Saturday, September 23rd, 2006>p>A while back, we asked you if we should add more design-related (i.e., user experience, or UX for short) content to this fall’s Ajax Experience conference in Boston. We heard your feedback, and we’re proud to announce that we have rounded up eight sessions devoted to the topic — an entire track. Dion and I are pretty geeky, but I think we’ve put together a good program, which includes:
Sarah Nelson and David Verba from premier user experience agency Adaptive Path; they’ll talk about the principals of visual design, interaction design, information architecture and user research from an Ajax perspective.
Aza Raskin from boutique human/computer interaction consultancy Humanized. Aza is the son of computer usability pioneer Jef Raskin, but he’s got plenty of his own credentials to back him. We’re looking forward to hearing his remarks, especially after seeing the elegance of Humanized’s simple CSS aggregator.
Yahoo!, one of the Ajax Experience sponsors, is providing three sessions, delivered by Bill Scott (creator of the Rico framework and Yahoo! Evangelist) and Nate Koechley (member of Y!UI team and frequent speaker). They’ll cover all kinds of aspects of designing for the user experience, including accessibility, one of the hot (relatively uncovered) topics at the last show.
And speaking of accessibility, one of IBM’s Ajax Accessibility wizards, Becky Gibson, will also be speaking about the topic. We can’t wait to hear what she says, as we are constantly asked about this.
ThoughtWorker Jeff Patton will be sharing his extensive experience designing enterprise applications with a focus on user experience, sharing the process and procedures he uses as he does so.
Independent consultant Aaron Gustafson will be drawing on his experience as member of the Web Standards Project, editor of A List Apart, member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, and frequent author to teach us how to ruin the user experience through a presentation of anti-patterns from which to learn the true path of enlightenedment.
We haven’t updated the Ajax Experience website with all of this information yet, but it’ll be on-line early next week. With the early-bird registration ending on Monday, September 25, and the conference coming up in a month, sign up soon at www.theajaxexperience.com.
We’ve got a bunch of news surrounding the event; look for more postings next week.
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 5:02 pm