ITT Tech Gamers’ Gathering

Hear from several local video game developers about what they do, including both past and current game design projects -Followed by an open forum discussion and ITT Technical Institute student game design presentations.

Sony Online Entertainment, SMERC, Riverman Media, and Good Call Sports, have all registered to sit on a panel of game developers.

Where: ITT Technical Institute, 1455 W. River Rd (by La Canada)
When: Monday, July 19th from 7 to 9pm

Food and Refreshments will be Provided

Introduction to HTML5

What is HTML5? HTML5 is the next generation of HTML, superseding previous versions and providing new features needed to build modern web applications.

The web is evolving faster than existing browsers and tools can keep up with, which were largely designed for documents and not for applications. HTML5 paves the way for designers and developers to push the boundaries of web publishing by introducing and improving features such as semantic elements, multimedia, form controls, APIs and other browser extensions.

Join Tucson Digital Arts Community members Aaron Wagner and Lance Willett to learn about this exciting new web technology.

  • Where: Spoke6, 439 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 (located on the SW corner of 6th Ave & 6th St)
  • When: Wednesday, May 19th 7 PM. Presentation starts at 7:30 PM.
  • Cost: FREE (though please bring drinks or snack to share)

This is an open event. Everyone is welcome.

Update: View the slides here: The final slides have more links and resources.

WordPress Meetup April, 2010

Join us for an evening of WordPress. We’d like to explore making this a monthly meetup, so come with ideas of what you’d like to learn about and what you’d like to share with the group at future meetups.

Let’s talk WordPress:

  • New features and changes coming in WordPress 3.0.
  • What are you working on with WordPress?
  • Share your favorite themes and plugins.

Event information:

  • Where: Spoke6, 439 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 (located on the SW corner of 6th Ave & 6th St)
  • When: Tuesday, April 27th 7–9 PM
  • Cost: FREE (though please bring drinks or snack to share)

This is an open event. Everyone is welcome.

UPDATE: Notes from last night’s meeting are below.

WordPress 3.0: where to find more info?


Future TDAC WordPress meetups:

  1. Review WordPress news and happenings (Lance)
  2. Two or three short presentations (10 minutes each)
  3. Q & A and networking

Ideas for presentations:

  1. Ian: Custom Post Types
  2. Ian: WordPress Performance
  3. Common tasks and how to solve them: calendars and events, migration of old sites to the latest WordPress version.
  4. Tim and Lance: Commercialization of WP
  5. Lance: Child themes

If you’d like to present a topic related to WordPress, drop Lance an email: lance at simpledream dot net.

“Design Can Change” Presentation

Tim Bowen (of Creative Slice – green website design) & Kimberly Daly (of dalysite – sustainable graphic design) will be giving a short presentation on the Design Can Change concept of sustainability through design.

  • Where: Spoke6, 439 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 (located on the SW corner of 6th avenue & 6th street)
  • When: Tuesday, April 13th at 7pm.  The presentation will begin around 7:30pm
  • What: This event is an opportunity for networking while learning more about Design Can Change ideas.
  • Cost: FREE  (though please bring drinks or snack to share)

This is an open event.  Everyone is welcome.

Reference Materials

important resources

the design process
The ODO Ecodesign Toolkits are a resource to help designers “create eco-friendly projects”.
“…recent trends have thrust design into centre stage and we are increasingly being invited to take on bigger challenges with high-profile partners and even higher potential for impact.”

educating clients
research from 2009 on green consumer trends
reports on trends
article on how consumers are going green despite rough economy

eco paper sources

hosting (only known host to actually be run on solar. all others listed purchase carbon off-set credits)

Cradle to Cradle
William McDonough’s book, written with his colleague Michael Braungart calls for transforming human industry through ecologically intelligent design. This clear and persuasive volume is backed by case studies that establish an alternative perspective on green design. Buy the book (or pick it up at your local library.)

Green Graphic Design
Respected industry leader Brian Dougherty captures the ability of designers to communicate, persuade, and ultimately spread a socially and ecologically responsible message to both consumers and corporations.

SustainAble: A Handbook of Materials and Applications for Graphic Designers and Their Clients
Serin writes how sustainable design is becoming a major topic at the best design schools and professional design conferences.

Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design
“Packaging Sustainability, a textbook that combines big picture systems thinking on the role designers play in our consumer culture with a practical how-to manual for creating sustainable packaging. Armed with the information and advice in Packaging Sustainability, designers will look at their next package design project as more than an assignment; they’ll discover an invitation to innovate.” (Communication Arts, Sep/Oct 2009)

Android Tweetup

Come to Spoke6 for an informal Tweet-Up on Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm.  Follow @spoke6, @creativeslice, or @interfaceguru for more information.

  • Bring a drink
  • Bring your android phone
  • Bring a friend
  • Bring your insights and/or questions

Spoke6 is located on the SW corner of 6th Avenue and 6th Street.  439 N 6th Ave, #101, Tucson, AZ 85705.  There is parking on the South side of the building and you should enter on the East side.


First Fridays (24th edition)

Where in Tucson can you network with other local professionals while enjoying live performances, art, dancing, music, drinks and hors d’ oeuvres—plus an unforgettable fondue bar? It’s the latest edition of First Fridays, this March 5, 2009, from 8 to 12pm, celebrating ‘60s pop art icon Andy Warhol’s work, which will be featured this month at the Tucson Museum of Art. Recently voted as 2010’s “Best People and Organization” by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, First Fridays’ “Andy Warhol—POP Art” at the Tucson Museum of Art is your chance to get your own 15 minutes of fame with Tucson’s most important movers and shakers!


Continue reading First Fridays (24th edition)

Transmedia – The future of storytelling and games?

Warner Onstine of ClearBox Media will be doing a presentation on Transmedia (or Alternate Reality Games) Feb. 24 for TDAC.  This presentation will begin around 7:30pm with networking and socializing opportunities before and after.  This will be the first official TDAC event at the Spoke6 coworking space located on the SW corner of 6th Street & 6th Avenue (439 N 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705).

First, what is an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) and where did they start?

Second, how can businesses use them to promote their brand and create a better experience for their customers?

Third, why use this technique?

ARGs have come a long way since their beginning in 2001 with The Beast, an ARG for the film A.I., ARGs now encompass many mediums including T.V., film, radio, magazines, and books. They have also emerged as a new way of telling a story on their own – becoming more than just a vehicle for promoting a primary media vehicle (film or T.V. show).

In this presentation Warner will show a brief history of ARGs, some of the current tools and techniques for running an ARG, and why you might want to do this in the first place. He will wrap up with a preview of his forthcoming game.

Questions and suggestions on content are welcomed beforehand.


Spoke6 / co-working space (open house)

Spoke6There will be a laid back open house for the Spoke6 co-working space this Monday from 6pm until 8pm.  Come on by, check out the space and meet other like-minded folks who are doing the same.

When: Monday, February 15th

Where: 439 N 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705 (On the SW corner of 6th & 6th, parking is on 6th Avenue or on in the lot South of the building.) Map it >>

What: A brief opening of the space.

You can find out more by visiting  This site will be updated heavily with pertinent information during the days before this event.


– Tim

Save the date: Feb. 25 – Greener Gadgets – NYC

The Greener Gadgets Conference tackles all of the issues surrounding energy efficiency and sustainable design, from innovative advances in packaging and product manufacturing to end-of-life recycling solutions. It also highlights ways in which electronics make a major impact by utilizing renewable energy in developing nations.

February 25, 2010

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

McGraw-Hill Conference Center

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY