User Unfriendly: A practical guide to losing control


The web is more than a technology, it was created with a mission statement. Design and code trends also come with attached philosophies, often unstated. As designers and developers, it’s important that we think clearly about the underlying implications of our products and our processes. We’ll explore various approaches and lessons from Miriam’s experience with creative process and audience interaction in theater, writing, art, and software. How do we balance creativity, expertise, and expectations? What does it really mean to be user friendly?

We will explore:

  • How the medium influences what we make and how we work
  • Thinking about HTML & CSS as extensions of the web mission statement
  • Thinking about “open” and “invisible” definitions of user friendly design
  • Understanding (and seeking-out) user-feedback, without sacrificing vision
  • The importance of integrating designers and developmentTalk with clients, stakeholders, and co-workers about the choices we make
Session Track: Keynote
Experience Level:
Date: Thursday June 27
Time: 1:00 - 2:15
Room: 32-123