Have done a lot of community organizing in DC over the last 6 years. Have been to & organized a lot of meetups, tweetups, conferences, and BarCamps all over DC for every possible topic. Some of my most exciting recent work with some co-workers to form the Action Design DC Meetup.
The group’s about the study of how, as product designers, we don’t just make products for products sake. We design products because we want users to take a certain kind of action that’ll better their lives. And… day after day… week after week… we want more people to be using and benefiting from our product than before.
At the Meetup, we’ll be discussing past experiments/experiences, critique designs, discuss techniques, discuss the application of theory, offer external resources, and much more more.
We’re having the inaugural meetup on January 15th with the Director of UX from LivingSocial talking about their study of behaviors and behavior change and then a presentation about how to design experiments.
Definitely recommend coming out on the 15th. Should be a fascinating evening!
If you can’t make the 15th or don’t live in the DC area, we have a Facebook Group for discussing Action Design online.