Brett Buzzatto's Reinvigorating Experience at the UI Conference
Brett Buzzatto, Senior Content Specialist
Attended UI9, UI10, & UI11
What is your role at LexisNexis?
I'm the Senior Content Specialist for the Martindale-Hubbell sites. Kind of a bland title, I know. It means I'm responsible for creating, developing, and implementing any and all content that appears there, as well as overseeing our Content Management System.
While in the midst of a two-phase site redesign, I spent considerable time in the belly of the CMS beast, revamping the various templates and site structure.
Have there been any highlights from attending the UI Conference?
Christine Perfetti's Product Usability: Survival Techniques seminar was an eye-opener for me. During the day, we had the chance to create a rapid-fire paper mockup. The exercise was a hoot! It immediately forced us to think simply and cleanly when creating an interface for the user, a concept frequently lost when given more powerful tools to use.
I learned important lessons during the paper mockup exercise, much like a "Very Special Episode" of a sitcom. (I also won a baseball cap as part of the proceedings, and it occupies a place of honor inside a box on my closet shelf.)
I've also had the chance to sit in on Jared Spool's annual seminars, New Perspectives in User Experience. It's a great day. I learned a lot of new and interesting things from UIE's usability findings.
Has the UI Conference impacted your day-to-day work?
The seminars definitely helped me through the various stages of our ongoing redesign project. The sessions helped me notice specific development issues for my organization to pay attention to during usability testing for the new site.
UI10 was a reinvigorating experience for me -- I had the chance to be around so many people of similar professional interests. I telecommute for work, so there isn't anyone for me to "talk shop" with on a day-to-day basis.