Events

Remote Life + Innovation Hub Tour

Remote Life

Are you curious about what it’s like to work remotely? It continues to be a growing trend in our industry with no sign of slowing down. For our first meetup of 2020, we’re hosting a discussion at FSU’s Innovation Hub with Jason Beaird about his experience with remote life. He’ll dive into some of the most common questions and biggest misconceptions about what it’s like to work from home as a UX designer or developer. As a visceral bonus, Jason will be presenting by video conference from his home office in Orlando.

About Jason

Jason works remotely from Orlando as a UX Team Lead with Paylocity. As an experienced “player-coach,” he has worn the hats of product manager, designer, front-end developer, and user researcher. A few of his more well-known efforts include conceiving and evolving The MailChimp Pattern Library and writing The Principles of Beautiful Web Design. He also helps organize Orlando’s Downtown UX Meetup. Learn more about Jason on LinkedIn.

About FSU’s Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub at FSU was built to foster a collaborative community founded on a culture of creativity and innovation that identifies issues, explores opportunities, and develops solutions using design thinking and emerging technologies. Located at the heart of FSU’s campus, the Hub includes a Digital Fablab, VR Lab, Design Lab, and a variety of collaboration spaces designed to support face-to-face interactive co-creation, design thinking-style, and remote collaboration using online tools.

Details

When: Friday, February 21, 2020, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: FSU Innovation Hub (Florida State University, Louis Shores building, 142 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32304).

Parking: The closest parking is in the Traditions Way Garage and is free use for all after 4:30. When driving to The Hub, enter campus from Jefferson Street by the Sweet Shop. Don’t attempt to get to The Hub entering campus from Tennessee Street. You’ll get lost in one way and restricted streets.

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Meetup page if you plan to attend.

Donate

There’s no charge for the event, but donations are appreciated. Thanks!

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Hamburgers & Stories

Come join us for a casual backroom lunch at Smashburger in Village Square for a combination of catching up around the table as well as sharing projects we’re all working on.

We’ll have a laptop, WiFi, and a flatscreen monitor. Bring your appetite and a project to share (if you’d like).

Details
When: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Where: Smashburger, 1390 Village Square Blvd, Tallahassee, FL, 32312
Please RSVP on our Meetup event page if you plan to attend. Thanks!

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Tableau and Data Visualization

Data visualization is where the art of graphic design meets the science of data analysis. It is a way of organizing, translating, and communicating a complex myriad of documented moments into a simple and coherent story that enables others to learn and make better decisions. Of the many applications available for data visualization, Tableau is often regarded as the grand master of them all. Join us to learn more about this powerful tool and some principles for communicating data more effectively.

About Shaun
Shaun is data analysis veteran with over 10 years of experience extracting, organizing, interpreting, and visualizing data. Using Tableau as his primary tool of choice, Shaun guides companies through the process of letting their data provide insights for more informed decision making. Learn more about Shaun on LinkedIn.

Details
When: Friday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Kyra Solutions, 3673 Coolidge Court, Tallahassee, FL 32311
Please RSVP on our Meetup event page if you plan to attend. Thanks!

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CodePen for Everyone

CodePen for Everyone
Within the realm UX, the orchestration of interactions and animations happens at the intersection of design and development. It’s a place where designers begin to learn more about coding and developers begin to learn more about visual communication. Among the tools available for creating interactions, CodePen shines as an environment for learning and sharing while designing and building usable code.


Format

  • An overview of CodePen
    • The purpose of pens: Learning, sharing, and documenting
    • The building blocks: Pens, projects, posts, and collections
    • Should I use a pen or a project?
    • Using your CodePen profile as a portfolio
    • Tips on how to get the most out of CodePen
  • Finding great pens related to UI problems
    • Using the CodePen editor
    • Forking a pen into something new
    • Building a pen from scratch
  • Show-and-tell for attendees already savvy with CodePen

Date & Time
Friday, Feb 8, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 PM*

Venue & Event Sponsor

Syntech

Syntech Systems
100 Four Points Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32305
* A tour of Syntech will be available afterwards.

Events

Tools for Ideation: A Design Thinking Workshop

Tools for Ideation

Design Thinking is the core problem-solving framework used by a wide variety of organizations around the world. The tools used in Design Thinking provide value to professionals who desire deeper insights, innovative ideas, and iteratively-refined solutions in any industry. In the realm of Design Thinking, everyone is a designer, no problem is too small (or too large), and this event is for anyone interested in learning this powerful approach to problem solving.

Tools for Ideation
In conjunction with Startup Week Tallahassee, we’ve partnered with AIGA Tallahassee to host Ken Baldauf, Director of FSU’s Innovation Hub to lead a 90-minute workshop providing hands-on experiences with some of the most powerful tools for ideation, including brainstorming, think different, think wrong, affinity mapping, and idea filtering. Come join us as we learn to apply these idea-generating techniques.

About Ken
Ken directs FSU’s Innovation Hub which is designed to support students from all disciplines to utilize the latest technologies and Design Thinking to confront the demanding and complex problems of our day. Ken has authored several textbooks, produced a weekly tech news podcast and has worked with Cengage Learning to design an online learning framework for Intro Computer courses. Learn more about Ken on LinkedIn.

More Information
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Venue: CoLab @ The Pod

Space is limited to 30 attendees. Sign up and register for the workshop at the Tallahassee Startup Week site.

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Web Animation Techniques Workshop by Val Head

Motion design is quickly becoming a necessary skill for anyone working on the web today. Designers and developers across the web are embracing the the power of web animation to engage and communicate.

