October 16th, 2006
Few things present a bigger challenge to today’s designers than building a web-based application. The constraints of HTML, the complex requirements of the business, the restrictions of the thin-client model, the demands on the back-end, and the intricacies of the domain all come together making George Clooney’s job in the Perfect Storm look simple and carefree.
Part of the complexity comes from the industry’s inexperience at building these types of applications. Every project feels like it is breaking new ground, bringing us into unchartered territory.
However, we’re not alone. There are hundreds of projects like ours going on at the same time. And hundreds that have already been completed. Learning from what has come before us is a key part of growth. What obstacles am I going to run into? What are my design options? These questions get easier with experience — from our work and from the work of others doing similar things.
That’s why we’ve been so excited about Hagan Rivers’s work. She’s studied hundreds of web applications, carefully cataloging and deconstructing them, to see what works and what doesn’t. In today’s UIEtips, we are reprinting an interview UIE’s Christine Perfetti conducted with Hagan last year. I found it a fascinating read and I’m betting you will too.
Are you working on web applications? How have you found the transition from the previous work you’ve done? I’d love to hear what challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve overcome them. Add to the conversation in the comments below.
If you’re working on web applications, you really want to sign up for the UIE Web Application Summit we’re holding in Monterey, CA this January. At this 3-day event, you’ll meet the pioneers and world-class designers behind today’s most successful web apps.
Also, if you would like to hear more from Hagan Rivers, we’ve invited her to present our next UIE Virtual Seminar on November 1st. In this seminar, Hagan will take a closer look at the visual design of web applications. She will cover key strategies for creating both usable and aesthetically pleasing web applications for your customers. I highly suggest you check it out.Tweet