Review of the Scott & Neil’s Designing Web Interfaces Master Class

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For our first review, I chose the Scott & Neil's Designing Web Interfaces Master Class, which relates to our Web Usability service. In their videos, they present design patterns for building web interfaces with rich interaction.

First of all, I found that the sound quality was not clearly audible. It was alright for the presenter but the questions from the audience were really difficult to hear. Fortunately, the content is good even though it could benefit from a few improvements as well. Also, I would’ve liked to have access to the slides in case I wanted to have a quick overview or a reminder of each point in the presentation. As for the rest of the material, the video is well captured and the slides contain a lot of interactive examples allowing us to really understand what the presenter is saying.

Bill Scott and Theresa Neil begin with an explanation of why we need to change our way of designing and follow with how to do it. From my point of view, more time should be attributed to the “how” with in depth explanations detailing how to achieve the best results.

After that, Theresa presents “15 screen layouts for designing rich applications” with concrete examples, followed by a few user interface controls. These two parts are similar, however, as a reminder it could be beneficial to have an overview of the most used screen layouts while you work.

The second part of the presentation is hosted by Bill and covers the following subjects: “Interesting moments”, “Input where you output”, “Require a light Footprint”, “Maintain flow”, “Invite interaction”, “Use transition” and finally “Be reactive”. This part is definitely worth it due to Bill’s rich experience and valuable explanations.Bill’s conclusion illustrates his arguments very well: the iPad’s interactions for the deletion of email through the “Mail” app for instance, are easy and inviting, flow well, contain descriptive transactions and go straight to the point.

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