Introducing IxDA's Board of Directors for 2011-2012
12 Dec 2010 - 11:17pm
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IxDA Board of D...
We are very happy to announce the
IxDA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 with the addition of three new
Directors and one returning Director. Please join us in welcoming our new Directors MJ
Broadbent, Seamus Byrne, and Kim Lenox, and we welcome back Steve
Baty. Their term will
officially begin January 1, 2011. Thank you to all of the candidates
who put themselves forth.
We look forward to their contributions
to the Board and the efforts they will catalyze for our entire community.
Here are short biographies of the new Directors:
Steve Baty, principal at Meld Studios, has over 14
years' experience as a design and strategy practitioner. Steve is
well-known in the area of experience strategy and design, contributing
to public discourse on these topics through articles and conferences.
Steve's activities include: VP of the Interaction Design Association
(IxDA); writes for UXMatters.com; editor and contributor to Johnny
Holland (johnnyholland.org); founder of UX Book Club (uxbookclub.org); co-Chair of UX Australia (uxaustralia.com.au);
and Chair of Interaction 12 - the annual conference of the IxDA for
2012. Steve holds M.Ec and MBA degrees from MGSM; and a B.Sc in
Mathematics from UTS.
Mary Jane (MJ) Broadbent is an independent
design consultant whose work over the past two decades spans a
diversity of visual and interactive design applications. Her practical
expertise and leadership in the realm of user experience design has
benefited numerous organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, Bookspan (now DirectGroup Bertelsmann), Empire
BlueCrossBlueShield, H&R Block, Liquidnet, The McGraw-Hill
Companies (McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Standard & Poor's),
Pfizer, Sony Electronics, Thomas Publishing, and the United Nations. MJ
has also designed print materials for everyone from Fortune 100 clients
to non-profits to the perennial "make me something" requests from
friends and family.
has been active with IxDA since 2006, moving from attendee to volunteer
to spearheading the New York City local group, helping to create and
launch the Mentoring Program, and co-chairing the Interaction11
She holds a Bachelor of Science
in Design from University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art,
Architecture and Planning (DAAP) and has cleverly avoided paying for
further formal schooling by finding herself on teaching side of the
podium through the years. She leads workshops on visual communication
skills and is currently focused on extolling the virtues of visual
thinking as Managing Director of VizThink LLC.
People often tell her she has incredibly neat handwriting.
Séamus T. Byrne is Co-founder and Director of User Experience
at Graphic Mint, a design and
marketing studio based in Dublin, Ireland. For over ten years he
has been designing user interfaces for websites, software
applications and multimedia with a user experience focus.
Séamus is co-founder and a local leader of IxDA Dublin. He
initiated and collaborated on Dublin's winning bid to host
Interaction12 and is a member of the conference committee. He is
a member of the Irish Internet Association's User Experience
Working Group and co-creator of Defuse: Design for Use, Dublin's
annual interaction design event.
Séamus is a frequent speaker at design conferences throughout
Europe, presenting on universal principles that underpin design
and technology such as storytelling, community and place.
He has a MA in Multimedia and a BA in Sociology and Classics.
He was co-creator of "The Organic City", an award winning
web-based community storytelling portal.
He shares his thoughts everyday on Twitter (@seamusbyrne),
and blogs at Graphic Mind. When he
gets a spare moment, Séamus likes to travel, work out at the gym
and write songs.
Kim Lenox is a founding member of IxDA-SF where she was deeply involved in co-hosting the monthly speaker series and events in 2007-2008.
Kim has spent nearly two decades focused on user experience design,
management and delivery of multi-platform products and services with
worldwide reach and exposure. She has successfully shipped products
ranging from mobile application and OS software, PC desktop software,
children's handheld devices, interactive TV, DVD interfaces,
interactive kiosks, websites & CD-ROMs. Her previous clients and
employers include Adaptive Path, AT&T, Excite@Home, LeapFrog,
Nokia, Organic, Samsung Design America, UPC/Chello and a variety of
bubble start-ups of dot-com lore.
Currently Kim is a member of the webOS Human Interface Leadership Team
at Palm which was acquired in mid-2010 by Hewlett Packard.
The number of Directors on the Board
as of 2011 will be our full complement of 9 individuals. IxDA Directors
serve for staggered, 2-year terms with a two-term limit. The 2011 - 2012 Board of Directors will comprise:
We would also like to take this opportunity
to recognise the outstanding contribution over the past two years of
our outgoing Directors: Jon Kolko, Kevin Silver, and Amyris Fernandez. In his term, Jon broadened our mentorship program significantly, was a catalyst for the Board in making decisions and trying new directions, and took on the challenging task of co-chairing the Interaction 11 conference. Kevin Silver has been instrumental in growing our support for local groups worldwide over the past two years, introducing regional leadership and documentation of starting a group, as well as working to create guidelines and principles for how we oranise the entire organisation. Amyris Fernandez has catalyzed IxDA in South America, creating a regional version of Interaction in Brazil as well as supporting local groups globally. We owe them a great amount of thanks for the time and effort they have put in, as the community has benefited from their involvement greatly. We look forward to their continued involvement with the
IxDA and our community, even as we say farewell to them from the Board.
IxDA is a not-for-profit organization
and is required to have a Board of Directors, but the Board is just
one component of the success of IxDA. It is through the conference, the site,
initiatives, local groups, awards and individual involvement that the IxDA network
Again, please join us in extending
a warm welcome to our newest Directors.