DCamp gathering steam!

A few days ago I announced DCamp on this blog. DCamp is an unconference focused on design & user experience (on May12th, 13th, in Socialtext offices in Palo Alto). Its time to give an update.

So far, 73 people have indicated on the wiki as that they will come by to DCamp.

15 people have signed up as presenters. Topics range from desing in open source, to cinematic user experience, to designing for AJAX to use of IM in usability testing. We want more presentations, discussions and panels!

Several companies/organizations have offered to help out with costs with sponsorships: Intuit, Yahoo, O’Reilly & BayCHI. And of course Socialtext is hosting the event. We need more sponsors – to make sure that DCamp participants are fed and have all the beer they want!

We have a number of logo contributions. I will put them together in a day or so and organize a vote so that we can choose one. Please add yours if you have been working on one…

The wiki is here, the mailing list is here. Participate in any way that makes sense to you – see you there!

BayCHI Social Search panel – Podcast is online!

Last week we had a great BayCHI panel on Social and Personalized Search. Participants were from Netflix, Live365, del.icio.us, Pandora and digg. I moderated it. The podcast for that panel is now online. In inviting this particular group of panelists, I was hoping to highlight the changing trends in Social and Personalized Search. The companies were founded between 1997 – 2005 and their different approaches tells its own story. More about that inside.

For a more detailed desciption of the panel, go to Rick Boardman’s blog.

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Visualizations on Valentine’s Day

BayCHI monthly program is always on the second Tuesday. This time the second Tuesday happens to be Valentine’s Day. We are going to have a shorter than usual program and will also have some Valentine’s day goodies (chocolates etc. around).

The tagline is: Bring a date or meet someone new! (For the record, that was not my idea)

We have a great program on one of my favorite topics – Visualization. Jock Mackinley from Tableau Software will give a talk on “Visual Interfaces for databases”.

This will be followed by several short visualization demos: Josh On will demo the TheyRule – one of my favorite visualization engines. Michal Migurski & Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen will demo some of their work: I am hoping it will include Mappr and Vow Delici.

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Jensen Harris at BayCHI tomorrow

Jensen Harris who writes a great blog about the new user interface for Office 12 will be at BayCHI tomorrow, talking about the new “ribbon UI” and other interface changes for Office 12. He promises to provide an indepth look at the what and why of the new interface.

There are many who have critiqued the tyranny of nested menus. In my opinion, the ribbon UI is the most promising proposal for what should replace nested menus.

BayCHI Decemeber talk: Jensen Harris on the new Office ribbon UI

In case you had not heard, Microsoft is making some major changes to the Office UI. Among other changes, they are moving away from nested menus and introducing a concept called the Ribbon UI. Jensen Harris from Microsoft User Experience team who writes a popular blog on the topic will be the speaker at the December BayCHI meeting.

The November BayCHI meeting should be great as well with Alan Cooper (of Inmates are running the asylum fame) and Philip Greenspun.

BayCHI panel on User Research on October 11th

cognitive analysis of taggingFor the next BayCHI panel we are focusing on User Research – or the initial understanding of the user – their needs, mental models, preferences, the usage context – leading upto the product conceptualization.

We have a great set of panelists who work in User Research at four Bay Area companies. Their experiences cover a broad range of products and markets. Panelists are Klaus Kaasgaard, Senior Director of User Experience at Yahoo!, Christian Rohrer, Director of User Experience Research at eBay, Sheryl Ehrlich, Senior User Research Manager at Adobe Systems, and Kaaren Hanson Director of User Experience at Intuit. I will be moderating this panel.

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