Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Taking Notes - Episode 64: Viral Edition

The new Taking Notes podcast is available! Check out another episode chock full o' goodness.

Once again, I'm honored to have a segment on the podcast. This time, I look at the five facets of usability as put forth by Jakob Nielsen:

1. Learnability
2. Memorability
3. Efficiency
4. Reliability
5. User Satisfaction

Thanks for listening!

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

There Goes The Neighborhood

By now, I think almost everyone in the Notes community has heard of the Taking Notes Podcast. This great show, hosted by the "effervescent" Bruce Elgort and Julian Robichaux is THE place to get all kinds of inside information about what is happening in the world of Lotus products, and in the technical community at large. If you haven't been following these guys, you have no excuses. Get on over there and start listening...you've got a lot of catching up to do!

Besides the fact that Bruce and Julian are such great guys, the reason for this plug is a little gratuitous self-promotion (and I already feel ashamed for doing so). I was honored with an invitation to start a new "Interface Matters" segment on the podcast. I'll be talking about interface design, usability, the user experience...basically all those goodies that I like discussing here. Of course, these will have a bit of a different slant, since it's a little difficult describing a screenshot over the radio. Unfortunately for you, this invite probably also means that the normally excellent quality of the podcast will begin going downhill! ;-)

I recorded the first part earlier this week and the segment debuts in Episode 60, which was released today (wow...60 already!). Recording it was a lot harder than I expected and after getting through most of it, I learned I really need to have a more defined idea for where I'm going to go with things. Boy...can I ramble on. Hopefully it has some semblance of coherence. Anyway, once I finished, I shipped it off to Bruce for inclusion in the show. He told me he needed to "twiddle me in the garage" (or maybe it was "tweak me in GarageBand")...something like that. I'm not really sure what happened, but it made me feel kind of dirty. :-D Far be it from me to tell a professional his job, though, so I went along with it. With some massive help from the "dweeb" filter in GarageBand, Bruce was able to make me sound bearable (at least one time through). Take a listen and judge the results for yourself.

Thanks again to Bruce and Julian for the opportunity!!! I guess whether or not there will be a second segment will depend on how much hate mail they get. :-D

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Interface Matters When Taking Notes...

Thanks to Nathan's unmentionable favors, last night we were the featured guests on the latest edition of the Taking Notes podcast. We had the opportunity to discuss a little of our user experience philosophy and give listeners a sneak peek into what we'll be covering in our Lotusphere sessions. Please kick back and take a listen.

Thanks to Bruce and Julian for the opportunity!

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Interface | Matters @ Lotusphere

BP101 - Designing The User Experience: Why Your Interface Matters
BOF202 - Designer's Unite: Developing Innovative Interfaces In IBM Lotus Notes

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

"Taking Notes" With Mike Rhodin

Earlier today...in between all the chores :-)... I took some time to listen to the latest "Taking Notes" podcast. As usual, Julian and Bruce did a great job. This episode had a very nice interview with Mike Rhodin, Lotus General Manager. I was specifically pleased with how he talked about Notes 8 and its "outside in" focus on the UI. This is one of the core points of the "Interface First" design methodology that I use in all of my projects, and it is great to hear (from yet another source), that IBM is making such an effort on this front.

For Notes Developers, it's going to be important to take advantage of the new tools and templates that will be made available to us. I think it will be crucial for our community to place a renewed effort on UI design. As Julian mentioned, it will be pretty bad from a user standpoint to have this beautiful and slick new UI, only to pollute it with ugly apps or apps that have not focused on usability. This is exciting to me, since I think it will make the stuff that Nathan and I have been talking about lately even more relevant.

Besides all of the recent press from the IBM folks, I take it as a positive sign that Notes developers are actually reading this blog and others like it. It's also heartening to know that the interest is enough to warrant sessions at popular dev conferences. Yep...I think UI design in Notes is finally getting its due...and that is a very good thing!

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