We just launched Dustin Delf’s new website, Laughing Dog Photography. By we I mean Dave from Yellow Pencil and myself. I did the interface and the design and Dave did all of the thinking. =)
It’s a pretty playful site and I think it represents Dustin’s personality pretty well. The site gives Dustin the ability to edit his photos from anywhere.
We broke for lunch and ate at the hotel restaurant which happened to be on the top floor and turned clockwise very slowly. We put a note on the window which went around the room. It read “Count yourself in if the spinning makes you ill”. We got 7 notches.
Kelly Goto opened with a talk titled Designing for Lifestyle. It was based mainly around user experiences with their devices and interfaces that they deal with on a daily basis.
Craig Saila from the Globe and Mail then gave an overview on the struggles of newspapers in today’s online world, how Google News started and how 9-11 altered how we think about online news.
Adrian Holovaty from the Washington Post then got up and showed some examples of how existing published online media is very interesting, but is in uninteresting formats which renders them boring, useless, or doesn’t fully explain the story. I really enjoyed this discussion as I’m usually responsible from turning a website design into a user experience design. His thoughts are summed up in his blog post. A great example of this was taking all of the committed crimes in Chicago (which are all being published online anyways), and creating Chicagocrime.org which organizes, and displays the information in a digestible format that makes it interesting.
The day kicked off with Molly E. Holzschlag giving a pretty funny little talk on crimes committed on the web. Designers and developers from all over the place stood up and confessed their worst mistakes while working on websites. The funniest had to be when a guy stood up and told us that he nested 9 tables and when he nested 10, Netscape would crash so he stuck with 9.
Then the Yellow Pencil crew and I saw an entire lecture and Q & A on microformats. The part I really enjoyed was when Dan from Simplebits showed some small examples of his CSS and how microformatting applied to his work on Cork’d, which is some beautifully executed web design and usability.
Later we saw Joe Clark speak on accessibility, which believe it or not, was pretty hilarious. Joe Clark really knows how to kick off a lecture and he had everyone laughing pretty hard.
Got to Vancouver and as always, Vancouver is a beautiful place to be when Edmonton is -20 degrees.
Today was the workshop day and I saw Kelly Goto give a talk on improving user experience through some interesting investigatory processes. It was great.
We later broke off into groups and went through tasks of assigning the features of our mock website and user testing them on other folks at the conference. I really enjoyed the info she had to share on getting proper results while user testing.