind of thing... there might be some synergy.

    July 8, 2009

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