April 29, 2014No Comments

Using Technology for Social Good: April Table Talks

TableTalks-Tech for Social Good posterLast week we hosted one of our best Table Talks series yet, focusing on the topic of "Technology for Social Good." Given our long history working with nonprofits, we were excited to hear other designers, developers, and technologists talk about how they've used their powers for good.

Overall, a running theme seemed to be that technology for technology's sake cannot make the world a better place—but in the hands of smart, thoughtful, mindful people, it can be the agent for meaningful invention. Think: a quickly deployed web app that allowed Boston marathon runners to call their families after last year's bombing, when cell towers were overloaded; or a text helpline designed to aid and track down kidnapping victims.

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April 17, 2014No Comments

Technology for Social Good: April Table Talks

Technology for Social Good: April Table Talks

Technology has afforded us innumerable perks, improvements, and efficiencies that have changed our professional and personal lives for the better (and, sometimes, for the worse). But how can we move past our own self-serving application of technology and use it to enact positive social change?

Table Talks, our quarterly speaking series, returns next week with the topic "Technology for Social Good." Our incredible lineup this month features Obama for America's Michael Slaby, the University of Chicago's Matt Gee, user experience designer Carolyn Chandler, and Twilio's (and former TXI-er) Greg Baugues. They'll be discussing the ways in which they use technology to make positive impacts.

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December 20, 2013No Comments

User Experience: Don’t Ignore These 3 Rules

UX Design RulesTable XI was delighted to host user experience designer / big thinker / awesome person Carolyn Chandler for an engaging Lunch 'n Learn last week. Carolyn Chandler is a design instructor at the Starter League and the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative. She’s also written A Project Guide to UX (with Russ Unger) and Adventures in Experience Design (with Anna Van Slee).

The lunch was a reunion of sorts since Carolyn has history with Table XI’s design group: front-end designer Matt Reich and I have both taken her Starter League class (it was through that class that I met Mike Gibson, head of the Love Has No Logic design group and now senior designer at Table XI).

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