Thursday, April 28, 2011


WordCamps are community organized meetings for users of WordPress, the blogging platform and content management system that is sweeping the online world.

Come to WordCamp and learn from one another, network, and celebrate the global phenomenon that is WordPress.

Where: Johnson County Community College
When: June 11-12, 2011
Cost: $40 for students
Register NOW!

Let me know if you are planning on attending (if there is a group of you registering at once, I might be able to snag a free ticket or two).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Local scholarship winner

Congrats to sophomore graphic design student, Eli Brumbaugh, and junior, Bethany Ediger, for winning the 2011 AAF-KC Foundation Scholarships. A well deserved honor.

sprint internship

Sprint's UXD group is hiring a visual design intern for the summer. Online job description and application form for Req# 108906BR at KCAI students certainly should meet their list of "requirements". Link directly to position.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Summer Internship in San Francisco!

UX | Research Summer Intern
gotomedia is a global leader in creating people-friendly, connected experiences. Our approach combines research, strategy and design into digital solutions. gotomedia is looking for an intern interested in multiple areas of UX design and research to work in our fast-paced, real-world environment. We currently have an open position for a paid internship at our office in San Francisco for a talented and motivated applicant.

Note: Though our ideal is a mixed-experience internship, we will consider applicants interested exclusively in UX design OR research.

• Are personable, proactive and self-running, with a desire to learn and a passion for user experience and research
• Are completing or have finished a bachelor’s or master’s degree in HCI, digital design or related fields
• Take a problem and figure it out yourself—in unique and creative ways
• Have a strong portfolio and can demonstrate your style of visual thinking
• Have excellent verbal and written skills—and can type really fast!
May have experience in human factors, cognitive psychology, or other
May have coding or other technical experience

Our working environment
gotomedia is located in San Francisco’s eclectic Mission District. Our loft space is casual, inviting collaboration and creativity. We revel in our flexible environment and ability to work in the manner and location that yields the best outcome. We welcome you to visit!

What you will be doing
The UX side of things demands attention to detail and a focus on real user experience strategies. You will learn task and behavior-oriented mapping and information architecture. Depending on your aptitude, you will participate in design reviews, working sessions and project meetings. Applicants who are more technically focused will have a chance to get deeper into the specifications and coding side of the solution. Design-focused applicants will participate in brand sessions, product and interaction deliverables, and more.

In the research portion of the internship, you will focus directly on projects ranging from usability to remote and in-person (contextual) studies. You will be asked to help with recruiting, testing, note taking, report writing and integration into results.

Please send a cover letter to go2work (at) gotomedia (dot) com in email format. Attach a current resume and link to online portfolio. (Exceptions can be made if you do not currently have an online portfolio.) We will prioritize applications received on or before May 1, 2011.

Please let me know if you are interested or have questions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A very good deal for purchasing type!

House Industries allows you to purchase single settings for $7 each or less through a subscription program. This allows for a cheap purchase when you just need to set a few words.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

nine-day intensive experimental book workshop
Faculty: Denise Gonzales Crisp and Christopher Baker
Dates: July 29-August 6, 2011
Cost: $700

Over the last two decades, there have been a number of essays—and, ironically, books—that predict the demise of traditional books in the wake of digital media. Defining the term “book” loosely, as a vehicle for visual or verbal content that is organized into “sections,” this intensive nine-day workshop will challenge overly simplistic ideas about the demise of physical books by stressing instead the ways novel renditions of physical and digital and hybrid “books” carry meaning. The objective is to encourage participants to explore unconventional forms that books may take and to create an artwork/designed object that challenges ideas of what books can be.

The nine-day intensive workshop is organized by Eastern Michigan University faculty Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy. It will be led by Denise Gonzales Crisp and Christopher Baker. While the instructors will guide the direction of and lead discussions at the workshop, participants will be asked to contribute their particular knowledge and skill sets and contribute to the topic through presentations of their ideas and their creative work or research. The workshop is open to students, educators, and professionals from all disciplines.

Application due date: May 15, 2011

Notification of admission: May 30, 2011

Down payment due date: June 15, 2011

Dates of workshop: July 29-August 6, 2011