October 9th, 2006
Well, it’s that time of year again: UI11 is Here! Over the next week we’re holding our Big Event: The User Interface Conference. We’ll be blogging the event, giving periodic updates of the goings-on…Here’s a quick update on the AJAX/RIA seminar I’m attending this morning.
I’m sitting in the Designing Powerful Web Applications with AJAX and Other RIAs session given by David Malouf and Bill Scott. Right now they’re discussing AJAX-friendly application frameworks like DOJO, Ruby on Rails, and Yahoo’s User Interface Library. These guys really know their stuff…I’m finding out how little I know about the latest application technologies.
David is now talking about the importance of talking to developers, really pushing the needs of users and the importance of advocating for users during the design process. He suggests that interface designers, even if they aren’t writing code, could use a high-level overview of the important details of the frameworks their developers are using. This isn’t so that interface designers can give pointers to the developers, this is so that the team can better understand each other’s needs, which leads to better team chemistry and communication. David’s point echoes very closely something that we’ve found at UIE: the design teams that focus on users best are those that communicate most…they’re always talking with each other and learning about each other’s needs.
In general, there’s a tremendous amount of conversation here…I just hope I can remember and share 5% of it!Tweet