Give a little back

21 Jun 2009 - 12:08pm
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IxDA Board of D...
2009

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.

http://bit.ly/17AJoE

Since its inception as a mailing list in 2003, IxDA now supports over 10,000
discussion list <http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php> subscribers, 80 IxDA Local
Groups <http://www.ixda.org/local.php> 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<http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3754>.
Despite our ambitions, our current technology infrastructure is no longer
able to support our needs, nor expand to meet our future ones.

You have the opportunity to expand IxDA's capability to provide the
next-generation website that will take us beyond the mailing list of today.
We aim to develop a solid, extensible platform for our community of practice
to meet and enrich one another and grow the discipline. IxDA has chosen
Drupal as the technology framework for our new infrastructure. The Drupal
framework will allow the IxDA community to grow and thrive with improved
digital communications capabilities, easy sharing and searching of all types
of content, local group sites, and member profiles. However, we can't build
the new website ourselves. This is where your financial support is crucial.

I am IxDA. You are, too. Without the generous contributions, participation
and support of the interaction design community, IxDA wouldn't be where it
is today. IxDA is a member-supported organization, not a
membership-supported organization, so we collect no dues. You are a member
if you say you are. It's that simple. Beyond the generous contribution of
volunteer time, financially this means we rely heavily on revenue-generating
events like our annual conference and on fundraising efforts such as this,
which we haven't held since 2007.

Our goal is to collect $30,000 over the next four days, until June 26th.
Ambitious, I know, but not impossible. Consider this: If 10,000 subscribers
contributed $3, a fancy cup of coffee in some parts, we'd be done. Or 1,000
contributed $30, often less than a good book these days. If you gain
anything from IxDA, won't you please give a little back? No amount is too
big or small. As a thank you to all that contribute, we will hold a drawing
each day and select one name to receive a complimentary registration to
interaction'10, being held in Savannah, GA next February! (Note: Each day
starts at 12:01 am GMT. No IxDA Board Members are eligible for the drawing.
All registrations are transferable but not eligible for cash exchange.)

Please contribute now!

http://bit.ly/17AJoE

Tell the community that you're supporting IxDA!

Retweet your support:
http://bit.ly/V7kdV

We would love to hear why you're a part of IxDA. Create your own IxDA
Support widget for your blog or site while you're at it:
http://bit.ly/12uHaE

How the money will be spent:
We want to be able to select a highly qualified development partner who can
help sustain our organizational growth over the long term. The funds
gathered will be used to build, deploy and maintain the new website. Any
funds not used in the current round of development will be used for ongoing
website support and development. You can expect updates throughout the build
process for how things are progressing. Our goal is to have the first phase
of work done by this Fall.

On behalf of the IxDA Board of Directors and all who care about this
community, I thank you!

Janna DeVylder, President, IxDA

Comments

21 Jun 2009 - 5:00pm
Gilberto Medrano
2008

While I am willing to contribute without hesitation, I would like to offer
some thoughts:

I am an interaction designer for desktop/web applications, but I have
created Drupal sites in versions 5 and 6 (custom themes, CCK, overriding
nodes, Views 2, configuration, etc). I am wondering if there are more
people in this list that have experience in Drupal and would be willing to
help before considering getting contractors to do it for us?

If we need custom modules then I can try posting about it in the Drupal
community. We may be able to get a volunteer or else we can exchange
design-for-programming for Drupal itself (they are looking for interaction
designers to help with usability issues for Drupal 7). We would benefit
more by partnering with another community that based its approach on people
volunteering their time for the greater good.

Again, I'm fine with the monetary contribution, just thinking aloud on other
alternatives to get our Drupal work done.

Cheers,

Gilberto

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:08 AM, IxDA Board of Directors <board at ixda.org>wrote:

