Passion Projects: Placing Limits on the Limitless

Passion projects can offer a creative outlet unconstrained by client feedback, timelines and budgets. While this may appear liberating, having no limitations can present its own unique set of challenges. Things normally taken for granted become the largest obstacles: where to start, where to go and when to stop. The …

Standing Out

Crystal Burritt (@modestmotivator) discusses how not blending in can be a good thing. As an art history major and someone who never described herself as “mathy”, she was an unlikely candidate to break into data and tech. While going from data entry temp to Business Intelligence Developer, she discovered being …

What Comes Next Is the Future

What Comes Next Is the Future is a documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin (@elefontpress). It is the story of Tim Berners-Lee’s creation – how it came to be, where it’s been, and where it’s going – as told by the people who build it. …

How To Get A Job In Philly

Learn from the people who hire. A panel discussion on hiring tactics at a few of Philly’s top interactive agencies, moderated by Dan Mall (Superfriendly). The panelists include: Josh Goldblum – Bluecadet Mandy Brown – Vox Media Melissa Ivonne – Curalate Wil Reynolds – Seer Interactive Daniel Lamprey – Comcast …

It Shouldn’t Come With The Job

Design and technology fields have cultures promoting alcohol use. We highlight alcohol-focused activities during our conferences and events. We take colleagues and clients to happy hour at a bar when we want to show them a good time or celebrate. Very often, we make alcohol available during work hours in …

18 Ways Doctor Who Made Me A Better Designer

Doctor Who has been with me since the very formative years of my life. Needless to say, the good Doctor has had a profound impact on my life, so I was not too surprised when I realized that most of the lessons I have learned as a designer over the …

Working Backwards: UX Design at Amazon

IDM Alumni, Matt, a user experience designer at Amazon will talk about Amazon’s ux design process, including; pre-sales/prototyping, sold work, custom work, and production/workflow. He’ll also describe their unique approach to Human Interface Guidelines and how they are manifested in the Amazon UI.

Everybody Hurts: Design for Kindness

We all want interfaces that feel human—where the content is friendly and the interactions flow right along. But being human isn’t just about being breezy. Every user who interacts with your site comes there with personal histories—with pain and problems, with past traumas or present crises. How can we take …