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Beyond Usability with Jeffrey Veen

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So, back to Web Essen­tials. I’ve read most of the blog posts — new items on Tech­no­rati tagged with WE05 are start­ing to peter out — so I’ve got to get the rest of my thoughts out there. Next up is Mr Jef­frey Veen.

Yes, that’s right, I’m still work­ing through my notes on Day 1. After Molly’s keynote and Tantek’s ses­sion on mean­ing­ful XHTML, I got my 30 sec­onds of fame, intro­duc­ing Jeff Veen. He’s a great speaker and I’d say that many WE05 atten­dees would con­sider Jeff’s two ses­sions high­lights of the con­fer­ence. Lots of peo­ple I spoke to who went to his work­shop the day before gave glow­ing reports. Engag­ing? Check. Dynamic? Check. Funny? Hell Yes. Tall? Very!

So what did I take away from Jeff’s pre­sen­ta­tions? Lots really, and I’ll have to read the pre­sen­ta­tions while lis­ten­ing to the pod­casts because so many of the slides were punc­tu­ated with great sto­ries. One thing that really stuck: the Need Hay/Have Hay web site. I’ve def­i­nitely seen that site men­tioned before, although I can’t remem­ber where, but it was a timely reminder that some­times you need to pare every­thing down to the most basic ele­ments. (Also some­thing about learn­ing to roll in a sea kayak. Just lis­ten to the pod­cast, ok?).

Another thing was that Jeff con­sid­ers him­self a designer. I wish all design­ers I came across cared about user expe­ri­ence (beyond the eye­ball expe­ri­ence) in the same way.

Oh, and like every­one else I got to meet at Web Essen­tials, Jeff was very approach­able and signed my copy of his book The Art & Sci­ence of Web Design even after I told him that I’d bought it in a bar­gain bin for AUD $5 and hadn’t actu­ally read it until he started giv­ing away the PDF (and yes, I made the awful joke “could you sign my PDF”, pos­si­bly sev­eral times). Seri­ously, it is a good book and I rec­om­mend that you check it out (even if you just down­load it) because even though it’s 5 years old, tech­niques may change but prin­ci­ples don’t. But you should buy it because PDFs don’t look good on the bookshelf.

Tech­no­rati: WE05

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