> 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.
>
> http://bit.ly/17AJoE
>
> Since its inception as a mailing list in 2003, IxDA now supports over
> 10,000
> discussion list <http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php> subscribers, 80 IxDA
> Local
> Groups <http://www.ixda.org/local.php> 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<http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3754>.
> Despite our ambitions, our current technology infrastructure is no longer
> able to support our needs, nor expand to meet our future ones.
>
> You have the opportunity to expand IxDA's capability to provide the
> next-generation website that will take us beyond the mailing list of today.
> We aim to develop a solid, extensible platform for our community of
> practice
> to meet and enrich one another and grow the discipline. IxDA has chosen
> Drupal as the technology framework for our new infrastructure. The Drupal
> framework will allow the IxDA community to grow and thrive with improved
> digital communications capabilities, easy sharing and searching of all
> types
> of content, local group sites, and member profiles. However, we can't build
> the new website ourselves. This is where your financial support is crucial.
>
> I am IxDA. You are, too. Without the generous contributions, participation
> and support of the interaction design community, IxDA wouldn't be where it
> is today. IxDA is a member-supported organization, not a
> membership-supported organization, so we collect no dues. You are a member
> if you say you are. It's that simple. Beyond the generous contribution of
> volunteer time, financially this means we rely heavily on
> revenue-generating
> events like our annual conference and on fundraising efforts such as this,
> which we haven't held since 2007.
>
> Our goal is to collect $30,000 over the next four days, until June 26th.
> Ambitious, I know, but not impossible. Consider this: If 10,000 subscribers
> contributed $3, a fancy cup of coffee in some parts, we'd be done. Or 1,000
> contributed $30, often less than a good book these days. If you gain
> anything from IxDA, won't you please give a little back? No amount is too
> big or small. As a thank you to all that contribute, we will hold a drawing
> each day and select one name to receive a complimentary registration to
> interaction'10, being held in Savannah, GA next February! (Note: Each day
> starts at 12:01 am GMT. No IxDA Board Members are eligible for the drawing.
> All registrations are transferable but not eligible for cash exchange.)
>
> Please contribute now!
>
> http://bit.ly/17AJoE
>
> Tell the community that you're supporting IxDA!
>
> Retweet your support:
> http://bit.ly/V7kdV
>
> We would love to hear why you're a part of IxDA. Create your own IxDA
> Support widget for your blog or site while you're at it:
> http://bit.ly/12uHaE
>
> How the money will be spent:
> We want to be able to select a highly qualified development partner who can
> help sustain our organizational growth over the long term. The funds
> gathered will be used to build, deploy and maintain the new website. Any
> funds not used in the current round of development will be used for ongoing
> website support and development. You can expect updates throughout the
> build
> process for how things are progressing. Our goal is to have the first phase
> of work done by this Fall.
>
> On behalf of the IxDA Board of Directors and all who care about this
> community, I thank you!
>
> Janna DeVylder, President, IxDA
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>

21 Jun 2009 - 5:37pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hi folks,

Thanks, Gilberto, for thinking about our best interests. Let me give
the group some more background. This project, code-named IxDA Conan,
was launched over six months ago with a call for volunteer
contributions. We also put out a call for support in the
groups.drupal.org community. Today, IxDA Conan is operating with a
team of almost 20 IxDA members who are volunteering their time and
energy to make this project happen. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank all of our wonderful team members who have been
so hard at work behind the scenes:

Alok Nandy
Atul Thanvi
Ben Vaughan
Chad Vavra
Chong Lee Khoo
Chris Blow
Christopher Vestal
Jason Pamental
Jonathan Knoll
Joseph Rich Rogan
Maria Tagarelli De Monte
Matt Nish-Lapidus
Mayur Karnik
Neil Cadsawan
Shivanand Reddy
Tonia M. Bartz

In addition to myself in the Creative Director role, IxDA Directors
Amyris Fernandez and Nasir Barday are also on the Conan team. We have
a couple Drupal-knowledgable resources on the Conan team, and we
already have a sandbox installation in place as well as a sense of how
to approach the Drupal theme work. Everybody's hard at work on the
interaction design proposals even as I type. However, in numerous ways
we have determined that we are unable to achieve our organization's
objectives with volunteer resources alone. We are a community of
designers, not developers. We urgently need this infrastructure and
cannot afford to delay its implementation in any way. The rough vision
for this new community of practice system has been in the works for at
least two years, and you would not believe the amount of shepherding
and project management that it has taken to get us to this point.
Trust me on this. ;)

As I said, we've asked the community for assistance on this project
numerous times, and I'm sorry if you missed those messages. We've been
apprising the community about our project through the Board Blog and
this discussion list. Soon, in fact, you will see a call for community
feedback on the interaction design proposals for the new system.
Nevertheless, it's time to get serious and enlist true professional
resources who can create the stable, scalable and reliable
infrastructure to support IxDA's current and future growth. We chose
Drupal partly because it's so accessible and well-known, and so we
look forward to future member contributions that will add innovative
features and capabilities for our community. But right now, it's time
to get the show on the road!!

