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Responsive Design: The Past, The Present, and The Future

  • Oct 11, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Join us for a talk on Responsive Design. This presentation by seasoned members of the Roundarch Isobar UX team will be of great interest to all web/interaction/UX designers and developers. Our doors will open at 5:00pm, and the talk begins at 6pm.

It’s the latest in the time-honored tradition of technologies everyone wants but few understand why. It can be a nebulous and dangerous term for Interactive Designers and Developers: able to destroy budgets, timelines, and nerves in a single slash. We’ll walk through how Responsive Design came to be, what it means, whether it’s worth your time, and how it may lead into the future. We’ll also have a hearty Q&A afterwards (by which we mean one of us will answer at least one question in a hearty sailor’s voice).


Michelle Dash is a broker of communication between introverts and extroverts (aka User Experience Consultant) at Roundarch Isobar in Chicago, IL. Her experience spans many areas of user-centered design including requirements gathering, heuristic evaluations, wireframe development, meeting facilitation and international usability testing. Michelle has an MS in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She sits on the ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) Advisory board at DePaul University helping students and alumni prepare to enter the world of being a UX professional.

Joe Hass is an Senior Interaction Designer for Roundarch Isobar in Chicago. Previously, he worked with Arc Worldwide (Chicago), Hanson Productions (Maumee, Ohio) and Campbell-Ewald (Warren, Michigan). Joe has worked in the field for more than five years, handling a variety of projects, including full web redesigns, microsites, user calculators, and CD-ROMs for clients from MillerCoors, Purina, Whirlpool, DeVry, Owens Corning, and the US Postal Service. Beyond just the boxes and arrows, he's helped develop the business rules, functionality, and logic that helps make programmers lives a little bit easier. Joe's been in the graphic design world since he saw his first Mac Plus in a high school journalism lab in 1986, and part of the Web since he joined AOL in 1995. A baseball fan since childhood, Joe visits a new Major League Baseball park every year. He passed the written portion of the Wisconsin driving exam at the age of eight.

Bill Welense enjoys imagining and creating experiences with technology products. He is a designer and technologist with 8+ years experience in agency, corporate and freelance environments. Bill’s expertise is in web apps that users work with daily, as seen in his work with the United States Air Force and Isobar Nowlab. Outside the office, Bill is an active member of both Chicago’s design and music communities. He is a leader of the Interaction Design Association’s (IxDA) local chapter, frequent supporter of independent projects on Kickstarter, and tracks his personal data as part of the Quantified Self movement. Bill also plays guitar with his band, who perform live regularly and have two independent records.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great job to the folks at Roundarch Isobar who presented some thought-provoking aspects of the responsive design question. Someone unfamiliar with this trend would have walked away with a good understanding of it. Not geared towards developers or go into the technical aspects but focused rather when and where to use it and as well as pros and cons (it's not ALWAYS the right choice). Very engaging and the nice compliment of snacks @ the Wünderland Conf Room was a welcome surprise.

    October 11, 2012

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    October 11, 2012

  • Marina J.

    Great presentation! It inspired me to try it out and build my next website with responsive design.

    October 11, 2012

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