SpoolCast: Creating Advanced Web App Deliverables with D. Keith Robinson

Jared Spool

January 28th, 2008

SpoolCast: Creating Advanced Web App Deliverables with D. Keith Robinson
Recorded: December 29th, 2007 remotely from our studios at UIE.
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Duration: 35m | File size: 18.5 MB
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How do you communicate complex and interactive design ideas to the development team? To answer this question, I had a chance to speak with with D. Keith Robinson, the Creative Director of Blue Flavor, a premier design and development shop based in Seattle, Washington. In addition to being one of the design experts we turn to for guidance, Keith was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Digital Web Magazine.

We had a great discussion regarding the “backstage” portion of web app design. I think Keith has some innovate ideas which will inspire your own projects. In our chat, we discussed:

• “Projects from hell”
• Where can communications break down when designing web apps?
• How do effective deliverables affect the success of a project?
• What’s involved in creating enhanced deliverables to improve communication and the interaction design process?

We’re excited to have Keith speaking at our UIE Web App Summit this coming March. Keith will be discussing his successful communications methods for highly interactive designs, especially those where the design elements can’t be captured with static images.

You can catch his talk, Making the Translation: Critical Web App Design Deliverables on day 3 of the UIE Web App Summit!

5 Responses to “SpoolCast: Creating Advanced Web App Deliverables with D. Keith Robinson”

  1. alex harris - alexdesigns Says:

    Great listen. Really enjoyed your view on process, hierarchy of elements and determining the goals upfraont. The “description diagrams” speed up the discovery process and help understand client/project thoroughly. I use the same type of thing in survey form, but your process and screen descriptions are a great idea.

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  4. Daniel Szuc Says:

    Great listen!

    Be interesting to see a workshop that talks to an end to end case study experience and how designs were communicated to different teams e.g. to management, to developers, to other stakeholders etc What works, what doesn’t, the pain points, what to look out for etc and the importance of clear communications, asking questions, managing change etc.

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