Cheers,
Liz, IxDA Vice-President

On Jun 21, 2009, at 3:00 PM, Gilberto Medrano wrote:

> While I am willing to contribute without hesitation, I would like to
> offer
> some thoughts:
>
> I am an interaction designer for desktop/web applications, but I have
> created Drupal sites in versions 5 and 6 (custom themes, CCK,
> overriding
> nodes, Views 2, configuration, etc). I am wondering if there are more
> people in this list that have experience in Drupal and would be
> willing to
> help before considering getting contractors to do it for us?
>
> If we need custom modules then I can try posting about it in the
> Drupal
> community. We may be able to get a volunteer or else we can exchange
> design-for-programming for Drupal itself (they are looking for
> interaction
> designers to help with usability issues for Drupal 7). We would
> benefit
> more by partnering with another community that based its approach on
> people
> volunteering their time for the greater good.
>
> Again, I'm fine with the monetary contribution, just thinking aloud
> on other
> alternatives to get our Drupal work done.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Gilberto
>
>
> On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:08 AM, IxDA Board of Directors <board at ixda.org
> >wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> http://bit.ly/17AJoE
>>
>> Since its inception as a mailing list in 2003, IxDA now supports over
>> 10,000
>> discussion list <http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php> subscribers, 80
>> IxDA
>> Local
>> Groups <http://www.ixda.org/local.php> 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<http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3754>.
>> Despite our ambitions, our current technology infrastructure is no
>> longer
>> able to support our needs, nor expand to meet our future ones.
>>
>> You have the opportunity to expand IxDA's capability to provide the
>> next-generation website that will take us beyond the mailing list
>> of today.
>> We aim to develop a solid, extensible platform for our community of
>> practice
>> to meet and enrich one another and grow the discipline. IxDA has
>> chosen
>> Drupal as the technology framework for our new infrastructure. The
>> Drupal
>> framework will allow the IxDA community to grow and thrive with
>> improved
>> digital communications capabilities, easy sharing and searching of
>> all
>> types
>> of content, local group sites, and member profiles. However, we
>> can't build
>> the new website ourselves. This is where your financial support is
>> crucial.
>>
>> I am IxDA. You are, too. Without the generous contributions,
>> participation
>> and support of the interaction design community, IxDA wouldn't be
>> where it
>> is today. IxDA is a member-supported organization, not a
>> membership-supported organization, so we collect no dues. You are a
>> member
>> if you say you are. It's that simple. Beyond the generous
>> contribution of
>> volunteer time, financially this means we rely heavily on
>> revenue-generating
>> events like our annual conference and on fundraising efforts such
>> as this,
>> which we haven't held since 2007.
>>
>> Our goal is to collect $30,000 over the next four days, until June
>> 26th.
>> Ambitious, I know, but not impossible. Consider this: If 10,000
>> subscribers
>> contributed $3, a fancy cup of coffee in some parts, we'd be done.
>> Or 1,000
>> contributed $30, often less than a good book these days. If you gain
>> anything from IxDA, won't you please give a little back? No amount
>> is too
>> big or small. As a thank you to all that contribute, we will hold a
>> drawing
>> each day and select one name to receive a complimentary
>> registration to
>> interaction'10, being held in Savannah, GA next February! (Note:
>> Each day
>> starts at 12:01 am GMT. No IxDA Board Members are eligible for the
>> drawing.
>> All registrations are transferable but not eligible for cash
>> exchange.)
>>
>> Please contribute now!
>>
>> http://bit.ly/17AJoE
>>
>> Tell the community that you're supporting IxDA!
>>
>> Retweet your support:
>> http://bit.ly/V7kdV
>>
>> We would love to hear why you're a part of IxDA. Create your own IxDA
>> Support widget for your blog or site while you're at it:
>> http://bit.ly/12uHaE
>>
>> How the money will be spent:
>> We want to be able to select a highly qualified development partner
>> who can
>> help sustain our organizational growth over the long term. The funds
>> gathered will be used to build, deploy and maintain the new
>> website. Any
>> funds not used in the current round of development will be used for
>> ongoing
>> website support and development. You can expect updates throughout
>> the
>> build
>> process for how things are progressing. Our goal is to have the
>> first phase
>> of work done by this Fall.
>>
>> On behalf of the IxDA Board of Directors and all who care about this
>> community, I thank you!
>>
>> Janna DeVylder, President, IxDA
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Vice-President, IxDA / www.ixda.org
CDO, Devise / www.devise.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

21 Jun 2009 - 5:49pm
Adrian Howard
2005

On 21 Jun 2009, at 18:08, IxDA Board of Directors wrote:

> 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.

