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WSG presentation: Designing usable rich internet applications

I spoke at the inaugural Canberra web standards group this afternoon, on the topic of “Designing usable rich internet applications”.

You can read my presentation: Designing usable rich internet applications but it may not make sense by itself. I’ll let you know when the podcast is available (I’m looking forward to listening to it myself – Peter said I used del.icio.us as a verb – as in ‘you can delicious it’).

When you look at the presentation, it may not be clear what is happening. It is in the S5 format – click on the screen (or use arrows or page up/page down) to go through it, or use the controls in the bottom right-hand corner to jump to a slide. View the outline (the little icon that looks like a 0 with a line through it) to see notes and references.

I have used incremental graphics in it, without using positioning for each individual one (as is the case with Eric and Derek’s examples) – I don’t know whether I’ve done something clever or obvious. If it is clever, let me know and I’ll explain.

[Update - a technical hitch meant that the podcast won't be available. But if you are interested in the topic, have a look at the presentation and keep your eye out for more - I'll be writing and speaking about it again.]

3 Responses to “WSG presentation: Designing usable rich internet applications”

  1. Nathanael Says:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for your presentation this evening; I thought I was going to be the first to blog about it, but you beat me by a whole hour :(

    Just about this Web 2.0 business which gets mentioned alot, but everyone seems to be avoiding (for good reasons!). Personally, I don’t really see it as advances in technology, or even the basis of new web properties such as flickr or del.icio.us. I’m seeing it more as the people behind it all and the change in attitude to everything we do online. Quickly fading are the days of companies desperately trying to retain their IP and maximise their profits, giving way to a community environment where everyone is happy to share their knowledge and product. It’s almost like we’re reverting to a barter system! And for the better, so it seems.

  2. donna Says:

    Yes, there are both perspectives on what web 2.0 is – one is the technology perspective and one is the collaborative perspective. I really don’t care for definitions as long as I can design great stuff!

  3. vanderwal Says:

    Donna, I really liked this and wished I could have heard the presentation. It is the voice of sanity and reason in the must adopt Rich Interface push these days.

    Personally I am seeing some of my favorite sites become less usable because of too much JavaScript and AJAX. The same mistakes from the late 90s are being repeated again today. The same mistakes made with Flash are being repeated in DOM Script interfaces. Much of this is developers not knowing what they are doing and the other is product managers demanding to have the richest site around. There needs to be eduction for both of these camps and your presentation is a good place to start.