Nerd Nite February 11: Brutalism and Mushrooms

Deets
World War II club
50 Conz Street, Northampton MA
Monday, February 11, 7:00pm, $5.00 admission (cash only)
Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order take-out at the venue
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First Talk: ‘Et tu Brute? Intuitive User Design Meets Brutalism’

Second Talk: ‘Five Fascinating Fungi Found Fruiting in our Forests’
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‘Et tu Brute? Intuitive User Design Meets Brutalism’

Modern principles of web design focus most heavily on the user experience and being able to successfully assume and satisfy the user’s needs. From menu headings to links, skim friendly and hierarchical written copy to clear functionality, web designers make hundreds of decisions to craft a perfectly intuitive web experience so the user doesn’t have to think. Brutalist websites, by contrast, are abrasive and grungy with many rough edge interactions. With no clear discernment for comfort, they seem to throw out the playbook on intuitive design, or do they?

Sage Shea is a digital content strategist at Mount Holyoke College and a freelance marketer and wedding photographer. He has a long time hope of offering accessible education to local businesses in the Pioneer Valley especially to business owners who face considerable intersectional barriers.

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‘Five Fascinating Fungi Found Fruiting in our Forests’

They say every mushroom is edible once. Local wild mushroom expert Marty Klein will talk about some of the most interesting local fungus among us. He’ll discuss the diversity of mushrooms growing all around us and the important roles they play in the ecosystem.

Marty is an Easthampton-based artist/naturalist/educator who has been learning and teaching about mushrooms for decades.
He has been foraging and studying wild mushrooms for 40+ years, has eaten over 80 wild varieties, and lives to tell the tale.

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$5 entry – cash only. Guests under 21 years are welcome in the banquet room area, but are restricted from the front bar, so please have your ID on you if you’d like to order alcoholic beverages.

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