Have $30. You're worth it.

(but - please god - if you do this again use a donation system _not_
built around paypal :-)

Adrian
--
http://quietstars.com - twitter.com/adrianh - delicious.com/adrianh

23 Jun 2009 - 12:42pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Dear IxDA community,

Today I add my voice the chorus of people donating a chunk of change
to IxDA. I'm presently IxDA Vice-President and Creative Director of
the website re-design project for which we are raising funds, but
I'm also emphatically one of you. I'm a passionate advocate for the
power of interaction design to better the world, and believe in this
community as a force for good.

IxDA first entered my life when the Yahoo! discussion list was born,
and I've been largely enchanted and enlightened by its activity ever
since. I'm one of those who appreciates a good semantic debate, but
truly one of the greatest strengths of our group has been our ability
to debate with respect even while arguing with feeling.

The website redesign project aims to enhance the utility--and
civility--of our discussions. How many of you are overwhelmed by list
traffic that repeats old topics? Wouldn't you like a way to attach
images to a post? And when I search for some topic, I think it'd be
swell if the system actually found it....

In addition to elevating our online discussion capabilities, our new
website aims to:

* Provide a dedicated Job Board, including resource area for hiring
managers
* Create local group mini-sites with local leaders announcements,
discussion and Job Board areas & local member directory
* Present calendar of IxDA events with RSVP tools
* Provide searchable global member directory
* Allow members to display desired personal information in their
profiles, affiliating with Local Groups and highlighting your feeds
* Integrate conference access from main site
* Create space for mentoring program and educational resources
* Enhance media library to better serve content from Interaction
conferences and local group events
* Refresh content for Home page & About Us sections to provide
clearer paths to participate

If you want to study all the gory details, you can access this
project's requirements documents here: http://www.devise.com/ixda/
To achieve our vision as quickly & solidly as possible, we are going
to hire a professional development partner to implement the website
that IxDA members are now designing. This open-source, scalable
platform will enable future innovative efforts such as the IxD
Timeline, Regional Conferences, Open Source space and other
as-yet-unknown capabilities.

But we can't get there without your financial support! Chip in now
with the cost of a cup of coffee or a book:

(Paypal link) http://tinyurl.com/ks2d9z
(Fundraising announcement) http://tinyurl.com/n24guf

Note that as the project progresses, we will be reaching out for
community feedback on our conceptual designs as well as the alpha
version of the new site. I appreciate your participation at every
step of the way!

Cheers,
Liz

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Posted from the new ixda.org
http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=43056

23 Jun 2009 - 4:07pm
harvinder
2007

Hi Dana,
I really like the buzz. IXDA is a great organization and I have a couple of
ideas to raise funding for the second round( If Needed) I will like to share
with you.
A) You can also reach out to companies like corofloat and other Interaction
Design Advocates(websites having high UX traffic) to see if they can host a
funding banner for ixda.
B)Also request some other door prizes from ixda member companies that can be
raffled off every day.
C)We can also provide funding banner on our website www.bestica.com on top
of every page. We have a little more than 2000 UX people visit our website
every month.
Thanks

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-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
Elizabeth Bacon
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:43 AM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Give a little back

Dear IxDA community,

Today I add my voice the chorus of people donating a chunk of change to
IxDA. I'm presently IxDA Vice-President and Creative Director of the website
re-design project for which we are raising funds, but I'm also emphatically
one of you. I'm a passionate advocate for the power of interaction design to
better the world, and believe in this community as a force for good.

IxDA first entered my life when the Yahoo! discussion list was born, and
I've been largely enchanted and enlightened by its activity ever since. I'm
one of those who appreciates a good semantic debate, but truly one of the
greatest strengths of our group has been our ability to debate with respect
even while arguing with feeling.

The website redesign project aims to enhance the utility--and civility--of
our discussions. How many of you are overwhelmed by list traffic that
repeats old topics? Wouldn't you like a way to attach images to a post? And
when I search for some topic, I think it'd be swell if the system actually
found it....

