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Grant Robinson – Visualising the user experience

Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 9 11.45am.

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Session description

Designing for dynamic web applications and mobile devices poses a new set of challenges. Web designers are increasingly being asked to apply their skills to where the page model no longer applies. We need new ways of exploring the user experience and communicating behaviours involving sub-page changes and movement.

Enter rapid prototyping. Widely acclaimed as one of the best ways to create great user experiences, it isn’t without its own pitfalls. This session will discuss the pros and cons of different prototyping techniques, and introduce a new technique called “screenflows” that focuses on visualising the user experience. Discover how to combine the best of paper prototyping, wireframes and HTML prototyping into one simple and effective prototyping technique. Learn how using this method can dramatically decrease the need for documentation, while increasing the speed and agility of the development process.

About Grant Robinson

Grant Robinson PortraitGrant Robinson is the Senior Interaction Designer at Xero. Xero is an online accounting platform, which was awarded one of the Top 10 Application User Interfaces of 2008 by Nielsen Norman Group, and recently picked up two Webby Awards. Grant helped establish and mature the agile design methodology used at Xero, which is centered on rapid prototyping.

Grant has gained international recognition for both his personal and professional work on multi-user applications, online games, interactive exhibits and open-air installations. Previously, Grant has worked in New Zealand and the UK on projects for BBC Online, British Telecom, Microsoft UK and multi-award winning site

Follow Grant on Twitter: @grantrobinson

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