Vestiges of Pittsburgh's legacy as "Smoketown" or "hell with the lid taken off" still remain.
The grey skies and wintry weather are a welcome break from the monotony of Los Angeles sunshine (I mean, LA sunshine is nice but...not for me).
Every first Friday at Catapult, we do an informal Show-n-Tell where four people or organizations give a 10ish minute presentation about what they do. Sort of like lightning TED talks, it’s a wonderful way to find out about smaller, under-the-radar projects in your community or to […]
Just got back from Web Design Day, hosted by Refresh Pittsburgh, Pgh's web design meetup group. After a day of excellent presentations by some excellent speakers, excellent drinks and snacks were had at Commonwealth Press for the after party. #WDD2012 win, I'm definitely looking forward to next year. Thanks to Val and Jason Head for all their hard work. Anyways, here are some disjointed notes from a few of the presentations (there were other very good ones I didn't have notes on, so sorry):
Kevin Hoffman: Designing Meetings to Work For
How much information does a person retain when:
Listening - 20%
Seeing - 30%
Discussing - 70%
Making & Managing - 90%
In large meetings, designate people for these four roles:
Facilitator: a neutral person, listens to group member ideas and does not add their own.
Recorder: Someone to capture ideas publicly, a graphic facilitator. White board it up.
Group Member: Everyone else, those contributing the ideas.
Leader: A person to decide why you are having the meeting, its goals, and the outcome. Assumes the role of a Group Member during said meeting.
Collaborative Deliverables: Why not wireframe as a group? Print out a large version of what is being redesigned and mark it up together. Have a group sketching session.
Meagan Fisher: Becoming a Web Design Champion: How to Better Collaborate, Develop Your Style, and Get Designs Launched
Vary your sources of inspiration - if you are making a website, don't just look at websites. Go to a museum or read a graphic design book.
From their website: The Saxifrage School is redesigning higher education by lowering costs, re-thinking the campus, and reconciling theory and practice. We teach students to make what is valuable and to question the value of what is made. Watch this: One of the most inspiring projects […]