Interactive Designers Peer Group in Southwest VA

Web designers in Southwest Virginia are plentiful but dispersed. With so much talent in the area, it’s hard to believe that no forum existed for designers to share ideas and thoughts. So, Jacob Puckett and I, members of the Rackspace design team, partnered with the NewVA Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) and Modea, a local digital design agency to form a group to remedy that.

The group’s mission is to provide support and education for local designers interested in interactive design principles.

Each meeting is participant-driven revolving around a presentation on a specific topic. So far, Jacob Puckett of Rackspace, has presented on paper prototyping.  David Poteet, president of New City Media, enlightened the group on mental models.   The development of Click ‘n Pledge for non-profit web ventures was discussed by Thomas Becher, president of the Roanoke-based public relations and advertising firm, tba.  In the future, the group plans to delve into wireframing and designing for mobile devices. At the end of each meeting, the floor is opened to discuss the presentation and any other new and interesting developments in the world of web design.

If you’re a web designer in Southwest Virginia, you can join the fun too! More participation drives the flow of opinions and experiences making the group even more beneficial to everyone involved. To find out when the next meeting will be held, contact me.

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