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Visual notes (or sketchnotes as they are sometimes called) are a way of capturing ideas (from talks, books, videos or your own head) in an engaging and visual way by combining the power of sketching and writing.
Sketchnotes are not new – artists and designers have captured their thoughts in a visual way for centuries – but recently, there has been quite a bit of interest and activity around sketchnotes and visual thinking in general in the web and UX community. And with tablet tools like the iPad taking off, sketching is now becoming an activity that can easily be done directly in the digital medium, without the need for a separate graphic tablet.
This talk gives an introduction to visual note taking by presenting the main characteristics that make it a great tool for designers (and anybody else) to capture their thoughts. It explains why this form of note taking is a wonderful opportunity for designers to practice and refine all sorts of important skills for our profession.
By showing and analyzing lost of examples from different sketchnoters and through tips from personal experience, this talk provides attendants with the main principles and building blocks of sketchnotes as well as lots of inspiration to jump straight into taking their own visual notes.
On touchscreen phones, the touch action is a frightfully complicated one, since it can mean several things. Users may touch their phone because they want to click a link, because they want to scroll, or because they want to zoom. Handling these various use cases correctly is what distinguishes a good touchscreen phone from a bad one.
Finally we’ll take a brief look to see what the future holds in terms of touch actions.
Are you still writing your application in PHP? Do you still think Ruby on Rails is the hottest thing out there? Come and see what the future is all about!
by Ryan Singer
UI design involves more than wireframes, Photoshop and HTML. Ryan will demonstrate how UI design runs through an entire project from initial concept and modeling to sketches, HTML mockups, and final running code.
Rather than teaching ideas in the abstract, Ryan will share his design process live in real time by building an actual project. Attendees to this session will get a hands-on feeling for how design happens at 37signals.
23rd–25th September 2010