December 6th, 2006
Recently, I’ve been playing with a new feature of Google.com: Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Trying these out is a must-do activity for any interface designer.
The line between what we do on the web and what we do at our desk has significantly blurred. This presents opportunities for application developers that were previously unthinkable.
Yet, it also presents challenges and puzzles to solve. We need to learn an entirely new interaction style, with new constraints and new boundary conditions. (For example, how do you make accessible AJAX work?)
Two people who are at the head of this curve are Bill Scott and David Malouf. Bill is Yahoo!’s local AJAX evangelist and David has been a major player in the founding of the Interaction Design Association. Both have been at the forefront of this new wave of interaction design.
Josh Porter and I recently had a chance to talk with Bill and David about some of the challenges and changes that are happening in the interaction design space. We were supposed to talk for only a few moments, but the discussion was so fascinating, we kept talking for almost an hour.
In this issue of UIEtips, we’ve put together some of the best parts of that discussion. You’ll read what David and Bill think about choosing AJAX versus Flash, what’s a good starting point for learning these technologies, and how design patterns can help with the development process. I’m sure you’ll find it as fascinating as I did.
Have you been experimenting with RIAs and AJAX? Is this an area you’re thinking of moving to? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave a comment and join the discussion below.
[If you find this article interesting, I encourage you to join us in Monterey, California this January for our UIE Web App Summit. David and Bill will present their acclaimed full-day seminar, Designing Powerful Web Applications using AJAX and RIAs, as well as give their own short talks. You don’t want to miss out. See the summit website for more details.]Tweet