Designing for Mice & Men: UX Patterns for Devices, Browsers and TVs

The East Bay Ruby Meetup Group
Wed, 18 May 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 (Add to calendar) GMT
(Exact location not available) , Berkeley, US

Headliner: Bill Scott / Netflix

6:30 - 7:00: Open mic: get help; strut your stuff

7:00 - 8:15: Featured presentation

8:15 - 8:30: Jobs Offered / wanted / door prizes

Presentation Abstract
Applications now have to live across a spectrum of devices. At the extreme we can either build one interface that spans them all or build very custom interfaces for each device. This presents challenges in how we design our interfaces. The good news is that the same universal design principles hold true whether we are using our hands, fingers, mice, trackpads, remotes or keyboards. They also hold true whether we are viewing them on a mobile device, tablet, laptop or across the room on a TV.
While the underlying design principles remain the same the context does drive the application of these principles. Some design principles are more important for devices than for a web application. And certain design patterns are more critical to a TV experience than to a mobile experience.
In this talk, Bill will explore interaction design patterns & idioms that are emerging across a range of devices and extract the key design principles at work across all. Best practices & guidelines will be presented for designing rich experiences across the spectrum of devices available to our applications today.

Bill Scott has always enjoyed technology (25 years). And he has always enjoyed interacting with people (even longer). It was a natural to blend the two loves together. For a long time he couldn't decide if he was a designer or an engineer. He finally gave up trying to classify himself and just decided to live in both worlds as much as possible. This passion drove him to create one of the first successful Macintosh games (GATO, 1985), build wargaming interfaces for NATO, found and lead UX Design teams (Sabre), write Ajax frameworks (OpenRico) manage user interface engineering organizations (Netflix), publish design pattern libraries (Yahoo!), talk a lot about it (Ajax Evangelist) and even write a book about Designing Web Interfaces (O'Reilly). Bill is currently the Director of User Interface Engineering/Ecommerce @ Netflix.

Pre-meetup nosh:
We usually meet at the Biryani House (Shattuck @ University) around 5:00pm for snacks and tech talk. Either Rich or Jon will be there... or someone else from the group. Join us if you can and enjoy the food and the discussion.

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