UI14 – Making Great Designs Easier and Faster

Lauren Cramer

August 18th, 2009

Creating great design is now more important than ever. In difficult times, we all have to do more with less. We have to be innovative in both the designs we create and the way we create them.

This year’s User Interface 14 Conference in Boston, MA, from November 1-3, is just the ticket. The UI14 sneak preview web site is up and we think the conference agenda is our best yet. Our team of experts will set your imagination on fire, powering up your creative juices so you can dazzle and delight, whether you’re a member of a large team or a UX-Team-Of-One.

The Content is What Makes UI14 Unique

Today’s conferences focus on the 60-90 minute presentation format. Enough time to pique your interest, but not enough time to seriously dive in deep and leave you with the skills needed to make a significant difference in the world of user experience.

At UI14, you get 2 days of in-depth, full-day workshops. There are 8 full-day workshops. Here is a peak of two of them.

Good Design Faster: New Techniques for Creative Ideas

When we have great ideas, we struggle to present them. We hear, “Are those really the fonts?” when what we’re looking for is deeper analysis. The best designers focus their critique on the most important decisions they’re facing.

Creating innovative designs requires an innovative process. That’s why we’re excited to bring in experience designer Leah Buley. Leah’s  known for her rapid, low budget techniques for team creativity and idea generation. She’ll share her ground-breaking, proven techniques for Design Sprints and Sketchboarding in her full-day workshop, Good Designs Faster.

You’ll learn Leah’s secrets for quickly exploring a range of design alternatives, moving from back-of-the-napkin sketching to mapping out your design’s interaction, flow, and form. She’ll demonstrate several exercises that get a team’s creative juices flowing, while staying focused on the needs of the users.

Fast Prototyping Made Easy

Prototyping—building a mockup of the design to validate its direction—has never been easier. Designers today have a plethora of tools for every development process stage. New techniques make it fast and easy to get a design working.

To guide us through the landscape of prototyping, we’ve invited Todd Zaki Warfel, a brilliant tactician and author of Prototyping: A Practitioner’s Guide. Todd’s put together an amazing workshop, chock-full of the latest techniques and tools. You’ll see the full gamut of prototyping techniques, from paper to JavaScript and everything in between.

You’ll learn how to avoid the common headaches and mistakes that first-timers consistently run into. You’ll create paper prototypes of some interactive forms, Ajax simulations, and complex interfaces, like a sliding photo gallery. Todd will show you how easy it is to create prototypes of mobile applications in a tool like Fireworks. You’ll get a good introduction to the power of JavaScript libraries, such as Prototype and jQuery.

These are just 2 of 8 topics the full-day workshops focus on. During the next few weeks, watch for blog posts highlighting the other 6 full-day workshops and speakers. Or visit UI14 sneak preview site now to learn about these additional amazing speakers and sessions.

The sneak preview site also has the best pricing option available. Register by August 28 to guarantee your spot in the workshops you want and get the lowest conference price.

We hope to see you in Boston!

Add a Comment