Web414 April 2007 Meeting

2007-04-12 19:00
2007-04-12 21:00

April 2007 Web414 MeetingThursday, April 12th, 2007 — 7pm

Please note: As of Sunday, April 8th, 2007 the location has changed! See below for details.

The Brady Corp. Conference Room
1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Directions to the room are as follows.

  1. Walk in the doors to Rosenberg Hall
  2. Walk up the small steps in front of you and enter first floor door
  3. Enter first door on your right
  4. Sit in comfy conference room chair

This will be our second meeting at MSOE (though in a different room this time.) Our main topic:

The Importance of Iteration in Design
Mike Rohde, a graphic and web designer will speak about the importance of iteration in the design process. Mike will discuss why nailing down a complete design in one shot is so hard, and how continual improvement of a design can improve the design and challenge the designer. The presentation will include samples of a design project from sketches, through design iterations, all the way to the final design.

(Pete Prodoehl will also do a brief presentation on Lightbox JS if there is time.)

Pecha Kucha: 20 delicious links for 20 seconds each

Here's something that might be fun for a future web414 meeting- Pecha Kucha. It involves a quick jaunt through your last 20 delicious links. Each site that you’ve bookmarked comes on screen for 20 seconds, and you have to explain why you chose to bookmark that site.

via a blogger talking about barcamplondon

March 2007 Meeting Recording

If you missed the March 2007 meeting, you can download an MP3 we recorded.

March 2007 Meeting Recap

We met at MSOE (thanks to Jeramey) and we even had snacks! We will plan to keep meeting at MSOE as long as it's available to us.

About 15 people attended, including first-timer Matt Pickard, as well as two people Justin brought along. Most of the talk was about BarCampMadison, with the people who were there talking about their experiences.

We also talked a bit about social networking and how media is changing in regards to the web and television, and print publishing.

We didn't do any presentation this time, but I think we should next month. So if anyone wants to volunteer, please do so. We also used IRC with a few folks we met from BarCampMadison, which was interesting, and I recorded the whole meeting, so I'll have an MP3 of that up soon.

Upcoming Event: MIMA - Behind Your Web Site

From the site:

Behind Your Web Site:
What's really happening when the agency says, "We're working on it..."

Register now: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/50627428

From concept to completion (or should we say ongoing maintenance), web sites pose challenges for developers, designers and the client who needs the site in the first place.

Come meet Brett Derricott, the man behind Agency Fusion, who will address the elements which complicate web development and explain why sometimes a "simple change" request is not always so straightforward.

Brett will discuss web site construction for maximum usability, search optimization and accessibility.

Brett's entertaining yet educational presentation will offer insight into the dynamic and rapidly evolving world of web development. Zero intimidation factor here, Brett won't use any acronyms he's not willing to explain!

March 21, 11:30-1:30 pm State Fair Park Expo Center (parking details on registration page)

11:30-12:00 Registration and networking
12:00-12:15 Lunch served
12:15-1:15 Presentation
1:15-1:30 Q & A

CS3 Roll Out - FREE!

Hi All!

C2 is hosting two seperate events for CS3's roll out, both are free! Our seating is limited, but we'd love to see you there.

The first event is the Live Webcast from Adobe on March 27 at 2:00pm. This event is in conjunction with the brand new Milwaukee Adobe User Group. You can register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/50803956.

For demos on the new program, plus happy hour beverages, you can join us on May 11 at 2:00pm for CS3 Happy Hour. We'll be showcasing the upgrades to Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver and Flash. You can register for that event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/50677578.

If not for the information, come for the free stuff - both edible, drinkable and schwag-alicious!


As IRC was so wildly popular and helpful at BarCampMadison, I added our IRC info to the sidebar.

This will help everyone who is unable to attend a meeting or who just wants to chat/hookup with other Web414 members.

Perhaps someone would be so kind as to transcribe the event for those attending remotely?

Thanks to Jordan who hooked us up with the IRC info.

Tumblr Experiment

Decided to try out a Tumblr account, feeding in some RSS feeds from various sources I generate:

Rohdesign Tumblog

Looks like an interesting place to capture various stuff.

BarCampMadison is this weekend!

Just a reminder that BarCampMadison is this coming weekend, March 3rd & 4th, 2007.

If you need more info, have questions, or whatever, feel free to contact me at pete@rasterweb.net or 262-490-4531.

Organic Groups Redux

I have been holding off on re-enabling the organic group modules until we decide when/if we are going to start holding group-specific events (meetings for just developers or designers, etc).

Organic Groups will allow us to create many subgroups to bring people with specific interests together. We have the ability to allow the creation of subgroups, group specific calendars, forums, and galleries.

Currently, the major tech groups on meetup are: web design, MySQL, web technology, digital photography, PHP, new technology, Photoshop, bloggers, Linux, web standards, Ruby, SEO, game development, and LAMP.

I think it is in Web414's (and it's members) best interest to appeal to as many groups as possible. Meetup succeeds in bringing people into groups, let's get those groups of people together to create a strong community for networking.

Web414 on Upcoming.org

Ashley created a Web414 group on Upcoming.org which we encourage you to join if you are an Upcoming user and want to be alerted to various activities.

Sure, we've got a calendar here, but if you use Upcoming they have a few nice features, like alerts via email or SMS, which you can set for X number of days/hours before an event. If you're the forgetful (or busy) type, set reminders for our meetings or co-working sessions.

We can also add an event on Upcoming we think would be of interest to the Web414 group (SXSW, Maker Faire, etc.) so it's not just Web414 events we see.

We may create other Web414 groups elsewhere if it makes sense. Got an idea? Let us know...

We're Back!

Web414.com was off the air for a bit, but it looks like Jordan at blissdevelopment got things working again.

We'll keep an eye on the site. If it experiences more problems, we can always look at moving it to a more robust server.

Coworking: Northside on Feb 16

2007-02-16 19:30
2007-02-16 21:30

We will be meeting at Espresso Christoph on the upper floor. Just look for me :D. If you haven't met me before, I have a silver Dell laptop, blonde hair, and glasses.

Espresso Christoph has free wifi, affordable drinks, and a comfortable atmosphere. It is also (technically) inside of a Quizno's, so if you don't get a chance to eat before you get there, you can grab something there.

Coworking: Northside

2007-02-12 19:00
2007-02-12 21:00

We will be meeting at Espresso Christoph on the upper floor. Jordan or I will probably be there a bit before 7, so if you come early, look for one of us.

Espresso Christoph has free wifi, affordable drinks, and a comfortable atmosphere. It is also (technically) inside of a Quizno's, so if you don't get a chance to eat before you get there, you can grab something there.

Organic Groups Modules Added

I have been working on adding the organic groups modules to the site since last night. These will allow us to add such functionality as: separate groups(programmers, designers, usability gurus, etc), calendars, events (with rsvp ability), galleries, etc.

I have been working on any bugs as I go along. If you spot anything I have missed, drop me a line.

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