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Filmed on: October 10, 2009
Communities are growing up all around us. As the
concepts of “crowdsourcing” and “curating” become part of our
vocabulary, how must designers thoughtfully consider their communities?
Communities could once be defined by recognizable boundaries such as
affiliations and locations, but what happens when a group grows up
organically around something else? Jim Coudal leads a panel of online
community veterans about curating for the wisdom of many inspiring
communities, and how these communities parallel and challenge our notion
of how groups and relationships form.
Jim Coudal is president of Coudal Partners, an advertising, design and interactive firm located in Chicago.
Liz Danzico is equal parts designer, educator and editor. She
has organized information across a variety of industries, including
retail, publishing, entertainment, nonprofit and financial services. She
co-founded (with Steven Heller) and is chair of the MFA in Interaction
Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. She is an independent
consultant in New York and user experience consultant for Happy Cog, on
the editorial board for Rosenfeld Media, and columnist for Interactions Magazine.
Danzico has been managing editor for AIGA Voice, editor-in-chief for A
Brief Message, editor-in-chief for Boxes and Arrows, board member of
AIGA/NY, and an advisory board member of the Information Architecture
Institute. In the past, Danzico directed experience strategy for AIGA,
where she was responsible for the web presence and AIGA Press
publications. She has directed the information architecture teams at
Barnes & Noble.com and Razorfish New York.
Jane Mount is a product strategist, designer, entrepreneur and
artist. She has co-founded several companies, exhibited work in various
U.S. cities and been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1995 Mount
was the design director for the first advertising-supported webzine
ever, Word.com, and in 1996 she co-founded two Internet start-ups,
Concrete Media and Bolt.com. From 1997-2003 she served as the executive
vice president of product development for Bolt.com, the first social
networking site for teenagers. Mount oversaw the strategy, content,
design, technology and community teams, and a vibrant community of over 9
million 15–24 year old members. Since then she has helped launch
several other community-oriented internet start-ups, most recently
Trusty's, where users can find and rate service providers, and
SuperGlued, the place to share experiences after shows and concerts.
Mount currently oversees user experience at 20x200, a Jen Bekman Project
offering limited edition photography and fine art prints at
ridiculously affordable prices. The 20x200 mission is “art for
everyone,” and it benefits collectors both new and experienced as well
as the artists whose work is offered.
Named one of the top 40 “Industry Influencers” of 2007 by Folio magazine, Derek Powazek has worked the web since 1995, at pioneering sites such as HotWired, Blogger and Technorati. He is the author of the book Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places. He is the co-founder of JPG,
the community-created photography magazine, and co-founder of 8020
Publishing, the company that grew out of that publication’s success.
Powazek now splits his time between working as a consultant for HP Labs
on MagCloud and editing Fray, the quarterly book of true stories
and original art. Powazek lives in San Francisco with his wife, their
two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat and a house full of plants named
See videos from the 2009
“Make/Think: AIGA Design Conference” in Memphis, featuring
Al Bell, Ethan Bodnar and Charles Harrison, Stefan Bucher, David Butler, Elizabeth Coleman, Daniel Eatock, Carin Goldberg, Nick Law, Roger Martin, Melissa Mayer, Stefan Sagmeister and many
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See videos from the 2013 “Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference” in Minneapolis, featuring George Lois, Eric Baker, Leyla Acaroglu, Andrew Blauvelt, Steve Duenes, Matthew Ericson, Nicole Lazzaro, Paulina Reyes, J.J. Sedelmaier and many more.
In 2011, AIGA’s biennial design conference drew more than 1,500
designers, educators and students to Phoenix for “Pivot,” a three-day conference focused on the changing nature of the design industry. Watch videos from the event here.
AIGA’s chapters allow our members to form powerful social and
professional bonds through conferences, competitions, lectures and
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