There’s an explosion in “personal informatics:” services that surface information about you and your network to your advantage. Matt Jones and Tom Coates will examine how great UX design can maximize the benefits to all.
The speakers will also draw on many other applications, devices, and services from the cutting edge of personal informatics, to identify patterns and principles that work for power-users and newbies alike.
Privacy is often, quite rightly, the first concern of users, designers, and developers—but Jones will argue that some other Ps: Pertinence, Politeness and, yes… Prettiness, are equally important for the adoption and success of such services.
The multidisciplinary nature of creating great user experiences is taken to extremes in the nascent area of personal informatics and they'll touch on information visualization, user-centered service-design, copywriting, geo-location, wayfinding, design for mobile, ubiquitous computing, video-games, “spimes,” industrial design, and even urban planning before we’re done.
by Tom Coates
Design patterns for brochureware and editorial sites are well-established. In fact, they’re so simple and formulaic that even waterfall development processes can churn them out. A producer has an idea, a designer mocks it up in Photoshop, and then client-side types and engineers go all agile on its ass.
But what happens when you’re pushing into web apps or social media? What happens when an absence of hierarchy makes left-hand navigation redundant? What do you do when design practice blurs into URLs and data structures, and where your service breaks the frame of the browser and start appearing in hardware, in desktop applications, or on other people’s sites?
In this session, Tom Coates will talk about new literacies that designers need to build things that are native to a web of data, the blurring and interplay between designers and developers, and what it means to rapidly iterate in small multidisciplinary teams to find the heart and soul of a new concept.
22nd–25th April 2008