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UIE Web App Summit Podcasts

Over the coming months, Jared M. Spool, Web App Summit Chair, will talk with many of our world renowned speakers in a series of podcasts. We think you'll enjoy these fantastic discussions.

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2009 Summit Introduction

Jared Spool and Brian Christiansen, User Interface Engineering

Jared Spool

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

Web App Summit 2009 has one of the best line ups of speakers we’ve ever had. We’ve spent the past six months hand-crafting this excellent program that’s all about planning, designing, and building web-based applications. We’re very excited about it and you should be, too.

In this podcast, Brian and Jared discuss the Summit program details. You’ll hear about all four days of the conference—the great topics and why we chose this set of experts. You’ll get a great overview of the sessions and see, first hand, why we think it’s so exciting.

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Robert Hoekman, Jr. Introduces Interaction Design Frameworks

Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Robert Hoekman, Jr., Miskeeto

Already the author of two popular design books, Robert is working on a third with Jared Spool about Interaction Design Frameworks. But you can get a preview of the exciting new method at the Web App Summit and in this podcast.

Frameworks sprung from research into web ROI that Robert conducted after a parade of clients came to him looking to improve their conversion rates. They help a designer create consistency in interface elements to solidify the UX. Robert uses frameworks on all his current projects. He has even found ways to use frameworks to diagnose usability troubles before they happen

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Interactive Prototypes with James Box and Richard Rutter

James Box and Richard Rutter

James Box & Richard Rutter, Clearleft

James Box and Richard Rutter want to tell you about new ways to plan your project, including interactive prototypes. And they know what they're talking about because they use them with their clients at the successful British web shop Clearleft.

In the podcast they discuss the role of using design tools in the place of design document deliverables. These have decidedly less polish and show more of the in-progress feel of the project. They also help the client concentrate what's critical at this moment, along with interactive prototypes.

At Clearleft, every designer has enough chops to write HTML and knows their way around jQuery, the popular JavaScript library. They use these skills to develop interactive prototypes in the place of static comps that might be made with Photoshop or a similar app. In their use, they don't believe the process takes them notably longer.

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Ajax Aids Accessibility with Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone, Further Ahead

If you do it right, using Ajax techniques can improve accessibility. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Ajax is like most techniques and technologies on the web—they are what you make of them.

In this podcast Derek discusses how Ajax can be used as a new tool in your design arsenal. Not only can it help you with interactivity, but it can help you build functional prototypes and, with a little care can actually improve the accessibility of your work

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Web Form Design with Luke Wroblewski

Luke Wroblewski

Luke Wroblewski, Yahoo!

Since writing a popular book on web form design, Luke has found himself inundated with questions tall and small about form design problems. He shared his two most asked questions (and answers) with me.

Two topics we broached were ‘How many pages should complex forms be?’ and ‘Are dynamic forms a good idea?’ Tune in for tips on grouping content in forms, and how to use dynamic interactions to increase the usability of your forms.

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Achieving Pattern and Component Reuse with Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis

Natan Curtis, Eight Shapes

Dealing with real-life web app production isn’t as glamorous as some aspects of design in the digital realm, but it is full of challenges and can honestly make or break a project. There are ways of truly optimizing certain aspects of the production so that you can create a product with consistent quality at a faster pace. To find out how, I turned to Nathan Curtis.

In this podcast, Nathan and I define design pattern libraries and component libraries and compare and contrast them. We speak about each's strengths and how both compare to style guides.

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Web Standards for Web Apps with Molly Holzschlag

Molly Holzschlag

Molly Holzschlag, molly.com

There are a number of new standards that have come out recently, HTML 5 being perhaps the most notable for web applications, because it was brought forth with applications in mind. New features, like canvas, are designed to improve dynamic interactions between the presentation layer and the behavior layer, for example, with things like ECMAScript, more commonly known as JavaScript. JavaScript’s usage has really matured and become nearly indispensable as developers have really begun to exploit its full capabilities. JavaScript’s importance to front-end developers continues to grow.

In this podcast, Molly and I discussed the impact these and other advancements are having on web application design and development, along with the tremendous benefits building with standards (or even a subset of them) brings to the lifecycle of a product.

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Web 2.0 Strategy and Design with Steve Mulder and Riccardo La Rosa

Steve Mulder and Riccado La Rosa

Riccardo La Rosa, Isobar; Steve Mulder, Molecular

We love to talk to Steve Mulder (from Molecular) and Riccardo La Rosa (from Isobar) about building out a Web 2.0 strategy and incorporating elements, such as social features and highly-interactive elements to the design.

Steve and Riccardo work with mainstream organizations, which may not be as familiar as, say, a Silicon Valley startup with what the state-of-the-art is for these types of features. We talked about the challenges they faced on these projects and what they needed to do to overcome them.

During the podcast, we discussed how to determine what features to build, how to tell if the features are working as expected, and how results changed over time. We talked about how starting small and iterating is most successful, but not an easy sell in many situations.

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Documenting Design with Dan Brown

Jared Spool

Dan Brown, Eight Shapes

If you ask designers what the most frustrating parts about designing a project are, one of the top answers would undoubtedly be “communicating and documenting the design process.” And with good reason… it’s not easy.

In this interview, Dan and I explored the documents that help make large design projects go smoothly. We spent some time with two of the documents: concept models and flow charts. These particular documents are intriguing because they don’t cover concrete ideas (which are easier to document), but instead cover the higher-level abstract ideas that often power the site invisibly.

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