Christchurch Branch Event - Birthing an intranet - how we used online tools for a user-centred information design

Christchurch Branch Event

Streamliners had recently grown so large that telepathy and eavesdropping were no longer sufficient for transmitting news around the office. After an all-staff brainstorming session, we found the solution - a shiny, new Streamliners intranet called SATCHMO.

Adrienne Sidal and Claire Nicholson then volunteered to mould Satchmo's soul, his purpose, and his personality – to be approachable, informative, and collaborative. Their brief was to make sure end users were involved at every stage of Satchmo’s development.

Hear how Adrienne and Claire used online tools like Survey Monkey to give Satchmo his name, Optimal Workshop’s card sorting and tree jacking tools to build Satchmo's skeleton, and DotNetNuke to form Satchmo's skin, as well as the off-line tools of cake and fake mo-staches to celebrate Satchmo’s birth.

Where and when

Streamliners, 44 Braddon Street, Addington map

Tuesday 20 October. 5:30 pm networking. Meeting from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.


The cost includes nibbles and drinks.

People who register via the website:

  • Members $11.50 incl GST.
  • Non-members $17.25 incl GST
  • Student members free of charge.

People who pay at the door:

  • Members 15.00 incl GST
  • Non-members $20.00 incl GST
  • Student members free of charge.

Note: Members = members of TechCommNZ and affiliated organisations: NZATD, TWIA, PRINZ.

About the speakers

Adrienne Sidal is a designer and editor with 20 years’ experience developing print and online publications.

Claire Nicholson has a strong background in R&D and user experience for consumer products. She has a particular interest in knowledge capture and reuse, as well as identifying and leveraging intellectual property to add value to businesses.

They both work at Streamliners, a technical writing company in Christchurch.

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