Building Things That Don’t Suck: The Secrets of Development-Designer Harmony

A session at Stir Trek: Darkness Edition

Friday 17th May, 2013

1:00pm to 2:00pm (EST)

Building an application that works is a lot easier than building one that users want to interact with. Developers are stereotypically bad at building things that are visually appealing and pleasant to use. Designers are known for designing things that are appealing but impossible to implement. A traditional development process has each role working separately with designs thrown over the wall to development. In this talk we’ll cover how to work as a great developer/designer team. We’ll talk about how to communicate effectively, anticipate each other’s needs and rapidly collaborate to build awesome things faster than you’d imagine is possible. These methods not only make the development process more efficient but make them a lot more enjoyable too. But wait, there’s more. We’ll cover some of the tools we use to help us work together and better understand each other’s skills and abilities. Whether you are at a shop with internal staff or you use outside consultants you’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to work more effectively together.

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Derek Briggs

Sr. Designer @ Neo bio from Twitter

Derek is a Senior Designer at Neo Innovation. He specializes in creating beautiful, pixel perfect, application interfaces. He enjoys helping develop the skills of up and coming individuals in the industry to make the web a better place. Learn more at http://derekbriggs.com or follow @pixeljanitor.

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Software developer, UX geek, cloud computing advocate, JavaScript crafter, amateur foodie. bio from Twitter

Jared is the Microsoft Practice Lead at HMB, an IT company focused on building trusted partnerships with clients and delivering a wide range of services. He spends his time thinking about IT strategy, building cool things and making sure the developers around him are given the tools and training they need to succeed. He’s spent years building web applications and has worked with both cloud and mobile technologies. Jared is a cofounder of the CloudDevelop conference in Columbus, OH and a frequent speaker at regional events. You can find out more about him at http://jaredthenerd.com or follow him on Twitter @jaredthenerd.

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Time 1:00pm2:00pm EST

Date Fri 17th May 2013


Theater 14 - UX / Design Track, Marcus Crosswoods Theater

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