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Interactive Chats: Create truly dynamic web sites without getting buried in technology

This Spring, AIGA San Francisco is launching a new series of evening events that will focus on interactive design topics. Intended for designers with beginning to intermediate experience with designing and building for the web, tablet and mobile environments, each event will give you the chance to learn from local experts as well as share your own knowledge with other attendees.

The sessions will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and workshop activities, so bring your sketch pads and thinking caps.

Create truly dynamic web sites without getting buried in technology

Speaker: Michael Slater, President & CEO, Webvanta

If you’re like many experienced designers, you grew up with print and want to focus on your creative skills, rather than on web technologies. Yet to have an effective design practice today, you must create websites, and your clients’ expectations are increasingly complex. The good news is that you don’t need to deal with all the technical details of the web to design great websites. However, you do need to embrace the conceptual language of the web, learning what each technology does and what it is capable of, so you can create modern designs and work effectively with an implementation partner.

In this talk, Michael Slater, who has helped designers build hundreds of cutting-edge websites, will give a quick tour of what graphic designers need to know about web technologies, including the opportunities presented by HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, database-driven design, and the mobile web. He’ll also provide tips on how to document your designs so they can be efficiently built in a way that fulfills your creative vision.

6:00 – 6:30pm: pizza & drinks
6:30 – 7:30pm: presentation
7:30 – 8:00pm: Q&A and discussion

Other Dates in Series:
June 2, 2011
Type on the Web
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Speaker: Greg Veen, Founder & CEO of Typekit

June 30, 2011
Ten Things to Know about Experience Design
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Speaker: Aynne Valencia

If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please contact AIGA SF at or 415-626-6008. For reasonable assistance accommodations to be provided, please RSVP for the event and notify us at least 2 weeks in advance. If we do not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, we may not be able to make the necessary arrangements by the time of the event.
More information about accessibility, public transportation and parking.

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On 4 May 2011 @ 3:21pm, 3:21pm Nathan wrote:

For those of us unable to attend (it’s sold out), are these sessions being recorded where we could purchase or view them later?

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Thursday, 5 May 2011
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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  • AIGA Members: $10.00
  • Non-Members: $20.00
  • Student Members: $7.00
  • Student Non-Members: $10.00

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