Sunday, January 28, 2007

Speaking at Lotusphere: Some Final Thoughts

I just posted my overall wrap up of Lotusphere 2007 and what an incredible experience it was. Next time, I am going to try and do a lot better job of recording my thoughts at the time, since I probably forgot half of the things I wanted to talk about.

The highlight of this Lotusphere for me, of course, was getting to speak at the conference for the first time. I had the pleasure of working with one of the greats in this business, Mr. Nathan T. Freeman. Nathan's breadth and depth of knowledge in Notes is incredible. He is a really funny and entertaining guy and has a great presence on stage. He said that he was anxious before our sessions, but he seemed totally natural and spot on from my point of view. I really hope we'll get to work together again in the future! I want to publicly thank him here...It was great presenting with you Nathan! :-)

Our first gig of the show was BOF202 - Designer's Unite. This was 7 AM on Tuesday morning, so I wasn't sure we'd get many attendees. About 20 people actually showed up. We had an excellent discussion and Nathan and I didn't have to do all the talking. It was great to put a few more faces with names as well (Kevin, Curt, Richard). As soon as we came into the room, Nathan started rearranging the chairs, having everyone pull them into a circle. :-) It was a great idea, really, as it helped to stimulate the conversation.

Now on to BP101 - Designing the User Experience. I am overwhelmed by the response to this session. I thought it went pretty well, but evidently our lack of being able to rehearse in person didn't put a damper on the enthusiasm of the attendees in receiving the information. Nathan and I were reading through your comments in the evaluations and I am very humbled by the praise you heaped upon us...keep it coming! :-D (hehe...just kidding)

For those of you who attended, thanks very much for showing up. Please remember that the whole point of this session was to inspire you to try and start experimenting with UI constructs. You definitely can create compelling interfaces in Notes...it just takes some persistence. Several attendees commented to me afterwards that they just "can't do UI", but I think if you keep at it and continue to study sites with good design, you most certainly can improve your skills.

If you are here looking for the full slide pack and my demos, please just give me a couple of days to catch up and I will post them (although Nathan is so on the ball he probably already has them up). I will be doing several follow up articles in the new few weeks to drill into much of the theory in more detail, so keep an eye out for that as well. I also invite you to share with the community. If you have a UI that you'd like to show off, send me some screenshots along with a short description. I'll start profiling them here and maybe together we can start to assemble a nice gallery of UI material.

Finally, it was a pleasure getting to meet so many new people this year...thanks for coming over and introducing yourselves. For those of you finding this blog for the first time, Welcome! Below is a quick index to a few of my past postings which relate to some of the topics covered in the session. Cheers!

It's Got Layers
Embedded Editors That Work
Rethink Your Interface
Cascading Navigation In Notes
Using Border Captions To Make Better Use Of Your Screen
Quick Tip: Simulating A Frozen Column
Sometimes, It's About What's Not There

4 comments:

Russell said...

Chris really enjoyed your session with Nathan on the UI Matters. It really got my mind racing with new ideas. You now have a faithful reader of your site. Keep up the good work and look forward to your future postings. Hope to see you back again next year at Lotusphere.

Richard Moy said...

Chris,

You and Nathan did a great job in presenting the importance of UI. Even I learned a feature that I was not aware of in Notes.

Curt Stone said...

Great meeting you and discussing Interface and Usability. I posted on Rocky Oliver's blog that I believe your session was one of the best of the show and long overdue in the Notes world. At one of my previous jobs, I had a graphic artist to work with on my team. Today, it's just me. Your content is much appreciated. Take Care!

Chris Blatnick said...

Thanks everyone! It was great meeting each of you. I look forward to seeing what other people come up with...Should be an exciting time for UI design! :-)