In addition to elevating our online discussion capabilities, our new website
aims to:

* Provide a dedicated Job Board, including resource area for hiring managers
* Create local group mini-sites with local leaders announcements, discussion
and Job Board areas & local member directory
* Present calendar of IxDA events with RSVP tools
* Provide searchable global member directory
* Allow members to display desired personal information in their profiles,
affiliating with Local Groups and highlighting your feeds
* Integrate conference access from main site
* Create space for mentoring program and educational resources
* Enhance media library to better serve content from Interaction conferences
and local group events
* Refresh content for Home page & About Us sections to provide clearer paths
to participate

If you want to study all the gory details, you can access this project's
requirements documents here: http://www.devise.com/ixda/ To achieve our
vision as quickly & solidly as possible, we are going to hire a professional
development partner to implement the website that IxDA members are now
designing. This open-source, scalable platform will enable future innovative
efforts such as the IxD Timeline, Regional Conferences, Open Source space
and other as-yet-unknown capabilities.

But we can't get there without your financial support! Chip in now with the
cost of a cup of coffee or a book:

(Paypal link) http://tinyurl.com/ks2d9z
(Fundraising announcement) http://tinyurl.com/n24guf

Note that as the project progresses, we will be reaching out for community
feedback on our conceptual designs as well as the alpha version of the new
site. I appreciate your participation at every step of the way!

Cheers,
Liz

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Posted from the new ixda.org
http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=43056

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23 Jun 2009 - 5:00pm
Thomas Davies
2008

I am not sure how this works, but I thought I might mention the idea
as a possible way of raising money. While I was looking at degree
courses, many universities showed off how they had Cisco and BCS
(British Computer Society) accreditation for their courses. This was a
way to show students that it was a decent course that has been checked
and recognised by important industry specific organisations.

Therefore, seeing as there are not many courses that specialise in IxD
or have some IxD as part of their course, couldn't the IxDA check
courses for the correct content and charge the institutions for IxDA
accreditation and support?

24 Jun 2009 - 1:55am
Gilberto Medrano
2008

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for all the context and I apologize for "spinning the wheels" with my
suggestions (I definitely missed the messages 6 months ago).

I am delighted to be aware of the process that the Board has been following
so far and completely understand and agree with the plan to capitalize on
these 6-months effort by getting help from a dedicated Drupal-specialized
contractor.

Sending my $30 (and please feel free to include me in the list of volunteers
if anyone there needs a break there).

Thanks again,

Gilberto

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Elizabeth Bacon
<lists at elizabethbacon.com>wrote:

