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I am IxDA. You are, too. So please support IxDA during this week's fundraiser!

Posted: June 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

This week, the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is asking its members to chip in with a small donation to the organization. Well, that’s us folks! Please take a moment to learn about the goal of this fundraiser and then, most importantly, to make a small contribution. Through the support and generosity of IxDA (and of course Communitech, our local sponsor), the UX Group has grown from an initial experiment two years ago to a community of over 200 people — at absolutely no cost to our members.

Contributions are needed to upgrade IxDA’s technology infrastructure

This blog post by the IxDA board explains the goal of this fundraiser in detail. Here’s an overview:

For the price of a cup of coffee you can help IxDA deliver our next-generation platform to serve the needs of the interaction design community. We can’t do it without your help.

Since its inception as a mailing list in 2003, IxDA now supports over 10,000 discussion list subscribers, 80 IxDA Local Groups from around the world, an annual conference (with a regional conference on the way in South America), several budding community initiatives and over 12,000 people affiliated via LinkedIn. Despite our ambitions, our current technology infrastructure is no longer able to support our needs, nor expand to meet our future ones.

Please chip in! Visit IxDA’s website to make your contribution. It takes only a few minutes.

(June 2009) From Concept to Production: Prototyping with Expression Blend 3

Posted: June 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Thursday June 25, 2009
5:00 pm
Accelerator Centre
295 Hagey Blvd., Waterloo

See SketchFlow in Action

So, you’ve got a great design idea for your project. But how do you quickly turn conceptual design ideas into rich prototypes that are ready for production? Additionally, how do you share your design ideas with others effectively at each stage of the design process?

Come hear Qixing Zheng from Microsoft introduce a new component in Expression Blend 3, called SketchFlow. It’s a fun, flexible, and powerful way to sketch and prototype rich and dynamic interactivity in your applications. Learn how SketchFlow allows you to quickly iterate on your designs and share them with your colleagues for feedback. Previous knowledge in Expression Blend is not necessary.

About Qixing Zheng

Qixing joined Microsoft Canada as its first User Experience Advisor. In this role, she talks to schools, design communities and companies about Microsoft’s investment in UX, and finds design heroes and design stories from the community. More importantly, she works with many outstanding IT professionals to consider how user experience can impact the technology we deliver today. She graduated from UBC at the end of 2005 with a Masters degree specializing in Human-Computer Interaction.

Registration is required for this event

This event is being hosted by the Infusion Angels Innovation Centre. If you plan to attend, please visit their website and submit your registration. It’s free. Thanks, Infusion Angels!