–Engage

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Classes for Smart Experience in October

I’ll be teaching two 1-day workshops for SmartExperience.org in October. One about the interaction design of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and the other about Sketching in Interaction Design.

First the logistics:
Dates: RIAs is on Oct 16 & SKetching is on Oct 17 — from 9-5 each.
To sign up for either class you can go to http://smartexperience.org/
Use my discount code to get an additional amount off your registration fee–Synapse.

RIAs
To be honest, this 1-day workshop is really just about designing software applications with a focus on web-based applications. The reason is, that RIAs is not a distinction of note any longer in web-application development. But the issues for designing RIAs are the same now as they were back in 2003 when Macromedia first coined the term.

The workshop is going to help designers think better about technology choices and hopefully clear away the cloudiness of techno-babble. Then it is going explain what direct value richness (well after we define rich) brings to user experience. We will also go through exercises where we design a project together, and we will deconstruct existing comparative web-applications to learn what succeeds and what doesn’t and why. Lastly, we will discuss both the building blocks and patterns of web-applications and what are the techniques you can use to better document and communicate richness over time to your project teams and clients.

Go here to learn more about Designing Rich Internet Applications

Sketching
This course is actually an evolution of my own personal thinking. It is largely inspired by Bill Buxton’s book, “Sketching User Experience” and inspired by my teaching that I’ve done for SmartExperience.org the last 2 years.

I have taught some 200 or so students in the last 2 years and during that time it has become apparently clear that many UX practitioners (maybe you) have not been exposed to one of the most fundamental of design tools–Sketching. There is a single foundational design discipline from interior > industrial or architecture > fashion that does not use sketching as a primary method for generating and communicating ideas.

It is primarily this concept of using sketching as a tool for generating ideas that we will explore in this workshop, but we will also look at ways to communicate the special needs of interaction design in a sketching space. Finally we will look at sketching techniques outside of drawing.

I’m very excited about this first workshop on Sketching. I think it will be one of many that I do over the next few years and it will evolve from this starting point. I hope you can join me and contribute to what I think will be one of the more important educational programs for the user experience community.

Go here for more information and to register for Sketching for Interaction Design

Register for both workshops and get even a bigger discount and add on to that discount with my discount code — Synapse.

Oh!! and if you register before Sept 25th you even get more of a discount.

Check out SmartExperience.org for all the details.

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