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UI13 Podcasts: We Talk to the Expert Speakers

Over the coming months, Jared M. Spool, UI13's Conference Chair, will talk with each of our world renowned speakers in a series of podcasts. We think you'll enjoy these fantastic discussions.

Special UI13 Preview Podcast

Jared Spool, conference chair and founder of UIE speaks with Brian Christiansen about every session and speaker that will appear at the confernce. If you've got a question about a speaker or a session, this is the place to start.

Special Bonus: We'll tell you where to go, do and see when you're not in a session! Boston is a pretty exciting place!

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Visual Design Misconceptions An Interview with Luke Wroblewski

Luke Wroblewski is a Senior Principal of Product Ideation & Design for Yahoo and has his own shop, LukeW Interface Designs. He is the author of two books, the new top seller Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks and the popular Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability.

Luke discussed the role of visual design in web site usability and overall success with UIE's Jared M. Spool. Luke shared some strategies to use when you hear the words, “Can you make the logo bigger?”

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Excelling at Interaction Design, An Interview with Kim Goodwin

Kim Goodwin is the VP Design and General Manager at Cooper. Kim has played a major role in developing Cooper's Goal-Directed methods and has led the effort to turn those methods into the Cooper U Interaction Design curriculum. Kim has led a wide range of design projects, from e-commerce applications to information appliances, IP telephony systems, and healthcare applications.

In this podcast Kim and Jared discuss what can make a good designer a great designer. Kim suggests that three traits of great designers include design judgment, communication skills, and the ability to observe people’s behavior.

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Creating a Culture of Innovation, An Interview with Scott Berkun.

Scott Berkun is a sought after speaker who is the author of eht popular The Myths of Innovation. He worked at Microsoft from 1994-2003, as a usability engineer, design evangalist, and program manager, and worked on Internet Explorer v1.0 to 5.0.

Innovation has become such a buzzword, it’s nearly meaningless. But that doesn’t mean innovation itself is dead. Scott discusses what companies can actually do to promote honest-to-goodness, real-life innovation in their own organization.

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User Experience in an Agile Developemt Environment: An Interview with Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton is a leading authority on the role of user experience professionals working inside Agile development teams. Traditional UX practices aren't accustommed to moving quickly, how should they be adapted to function within an Agile system?

Jeff shared some tips on how UX can pickup the pace when working on an Agile project with our Jared M. Spool. Jeff suggests the UX practicioner should attempt the role of seeing the big picture, making sure the tiny pieces Agile builds quickly, work well with previous and future bits.

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User Research Best Practices: An Interview with Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell, co-author of the recently released second edition of The Handbook of Usability Testing, talks with Jared M. Spool about the key factors that impact the success of user research. Dana discusses what separates the best user researchers from the rest of the pack: they create a strong vision, develop a solid strategy for accomplishing that vision, and get all members of the development team involved in the user research.

Dana also suggests that the best user researchers look beyond the functionality of a product and focus on the entire user experience. For example, Dana shares how Enterprise Rent-a-Car successfully gathers customer data by observing users out in the field and watching them rent their cars.

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Ajax: Then and Now - An Interview with Jeremy Keith

We recently had a wonderful conversation with Ajax design expert, Jeremy Keith. Jeremy is the technical lead at Clearleft, a leading design consultancy and the author of the popular books, DOM Scripting and Bulletproof Ajax.

Jeremy offered several juicy nuggets about using Ajax effectively. For example, he suggested that design teams reconsider whether business logic should really happen on the client side. Instead, he recommends that the server should do the heavy lifting, since this is a more controlled environment. The interactivity should appear within the browser, so the interactions appear quick and seamless.

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Product Evolution and Design Strategy: An Interview with Peter Merholz

Peter Merholz is the President of Adaptive Path, a leading experience strategy and design consultancy. Peter is the co-author of the recently published book, Subject to Change, which discusses new strategies of thinking and working to adapt into innovative and commercially successful organizations.

In our discussion, we ask Peter about mapping out a product’s evolution. Launching a product is no simple task. Every new product falls on the spectrum somewhere between feature-complete, perfect execution and actually shipping with a pile of features on the cutting room floor. Realistically, most sway towards the latter. But that doesn’t mean your products needs to feel unfinished. Peter discusses how the best products never offer their users an incomplete experience, and, with proper planning, future features won’t feel tacked on.

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What Makes a Great Information Architect? An Interview with Donna (Maurer) Spencer

Recently, Jared M. Spool chatted with Donna (Maurer) Spencer, a world-renowned information architect and owner of the freelance agency, MaadMob.

In this interview, Jared and Donna discuss what separates good information architects from great information architects. According to Donna, a great information architect must possess strong people skills. They also need to think structurally, work strategically, and synthesize the smallest details right away.

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