UX design and usability for mobile
25-26 May 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria
May 25th - Seminar day: presentations and panel discussion
May 26th - Two interactive workshops. After party
May 27-29th - An optional 3-day tour around Bulgaria: ancient monasteries, wine cellars, and more
The conference starts with eight presentations held in English and Bulgarian with simultaneous translation. We finish the day with a discussion.
Developer relationship manager at Opera
Chris is an open standards evangelist and writer at Opera. He edits dev.opera.com, writes articles on open web technologies, and speaks at web conferences worldwide. He also plays the drums really loud.Lecture:
Inclusive design: real accessibility for everyone
In this modern age, to only think of accessibility as being about people with disabilities is rather short sighted, if you'll pardon the pun. There are now more diverse user bases to consider than ever before, from users with disabilities, to users of various devices such as mobile phones, tablets and iPads. Inclusive design is a concept representing a step forward in the evolution of accessibility, and in this session, Chris will look at it's underlying concepts, such as considering as many users as possible at the start or a project, user surveys and testing, and optimization of content for different types of users.
Engineer and designer at VMware
Conrad Albrecht-Buehler is a designer and engineer at VMware in the Advanced Development group, where he creates innovative, experimental interfaces that enable users to cope with complexity and large amounts of information.Lecture:
Leave Me Alone! Interruption Is The Worst Thing About Mobile Devices
Ding! You have a new SMS. Ding! You have a new stock update. Ding! You have new tweets. Mobile devices create the opportunity for any application designer to immediately alert their users to any change in information, but when we disrespect our users' attention, we can unintentionally create the worst experience of all.
Partner at FatDUX Group
Eric Reiss is CEO of the Copenhagen-based FatDUX Group, which designs interactive experiences, both online and off. The company maintains offices throughout Europe and North AmericaLecture:
Web Dogma - Killer content or content that kills?
The noisier our pages get, the more difficult it can be to spot the important information – particularly on a small mobile screen. Worse still, if the information surrounding the core content is irrelevant, you may actually kill the user experience and undermine the business goals of the site owner.
User interface designer at Telerik
Designs user interfaces at Telerik. Has been working with the web for the last 10 years. Participates in the development of some of the biggest and most interesting web sites in Bulgaria, recently he has been working on desktop applications.Lecture:
A UX Designer In Transition - the process, the skills, the tools
How a UX designer handles the transition to another medium? Which part of the stuff he knows is still valid and what new he has to learn?
Senior designer at Economedia
Kosta is a designer of information platforms. Specializes with sites like Dnevnik.bg and Capital.bg on a daily basis. He faces the challenge to present them equally well on different devices.Lecture:
It is small, demanding and constantly changing. What is it? One topic on trends in mobile design. How to follow and survive them. Sincere and personal from the experience of a simple designer.
Experience designer at Adaptive Path
Peter (1970) is an experienced UX practitioner, design process freak, and beer lover, working for the Amsterdam office of Adaptive Path.Lecture:
Look around you - influences on UX
Of course you know what your deliverables are in a UX project, but I encourage you to explore what other team members create and how their work impacts the user experience.
CEO of Gugga
GUGGA is an ADOBE MAX award winning company for 2010 in the social computing category. He has 10 years experience creating large scale internet platforms. Likes to argue about Rich Internet Applications and UX. When it comes to software firmly believes in the "Less is more" philosophy.Lecture:
Moving from Desktop to Mobile - Team, we've been hired to do a major IPAD app
After 8 years of desktop and web development your first and major project for mobile development can be a little bit intimidating ... or not?
Vladimir Petkov — Kaladan
Digital products director at Economedia
Vladimir Petkov prefers to be called Kaladan. Currently he is Digital products director at Economedia, which makes him responsible for projects such as Dnevnik.bg, Capital.bg, and Karieri.bg. Member of the Board of Directors of Center for media arts Interspace, Foundation Kult.bg, Bulgarian Web Association, and IABulgaria.Lecture:
Mobile usage of new media
Why will the mobile usage outgrow the conventional one, and how is the use of the mobile medium characterized? How should we change the content and the services that we provide, in order to fit this new way of use?
WORKSHOPS, THURSDAY, MAY 26 2011
On the second day we continue with two 4-hour workshops.
Good design faster
Peter Boersma, Adaptive Path
To create great user experiences, you need fast, agile, and compelling tools that generate new ideas and solve tough problems of interactivity, flow, and form.
The workshop, is an immersive, hands-on experience that takes you from back-of-the-napkin sketching to complete, team-approved designs in a remarkably short time. It brings together Adaptive Path's favorite techniques for rapid, flexible design and prototyping, and recreates the high-energy experience of working in an Adaptive Path design studio.In this workshop you'll learn methods and build skills to:
- Explore a variety of design possibilities through a structured, rapid ideation process.
- Convey your ideas and build team buy-in using sketchboards.
- Facilitate honest, productive design reviews with a multi-disciplinary team.
- Put it all together into a repeatable, sprint-driven design process.
HTML5 and CSS3: the easy path to responsive, adaptable, accessible user interfaces
Chris Mills, Opera
There is a lot of buzz around HTML5 and CSS3, but what can you actually do with them, and what will work across different browsers today? Sure, the technologies sound sexy, but there is no point using them if a large proportion of your user base then can't access your content. So what do we do?
This workshop will give you a real world picture of the most interesting and well supported HTML5 and CSS3 features, and how to create a web site that rocks, but will still be accessible to older browsers, mobile users, and people with disabilities.The topics that will be covered include:
- HTML5 semantic elements
- HTML5 forms
- CSS3 for easier bling and more responsive UIs
- Cross-browser videos with Flash fallbacks
- Mobile optimized layouts
- Appcache for working offline
PICTURES FROM UX SOFIA 2011
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CULTURAL TOUR, FRIDAY–SUNDAY, MAY 27–29 2011
Dobarsko – Dobrinishte – Bansko - Vlahi - Melnik - Rila Monastery - Sofia
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This event is organized by Lucrat. If you would like to participate or to become a partner/sponsor contact: