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Upcoming events

    • 23 Apr 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Soup Standard, 911 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA

    “Don't kill your mascot” and other branding lessons from Derric Wise, Creative Director at Moz

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:30pm at Soup Standard on Seattle's Capitol Hill

    At PS SIGCHI's April meeting, Derric Wise, Creative Director at Moz, will share how they learned the hard way how not to kill your automaton mascot, maintain great customer relationship, and keep the user experience delightful.

    In a company brand architecture, mascots are usually the first aspect of a company's visual brand to kick the bucket and potentially hurt the company's relationship with customers. Mascots can either be a pain point or a powerful brand advocacy tool. It’s our job to create an effective user experience with the company mascot. Derric will share some of his easy methods to avoid the pitfalls of negative mascot usage, and make the case for why to strive to protect the endangered species that is the company mascot.

    About Derric

    Derric Wise hails from the apple orchards, hop farms and wine vineyards out in the sticks of central Washington State.

    At an early age, Derric was introduced to hard work and copious amounts of Art History from his proud hippy, Fine Art Master Degree-holding parents–Randy and Laura Wise–who were the proprietors of a small 100-acre apple farm. Growing up on what most people would consider a masters degree level of fine art and horticulture, he developed the love for commercial art. Ironic right?

    After graduating from a fancy Liberal Arts school, Derric started working contract design gigs, which eventually led to a full time illustration job at the hard-to-pronounce SEOmoz. For some crazy reason the people at SEOmoz saw it fit to give this green horn the reigns and lead the visual effort in the rebrand to It was here that he designed the primary brand elements and advocated for change and brand development of the company mascot. Four years later he still is advocating for a better experience for the Moz customers and further developing the Moz brand.

    When Derric is not “working” you can find him in his garage woodworking, restoring his two vintage motorcycles, all while spending as much time as he can with his wife Terra, daughter Cloey and son Jack. Oh, and he likes to smoke meat.

    Date & Time
    Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM
    6:30PM - Light dinner and networking
    7:00PM - Speaker presentation
    8:00PM - Q&A

    Soup Standard, 911 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA

    • 11 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • POP, 1326 5th Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101

    Collaboration Through Creative Play with Anna Van Slee and Carolyn Chandler

    MONDAY, May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at POP

    "Fail forward"
    "Every journey begins with a single step"
    "Do or do not, there is no try"

    There’s no shortage of inspirational mantras, but these sayings offer little advice to surmounting departmental silos, generational gulfs, intimidating power distances and other communication roadblocks that stymie creative collaboration in the workplace. These barriers exist because the roles we play in a team environment provide us with a set of rules for interacting with each other. Ironically, these rules often prevent us from doing the very thing we’ve come together as a team to do: Collaborate! 

    In this session, Carolyn and Anna will discuss how to break the rules and transform those roadblocks into building blocks... freeing you and your team to live up to the mantra of your choice.

    • Learn about common communication barriers; why they exist and how they hinder team innovation.
    • Understand the value of design synthesis as a group activity, and how play is a central component to the co-creation dynamic.
    • Explore a type of creative team play called a Spark-a-Thon. You’ve probably heard of the hack-a-thon, a fun and popular way to immerse yourself into a problem and solve it with code. What would happen if this format of time-limited, team-oriented creation was applied to design concepting? The answer: The Spark-a-Thon, which leads to bigger ideas and a stronger team problem-solving dynamic.
    • Gain tips, tricks, and resources, so that you can go run your own Spark-a-Thon. You'll leave armed with some benefits and results you’ll glean from it, too - just in case you need to build an internal business case for it. 

    Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. Join us to learn some serious play!

    Anna Van Slee and Carolyn Chandler are the authors of the book Adventures in Experience Design.

    Date & Time
    MONDAY, May 11, 2015 
    6:30 Networking
    7:00 Start
    8:00 Q&A

    1326 5th Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101

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