Speaking & Teaching
I enjoy speaking and teaching as time allows, on subjects ranging from the nitty-gritty topics of front-end development to highly-theoretical topics involving social psychology as it relates to user experience, and a lot in between.
Lately, I've been speaking about topics relating to:
- Product Design as a User Experience discipline. How to think holistically about the product before and during the design process, considering business goals in concert with user goals, and shaping product requirements into an offering that has a great chance of success.
- How design and UX fit into an agile process. Namely, how to ensure that designers of all types have adequate time and resources to do quality work while still fully embracing an agile methodology at the project level.
- Low-budget and short-timeline UX practices. Anyone can do good UX work given an unlimited budget and timeline, but when the constraints are tight, it can be a challenge to do anything other than make assumptions.
- The impact of psychology on the user experience. Design patterns and principles are what help us get from a problem to a solution faster, but when they don't address our solutions, there's another option besides trial and error: bringing theory from social sciences to apply them to design.
- HTML5 & CSS3. These new front-end standards (or in-progress standards) may not be ready for every site yet, but judicious use of them can be made today and can save you hours of development time for the right clients. Note, this site makes use of both.
If you're interested in having me speak at your event, do contact me using my contact form.