So many great events are happening in the next little while, too many to tweet, so I thought I’d share them here. They are not all related to design in healthcare, but they are related to design, and I imagine a little more crossover between industries would be good.
Weapons of Mass Creation Fest – June 8-10, 2012
I’m road-tripping to Cleveland this weekend with some friends for the second year in a row to WMC Fest (it’s becoming an annual tradition for us). This is the kind of (un-) conference that speaks to me: small, creative, music and design prominently featured, not prohibitive by cost, attended by inspiring, down-to-earth people. This event is full of grass-roots magic and local pride. You get the sense that you can really contribute something, no matter who you are or where you come from. Visit the site or say hi to @wmcfest or better yet, drop everything and join us in Cleveland. If you’re already going, make sure to say hi. I like knowing people face-to-face.
North by Northeast Interactive panel presentation – June 14, 2012
I’m really excited to be a part of a panel on “Feedback” organized by Brett Harned, project manager extraordinaire from Happy Cog. His fellow Happy Cog colleague, developer Jenn Lukas, will be throwing candy at people, and Travis Schmeisser, Senior User Experience Designer at 80/20, will also be weighing in on this interdisciplinary smorgasbord. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet but would still like to attend, let me know, I can get you a good deal.
The “F” Word: Feedback
Date: Thursday, June 14th
Time: 9:30 to 10:30am
Where: Meeting room Regency C (Hyatt Regency on King)
Pecha Kucha Night Toronto – June 14
I’ve done two Pecha Kucha-style presentations before (20 slides automatically progressing after 20 seconds each) and it is hard work! Which is why I appreciate and would like to promote my friend Vivien’s efforts to raise the profile of this event across Toronto. It’s huge in Japan and could be bigger here. Always really fun to attend, interesting and eclectic presentations. This event will include my husband Mark Staplehurst‘s first go at this style of presentation (he’ll be talking about language and how it shapes culture), and our talented friend Linda Nakanishi who is presenting on Infographics. See you there?
Date: Thursday, June 14th
Time: 6 to 7:30pm
Where:NX Lounge Stage (Hyatt Regency on King 2nd floor) – free and open to the public
IXDA – July 2012
Bruce Esrig, co-organizer of IXDA northern New Jersey, will be hosting an ongoing series of events to discuss design in healthcare and he has graciously invited me to participate. As it is a private group, ping him if you would like to get involved. They are on twitter (@ixdannj) and have a Meetup site. I’m excited to see where this goes.
Distance Quarterly – June 2012
I have an article being published in the upcoming issue of Distance, a new publication from my friend Nick Disabato which showcases long-form articles about design and technology. My piece, “The Embedded Designer” uses my own experience of beginning to work in healthcare as a case study for embedded designers.
A ton of love goes into every detail of this publication, whether printed or epub. The articles are well-researched and worked on for months before publication. I’d flatter myself to say the authors are all brilliant (but they are, and I’m lucky to be in their company!). Definitely worth a read. Check it out and subscribe.
Ferocious Quarterly – June 2012
I wrote a little piece of fiction based on the illustration to the right by Ellis Latham-Brown. Writing to an image is a difficult thing to do (especially in a weekend) but I’m extremely proud to be featured in such a beautiful quarterly. The theme of the issue is “Survival” and my story is called “The Witness and the Bear”. Each issue comes with a pocket-sized book and a lovely badge and poster. You can buy a copy or subscribe here: http://fe.rocious.com/