September Update

From: Mario N.
Sent on: Monday, October 1, 2012 9:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been pretty busy and haven't been able to do a meetup this month but we definitely have a few in the works.

Wrap up -

Our event at the Microsoft store in Century City on User Interface Design by Jan Cavan was a success despite some technical hiccups! She brought up some great points and resources. Much pizza was consumed thanks to http://www.sendgrid.com/ Thanks again!

Upcoming events:

Concrete5 - The Other Wordpress - October 25th Thursday, 7PM at Kleverdog Coworking

OK, just kidding, it's not really Wordpress but it has the same orientation towards good usability and easy content editing as Wordpress. I'll be doing an overview and demo of setting up a site from scratch using Concrete5 which is one of my go to choices for Content Management Systems aka websites. You say, “I've never heard of it. I like my current CMS.”. It never hurts to have more arrows in your quiver. Try out an online demo here: http://www.concrete5.org/about/trial/

We're also shooting for a Content Strategy event at Huge Interactive with Janine Warner sometime in December but we're still working out the details.

Sister Group Workshops:

Speaking of CMS's. Our Assistant Organizer and Main Organizer of SoCal Wordpress is running a Wordpress Intensive Workshop Oct. 6th for those who know nothing about Wordpress or for those looking to fill in the blanks in their knowledge. I've taken it myself and the presenter is great! This is an extremely comprehensive workshop.
http://www.meetup.com/The-Southern-California-WordPress-Meetup-Group/events/81956052/

The largest UX group in the country is doing a usability workshop with Eric Reiss Oct 13th. This might be a good one to check out as well!
http://ericreissusability-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1

LA Mobile Developers Group is putting on Mobile Camp LA for an all day event:
http://mobilecampla.com/
Good speakers. Should be cool! I'm going to try to make it.


Other events of interest:

We all stare at computer screens all day. That's not too hot for your vision and later in life we might find it tough to navigate and view various websites out there. I'm attending the Accessibility event at Cal State University Northridge Oct. 20th and I recommend you do so as well. Make the web more Accessible before it's too late (I hope I'm joking). Of course, accessibility has a larger focus than simply catering to the visually impaired and the event will cover other groups needs and challenges. Website Accessibility may be government mandated in the near future as it is in the EU. Learn how to make the internet truly a better place for everyone.
Description: http://www.meetup.com/ia-55/events/83020262/
Sign up: http://www.accessibilitycampla.org/register.php

As usual, if you have any suggestions for meetups or would like to present please let me know!

Best,

Mario Noble
SCWDD organizer

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