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)


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

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[Friday Links] The #psuweb12 Edition

This week at the Penn State Web Conference we learned an amazing amount about mobile and the future of the Web. I wanted to extend that discussion in to today’s Friday links. Take a look tho, mobile is just the start, there are also some great user experience, design and development articles from this week that you won’t want to miss.

[Friday Links] The Move Edition

I’ve decided to move my Friday Links off the Wayne State Web Communications blog and on to my own. It’s nothing personal, I’ve just found that the post doesn’t have anything to do with Wayne State. In addition, recent blog posts are listed in Today@Wayne, a daily html email that goes out to all employees. I found myself on that list far too often. I’ll still be posting there, just more Wayne State focused articles. And of course all my posts will also feed in to EDUniverse, and you can follow me there.

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

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Wanted: Entrepreneurial Designers and Coders. Be part of Detroit’s next cool startup at SWD.

Startup Weekend Detroit

Originally posted by Charlie Wollborg on the TEDxDetroit LinkedIn group. I just had to spread it. I attended the first Startup Weekend Detroit a few years ago and had a great time and met some amazing people. I would recommend the event to anyone!

We love to highlight the many cool startups springing to life in Detroit every year at TEDxDetroit. Here’s your chance to be part of one.

Startup Weekend is returning to Detroit February 17th. It’s a 54-hour celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit. 100 makers, thinkers and doers walk into a building Friday night and 10 new web-based companies emerge on Sunday. From forming teams to brainstorming to business plans to designing mockups to coding prototypes to making the big pitch to venture capitalists, it all happens in one crazy weekend. It’s an amazing experience.

If you’re an artist, technologist, designer, geek, illustrator, coder or entrepreneur, you need to be part of Startup Weekend Detroit.

This year’s event will be even more special as it’s being held at the spectacular Madison Building (the home of Detroit Venture Parters, Detroit Labs and several other budding tech companies). It’s hosted by a couple of Xs – Brandon Chestnutt and Henry Balanon (who presented at TEDxDetroit in 2010). Networking, innovation, inspiration and education will surround you. It’s the perfect environment in which to test crazy ideas and take the first step towards launching a company that becomes the next big thing.

You can learn more and register at: but don’t delay, this event sells out every year.

Come fan that entrepreneurial flame that burns bright inside you. Who knows – we might be hearing all about your success story on stage at the next TEDxDetroit.

Keep Creating –

Charlie Wollborg
curator, TEDxDetroit