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I went up to North Bronx almost to Yonkers both yesterday and today to help a non profit org. Their mission statement is this:
To transform the personal spaces of young individuals who have limited resources, and severe physical disabilities that make them wheelchair-dependent and highly reliant on others for activities of daily living. Because of their lack of mobility/independence and decreased opportunities in society, these young individuals with physical challenges spend a great amount of time in their bedrooms.”
Geraldine and Lauraliz “LaLa” are sisters who both have cerebral palsy and are living in the Bronx in a small two bedroom low income apartment with their mom Maria. I met Martha from the org (an awesomely loving lady) and her whole crew and also Geraldine, LaLa, Maria and a few neighbor kids who were all very warm. The team had been working a few weeks already planning and shopping and taking donations. I was lucky enough to jump in and help on the last two days of the process. I turned a french door into a mirror, polyurethane’d a bunch of new furniture, painted their names on some signs, and a few more odds and ends. Saturday was about a 12 hour day and Sunday was productive as well. They ended up basically remaking the whole apartment when usually they just do the bedroom. They had a bunch of kids over for a party to reveal the bedroom to the girls. I met some of the kids and I left shortly before the revealing to head back to Brooklyn. I felt lucky to be included and will help them again in the future – overall a productive weekend. [exhausted] If you ever feel like donating or helping out some good people their info is here http://blissfulbedrooms.org/
Last night I attended the 2nd Annual User Experience Awards event at Parsons School of Design’s Tishman Auditorium (New York, NY). I was there with some of my colleagues as our company was one of the sponsors. I had never been, but was hearing through the grapevine that last year was somewhat long and painful to sit through. The moderator was plucked straight from SNL’s NPR Skit “Delicious Dish” characters (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/10/betty-white-snl-muffin-vi_n_570195.html) AND pushing her newly created dating app (which was entertaining), it was a very cool event to see. Seeing the submission reels and concepts were pretty amazing and listening to them answer questions about their designs was inspiring.
They had 65 submissions this year and here are a few that really stood out to me: (Watch the clips!)
· Americans Elect – Pick a President, Not a Party – The First National Online Primary – Basically this is amazing and I believe this will be the future of our election process sometime in our (hopefully near) future. There was one of those feelings in the theater like everyone knew this was a monumental idea (although I’ve heard people talking about the idea before – it is neat to see someone taking action and making it happen) http://www.creativeawardshowcase.com/americans-elect/uxawards/
· Mill Touch (The Mill) – Imagine those touch-sense hologram screens you’ve seen in the movies – The Mill is making interactive free space a reality – very Minority Report-esque http://vimeo.com/27718212
· Art.sy – This startup is attempting to create the most extensive online database of works of art – they also list the works real time availability status making it great for art collectors. https://vimeo.com/43772631
· SeatGeek – Event Page Ticket Interface – convenience for the sports fan or concert goer. If you’re into design software (interesting graphics-fun-fact) the interface graphics were all built in Illustrator and the views of the stadiums were all recreated using CAD. http://vimeo.com/40549342
· Ice Cream Sandwich – An operating system from Google offers panorama, face recognition and ‘beaming’ capabilities for Android users (Also the clip features an Austin, TX shout out – the cliff next to the 360 bridge which I used to live close to) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZh9krcasoY&feature=youtu.be
Bloomberg Anywhere was the big winner of the night with their mobile integration of a much-used existing entity. It was neat to see (and was commented on by the jurors) an array of different types of submissions spanning different platforms (i.e. apps, operating systems, websites, complete interactivity moving across all of these). All of the winners can be seen here: http://userexperienceawards.com/2012-winners/ Also, having worked at a school for blind children when I lived in Texas and seeing their interactions with technology (they used JAWS screen reading software to browse the web) it was great to see companies being mindful of the usability for people with disabilities which was also represented at the awards show. Overall – I enjoyed it.
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