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Spring preview: Jan-May events

Melinda M.
Group Organizer
Champaign, IL
Happy new year to our all of UX Book Club friends,

We have a lot planned for this spring and wanted to quickly preview our lineup for you and mention some other exciting events.

First, our regular book club meetups:

  • Jan. 13: Discussing a variety of UX articles. Note: This has been moved back a week due to our severe weather.
  • Feb. 3: A social. No books or articles to read. Take this chance to chat with fellow club members.
  • March 3: Designing Together by Dan Brown.
  • April 7: Content Strategy for the Web (2nd Ed.) by Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach
  • May 5: Service Design by by Andy Polaine, Lavrans Løvlie & Ben Reason

Saturday, Feb. 15 we are hosting our first weekend activity: Sketch Club
Join us for a fun afternoon of learning about different sketching techniques that are common in the user experience field. You’ll choose from 1 of 4 books to read ahead of time, and then we’ll spend the afternoon together practicing different methods. In addition, every participant will get some fun, inspiring tools and a few lucky ones will win some awesome big prizes donated by our sponsors. There is a $5 fee for this event and a limit of 30 attendees, so sign up soon! More details are on our meetup.com­ page.

Content Strategy is on our mind this spring! Kristina Halvorson, one of the pioneers of the content strategy movement, will be on the University of Illinois campus April 28-29 for the annual Web Conference. Inspired by Halvorson’s visit, we’re looking to ramp up local conversation and knowledge about content strategy.

  • We’ll be speaking at the U of I Webmasters­ Forum on Feb. 26, introducing Content Strategy concepts.
  • We’ll be discussing Halvorson’s book at our regular April meetup; we first read this book together 2 years ago, but it’s a great one to redo or read for the first time if you haven’t.
  • Finally, we’ll be in attendance at the Web Conference, and you can, too. Registration is open now for this great, local event.

Design Month: Our sister organization — CUDO, the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization — annually hosts a ton of great events in April, i.e. “design month.” Follow CUDO on Facebook­ and Twitter­ for further details.

More to come …
Stay in touch with us on our Facebook­ and Twitter­ accounts. We’ll be giving away both sketching and content strategy books this spring. We look forward to your feedback via those channels as well, and, of course, post comments and ideas on meetup.com

Have a great start to 2014! We’re looking forward to connecting with you at any and all of these events!
— Your co-organizers — Dan, Melinda, Cate, & Cameron
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