(An old favourite)
Just when we think we can’t deliver interactive products and services any faster, a new technology wave comes along that enables us to work even more rapidly. This comes at a price, though: innovation tends to be driven by the technology – “what can we do?”, rather than “what should we do?”. Traditionally, design disciplines of all types start by understanding a need, then envisioning a solution to fit. Is there even time for design in the age of mashups? Or, is design not optional in today’s market?
Microsoft has recognised that “user experience” lies at the core of its continued success as a platform company – hence the creation of a new role: “User Experience Evangelist”. In this presentation Shane Morris, User Experience Evangelist for Microsoft Australia, will discuss how he sees design leading innovation in consumer and enterprise markets into the future.
Pimp My App
(A new favourite)
“User Experience” (UX) is so hot right now. Business magazines talk about it, stakeholders want it, people even have job titles containing it. Designers, usability engineers, information architects, psychologists and even anthropologists are all circling, fighting for a piece of the UX pie. But at the end of the day, coders own the user experience. All the drop-shadows in the world don’t mean a thing if they don’t make it into the code. Join Shane Morris – recovering developer, long-time user interface designer and Microsoft User Experience Evangelist – for a discussion of user experience from the developer’s viewpoint. What simple things can developers do to deliver better user experience? If you could only do one thing to improve your application’s user experience, what would it be? What about designers? What do they do? How can they help? How can you work effectively with them? This talk focuses on practical, realistic ways to ensure your next application delivers a great user experience.