Nice to be back

I had an amazing trip back to my old stomping grounds in San Francisco. The Web 2.0 Expo was jam packed with great sessions where I picked up heaps of great insights. I’m really happy with the response to my session. The idea of rapid prototyping seemed to really strike a chord. I had a lot of people chasing me down afterward, giving me great feedback and asking excellent questions.

Below are the slides from my session. It won’t make as much sense without having been to the session, but lots of people have asked me to share it. Read this post on agile design for a more detailed description of our process.

While I was in the Bay Area, I caught up with heaps of old friends and made some great new friends. The Bay Area is a very seductive place, so I was a little worried that coming back to Wellington was going to be an anti-climax. It turned out to be quite the opposite. I have a new found appreciation and admiration for our own harbour city and how great we have it here.

9 Comments

Miki Szikszai
April 4, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Cool – any chance you give this presentation in Wellington sometime?

Ben Kepes
April 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Miki – make the trip North – it’s worth the journey. The last thing I am is a web designer but I came away pretty inspired by Philip’s preso…

Nathaniel Flick
April 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

Flash is very difficult to change, though, once you’ve got a presentation going.

I use Balsamiq for lo fi and Fireworks for Hi Fi. Have you tried this workflow? Thoughts?

SD
April 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Any chance of presenting in Brisbane sometime?

Philip Fierlinger
April 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm

@Nathaniel In my experience Flash is extremely easy to change and update. I can make wholesale changes to prototypes in a matter of minutes. I can draw and reposition elements with just a few clicks, across multiple screens of my prototype, in a few seconds. I can insert or remove entire tasks, very quickly.

Fireworks and Balsamiq are good for designing static screens, but not for designing user experiences.

User experiences are not static, they are a process that happens over time. A screen design doesn’t tell you anything about the experience. You really need to design all the steps that happen over the course of the user experience.

Philip Fierlinger
April 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

@SD I’d love to. Are there any events or conferences happening where it would fit?

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