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From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


During the talk about User Experience (UX) the attendees got to share their thoughts.



Refresh Philly is:


A community of designers and developers and webbists who are interested in helping Philly become an more, vital and delightful city than it already is. More info at


Experience designers Phil Charron and Russ Starke led a discussion examining some tried and true methods for figuring out what projects to tackle, among these the "SMART goals" and "DUMB goals" approaches. Phil and Russ work at Think Brownstone.


I made the sketch to make a record of the discussion and to help myself understand the various ideas that were flying around the room.



This building is tall! I can't get the whole building in one cameraphone shot, and it still blurred (night photography and cameraphones don't mix), but I wanted to keep this shot nonetheless.

Here are some pics I took while at the Comcast Center for the Refresh Philly Event on 3-2-09. The grid was inspired by the design elements of muxtape.

In this picture you can find people from:

The speakers for the night were Luke Crawford the CTO from and Todd Warfel a Partner at And finally at the bottom of the image you can see pics of us Anthony and Carole from

I've always been fascinated by the mosaic mural at Septa's Market East/Gallery Station. Grabbed this shot while waiting for the R2 Train back home.

I think that's what it is. This is on the 45th floor. I definitely felt as if I should be plotting to take over the world.

Refresh Philly is a monthly gathering of local creative, technical and other interested locals that want to keep/make Philadelphia a vibrant place to live.


Grid Magazine is a local publication that is focused on making Philadelphia a more sustainable city.


Together they did a brainstorming session on how to bring Grid Magazine, a print publication, to the internets in a way that built a community and resource archive.


From September's Philly Refresh meeting.

Livia hosting a session on design games.

Taken out the window of the 45th floor of the Comcast Center. (looking North)

From the 45th floor Comcast Center. (looking North).

Just a short nap. :) (obviously I wasn't asleep when I took the photo...but afterwards I did!)

The June RefreshPhilly meeting

Here are some of my notes from Jonny's Viz Notes session at Refresh Philly

45th floor had an amazing art collection. Not that this photograph could tell you much about that, but still.

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


A group from CIM before the meeting.



Jonny Goldstein demonstrating how to take visual notes.

Howard Blumenthal of MiND spoke of the next generation of public television and how to be a part of that future.

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


Arpit giving Alex a moc talking to (photo by Alex)

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


CIM's video team sets up the camera for the live stream.



The view South of the Comcast Center, from the 45th floor window.

My 12th photo for 2009/365, taken on the R2 just before leaving Warminster Train Station on my way to January's RefreshPhilly meeting.

Jonny Goldstein at Refresh Philly

Welcoming all of us, and asking for Philly groups' news and upcoming events.

January 2009, our first meeting

Socialnetworking for TV viewers, created by 3 developers w/ Comcast. Shaun Gehring presented an awesome intro to the beta site at RefreshPhilly's January meeting.

Refresh Philly January Recap

Thanks to all who attended our Refresh Philly January event this past Monday at the Comcast Center. Almost 100 people RSVP’d for the event on Facebook. The room was packed with community members from many different backgrounds: college students, designers, developers, activists, photographers, etc. Before the speakers started, there was plenty of time for everyone to network, hang out and get to know one another. Refresh Philly January was sponsored by CIM, who provided the space and the delicious snacks and drinks.