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We'll be hosting the second stop of DETOUR, AIGA's bi-monthly series of design studio tours and socials. There will be fun, games, and fun and games. We'll also be talking a bit about what we do, introduce you to a few of the other companies in our office and of course, beer. There will be beer.

THE DETAILS

When: Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: BitMethod HQ - 418 6th Ave, Suite 1210, Des Moines IA 50309

This event is free to AIGA Members and Non-Members. You can RSVP here on Facebook.

Amanda Morrow

About the author: Amanda wants to make the world a less confusing and frustrating place by focusing on good design and user experience. Her goal is to one day see humans and machines peacefully coexist without trying to kill one another.

Reach out to Amanda Morrow at amanda@bitmethod.com

Oh boy, Design+Tech is going to be a good one this month. We’re following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Chicago and Milwaukee by putting on our own mini version of SketchCamp, an un-conference focused on sketching techniques.

Two awesome speakers will show us how there is so much more to sketching than just doodling. If you can hold a marker or a pen, you can sketch. This event is for everyone.

Our first speaker is Jocelyn Wallace, founder and owner of Red Eleven Group, LLC. She works with business owners, visionaries and team leaders to help them solve problems using visual strategies. Jocelyn will introduce us to a technique called visual translation which focuses on taking what you hear and creating it in a visual form.




Our second speaker is Ron Wagner, a comic book artist and illustrator. Ron has drawn G.I. Joe, The Punisher, Nth Man, and don’t forget, BATMAN. He will walk us through his process and show us how he uses sketching and illustrations to tell a story.

So bring your favorite writing utensils and join us for Mini SketchCamp DSM!



THE DETAILS

When: Wednesday, January 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: BitMethod HQ - 418 6th Ave, Suite 1210, Des Moines IA 50309

This event is free and no RSVP is required, but if you want, you can let everyone know you are attending on the Meetup page or Facebook.

Questions? Send me an email to me at amanda@bitmethod.com.

Amanda Morrow

About the author: Amanda wants to make the world a less confusing and frustrating place by focusing on good design and user experience. Her goal is to one day see humans and machines peacefully coexist without trying to kill one another.

Reach out to Amanda Morrow at amanda@bitmethod.com

Brian and Dan chat about Brainstorming Had a session on brainstorming at Wednesday’s Design+Tech meeting. Dan was joined by designer Brian Sauer of Saturday Mfg. in leading the presentation. These are my Cliff’s Notes on their tips for handling the brainstorming phase:

  • Don’t invite the client.
  • Keep it short — 20-30 minutes — and do multiple sessions.
  • Write down everything. Erase nothing.
  • Use your notes; dig through notes from old sessions to generate new ideas.
  • Have inspirational resources to look through nearby — but only when you’re stuck.

Here are a few of my own:

  • Domai.nr — Know it, love it.
  • Mind-mapping software like MindNode (my personal fave) is great for brainstorming by yourself or taking notes during a session.
  • Go to lunch! We’ve had good luck naming things over food and drinks. Just remember to bring a small notebook and still write everything down.

What are your brainstorming tips? Do anything radically different in your sessions? Share in the comments.

Scott Kubie

About the author: Scott is BitMethod’s “Chief Nerd Translator”, filling project management and copywriting roles on most projects. He is passionate about media and has worked in radio, film and event planning. When he grows up he wants to be a Ghostbuster.

Reach out to Scott Kubie at scott@bitmethod.com


Ready for the next dose of Design+Tech? It's happening Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. This month's topic: "What the Hell is User Experience?"

User Experience is all about focusing on your users and how they interact with something you've created.

We are going to introduce and break down what User Experience (UX) means and how it affects us all in our everyday lives. You'll walk away feeling more confident about attacking your next project and able to pinpoint problems during the process. I guarantee once you start realizing the importance of UX, you'll never forget it.

This will be a great meeting for everyone: designers, writers, managers, programmers, project managers, marketing coordinators, developers and anyone else involved in building and designing things. UX goes way beyond websites and apps.

Spread the word.

THE DETAILS

What: Design+Tech Presents "What the Hell is User Experience?"

When: Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

Where: BitMethod HQ - 418 6th Ave, Suite 1210, Des Moines IA 50309

What To Bring: Yourself and anyone you know who creates stuff.

No RSVP required, but if you want, you can let everyone know you are attending on the Meetup page or Facebook.

Questions? Send me an email to me at amanda@bitmethod.com.

Amanda Morrow

About the author: Amanda wants to make the world a less confusing and frustrating place by focusing on good design and user experience. Her goal is to one day see humans and machines peacefully coexist without trying to kill one another.

Reach out to Amanda Morrow at amanda@bitmethod.com


Hey graphic designers! I know you all love the Internet and the cool stuff it does, but have you ever wanted to learn more about designing for the web and other interactive media? If you're nodding your head "yes," then come check out Design+Tech.

Design+Tech is about building a community of web-savvy designers in Des Moines. The goal is to get everyone kicking out engaging interactive designs like it's no big deal. We want designers from all skill levels and disciplines to get together and share their knowledge.

The Details

When: Wednesday, June 1 at 6 p.m.

Where: BitMethod HQ - 418 6th Ave, Suite 1210, Des Moines IA 50309

What To Bring: Yourself and all of your design-loving friends, whatever their discipline.

What To Expect: As this is the first meeting, the agenda will be light and flexible. I’ll cover the goals of the group and how Design+Tech can help take Des Moines’ tech scene to the next level. I’ll also cover plans for future events and get feedback on what you'd like to get out of Design+Tech.

No RSVP required, but dropping a note on the Meetup page would be appreciated.

If you have any questions (or pictures of cute animals), feel free to send me an email. My address is amanda@bitmethod.com.

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Amanda Morrow

About the author: Amanda wants to make the world a less confusing and frustrating place by focusing on good design and user experience. Her goal is to one day see humans and machines peacefully coexist without trying to kill one another.

Reach out to Amanda Morrow at amanda@bitmethod.com