Board Blog

The IxDA Board Blog helps the IxDA leadership to communicate with members and the world at large. It also helps the board create a transparent, open approach to its leadership, letting members know just what the board is doing to help the IxDA community.

Elizabeth Bacon

IxDA Infrastructure Initiative: Survey results

Hello IxDA Members,

This is an update from the IxDA Conan infrastructure team about the results of our recent online survey about which we conducted at the start of February. Firstly, thank you very much to the over 200 folks who responded! We really appreciate your time. Your inputs are guiding the scope of work definition for our next-generation system even as I type this message.

We have placed a summary document with all of the survey results online for anybody to review. It’s available at:

In particular, we confirmed how central the Discussion list is to our community, and this area is a top priority for our team to improve. We also appreciate the guidance provided in terms of prioritizing work on Local Groups/Event Calendar, General Resources and Member Profile/Social Networking features in that order for our new community platform.

Once again, we thank you for your participation and support of this initiative. We aim to serve many of the priority needs identified in these results. Hi-ho, onwards we go! And as always, just let me know if you have any questions about the survey or this initiative.

Liz Bacon
IxDA Vice-President

Elizabeth Bacon

Infrastructure Initiative update

Dear IxDA members,

I’m pleased to provide a progress report on the Infrastructure initiative. This project, for which I am the project manager, aims to significantly update the website, most particularly in the areas of local groups, an events calendar, member profiles and improved discussion tools.

In early December, this initiative was re-launched with a call for contributors from our community. Over 20 people responded to that call and were invited into IxDA’s Basecamp system where we conduct our internal business. In early January, we formally kicked-off the project with several Skype teleconferences where we introduced ourselves to each other and disseminated the goals & background of this initiative. Team members hail from Europe, India, Canada and the UK as well as the United States, and bring an awesome range of interests and skills to the table.

The project is pursuing a multi-phase plan, as follows: 1) Kick-off; 2) Definition; 3) Design & Validation; 4) Development. I have thrown down the gauntlet with a proposal that we achieve our first release by my birthday of June 6, 2009. We shall see! Any prayers on our behalf are appreciated. ;)

Presently, we’re in the early-middle of Phase 2. We have divided into two teams, one focusing on personas, scenarios & feature prioritization while the other is focusing on technical platform considerations. The former team is especially working to put together activities for the community to provide input; one will be for attendees of the upcoming Interaction’09 conference and another will be a survey that we will distribute to the Discuss list at large. The technology team is kicking the tires of Drupal, our leading CMS solution, and ensuring that we haven’t discounted alternative approaches or platforms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to voice them. Thanks for your attention and continued support of IxDA as we valiantly strive to improve our community’s experience!


Elizabeth Bacon

IxDA Infrastructure Initiative, re-launched

Dear IxDA Members,

As an IxDA Director, I’m pleased to be able to use our new Board Blog to publicly re-launch an initiative dedicated to delivering next-generation infrastructure for

If you’re an avid IxDA list reader, you may have seen mention of this infrastructure initiative over the past few months. Nasir Barday, another IxDA Director, and myself have been the core team, working with other Board members and several other leaders in our community. We were moving rather quickly towards finalizing the feature list and creating an RFP for development resources. However, some list discussion in November helped us realize that this important initiative should better reflect the spirit of IxDA’s commitment to openness, member contributions, and networked collaboration.

Therefore, I’m hereby issuing an open call for anybody who’d like to contribute to this initiative to join the team. We need energetic folks ready to contribute their time and skills to help with interaction design, visual design, and potentially web development work (likely using Drupal). We’re looking for a commitment of at least 3-5 hours per week for the next several months at least, plus a willingness to stick to project deadlines.

If you’re interested and available, please visit this interim page: and use the form send us your information. Make sure to select “Infrastructure/Technology” as your initiative of interest. We’ll give it a week to gather interested parties, and then I’ll invite everyone who replies to our working project area.

We intend to continue employing an organized team-based approach to ensure that our efforts are coordinated and moving in the same direction to improve in several key areas. The scope of the project is still very much open for discussion. Throughout the project, I will work to ensure that the IxDA community has visibility on our status and deliverables. We will also be defining some community-wide checkpoints to share and hopefully validate the outputs from this initiative before the new system is built.

Thanks for your attention, and please contact us before December 20th to get on board!

Best regards,

Janna DeVylder

Last call: Apply for the open IxDA Board positions!

When I first discovered IxDA several years ago, I knew early on that I
had found a professional home for myself. At first, that meant
knowing there was a group of people out there who shared my passion
for all things Interaction Design. Then lurking turned into planning
and attending IxDA local events. Then came the conference, and now the

Why mention this?

It was in my increased involvement that I realized the impact IxDA
affiliation was having not only on my own personal practice but also
on the community itself. It is in the gathering of those passionate
about IxD, be it online or in person, that we strengthen the IxDA
Network. We all have a stake in this, and there is a lot of room at
the table to bring good ideas to life.

So apply to the Board of Directors. Put your ideas on the table. We
need engaged leaders to foster this community. Is that you?

(Deadline is Monday, November 3rd by Midnight PST)

(And if you’re not ready to apply for the board, we still need you!
Contact me off list for other opportunities!)


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