Apr 08, 2011

AIGA's Interactive Chats

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Henrik Olsen
Principal, Executive Creative Director

This Spring, AIGA San Francisco is launching a new series of evening events that will focus on interactive design topics. Intended for designers with experience (beginning to intermediate) designing and building for the Web, tablet and mobile environments, each event will give you the chance to learn from local experts as well as share your own knowledge with other attendees.

The sessions will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and workshop activities, so bring your sketch pads and thinking caps.

Designing for Tablet Experiences
Monday 4/18 & Thursday 4/21: 6:00pm–8:30pm

If you’re ready to jump into designing for tablets, this will be a great two-part workshop for you. Given the mass adoption of tablet devices over this past year—and the growing interest within the AIGA SF community—this workshop has been created to present the fundamentals of designing tablet applications as well as tablet optimized websites.

After starting with a quick pizza dinner, the workshop, run by Henrik Olsen and Paul Smith of Hot Studio, will address topics such as: the fundamentals of tablet hardware, visual interface best practices, gesture mapping, interaction and structure flows, prototyping tools, screen resolution issues, and a few case studies from Hot Studio’s portfolio.

On the second night of the workshop, participants will go through a rapid ideation process in which they will brainstorm ideas for their own iPad app, sketch out interfaces, and participate in group critiques of one another’s concepts.

The workshop is intended for designers who are relatively new to interaction design and creating apps. The focus will be on designing the user interface, and not on the technical development. Additionally, the workshop will primarily focus on the iPad device. (Yes, we know there are many others, but time is limited.)

Create Truly Dynamic Websites Without Getting Buried in Technology
Thursday 5/5: 6:00pm–8:00pm

If you’re like many experienced designers, you grew up with print and want to focus on your creative skills, rather than on Web technologies. Yet to have an effective design practice today you must create websites, and your clients’ expectations are increasingly complex. The good news is that you don’t need to deal with all the technical details of the Web to design great websites. However, you do need to embrace the conceptual language of the Web, learning what each technology does and what it is capable of, so you can create modern designs and work effectively with an implementation partner.

In this talk, Michael Slater, who has helped designers build hundreds of cutting-edge websites, will give a quick tour of what graphic designers need to know about web technologies, including the opportunities presented by HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, database-driven design, and the mobile Web. He’ll also provide tips on how to document your designs so they can be efficiently built in a way that fulfills your creative vision.

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