NYC IxDA Local event on 11/29/05 Still has space thanks to Space Donation (read message)

18 Nov 2005 - 2:38pm
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Dave Malouf

On Nov. 29, the NYC IxDA Group has organized a special event, "IxD NYC
Style!" - a panel discussion (see attached event description below).

We had an almost instant sell-out response (we received 85 RSVPs for 50
spaces). The first 50 spaces went in 24 hours of our first announcement.
Since that day the organizing group has been scrambling to find a larger
space. We just didn't want to turn anyone away.

Today we are able to announce, that not only can we accommodate the existing
85 reservations, but we have additional space for another 35 people. We are
only making this announcement on the IxDA lists themselves.

If you would like to attend the event, please e-mail the NYC group at nyc
(at) ixda (dot) org (attention: .com won't work) by no later than midnight
(EST), Tuesday, Nov. 22nd).

If you are RSVPing on behalf of someone else you need to give me their names
with your own RSVP or have them just RSVP separately.

The event announcement is attached below. Thank you!

-- dave

David Heller
Dave (at) ixdg (dot) org
Dave (at) synapticburn (dot) com
AIM: bolinhanyc || Y!: dave_ux || MSN: hippiefunk at


Join Us for the IxDA NYC Monthly Gathering

"IxD NYC Style!"

Did you ever wonder how Interaction Design is practiced at organizations
other than your own? Now is your chance to find out. The IxDA has assembled
a panel of IxD leaders in NYC for an event that explores just this question.
With panelists from the media, financial services, design firms and
agencies, this exciting event will present you with a snapshot of
interaction design in NYC today. We'll talk with our panelists about how
projects are structured, how IxD collaborates with other disciplines, how
their firms recruit for Interaction Design and more.

Our panelists will include:

Robert Fabricant of Frog Design
Lawrence Lipkin of Ameritrade
Peter Rivera of AOL
Kip Voytek of R/GA
Jackson Young of MTV

Joshua Seiden of 36 Partners will be moderating the discussion.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 6:30 ­ 8:00 pm
Location: JP Morgan Chase
270 Park Ave; 11th Floor
(map info: )
Bet. E. 47th & E. 48th Streets;
Closest Subways:
6 ­ 51st St.
E, V ­ 53rd St.
S, 4, 5, 6, 7 ­ 42nd St. Grand Central Station
Metro North ­ Grand Central Station

IMPORTANT INFO: All attendees must bring picture ID and ONLY people who have
RSVPed and gave us their full name and e-mail address will be allowed into
the event.

Cost: Free (but if you¹d like to donate to IxDA to help grow the
organization, you may do so at

Please RSVP as space is limited. If you wish to attend, please email us at
nyc (at) ixda (dot) org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We also want to thank JP Morgan Chase for allowing us to use their space on
such short notice.

More About Robert Fabricant:
Robert Fabricant is the Creative Director of FrogDesign
( in NY where he leads a multidisciplinary design
team of brand, graphic, interface and industrial designers for clients such
as AOL, MTV, GE, Nissan, Coca-Cola and Nextel. He has worked on the design
of interfaces for numerous products, including handheld devices, in-car
information systems, medical devices, physical environments and many flavors
of desktop software.

Prior to Frog, Robert led a Research & Development team at Organic where he
worked on wireless applications for key clients such as Lucent Technologies,
Federated and the Museum of the Moving Image. Other work experience includes
@radicalmedia, Microsoft and Edwin Schlossberg Inc. He has worked in
interface design for interactive media since 1994, including exhibition and
kiosk design, CD-ROM, Web, Broadband and Wireless applications. His
interactive work has been included in ID magazine's Interactive Design
Annual and presented at SIGGRAPH.

More About Lawrence Lipkin:
Lawrence Lipkin is the Director of User Experience for Ameritrade. He leads
a very talented team of Interaction Designers, User Interface Designers, and
Information Architects to design Ameritrade's web sites. Prior to Ameritrade
he was a Creative Director at Organic Inc.'s New York office. He worked on
marketing and application-oriented sites for clients like: Carter's,
HarrisDirect, Hoover's, RCI, US Airways, Fannie Mae, MessageLabs, Joseph
Abboud, Smith & Nephew, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, GGHC, eSylvan, and
Dupont/Invista. Prior to working at Organic, he worked Sony's entertainment
site "The Station" and at the web development firm Online Magic.

He received a graduate degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications
Program where his thesis investigated personal information management. He
has an M.F.A in studio art from Hunter College and a B.A. from Hampshire

More about Peter Rivera:
A creative veteran with more than 15 years of design experience (10 of those
focusing exclusively online), he currently serves as a vice president and
creative director for AOL (, overseeing the design of all
content, as well as standards and guidelines for much of the service. Rivera
manages a team of 60 creative directors, UI specialists and interaction
designers, who support the vast needs of the AOL network and has helped
drive a new and unified experience as AOL adopts a strategy of expanding
outside the subscription service traditionally associated with the brand.

