I very much enjoyed today’s Winter Photography Class at Matthaei. It was taught by Mark O’Brien. We had a little bit of instruction and then all went out and wandered together in the winter woods, playing with exposure, watching our batteries drain exceptionally fast, shivering a bit, and having fun. At the end of the day, it was 11° F, -12° C. Mark has some nice photos from the event on his Flickr, including this one which has me in it so it is my favorite.
ArbCamp was Saturday 10/27.
What amazed me was the number of students who were able to attend – driving to Ann Arbor from E. Lansing, Flint, and some coming from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Talking to the students was a highlight for me. The only business cards I exchanged were with students. I think my first business card was post-grad-school-graduation, so this particular crop of students has several years of wisdom on myself at that age. They impressed me for their preparation, their entrepreneurism, and their networking skills.
Here’s a list of websites I jotted down:
- blueprintcss – Google code to reduce development time
- Andrew Turner’s mapufacture
- platial – social networking & maps
- dapper – a content aggregator
- virb – social networking
- Yahoo! mash – social networking (learn more at techcrunch)
- ning – social networking
- collectivex – social networking
- a small world – social networking for the very rich?
Here’s the “new idea” that everyone else seemed to know but me: microformats.
Two noteworthy events coming soon!
MiUPA: Design for two different generations: a user experience challenge
We all know about the Baby Boomers: they are a huge demographic, there are a lot of them, and they are now aging. But did you realize that there is a new generation that outnumbers the boomers? Called the “Net Generation” these are people who are born between 1977 and 1996. There are 8 million in the US and over 2 billion worldwide. And they are joining your organization and usability group as employees. They also may be a critical part of your current and upcoming target audience for the products you sell and/or the interfaces you design.
These generations are very different. In this session Dr. Susan Weinschenk will explore the two groups, their impact on the design of the user experience, and how their expectations, experience, use of technology and social collaboration will radically change the interfaces you design and the way you work.
Register now to attend in person at Quicken Loans Tuesday August 21, 2007, 6:00-8:30PM or sign up for the webcast here: miupa.org
Connect Ann Arbor event on leadership
On Tuesday, August 28, 2007, you can learn the principles of leadership as taught by UM Football Coach Bo Schembechler. There will be a morning networking breakfast at Zingerman’s Roadhouse and an afternoon Networking event at Automation Alley in Troy.
Connect Ann Arbor is partnering with Rob Pasick’s Leaders Connect to bring this event to Ann Arbor and Troy. Event information at connectannarbor.com
I have an extra ticket to a dance performance next Saturday, let me know if you’d be interested in accompanying me!
- Momix: Opus Cactus at 8PM at the Power Center.
If there are more takers than tickets, I would think we can get more from the Summer Festival box office.
Update 6/20/07: extra ticket has a home.