October 10th – 1PM to ?

A few artists here in Tucson are hosting a Private Studio Tour for the Art and Wine Meetup Club from Greater Phoenix.   There is still room for a few more people to attend. This is not exclusively digital art BUT one artist, Aryen Hart will show his digital photography work that is etched onto steel with a specialty digital copier. Below is an excerpt from the schedule.

1:00   Group meets at PCC parking lot at Stone and Speedway

1:20   Mobilized and arrive at Aryan Hart’s studio

2:40   Arrive at Stephan Derks Studio

4:00   Arrive at Thomas Kerrigan’s Studio  (handout a small packet of light snacks)

5:20  Conrad Wilde Gallery – Encaustic Demonstration

6:00  Reception at Conrad Wilde Gallery for artists and attendees  (approx. 40 minutes)

7:00  Arrive at Solar Culture Gallery  (probably won’t go more than an hour since it will have been a long day for everyone)   Some people may lag behind and not go onto the next step

8:00  Find dinner locally or return to Phoenix

RSVP’s are required due to the small spaces and the hosted-reception.

Email rsvp to:  zozzo@q.com

Deb Denne’ – Event organizer

Monsoon Mixer: Social Meet-up at Interface Guru’s Offices

On Wednesday, August 19th from 6-9pm, Interface Guru will host the monthly TDAC meet-up at our offices Downtown. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks (and a killer 9th-floor view), please feel free to BYOB!

Where: # 177 N. Church Ave. Suite 919# (9th floor) Tucson, AZ 85701
When
: Wednesday, August 19th from 6-9pm
What: TDAC monthly meet-up for socializing and networking plus one-time-only free access to our usability lab to do your own testing!

Throughout the night, we will be conducting live user tests in our lab so attendees can view usability in action. The user tests will be conducted in a separate and soundproof room. The main offices will be open for attendees to socialize and network.

If you are interested in being a test subject, please email us at kyle@interfaceguru.com. Please include your full name, profession, and the name of the Web site you would like to critique/perform a task on. We will conduct these tests in 15-minute intervals and have limited slots available, so opportunities are limited.

Barb Gibson speaks on social media – April 6th

Join IABC/Tucson for a not-to-be-missed opportunity to talk with Barbara A. Gibson, ABC, Chair of IABC..

Barb is visiting Tucson on Monday, April 6 . We’ll host this special networking and spotlight session at Maynards in the historic Train Depot downtown.

Barbara, in addition to being IABC’s international 2008-2009 Chair, heads London-based independent consultancy SpokesComm, providing both strategic communication planning and media spokesperson development. An American transplant to the UK with more than 20 years experience in corporate communication, public relations and internal communication, she has worked with leading companies worldwide. Barb visits Tucson as the guest of IABC/Tucson and will speak about the emerging role of social media and the broadening scope of international communications.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2009
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Maynards, 400 N. Toole Avenue, downtown at the Historic Train Depot and Hotel Congress

Get to know Barb prior to April 6: Follow Barb on Twitter!

Collaborative Work Day, March 7th

Come help us improve the TDAC website. We’ll be looking at everything from adding new features, improving the existing site, and brainstorming future additions.

We’ll start with as much time as people want to work this Saturday, then see if we want to do another day on Saturday the 14th.

Where: 115 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701 (map)
When: March 7th, 2009 from 10am to 5pm?

Come and participate for as much of the time as you wish: a few minutes, an hour, or all day. Designers, copywriters, coders, thinkers, tinkerers—all are welcome to join the collaboration. There should be something for everyone, but we’ll probably focus on WordPress plugins and themes.

Bring your laptop.

Details

Here are some of the things which we can work on:

Design / usability

  • Clean up design and content. Add credits area for those working on site.
  • Add more content boxes for profiles. Images too?
  • Re-organize homepage to be more logical.

Enhancements and fixes

  • Easier Event posting. Sign up for events?
  • Avatar uploading troubleshooting
  • Member directory troubleshooting (clean it up, make it big grid?)

New features (plugins or theme changes)

  • Twitter feed to stream all the TDAC members’ Twitter updates
  • Connect Forum to BuddyPress
  • Jobs board (separate blog)
  • Link to Facebook. use “facebook connect” ?
  • Search site feature
  • Podcasting / Videocasting
  • Add survey and polls
  • Featured work gallery that members can submit to?

Some useful links:

The core of the TDAC site is built using WordPress MU:  http://mu.wordpress.org/
Some good WP MU specific plugins: http://wpmudev.org/plugins/ and http://wpmu.org/

We are also using some of the modules/plugins from BuddyPress: http://buddypress.org/
Info about extending BuddyPress: http://bp-dev.org/

Most of the WordPress plugins will work with this installation:  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

If you have ideas of things to add to the list, please submit a comment below and come with your ideas on Saturday.

WordPress Reference Links

WordPress Download
http://wordpress.org/download/

WordPress Hosted Version
http://www.wordpress.com
Want to play with wordpress but don’t want to install it, and don’t care if you can’t modify the templates?

WordPress Codex
http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
This is the official WordPress documentation wiki.

Template Tags
http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags
These are the calls you can make from any of your templates. I refer to this more than any other page.

Template Hierarchy
http://codex.wordpress.org/images/1/1d/wp_Template_Hierarchy.png
Which template do you need to edit when you want to make a change? This should help you find out.

WordPress Plugins
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
This is the master repository.

Favorite WordPress Plugins
http://www.blueprintds.com/2008/03/13/top-10-wordpress-cms-plugins/
Two good lists.

MAMP & XAMPP
Want to install WordPress on your local machine?
http://wordpress.org/download/
http://www.mamp.info/en/download.html (LAMP for Mac)
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html (LAMP for Windows)

Web Developer Toolbar
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/
Every web developer should have this plugin installed in firefox. Amazing.

Also — WordPress 2.5 is coming out this week (or soon) It may make some of these plugins obsolete.

New talks scheduled!

Monty Edmonds is already holding 3d learning night (see below) but we’re looking to expand what we cover. Instead of just getting together to schmooze, let’s share our skills and raise the bar for the whole design and tech community.

We’ve come up with a preliminary list of ideas for talks — things people can present, and things people want to hear — and you can vote on them below. Even better, come up with your own talk topic and add to the comments below. We have the space, we have a projector, and mid-town is never far away.

Please leave a comment with your suggestions.

3d Learning Night

Montrose Edmonds, of Tripwire Arts (tripwirearts.com) will be host a 3d learning night on wednesday nights at 7:00pm. This is in addition to other TDAC functions, this will be supplemental for those with a strong interest in 3d animated film making. The specific options for this are still open. We want to stay away from button pushing exercises, but we will provide many good resources for self learning between sessions. I think a good route to go would be to develop Characters. My thought is start with character concepting on paper, move to modeling in 3ds max/blender/Zbrush, texture mapping in Max/zbrush, PhotoShop, Painter, then to Rigging in Maya or Max, animation in Maya or Max, Rendering with Mental Ray and finally compositing in Shake. Otherwise people can come with ideas they want solved or help thinking through projects. I am really open to ideas Contact Montrose at info at tripwirearts dot com to sign up or with questions.

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