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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/

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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.

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

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Social Media Panel Discussion Wrap Up

Refresh Detroit held a Social Media Panel Discussion on January 21, 2009 that I was lucky enough to be part of. It was the first time I had been part of a panel discussion and it was a great experience.

Refresh Detroit Social Media Panel

The panel consisted of (from left to right):

This free event took place at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There was ~30 people who attended from various industries, they came to get a better understanding of social media and how they can leverage it.

The questions brought out not only the direction and how to for beginners but also the best practices and case studies of the advanced users in the social media field.

On the Refresh Detroit Web site they posted the summary of resources and references.

In addition the entire panel was recorded and is available below.

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Social Media Panel Discussion – January 21, 2009

refresh-logoInterested in social media? Do you want to hear me speak? On January 21 Refresh Detroit is hosting a Social Media Panel Discussion at Washtenaw Community College. It is a free event and open to the public.

Learn about the opportunities social media brings for individuals, companies, and social causes. Find out how to use social media to

  • engage your customers
  • grow your career or business
  • drive social change
  • and more

Panelists

  • Kevin Krason, President, Biznet Internet Solutions
    Founder of Biznet in 1994, Kevin’s strong leadership and business savvy have led Biznet to become one of the most successful web development companies in Michigan. Kevin’s skill at getting everyone on the same page has been instrumental for Biznet in establishing long term client partnerships.
  • Shauna Nicholson, Marketing Manager, Biznet Internet Solutions
    Working exclusively in online marketing strategy, Shauna is known for her insight on social media marketing, Shauna is a resource for metro-Detroit businesses who want to leverage the most powerful online tools available. By transcending the social media hype and pairing reality-based business and marketing strategy to the tools, she positions clients to effectively secure measurable ROI.
  • Ken Burbary, VP Digital at BIG Communications
    Ken has been involved in web development and interactive media his entire professional career. Constantly learning, he soaks up as many new pieces of information as possible. He’s equally passionate about both business and technology innovations driving his industry.
  • Nick DeNardis, Associate Director of Web Communications at Wayne State University
    Nick oversees a staff of eight dedicated to web communications at Wayne State. He has initiated and maintains all of the university’s current social media initiatives. He hosts the video blog EDU Checkup where he reviews a higher education web sites live. Nick is also a .eduGuru writer and an active member of the higher education web community.

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. We will be meeting in Room 121 at the Morris Lawrence Building (map). Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the building.

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Free! Open to the public.

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