Friday, January 13, 2012

#nerdingout

First. Why you should come to InfoCampPDX:



Last: I obviously have way too much time on my hands:





That is all. Good day.

Monday, January 9, 2012

InfoCamp is coming to town!

I'm pretty excited to announce that InfoCampPDX is going to be a reality!

The unconference is going to be hosted at the Q Center on February 4th, 2012 from 9am to 5pm.

Registration is going to be $30, with $20 discounted registration for students.

For those of you who are not familiar with InfoCamp, it's a one day unconference for people excited about connecting people with information. This includes visual and user experience designers, librarians, web folk and other InfoNerds. It started in Seattle (which I've attended the past two years - you can read about my experience there last year)  and the model has been recreated in California, South Carolina and even Germany. 


User experience (UX) has been the most exciting topic I've learned about since starting library school. And now that I am continuing down the path toward a real career, I hope that UX continues to be a focus of my professional life.

That's why I got involved with the planning of InfoCampPDX. I'm always wanting to learn more about UX, so I figured why not help get the unconference up and going here in Portland. So far I have stepped up to help coordinate volunteers (if you want to volunteer - email me at infocampPDX@gmal.com), build our website and manage our twitter and facebook accounts (with Kirsten Himes). 

Since I love social networking, I thought it would be fun to think of creative ways to market our event. I remember the first time I went to InfoCamp Seattle, I knew nothing about UX, so I thought it would be fun to send out some online video clips that examine UX from different perspectives. I know that this will ruin the suspense of following our social media sites, but out of my excitement I wanted to post the videos I found here. These videos all play nicely together because A) it shows the development of human computer interaction and design over the past ten years and what might be waiting in our future and B) it shows how UX is integrated into so many different industries: education, academia, media, entertainment, retail, medicine, non-profits etc. Where ever you find technology and innovation, you find user experience.

This one looks at the value of user experience:



This one is hilarious because it is so old:



These next two show cool ways users will be able to interact with visual information:





Who doesn't love a really good hack: