Thank you all for join us for our March 20 event titled Architecture & Interactions. We had record attendance with 85 people joining us to hear a spirited conversation between Dan Klyn, an outgoing board member of the Information Architecture Institute, and Matt Nish-Lapidus Vice President of the IxDA.

This was our first event to be live-streamed and posted to the web. We are plan to continue this tradition and build a library of resources over time. During our event on Thursday, 17 additional people joined us via the web-stream and 78 more have viewed the video in the days since. We are excited to see IxDA GR’s impact extended as we move forward this year.

At the conclusion of the event Samuel Bowles, local leader for the Grand Rapids chapter, asked for the community’s help in reaching two goals:

1) We are looking to grow our membership on from the 171 we have today to 500 by the end of the year. Looking at our current turnout for events and comparing to other groups in town we believe this is a feasible goal but we will need your help. Help us get the word out to the rest of the design community about the great resource we have here.

2) It was announced that we are planning and growing toward a larger goal. We are asking the design community in Grand Rapids to support us as we begin planning our bid for the international IxDA conference in 2017. The past few years the conference has been held in Dublin, Toronto, Amsterdam, and this year it will be hosted in San Francisco — so Grand Rapids fits right in. We know that with your support we can achieve amazing things.

Finally, it was announced that the leadership of our local chapter is growing. Last year was the first full year of IxDA Grand Rapids and it was lead (with support from volunteers) by our local leader Samuel Bowles. This year Samuel has invited Grant Carmichael, Jonah Bailey, and Christy Ennis-Kloot to join him in forming the board of our local chapter. Each of these individuals have been regular attendees and contributors to IxDA Grand Rapids, are practicing interaction designers, and have a strong sense of vision and commitment for what our local chapter can be over the coming years.

Once again, thank you for your support and here is the video from the event:

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