Tech startups are changing the world. Some entrepreneurs are specifically trying to solve major social problems. Hear their stories, at a panel featuring:
- Ryan Richards, founder of Serve Smart
- Jesse Cooke, founder of Watsi
- Mark Horoszowski of Moving Worlds
- Joshua Pineault of Genimbi
Bring an idea that you have been throwing around, or an in-progress project, and they will help you create a plan and show you how to conduct user testing to reveal insights for your idea.
Led by David Wykes and Amy Carney, with support from AIGA.
Seattle Girl Geek Dinners return, this month at Amazon's South Lake Union Campus.
The evening will have a social mixer to kick off the evening with food and drinks provided followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Come learn about the entire lifecycle of game development from women in technology at Amazon.
This two-hour workshop will be split into two halves: a tutorial on the basics of design prototyping followed by a chance to dive into prototyping with Quartz Composer and Origami. The event will be led by Facebook's Product Design Managers Drew Hamlin and Tom Hobbs and is brought to you in partnership with AIGA Seattle.
Puget Sound SIGCHI hosts Misty Weaver for a talk on how building a content strategy starts with research.
Analytics can show how current users behave on your channels, but not why. Market research data can help you define general behaviors for large sectors. Stakeholders always seem to have assumptions about who their customer and ideal customer should be. So, how can you learn about the audience you really have and how they really think, feel, act? Especially with little time, budget, or buy-in? A little qualitative data early on can go a long way. This talk will explore “guerilla” research techniques practitioners have used to gather information from real people. This qualitative data can inform audience profiles, archetypes, and personas. It can help us evaluate our current content and UX, test and validate new designs, as well as provide quotes and anecdotes for persuading stakeholders.
Join AIGA Seattle at their Centennial Membership Party & Fellows Gala.
AIGA Seattle will be honoring a local designer with their highest honor, The Fellow Award. This award recognizes those who have dedicated their lives to raising the standards of excellence in design. Nominations close October 3rd.
Submit your work for the Member Showcase, which will be on display at the event!
$30 AIGA member, $60 non-member
The Girl Develop It Meetup hosts a 4-class course on HTML and CSS.
Through this four course series, you'll get an introduction to HTML5 and CSS3 to build on your previous knowledge. You'll get hands-on experience working with HTML5 features like semantic elements and forms, and you'll learn new CSS3 properties and abilities including transformations, transitions, and animation. Finally, we'll dig into responsive design and browser compatibility.
This 4-class course runs for four Tuesdays:
- Class 1, Structure Standards and HTML5: November 4, 7-9pm
- Class 2, Introduction to CSS3: November 11, 7-9pm
- Class 3, Advances in HTML5: November 18, 7-9pm
- Class 4, Intro to Responsive Design and Compatibility: November 25, 7-9pm
The Seattle Art Museum hosts their monthly Friday night Remix event.
Choose your own adventure from our variety of performances, activities, dancing, and more, inspired by their new exhibition, Pop Departures, and the rest of SAM's fabulous collection during this creative late night.
Complex interfaces have become a common feature in consumer automobiles. As these systems functionality has expanded, drivers ability to interact with so much information has grown more demanding. At this stage automotive UX design is in it's awkward adolescence phase, but going forward how will designers ensure motorists can accomplish tasks while increasing driving safety?
This talk will demonstrate successful (and not-so-successful) ways that in-car designs currently happen and what we all need to be aware of in the future to create beautiful, useful designs to keep drivers informed and safe simultaneously.
Join them for a pre-Thanksgiving party, as support design for good. All of the ticket sales will go to the Pour Back Fund, a grant given to designers with projects that benefit the Pacific Northwest Community.
Event includes a silent auction, raffle, photobooth, games, beer and more.
Kirkland StartUp Weekend is hosting a Maker's edition. For this Startup Weekend you will make a useable product over the course of three days.
Tool kits and machinery will be provided around:
- Sensors and wearable tech
- Techno or functional art
Puget Sound Research Forum hosts Ben Jones, manager for the Tableau Public team. Learn about best practices around Data Visualization. Audience members will have an opportunity to test out Tableau as well as submitting their very own data sets to be used in the presentation.
$35 members, $55 nonmembers
UXPA Seattle is hosting a full day prototyping workshop.
To create a great experience, UX Professionals know that prototyping is essential. In this practical, hands on, day long workshop you will learn from top UX professionals about the prototyping process from Theory to Practice.
