[ EVENT RECAP ] IxDA NYC Table-4-20 w/ Special Guests (Whitney Hess and Karen McGrane) on Feb 18
22 Feb 2010 - 6:56am
We'd like to thank everyone who came out for our February 18 “Table-4-20”
IxDA NYC event. A special thanks to industry leaders Whitney Hess and Karen
McGrane who attended as our special guests.
For two hours, the attendees shared casual conversation and New York pizza.
The atmosphere was very relaxed, and no one hesitated to switch seats and
join conversations at other parts of the table.
*The Event Objectives Were:*
- To gather professionals of similar interest together for a focused
- To give access to leaders in the field for direct questions
- To introduce IxD professionals to each other
We look forward to having a similar event in the spring!
*About our guests:*
*WHITNEY HESS* is a user experience design consultant based in New York City.
She helps make stuff easy and pleasurable to use.
Prior to going independent, Whitney was on the design team at Liquidnet, an
international financial software company that runs the leading electronic
marketplace for wholesale stock-trading. Previously, she was an interaction
designer at two marketing agencies, Digitas and Tribal DDB, where her
clients included American Express, The New York Times, Allstate, Claritin,
Tropicana, and EarthLink. Most notably, she helped to conceive, design, and
test an innovative card search tool for American Express, and is named as a
co-inventor on its U.S. patent.
Whitney is a strategic partner with Happy Cog and user experience consultant
for Boxee, among other startups and major corporations. She received a Bachelor
of Arts in Professional Writing and a Master’s degree in Human-Computer
Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. She writes about
improving the human
experience on her blog, Pleasure and Pain <http://whitneyhess.com/blog/> and
can always be reached viaTwitter @whitneyhess<http://twitter.com/whitneyhess>
*KAREN MCGRANE *If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen
would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For more than 15 years,
Karen has helped create more usable digital products through the power of user
experience design and content strategy. Today, as Senior Partner at Bond Art
+ Science, she works with clients to create personalized portals that
dynamically update based on user behavior, develops data visualizations that
make complex quantitative information easy to understand, and consults with
publishers on ways to make their sites more appealing to readers and
successful for advertisers.
Prior to starting Bond, Karen helped build the User Experience practice at
Razorfish, hired as the very first Information Architect and leaving as the
VP and National Lead for UX. Over the decade she spent there, she led
projects for dozens of clients, overseeing major redesign initiatives for The
New York Times, Condé Nast, Disney, and Citibank.
Karen is also on the faculty of the new MFA in Interaction Design program at
SVA in New York, where she teaches Interaction Design History, focusing on
the key movements and trends that have shaped the field, and Design
Management, which aims to give students the skills they need to run
successful projects, teams, and businesses. She received an MS in Technical
Communication fromRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a focus on