HigherEdLive – Creative Team Leadership – March 14, 2013

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm EST I’ll be hosting HigherEdLive. I’ll be joined by some amazing guests to talk about Creative Team Leadership. It’s one thing to bring creative ideas to life as an individual, it’s another to lead a team of creatives to produce the highest quality work and always push the envelope. I’ve asked some of the best creative leaders to join me to talk about what makes a team successful and what skills/environment is necessary to sustain it long term.

My guests, in no particular order, are Ben Callahan, Bob Crisler, and Nick Johnson. They are not only accomplished in their own right, but also lead successful creative teams inside and outside higher education.

Mark your calendars, it will be an information packed show with plenty to take away as a director or member of a creative team.

Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

 

Nick Johnson

Nick JohsonNick Johnson is the Managing Director of Marketing Communication at the University of Notre Dame. His web team handles design, development and content strategy for most of the university’s web properties, working within a cost recovery model.

With an entrepreneurial background in marketing, design and management, Nick’s greatest professional joy is creative problem solving and the hunt for the correct strategic path.

Nick and his wife, Anna, recently welcomed their first child, Zoey Marie, in to the world.

Bob Crisler

Bob CrislerBob leads the overall web development effort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as Director of Internet and Interactive Media. IIM is organized as a partnership of University Communications and Information Services at UNL. Bob also leads the UNL Web Developer Network, a 300+ -member group formed to support UNL’s unique single-codebase web development path. A 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Bob has been with UNL since 1992, working first in print design, and stepping out to lead UNL’s web effort as the university’s first staff member fully dedicated to the medium (in 2000).

UNL occupies a unique position in higher education web development. At UNL, a single codebase underlies all sites that are part of the university organization. The UNLedu Web Framework is continually strengthened through the efforts of IIM staff and the contributions of partners through the WDN organization. See wdn.unl.edu for more information.

Support my Fight for Air Climb 2013

fight-2013Last year I had the opportunity to do something completely different. Climb 70 flights of stairs to support the fight against lung cancer. It was probably one of the funnest things I’ve done. I finished in 13 minutes, 40 seconds.

Doing it again this year

Because it was such a great experience I’ve decided to do it again this year!

On March 3rd I am going to take on Michigan’s tallest building (the Renaissance Center) all the way to the 70th floor by climbing 1,035 stairs. I am climbing in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb to help raise money for lung disease research, education and advocacy.

I am doing so because I am able. I can breathe freely and there are many people who are not as lucky. I am joining a team of likeminded Web designers and developers from Detroit on my journey, our team name is the “Quadzillas“.

I would love your support

For the 2013 Fight for Air stair climb my team would like to raise a minimum of $1,035 dollars, or $1 for every step in the GM Renaissance Center.

We need your help! You can donate to one person, or spread it out among the members. You can donate $1 (one step) or $15 (one floor) or any amount you want! Either way you choose to donate is greatly appreciated! Or if you would like to join me I would be honored to climb with you!

Your donation to the American Lung Association will sustain their commitment to the prevention of all respiratory diseases including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and asthma.

Thank you for your support of my effort to raising money for this very important cause

Donate

Girl Develop It – Detroit

I find myself part of, or involved with, a lot of groups. There is something about getting people in the same room to learn or share a common interest that really excites me. I know I have had my share of lolipop moments while attending an event and I hope I’ve been able to give my share back.

Being a developer it’s only natural that I end up talking with a lot of other developers. It has always amazed me how few girl (women) developers there are. When I find one though I always have to apologize in advance because I end up asking them a million questions. The story of how they became interested in development is always intriguing and unique. But most have the same theme, they are not developing because they have something to prove in a male dominated field but instead they started to tinker early on with manipulating their environment to make it better or they wanted to make something their own.

Unfortunately that spark doesn’t always come as a child and women find themselves curious about code, the Web, and mobile after they are already in a career. Doing online tutorials can get someone started but without a community to bounce ideas off, to push, and to help with the few extra resources needed to get something launched, it is hard to stay motivated. This in person group is essencial for long term success when learning anything new.

A few months ago I was talking to Michelle Srbinovich about this very topic. We both handle social media for our organizations,  being a girl developer herself and my interest in the same topic we both stumbled across Black Girls Code, who coincidently was having an event on campus. We started talking more and Michelle discovered this much larger community of groups and events for girls looking to learn to code. One of those groups, Girl Develop It, is starting a Detroit chapter.

What is Girl Develop It?

GDI is a nonprofit that empowers women of diverse backgrounds to learn how to develop software.  Starting this November, GDI Detroit will be offering affordable classes for women (and men) who want to learn how to code – from introductory HTML/CSS classes to advanced courses for professional developers looking to expand their skill set.

Detroit Chapter kickoff event

Come learn more about Girl Develop It Detroit on Tuesday, October 23rd at Great Lakes Coffee at their kickoff event.

First Class: Intro to HTML & CSS

Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr/WordPress/etc. site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program, but want to start small? This class is for you!

We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

The course will be taught by Cara Jo Miller, UI/UX Designer at Are You A Human and co-organizer of Refresh Detroit and WordCamp Detroit.

November 10, 2012 – More details on the Meetup.com.

Interested in helping out?

The success of these events are driven by people like you, if you’ve read this far I can tell you already have what it takes. Attend a class, spread the word, or teach a class. There is someone waiting for you to reach out, your support could be life changing.

Discover more at http://gdidetroit.com.

Refresh Detroit: Brad Colbow – Designing interfaces for mobile devices – September 19, 2012

In design, the user experience is paramount and getting the little details right can make a huge difference. In this presentation Brad talks about his experience designing interfaces for mobile devices and looking at how little changes can have a big impact on how we use them. You will be introduced to the world of human interface guidelines for mobile devices.

  • What can we learn by comparing and contrasting the guidelines of these mobile players and how can we incorporate it into our apps and websites?
  • What are the main differences in developing for these platforms and what do user experience designers need to take into account before starting a project?
  • Should you focus on building an app or make your website mobile friendly instead?

When: September 19, 2012 at 6:30pm

Cost: Free (free parking, too)

Location:

Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for hosting our September event. We’ll be meeting in downtown Detroit at:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
600 East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI map | parking at BCBSM (free)

Registration is required. Please register before 10am September 18.

About Brad

Brad Colbow is creative director at Designing Interactive in Cleveland Ohio. Brad is an award-winning web designer, best known for his comics that are published monthly in .Net magazine and “The Brads” a (almost) weekly strip found on his personal website. His work has appeared on the New York Time’s website, CNET, Smashing Magazine and elsewhere. You can find out more about him and his work on his website colbowdesign.com

Originally posted at: http://refreshdetroit.org/2012/08/21/september-event-special-guest-speaker-brad-colbow/

Refresh Detroit: Share Your Favorite Tool Night: May 16th, 2012

Do you use a cool tool or app that helps you with your workflow you’d like to share with others? Join us at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building building in Ann Arbor at 6:00pm for our Share Your Favorite Tool Night meet-up, where you can share with others a great app or tool that makes your work easier.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • share cool apps and tools
  • find out what others have been working on
  • learn about new tools that can improve your work

Each person has five to ten minutes to demo and answer questions. This is a great way to get to know other Refresh Detroit members. If you’re planning on presenting, send us a message to let us know or better yet just post it in the comments section below.

Don’t want to share this time? No problem! Please still come.

Where: Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, Room 121. (map)

When: Wednesday May 16th, 6pm – 9pm

Cost: Free! Open to the public.

Register for Event

Originally posted at: http://refreshdetroit.org/event/share-your-favorite-tool-night/