No previous design experience is required for the workshop. Just bring your enthusiasm and desire to learn! Thanks to our generous sponsors, we will provide coffee and lunch to keep you fueled throughout the day. In the evening, we'll convene for a social happy hour across the street at Tacoma's famous Swiss Pub.
AIGA Seattle hosts a panel discussion on the importance of the Design for Good movement in the global design community.
With this event, AIGA Seattle will start to define what design for social change means in the Seattle design community. They are bringing together a multidisciplinary panel of graphic designers, strategists, business owners, and product designers to open up the conversation and share what it means for them in their professional lives.
Perspectives will be presented on funding self-initiated projects, working with non-profit clients, the importance of corporate social responsibility for large companies, running your own design firm focused on social change, leading an in-house creative department of a global non-profit, and product design that improves people's lives.
Our panelists include:
Cornelius Brudi, PATH, Creative Director
Michael Ellsworth, CIVILIZATION, Founding Partner / Principal
Leslie Hale, Methodologie, Chief Strategy Officer
Masuma Henry, Artefact, Executive Director
Joel Meyers, Fuse IQ, Founding Partner and Director of Business Development
Gage Mitchel, Modern Species, Partner & Creative Director and AIGA Seattle President
$10 AIGA member, $18 non-member
The Girl Develop It Seattle Meetup is hosting a two session class on Git and Github,
Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes, as well as help you to be more methodical in your programming. This class will introduce the basics of version control, how to use git to keep track of your changes to a project, and using GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers.
- Class 1: Tuesday, October 14, 7-9 pm
- Class 2: Tuesday, October 21, 7-9 pm
With User Experience designers in such high demand, those entering the field today have more choices than ever before. There’s no single right way to embark on your journey, but many before you have uncovered a path to success, so why not learn from them?
Matt Dente will share insights from surveys and interviews with UX professionals as well as his own experience as a designer in the field for over 15 years. If you’re planning your first step in a career, or considering your next move, this talk will provide insights that will help you make the right choices for your own path.
In this one-day hands-on workshop, participants explore play as a tool for innovation through interactive “on your feet” activities from the world of professional improvisation. The second half-of the class emphasizes creativity, risk-taking and Design Thinking—a problem-solving approach combining empathy and creativity to address “messy challenges” of any scale, in any organization.
$150 Frye members, $200 non-members
This month's Creative Morning is with local hip hop artist, Raz Simone.
His inspiration stems from his diverse life, as opposed to any musical predecessors. Growing up Raz did not listen to any music. It wasn’t until he started writing poetry, then speaking his powerful words over movie scores that he realized he was rapping.
The Girl Develop It Seattle Meetup hosts a two-week class with Marcy Sutton that will focus on general design principles, with some hands-on exercises related to web accessibility.
Class 1: Wednesday, October 8 from 7-9 pm
Class 2: Wednesday, October 15 from 7-9 pm
Puget Sound Research Forum is hosting it's fall networking event at the Rhein Haus (formerly Von Trapp’s). Join them for a night full of bocce ball, German food, drinks and networking opportunities. Tickets include appetizers, one drink and Bocce court.
$35 members, $55 non-members
Town Hall Seattle hosts Ignite! Seattle 25. Presenters have 20 slides and 5 minutes to enlighten the audience on any topic they choose. Ignite events are all-ages, fast-paced, sometimes-unpredictable, and always thought-provoking.
Starting at 7 p.m., a networking event precedes the talks. The main stage program begins at 8 p.m.
The Girl Develop It Seattle Meetup is hosting a 4-session HTML/CSS course starting October 7 through October 28.
- Class 1, HTML Basics: October 7, 7-9pm
- Class 2, Introduction to CSS: October 14, 7-9pm
- Class 3, CSS Positioning and Page Layout: October 21, 7-9pm
- Class 4, Common Web Layouts, Tips and Tricks: October 28, 7-9pm
Town Hall Seattle presents Nicholas Carr for the talk, Human Consequences of Technology.
Technology advances have created new world, but with that world comes a new set of problems — planes have crashed because of autopilot error and GPS technology might be making our brains dysfunctional. According to journalist Nicholas Carr, misuse and overreliance on these devices has had an overwhelmingly negative effect on the human experience. Based on psychological and neurological studies, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us explains what technology is “stealing” from us. Carr will explore these negative effects, and why they’re creating a more disengaged, disconnected citizenry. He’ll also offer advice on how to utilize these automations, without compromising “our lives and the world we find ourselves in.” Carr is the author of three other books, including The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
UXPA Seattle hosts Ginny Redish for a talk on how to create mobile device content at University of Washington Tacoma.