This workshop will get you started with the essentials of web animation. It covers the basics of motion design theory as it applies to the web, and how to use animation to improve the user experience. In addition to the theory, we’ll use hands-on exercises to explore the similarities and difference of animating with CSS, JavaScript, and SVG. You’ll leave knowing how to bring your work to life with motion in meaningful ways and which web animation tool to use to get it done.

This workshop is for front end developers and web designers looking to dig into the code side of web animation while making quality motion design decisions for their work.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Animating in CSS vs JavaScript
Using hands-on code exercises we’ll look at what animation tasks each of these are best at, how to choose between the two and how they can work together.

Animation and performance
Animation can have both real and perceived effects on performance. We’ll cover which properties browsers can animated most efficiently and how to improve perceived performance by adding animation.

Where animation can improve UX
A quick look at the specific design problems animation can solve through providing feedback, exposing causality, orientation, showing relationships and demonstrating.

Classic animation techniques worth stealing
The “12 classic principles” and other useful animation techniques. We’ll look at the short list of ones matter most and how they translate to UX and the digital space.

Principles of interactive animation
There is more to consider than just the classic principles for interface animation. Animation should never get in the way of the task at hand. Val will show you how to be sure you’re animations are interruptible, non-blocking, and appropriately timed for interaction.

SVG Animation Basics
We’ll animate SVG via CSS and Greensock and cover the most foolproof ways to animated SVG despite differences in browser support.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE WORKSHOP

No prior experience with web animation is required, but a solid foundation in HTML and CSS is recommended. Familiarity with JavaScript is helpful but not required.

A laptop with a text editor and a current version of Chrome or Firefox will be needed to participate in the workshop exercises. A (free) Codepen.io account will also be helpful. We’ll be using that for the exercises and demos.

ABOUT VAL HEAD

Val Head is a web animation expert, author, and Design Evangelist at Adobe. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, published by Rosenfeld Media, teaches CSS Animation on lynda.com, and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.

REGISTER TODAY

Get your ticket on our Eventbrite page today. Early Bird pricing is $75. The event is a full-day workshop, and will be held at Domi Station on Thursday, Nov 16.

Anyone who signs up as an “Early Bird” will also be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Val’s Designing Interface Animation book. Also, we’ll have coffee and snacks on hand before the workshop starts and lunch provided during the afternoon break.

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An Evening with Frame

Frame: A Production Company

UPDATE: We’ve changed the venue to Proof Brewing Company in Railroad Square, and instead of a more “official” presentation, we’re going to have an informal chat with Patrick Gines (Frame’s Creative Director).


The estimates are in: by 2019, video will account for 80% of all internet traffic. When it comes to communicating content on web and mobile apps, video is king. But not all video is created equal.

On September 21, Refresh Tallahassee and Frame invite you to join the discussion and learn how you can leverage video in your projects. Frame is a team of filmmakers from across the country, brought to Tallahassee because of the FSU Film School. Gifted content creators, Frame makes commercials, brand films and documentaries. Frame believes in creating national quality content while keeping the talent here, in Tallahassee. Join us to learn how you can use video to capture the attention of your audience, to connect with them, and to move them to action.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Proof Brewing Company in Railroad Square
RSVP: Visit our Meetup page to RSVP. Thx!

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Prototyping with InVision

Protoyping with InVision

Rapid prototyping is one of the most powerful tools to quickly refine a design within an interactive context, and one of the most popular tools out there is InVision. We’ve invited Eric Thomas to come and give a high-level overview of adding InVision to your design workflow. In addition to a summary of his workshop at Design Week Tallahassee, he’ll also discuss new features released since last October.

Eric is a leader in Tallahassee’s design community, and is the cofounder of UnderStory. You can learn more about Eric on the UnderStory site, LinkedIn, and Dribble.

Visit our Meetup Event Page for more details. I hope you can join us!

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Venue: Domi Station

P.S. For those who have the extra time, we’ll be having an informal after-party at GrassLands Brewing Company immediately afterwards.

P.P.S. This event is free, but “chipping in” (green button on the left of the Meetup Event Page) is highly appreciated! Your continued support keeps us going and helps us grow.

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B.A.D. Ideas.

B.A.D. Ideas.

For our next meeting, we would like to welcome Lotenna Enwonwu. He’s the Digital Design Director at BRIGHT RED\TBWA. Lotenna is a relative newcomer to both Tallahassee and the Refresh community. With a background wearing many hats ranging from a credit card machine fixing call center rep to a web designing, video editing, art directing, creative, Lo brings with him a world of experiences. He’s worked on brands such as Nike, the United States Marine Corp, Home Depot, and Microsoft, just to name a few. Lotenna is going to share his principles and how they were learned and applied throughout his career. You can learn more about him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Venue: CoLab @ The Pod
Cost: FREE!

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How to Pitch UX

How to Pitch UX

Presenting your work with confidence to opinionated people with a lot at stake (aka, clients) can be both exhilarating and terrifying. We’ve invited Darren Allen to come and discuss ways to pitch UX with a higher degree of confidence. He’ll also share some methods that can help guide your designs and justify your decisions.

Darren is the Managing Director of Digital at Moore Communcations Group (MCG) and has been an active member of the Refresh community since its inception way back in 2006. You can learn more about Darren on the MCG site, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

I hope you can join us!

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Venue: Domi Station
Cost: FREE!
Please RSVP on our Meetup page. Thanks!

P.S. For those who have the extra time, we’ll be having an informal after-party at GrassLands Brewing Company immediately following the Meetup.

P.P.S. If you haven’t already done so this year, please “chip in.” Thanks!