IxDA's Future Digital Community


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Project Donahue is an internal project for IxDA to enhance our online community beyond the standard email interface. Take a look.

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IxDA's Future Digital Community

  1. 1. The new IxDA Digital Community Luke Wroblewski, IxDA IA Summit 2006 03-14-2006
  2. 2. What we got today <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2600 global subscribers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Probably under 200 active contributors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of knowledge embedded in the archives but no organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor user experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a lot of options for different types of user interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Announcement List </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1200 subscribers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low volume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only single looking glass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very difficult to enable larger group to have posting rights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited Regional Announcement Lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See above </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. More of our situation <ul><li>More consumption of discussion list content than contribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult (& not necessary) to turn consumers into creators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we enable curators to help us improve our content and its consumption? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many members overwhelmed by quantity of emails on list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can we provide alternatives to email list (RSS, Web participation)? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IxDA Web site does not showcase the content or the vitality of our mailing list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The list is our biggest concentration of knowledge and people! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Survey indicates members love the list content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But it is not visible to our external audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great content is being lost in the list archives (in people’s inboxes, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Big Picture Goals for IxDA
  5. 5. Big Picture for the Community
  6. 6. Enter Jeff Howard
  7. 7. Project was created <ul><li>A project plan is being monitored by the IxDA Board </li></ul><ul><li>4 person lean team with support where needed (they are all located in the same metro-area and meet in person regularly) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeff Howard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Luke Wroblewski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micah Alpern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frank Ramirez </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project set to release by end of November </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gotta give some leeway due to volunteer efforts. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Running with tight phased efforts </li></ul>
  8. 8. Goals of Project <ul><li>IxDA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build comprehensive knowledge set about interaction design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow our community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow reputation in the interaction design community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn from practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High quality content: improve signal to noise ratio </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What research have we done? <ul><li>Persona Development – Some are located at ixda.org/en/about_ixdg/ </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys – Maybe you even participated </li></ul>Discussion list survey Announcement list survey
  10. 10. Complete Web Site restructuring
  11. 11. For the new Home Page <ul><li>What is Interaction Design & Why should I care? </li></ul><ul><li>What is IxDA and why should I care? </li></ul><ul><li>Show Vitality of our organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion List activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local f2f events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get Involved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donations & Sponsors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dive into content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics: Jobs, Education, Local Groups, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Initial Topics <ul><li>Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Local Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Doing Business </li></ul><ul><li>[Will grow as needed] </li></ul>
  13. 13. Template Structure (frameworks) <ul><li>Apply to top-level categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs, Local Groups, Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leverage in reduced format for all categories & tags </li></ul>
  14. 14. What’s been done? – Home Page Wireframe
  15. 15. What’s been done? – Topic Page Wireframe
  16. 16. What’s been done? – Add RSS Feeds <ul><li>Full RSS feed including comments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IxDA Topics cuts out all the comments, and only shows new topics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IxDA Popular topics that have had at least three different contributors in a short period of time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/popular </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IxDA Profile all the posts for a particular author </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/profile?id=email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IxDA Jobs Shows the newest jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/jobs </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The future of the project … <ul><li>Second generation member profiles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Featured members, self-identify as students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputation system for members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Calendaring for events </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career management; salary survey; job board 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online local F2F administration (blog?) </li></ul><ul><li>Store </li></ul><ul><li>Site-wide search </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing List Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>“ Too much” email problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requests for local or topic based mailing lists </li></ul></ul>