World-renowned expert in UX Research and Language, Ginny Redish, will look at specific ways to plan, organize, write, and design so the same content works well on all devices. Just tweaking some of your good laptop writing can make a difference for mobile devices - and make your content on the big screen, too.
This free talk will be held in the historic Milgard Room in William Phillip Hall on UW Tacoma campus.
On October 3 through 5, technology and creative volunteers will donate their weekend to complete projects for local nonprofits.
Designers are always needed. Consider volunteering your time.
Visit seattlegivecamp.org to sign-up as a volunteer or submit a nonprofit project.
TPR is hosting an evening of Speed Dating featuring makers in art and technology. This event introduces creative people who may not meet each other otherwise for an entertaining evening of "first dates" that allows for 250 conversations to take place in one hour.
Both art and technology are unavoidable aspects of life, so how can they be resources for each other? The goal of Speed Dating 2.0 is to explore the creative territory that is shared by art and technology and to begin conversation that could foster creative problem-solving between these fields.
Content Strategy Seattle hosts a panel on e-commerce content, best practices, and how to meet the twin goals of conversion and user satisfaction. The panel includes:
- James Callan, digital content strategist at Sur La Table and founder of Content Strategy Seattle
- Isaac Pattis, taxonomist on REI’s Digital Retail team
- Lauren Freedman, president of the e-tailing group
- Tony Martinelli, CEO of content26
The Bellevue Arts Museum is hosting a day of steamroller printing and hands-on activities in celebration of Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints for the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.
Steamroller Printmaking, 10am - 2pm
Hands-on Activities, 10am - 2:30pm
Silkscreening, letterpress, easycut blocks, and monoprinting.
Demonstrations, 10am - 2:30pm
Drypoint, etching, monoprinting, large easycut block printing, and relief.
AIGA Seattle hosts their monthly social event, Schmooze, at Clever Bottle.
Join AIGA board members and other Seattle designers (of all kinds) on the last Thursday of each month to swap ideas, vent about impossible deadlines, share inspiration, and have a laugh.
No reservation needed, no cover charge but must be 21 and attendees are responsible for their own tabs. It's sure to be a great time!
Refresh Seattle is putting on an evening of Sassy proportions! Dale Sande will be hosting the 'Sass for Newbs' portion of the evening. Then to close out the evening, Justin McDowell will be discussing 'The Perfect Sunset: Better Colors with Sass'.
TPR presents a collaboration workshop by author Joshua Wolf Shenk. Joshua will present the ideas in his new book POWERS OF TWO and engage participants in thinking about and identifying the beneficial partnerships in their lives using the research he conducted for the book.
Town Hall Seattle hosts Joshua Wolf Shenk with Jess Van Nostrand for the talk, How Collaboration Fuels Creativity. According to Joshua Wolf Shenk, creativity and innovation work best in pairs. Powers of Two analyzes historical dynamic duos — from politicians and musicians, to artists and business partners. His account highlights the ways these partnerships are created and how these dyads mutually propel one another to greatness.
General Assembly is hosting an open house for prospective instructors and those who would like to learn more about teaching opportunities here at General Assembly.
Please bring your resume and/or portfolio if you’re interested in interviewing on-site.
Interested in presenting at Interaction 15 in San Francisco on February 9-11, 2015? Submit your ideas by 12:00 AM PT on September 19, 2014.
Sessions you can submit for are:
- a 50 minute talk, to be composed of any division of time you like between talking & questions
- a 2 hour workshop
- a 4 hour workshop (2 x 2 hour sessions, either side of lunch)
- a 50 minute panel moderated discussion between panelists, and a subsequent up to 50 minute session between the same panelists and the audience
- The deadline for submissions is midnight Pacific Time on the 19th of September.
Aquent and Vitamin T kicks off a new monthly series with Rebecca Destello, Professor at the University of Washington and Justin Marx, UX Designer at Nordstrom will be a part of a panel discussing UX segmentation and how to market yourself.
Tactile and General Assembly continue the conversation from their March event, by exploring the evolving discipline of design and what happens at the intersection of the physical, digital, interactive and innovative.
- How do you adapt creative processes to leverage new tools?
- What are the business implications of designing for new spaces, whether online or off?
- What is converging at the edge of key industries, and why does it matter?
Pecha Kucha Seattle, in collaboration with Design in Public, hosts an evening of presenters from across the design community to explore the ways in which design can uniquely lead, the ways in which design leadership has evolved, the ways in which we foster a culture of leadership within our community, and the rich set of opportunities ahead, focusing on members of our community that are leading design in unique, powerful, wonderful ways.