Baltimore Parlay

A Gathering for Baltimore User Experience People

Event Details

Parlay 4

Time: April 22, 2010 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Location: 4thought, Inc., Clipper Mill
Street: 2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 300
City/Town: Baltimore
Website or Map: http://www.4thoughtinc.com/
Event Type: speaker/problemsolve/social
Organized By: Lesley Humphreys
Latest Activity: Apr 23, 2010

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Event Description

The Death of Usability and Other Peeks at the Future

Recent changes in interactive aren't just variations on the same old themes--they're actually the first signs of a different world. Some of these changes are defensive and reactionary (Agile); some are progressive (the iPad and the App Store); and some are inevitable (the death of usability; the birth of the Age of Abundance). Based on some of the ideas he has encountered during his dissertation research, Troy Winfrey will sketch out some likely paths for user experience in the next five years.

After Troy's talk we'll reserve some time for discussion, and/or time for anyone who's working on a project to bring any questions or problems to the group for brainstorming.

We're working on finding sponsors for upcoming events but in the meantime we would much appreciate a $5 donation to defray refreshment costs.

DIRECTIONS: see aerial photo for office and parking location. A PDF of driving directions is also available. driving_directions.pdf

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Comment by Jim Jarrett on April 23, 2010 at 7:24am
No problem. I also found a plug-in that lets us manage our events calendar including registration... Events manager. Over the next week, I'll get the basic site up and running with these two plug ins. Biggest logistical challenge will be creating the users on the new site based on this site's list... everyone will have to create new passwords, but I hope we can bring all the other data across. Then, I may need help with customizing the theme from one of you brilliant visual designers out there.
Comment by Dave Beaudouin on April 22, 2010 at 5:41pm
Wow, Jim--thanks!
Comment by Jim Jarrett on April 22, 2010 at 7:59am
Oh, and I would install bbPress to provide forum functionality on the WordPress site.
Comment by Jim Jarrett on April 22, 2010 at 7:43am
Impulsively, I just registered BaltimoreParlay.net for 5 years. Consider it donated to the group. I'll even get a blank WordPress installation set up. If we decide not to go this route, we can transfer the domain name to the new mechanism.
Comment by Jim Jarrett on April 22, 2010 at 7:34am
I'd be happy to host a WordPress site on my host account (I already host 3, including my own, and I've had the host for 9+ years). The only cost would be registering a domain name.
Comment by Lesley Humphreys on April 21, 2010 at 6:01pm
Thanks for the suggestion, Dave. Good to know...
Comment by Dave Beaudouin on April 21, 2010 at 5:51pm
How about Groupsite? I work with a couple of groups that use it and it's pretty close to Ning--and a local company (Columbia)! Their basic model is free and may provide what we need, depending on what pricing model Ning decides on.
Comment by Aaron Watkins on April 21, 2010 at 5:14pm
Thanks, Dave. Lesley, Elizabeth and I have been trading e-mails about that issue as well.
Comment by Dave Beaudouin on April 18, 2010 at 1:02pm
We might want to add to the housekeeping agenda the discussion point of whether we're going to keep this site on Ning or migrate it elsewhere, given the new Ning pricing model about to be introduced:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/04/ning-fails-at-free-social-ne...

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