Getting UI right

18 March, 2008

“This is how you get design right. You have to really invest in it. Investing in it isn’t about money, it’s about time. Your designers need time to think about solving the problem, and they need to tinker with lots of ideas that get towards solving the problem. They need to invest time in coming up with ten good designs. This means that you have to be okay with throwing out good designs. You’re throwing out good designs because good isn’t good enough — you’re looking for greatness. Greatness rarely springs fully-formed from your forehead (no matter how much you might wish it would). Greatness comes from a lot of work, and a commitment to the work that is necessary to achieve that greatness.”

(Nadyne, UXR at Microsoft’s Mac BU)

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The ‘Web Directions South: User Experience’ website is up

17 March, 2008

Web Directions South: User Experience is “a full day two track conference, plus an optional extra day of workshops, focussing on concepts, technologies and techniques for building great user experiences on the web.

Whatever your role – designer, developer, IA, product and project manager all the way to CIO and CTO – this will be an exciting day of informative, stimulating content to send you home even better enabled to build the web.”

There is a great speaker list:
* Andy Budd (Clearleft) – Interaction design and usability
* Robert Hoekman Jr (Miskeeto) – User experience evangelist
* Lisa Herrod – User testing
* Emily Boyd (Remember the Milk) – Ajax techniques for great user experiences
* Cameron Adams – Frontiers of Javascript (workshop)
* Donna Maurer – Getting content right
* Jackie Moyes (News Digital Media) – Turning research into products
* Steve Baty – Analysing research data
* Mathew Patterson (Campaign Monitor) – Designing for email

I will be speaking on the Mobile Web User Experience
“Historically the mobile web has been a terrible experience, but things are starting to change. Really! We are now at the point that the mobile web is becoming easier to access, both on-deck & off-deck, there’s useful & tailored services out there, and killing some time on the train home doesn’t cost more than your weekly train ticket. We’ll check out the latest and greatest in the world of mobile web and what makes them different from the others. We will also cover the important things to keep in mind for making a better mobile web customer experience.”

Early bird pricing is available until April 11!

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We’ve still got a long way to go…

8 March, 2008

“Now, over in the mobile space, the “low hanging fruit” is usually still present – even on Nokia devices and Google applications. I thus expect the mobile usability ROI metrics to be closer to 135%.”

Barbara @ Little Springs Design

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Wow – Big leap in telephony management with Ribbit

4 March, 2008

Management of telephony, and the growing number of services (gTalk, Skype, etc) that interact with regular telephones is currently pretty overwhelming. Ribbit looks to address this and includes a nice way of integrating other social information about your contacts.

Be sure to watch the video tour!

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Google Search on Series60

22 February, 2008

Nice little Google Search widget for the the idle screen of Series60. This goes a long way in bringing internet content to the top level of the mobile device, critical for serious uptake of mobile internet usage.

To get it, point your Nokia Series60 mobile browser at mobile.google.com

Pub trivia just got that much easier 😉

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Google has confirmed it has seen 50 times more searches from the iPhone than from any other mobile handset.

15 February, 2008

Let’s just say that again…:
“Google has confirmed it has seen 50 times more searches from the iPhone than from any other mobile handset.” (MacWorld)
That’s the difference a better user experience makes.

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Pervasive Conference 2008

3 August, 2007

Sydney is hosting the 2008 Pervasive conference (19-22 May 2008).

“Pervasive 2008, the Sixth International Conference on Pervasive Computing, will be held May 19-22, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.
This annual conference is the premier forum for researchers to present their latest results in all areas related to the design, implementation, application and evaluation of pervasive computing.”
“We welcome submissions that report on innovations in mobile and
pervasive computing, including but not limited to the following topics:

– New technologies and devices for pervasive computing
– New applications of pervasive computing technologies
– New interfaces and modes of interactions between people
and pervasive computing devices, applications or environments
– New models, tools, infrastructures, architectures and techniques for
designing, implementing & deploying pervasive computing applications
– Evaluations and evaluation methods, for assessing the impact of
pervasive computing devices, applications or environments
– Privacy, security, trust & social issues and implications of
pervasive computing”

Should be great 🙂

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