Prior to joining AOL in 2003, Rivera spent six years at Modem Media, and
served as vice president and executive creative director of the company¹s
San Francisco office. There he supervised all creative output of this
office, including online advertising, website design, new business
development, analytics, and client services. Along the way, he did work for
blue-chip companies such as Sprint PCS, WeightWatchers, General Electric,
AT&T, Intel, UBS, and Citibank.

Rivera is an advocate for the value of strategic design, and is a key driver
in defining the creative vision for AOL¹s next generation of user
experiences. His philosophy is that aesthetics have a strong place in making
new markets and that AOL is just now asserting that place among companies
that invest in design as a strong differentiator, especially as it relates
to the unique media and programming offerings of AOL. Rivera has received a
number of industry awards. Highlights include a Cannes Gold Cyberlion, a
Gold ad:tech Award, and a Gold DMA Echo Award.

More About Kip Voytek:
Kip Voytek is responsible for leading and managing R/GA's
( talented and innovative Interaction Design (ID)
department. In May 2005, Voytek returned to R/GA from Digitas, where he
oversaw the development of its Interaction Design group and worked on
strategic online initiatives for clients such as AOL, Microsoft and Safeway.

Voytek first joined R/GA in 1999, where he was an Executive Producer on Nike
and excelled on pioneer ID projects that included the original global
standards for and breakthrough e-commerce applications for, as well as the historic Over
his career, he has won dozens of awards from some of the most prestigious
competitions, including the One Show Interactive and Cyberlions. Voytek
began his career as a game designer and writer at Engineering Animation,
Inc. (EAI) and Byron Preiss Multimedia, developing games, characters and
scripts for licensed and original properties.Prior to his new media career
in 1995, Voytek was a Congressional staffer and speechwriter, economic
policy researcher and political strategy consultant. He received a BA in
History from Haverford College.

More About Jackson Young:
Jackson has over fourteen years of experience in information architecture,
user interface and interactive design with a wide variety of digital
mediums. He currently leads the information architecture practice at MTV
Networks ( developing user experiences for key online
initiatives.Prior to joining MTV, Jackson served as the National Head of
Information Architecture for Rare Medium, a NYC interactive agency. He
developed information architecture methodology, directed large IA
engagements for major clients such as Goldman Sachs, Standard and Poor's and
Cablevision. He garnered additional Web development experience while serving
as the Lead Information Architect for Dennis Interactive, and Senior Web
Designer at In addition to the Web medium, Jackson developed
numerous museum interactive exhibits, video games, children's educational
software and toys while working for Edwin Schlossberg Inc., Viacom New
Media, and Vtech Educational Toys. Jackson h
as a BFA
degree in Communications Design from Parson School of Design.

More about Josh Seiden:
Josh is the founder and president of 36 Partners
(, and a respected consultant, designer, teacher
and speaker. Prior to establishing 36 Partners, Josh served on the
leadership team at Cooper Interaction Design‹one of the premier professional
service firms of the internet era, and the leader of the interaction design
movement. At Cooper, Josh worked on projects for clients such as IBM, 3M,
Sun Healthcare Systems (now called Shared Healthcare Systems), and managed
Cooper¹s SAP account, which at the time was Cooper¹s largest account. While
at Cooper, he designed both hardware and software products, including
products for the space industry, enterprise resource planning products,
marketing automation systems, meeting room tools, data warehousing tools,
and healthcare systems. Before Cooper, Josh developed consumer-focused
computer accessories at Kensington, where his passion for user experience
work began. At Kensington, Josh worked on ergonomic mice and
trackballs and managed the development of Kensington¹s MouseWorks software,
which won numerous industry awards under his direction.

About IxDA
The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is a non-profit professional
organization whose focus is promoting both the field of interaction design
and the interests of an international community of practitioners, managers,
educators, and students of interaction design. Our organization¹s goals are
§ Communicate the unique perspective that interaction design brings to
both industry and the broader design community
§ Promote awareness of the discipline, craft, and value of interaction
design among business leaders, academia, consumers, and our colleagues
§ Advance the discipline of interaction design by encouraging the
adoption of innovative methods
§ Encourage and recommend high standards of practice among interaction
design professionals
§ Help establish standards for academic programs in interaction design
§ Develop an active, close-knit community of interaction design
professionals worldwide

For more information about IxDA, or if you are interested in getting
involved, contact us at nyc (at) ixda (dot) org or visit our web site at

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