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Re: [ia-55] Recap of July 26 IA meetup

From: Carol
Sent on: Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:28 AM
Hi Weston,

Thanks for the recap and for organizing!

I'm still voting for a presentation specifically focusing on "tools": iRise, Visio, etc. and didn't see that in the list of ideas for future meetings . . .


Weston Thompson wrote:
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Wow - what a fun evening! Before saying anything else, I want to again thank our hosts at LA Times Interactive, who provided the perfect meeting space and a wonderful spread of food. Thank you Mark Banuelos and Nate Uchida.

For those who made it - thanks so much for coming out and for diving right into great discussions. For those who missed it, here's a quick recap ... and I hope you can join us next time.


Attendance ~40 people

1. Arrivals and food!

2. Brief remarks by Meredith Artley, new Executive Editor of Meredith came to LATimes from the International Herald Tribune, and she is excited about tying into the community of IAs and designers in LA as she brings her interactive skills to bear on

3. Ramblings by yours truly, more food, and migrations to tables for topics.

4. Small group discussions at table topics (45 minutes)

5. Sharing ideas from each table

6. Discussing how this meeting went: People liked the small group topic discussions. Some wanted to rotate topics, others liked having the long discussion with a single group. Sounds like mixing it up is good from meeting to meeting.

7. Ideas for next meetings

  • More table topics, but with rotations and large group Q&A time. Maybe have space set aside for ad hoc topics in addition to planned topics.
  • Bring a deliverable to show - something you're proud of (how I solved a tough issue), something that didn't work out (what went wrong here), something you're trying to crack (what do you think about...). Probably done as a large group.
  • Presentation that involves group interaction. Could also be a case study presented by a team of people in segments to us in small groups (i.e., lead us through your project as a physical tour).
  • "Day in the life" - a 5-minute recap of what a day doing your job is like. Maybe get a series of these to make up a program. (or maybe have one or two at the start of each meeting?)
  • Mentoring booth - get a volunteer or two to "set up shop" and take questions from folks looking for some input or guidance. This could be a special table on a table topic night - or maybe a regular feature during social time at each meeting?
  • Field trip. Anybody have a work place that's interesting to see and that you could actually tour us through? Or maybe something like a special visit to California Science Center or some lab/museum that's interesting to our group.
  • Parody of some game show that would be fun and interactive?
  • Mini method workshops. Possibly in the table topic format or set up like trade show booths. Get 4-8 volunteers to each set up a booth and talk about a UX method (see UX Method Trading Cards from nForm or the IDEO Method Cards)

8. Next location and date: Likely to be west side. Date to be roughly 2 months from now, so in mid-late September.

9. Planning upcoming meetings
I made sure to say that I don't feel the need to "control" this group. (I just want to help it along.) If you would like to take the lead on an upcoming meeting, let me know! This is our group in a collective sense, and I want to share the wealth. Planning the meetings is fun, and we have a very supportive group, so you won't be out there alone. Craig and I will provide support for all meeting planning. I'd love to see us get a meeting or two ahead in terms of planning so that we can see a calendar of events.

===end of recap====

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