> Hi folks,
> Thanks, Gilberto, for thinking about our best interests. Let me give the
> group some more background. This project, code-named IxDA Conan, was
> launched over six months ago with a call for volunteer contributions. We
> also put out a call for support in the groups.drupal.org community. Today,
> IxDA Conan is operating with a team of almost 20 IxDA members who are
> volunteering their time and energy to make this project happen. I would like
> to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful team members who have
> been so hard at work behind the scenes:
>
> Alok Nandy
> Atul Thanvi
> Ben Vaughan
> Chad Vavra
> Chong Lee Khoo
> Chris Blow
> Christopher Vestal
> Jason Pamental
> Jonathan Knoll
> Joseph Rich Rogan
> Maria Tagarelli De Monte
> Matt Nish-Lapidus
> Mayur Karnik
> Neil Cadsawan
> Shivanand Reddy
> Tonia M. Bartz
>
> In addition to myself in the Creative Director role, IxDA Directors Amyris
> Fernandez and Nasir Barday are also on the Conan team. We have a couple
> Drupal-knowledgable resources on the Conan team, and we already have a
> sandbox installation in place as well as a sense of how to approach the
> Drupal theme work. Everybody's hard at work on the interaction design
> proposals even as I type. However, in numerous ways we have determined that
> we are unable to achieve our organization's objectives with volunteer
> resources alone. We are a community of designers, not developers. We
> urgently need this infrastructure and cannot afford to delay its
> implementation in any way. The rough vision for this new community of
> practice system has been in the works for at least two years, and you would
> not believe the amount of shepherding and project management that it has
> taken to get us to this point. Trust me on this. ;)
>
> As I said, we've asked the community for assistance on this project
> numerous times, and I'm sorry if you missed those messages. We've been
> apprising the community about our project through the Board Blog and this
> discussion list. Soon, in fact, you will see a call for community feedback
> on the interaction design proposals for the new system. Nevertheless, it's
> time to get serious and enlist true professional resources who can create
> the stable, scalable and reliable infrastructure to support IxDA's current
> and future growth. We chose Drupal partly because it's so accessible and
> well-known, and so we look forward to future member contributions that will
> add innovative features and capabilities for our community. But right now,
> it's time to get the show on the road!!
>
> Cheers,
> Liz, IxDA Vice-President
>
>
> On Jun 21, 2009, at 3:00 PM, Gilberto Medrano wrote:
>
> While I am willing to contribute without hesitation, I would like to offer
> some thoughts:
>
> I am an interaction designer for desktop/web applications, but I have
> created Drupal sites in versions 5 and 6 (custom themes, CCK, overriding
> nodes, Views 2, configuration, etc). I am wondering if there are more
> people in this list that have experience in Drupal and would be willing to
> help before considering getting contractors to do it for us?
>
> If we need custom modules then I can try posting about it in the Drupal
> community. We may be able to get a volunteer or else we can exchange
> design-for-programming for Drupal itself (they are looking for interaction
> designers to help with usability issues for Drupal 7). We would benefit
> more by partnering with another community that based its approach on people
> volunteering their time for the greater good.
>
> Again, I'm fine with the monetary contribution, just thinking aloud on
> other
> alternatives to get our Drupal work done.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Gilberto
>
>
> On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:08 AM, IxDA Board of Directors <board at ixda.org
> >wrote:
>
> 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.
>
>
> http://bit.ly/17AJoE
>
>
> Since its inception as a mailing list in 2003, IxDA now supports over
>
> 10,000
>
> discussion list <http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php> subscribers, 80 IxDA
>
> Local
>
> Groups <http://www.ixda.org/local.php> 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<http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3754>.
>
> Despite our ambitions, our current technology infrastructure is no longer
>
> able to support our needs, nor expand to meet our future ones.
>
>
> You have the opportunity to expand IxDA's capability to provide the
>
> next-generation website that will take us beyond the mailing list of today.
>
> We aim to develop a solid, extensible platform for our community of
>
> practice
>
> to meet and enrich one another and grow the discipline. IxDA has chosen
>
> Drupal as the technology framework for our new infrastructure. The Drupal
>
> framework will allow the IxDA community to grow and thrive with improved
>
> digital communications capabilities, easy sharing and searching of all
>
> types
>
> of content, local group sites, and member profiles. However, we can't build
>
> the new website ourselves. This is where your financial support is crucial.
>
>
> I am IxDA. You are, too. Without the generous contributions, participation
>
> and support of the interaction design community, IxDA wouldn't be where it
>
> is today. IxDA is a member-supported organization, not a
>
> membership-supported organization, so we collect no dues. You are a member
>
> if you say you are. It's that simple. Beyond the generous contribution of
>
> volunteer time, financially this means we rely heavily on
>
> revenue-generating
>
> events like our annual conference and on fundraising efforts such as this,
>
> which we haven't held since 2007.
>
>
> Our goal is to collect $30,000 over the next four days, until June 26th.
>
> Ambitious, I know, but not impossible. Consider this: If 10,000 subscribers
>
> contributed $3, a fancy cup of coffee in some parts, we'd be done. Or 1,000
>
> contributed $30, often less than a good book these days. If you gain
>
> anything from IxDA, won't you please give a little back? No amount is too
>
> big or small. As a thank you to all that contribute, we will hold a drawing
>
> each day and select one name to receive a complimentary registration to
>
> interaction'10, being held in Savannah, GA next February! (Note: Each day
>
> starts at 12:01 am GMT. No IxDA Board Members are eligible for the drawing.
>
> All registrations are transferable but not eligible for cash exchange.)
>
>
> Please contribute now!
>
>
> http://bit.ly/17AJoE
>
>
> Tell the community that you're supporting IxDA!
>
>
> Retweet your support:
>
> http://bit.ly/V7kdV
>
>
> We would love to hear why you're a part of IxDA. Create your own IxDA
>
> Support widget for your blog or site while you're at it:
>
> http://bit.ly/12uHaE
>
>
> How the money will be spent:
>
> We want to be able to select a highly qualified development partner who can
>
> help sustain our organizational growth over the long term. The funds
>
> gathered will be used to build, deploy and maintain the new website. Any
>
> funds not used in the current round of development will be used for ongoing
>
> website support and development. You can expect updates throughout the
>
> build
>
> process for how things are progressing. Our goal is to have the first phase
>
> of work done by this Fall.
>
>
> On behalf of the IxDA Board of Directors and all who care about this
>
> community, I thank you!
>
>
> Janna DeVylder, President, IxDA
>
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