IxDA Bloomington Launch Party

Join us for our first meeting of the IxDA Bloomington chapter! Come network with other designers in the Bloomington area!

IxDA, or the Interaction Design Association, is an international and professional community of designers. It is in this spirit that the Bloomington chapter of IxDA welcomes local designers from all fields to participate in this professional community of designers and expand the ways in which design thinking can be applied to Bloomington area businesses and professionals.

While we have come up with a foundational structure for the group, we believe the mission should be designed and defined by its members. To that end, we propose engaging in a classic brainstorming activity, in which we articulate the goal of bringing together this diverse community of professionals, students, designers and developers and define what everyone wants to get out of the experience.

Not a designer? No problem! This is meant to be a learning experience for all newcomers, and a mentoring experience for experienced professionals. We anticipate that after attending a few of our events, everyone will have some new ideas, contacts, and skills to add to their toolbox.

We have selected Rachael's Cafe as our venue because of its large, friendly atmosphere. Rachael's has a great food selection and some of the best coffee in town... so feel free to come hungry! This first meeting doesn't have a sponsor so we can't provide food/drink to start... but if you want to contribute/be-a-sponsor, please let us know by Tweeting us or posting on Facebook:

Twitter: @ixdabloomington

Facebook: ixdabloomington

Our meetups are meant to be organic, freeform discussion venues. Have a meetup you'd like to propose in the future? Feel free to do so here. Want to host a meetup at your business? Awesome! Let's build a community, together.

What are some topics that you might overhear in conversation during this meetup?

Responsive design, user testing methods, design theory, information architecture, human-centered design, designing for retina displays, UX planning, mobile app design, how to explain what user experience is to others, content strategy, and the list goes on...

Looking forward to meeting everyone!


Tarun Gangwani
Jessica Falkenthal
Melissa Rodriguez

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great turnout, many new faces.

    October 19, 2012

  • Poppe S.

    A great launch party and a wonderful group of people!

    October 19, 2012

  • Scott P.

    Good attendance! Not sure if the activity worked.

    October 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere you you all created, it was create to see such a huge turn out from everyone that was invited. I was glad to meet some people from around the community to hear what type of jobs they had related to design

    October 18, 2012

  • Jonathan G.

    Couldn't have been better. Amazing turnout.

    October 18, 2012

  • Justin S.

    Great event, enjoyed the amount of University connections there.

    October 18, 2012

  • Subhrajit D.

    Thanks to the organizers! you guys did great! Proud of you. I got to meet a lot of interesting people.

    October 17, 2012

  • David Allen M.

    It was nice to see some old faces and it was a pleasure meeting some new ones. Some good conversations with Omar, a PhD student studying Methods, and a good conversation with William Byrd, Soichi Hayashi, and a professor of fine art (can't remember her name) about 3-D printing. Very great group of people!

    October 17, 2012

  • JG H.

    What a great event, and a really nice bunch of designer folk in Bloomington

    October 17, 2012

  • Tiffany J.

    It was great to see how much people turned out.

    October 17, 2012

  • Melissa Lorenzen S.

    wish I could make it, but thats bedtime for my nine month old. I'd love to attend an event in the future!

    October 17, 2012

  • Doug J.

    I will not be able to added this meeting, already have plans and found out about it today. I hope to attend future events!

    October 17, 2012

  • Nikki P.

    Definitely thought this was from 6-8 p.m. when I RSVP'd. Hate to miss the launch but look forward to future meetings.

    October 16, 2012

    • Tarun G.

      Darn! Sorry about the mixup. You can always stop by for a little; you don't have to be there the whole time. Regardless, hope to meet you soon!

      October 16, 2012

  • Tarun G.

    Looks like this is going to be a fantastic turnout! Don't forget to let others with interest (especially those that love design) to come and start the conversation with us.

    We welcome any sponsorship interest for this meetup. Please email me directly -- [masked] or tweet me @tarungangwani ... Thank you!

    See you soon!

    1 · October 11, 2012

Our Sponsors

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    Inkd sponsored our first meetup event which paid for logistical support!

  • Morgan Kaufmann Publishers

    Raffle giveaways and a discount code to their store!

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