“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Workshop offerings this summer

This summer (July – Sept), I’m looking to do 1 of the workshops I teach. If you or someone you know would be interested in organizing said workshops please let me know. I’m willing to travel most anywhere in NA provided expenses are covered and the total event meets some minimum compensation requirements.

Here’s a list of my current workshop offerings:

Sketching for Interaction Design
This workshop has been a pretty big success for Autodesk and other corporate clients, and will be taught again for TriUPA this June. I love teaching it. The premise of the workshop is to teach students how to integrate this most basic of design tools into their every day User Experience Practice. It is not a drawing class, but rather a class on design practice, using sketching as an entry path to the rest of design studio.

Designing Rich Internet Applications
This workshop has been taught in various formats all over the world with pretty good reviews. Most recently it was taught for SmartExperience.org in NYC. The premise of this workshop is to give designers who have been dealing with more traditional web application spaces to understand the new design medium of rich interactive web applications. Students will learn what richness is, why it adds value, when to use “it”, how to apply basic interaction design methods to it, and how to document it or otherwise communicate. The 2-day version borrows from the Sketching workshop above by also talking about general interaction design practice as well.

Introduction to Interaction Design
This workshop is being taught for the first time this February at Interaction 09 | Vancouver. While it is a 1st, it is based on my current position as Professor of Interaction Design at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Students will learn basic frameworks for interaction design theory & practice, but more importantly learn how to begin the process of an evolving self-education in interaction design as well.

Another service I offer is mentorship. This is when a design team is struggling on a project and needs some outside assistance in getting back on track. My more than 15 years of experience especially in enterprise softare and products can be a valuable asset to any project that needs just a helping hand for a very short term and at avery high level. I can work with your existing design team, but bringing focus, added theoretical balance, education and tactics.

Where & How
As noted above, I’m interested in doing these workshops over the summer, between my terms at SCAD. I’m already booked for June, so that leaves July – Sept open. I can see this working a few ways:

  1. A corporation would like to bring me in to their site for the day. This is the easiest to organize.
  2. A not-for-profit design related organization would like me to come in and do the workshop for their members
  3. Either an organization or a corporation would like to underwrite my coming to their town where I can then help promote the event. Space, and travel expenses would earn your organization a few free spots, of a more public event.
  4. You are an indvidual who wants the workshop to happen. Your time and energy for organizing the workshop at your locale in such a way where we can easily cover my costs, would earn you a free spot.

Mentorship gigs would need to be crafted specifically to fit the needs of particular clients.

If any and all of this sounds interesting. Shoot me an email at dave (dot) ixd (at) gmail (dot) com.

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