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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