Thank you so much to the ~29 people who showed up for the thirteenth week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me.
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Whit Hour – Week 13
August 16, 2010, from 10:17-11:17pm ET
This Week’s Beer
None! It was a rough day and I figured beer wasn’t a good idea.
Questions Asked and (Hopefully) Answered
- how do you handle convincing backend developers that a ui change is beneficial when they argue that its not the case?
- how do you find/attract your freelance work?
- have you had to abadon any UX projects
- how do you find the confidence to advice a team? just through all your research that you’ve done or purely thru believing in yourself?
- Why did you choose to be an independent consultant as opposed to starting a business?
- Do you learn from developers? How can developers help improve UX?
- where do UX people hang out / discuss online
- Have you ever had to work with any Interwoven/Autonomy products? If so what are your thoughts?
- what type of projects do you work on for your own professional exercise, writing, desiging, playing spider solitaire?
- what are your favourite tools? any prototyping tools?
- do you do any UX outside of HCI?
- How do you determine when to use traditional UX patterns vs. trying to create new ones?
- what beer are you drinking tonight?
- what’s the #1 book in your library, fiction or work related, doesn’t matter
Full Text Chat
Welcome to the ‘whithour’ room.
whitneyhess mod: So it appears that Livestream isn’t working for me
whitneyhess mod: Is anyone in here?
crashhelmet: i am
jonathan: Hi whitney!
shiawuen: showing offline
PML: all your bases are belong to us
crashhelmet: this is cursed
whitneyhess mod: Livestream Webcaster won’t launch
whitneyhess mod: this is the 4th platform i’ve tried in a year, it’s incredible
crashhelmet: you should just run go to meeting haha
jonathan: there you are
crashhelmet: you are on the air
gabimoore changed their nickname to gabimoore.
jgilkey: yes, i can hear you
justin_davis: gotcha now!
jgilkey: lots of echo though
jonathan: I can hear you
shiawuen: no problem
pixelflips: yay! finally made it home from work at a decent hour. yup can hear you
Leon: I can hear you clearly over here in the Republic of Panama
gabimoore: awesome of you to be doing this today, i know it’s been a rough day
pixelflips: how do you handle convincing backend developers that a ui change is beneficial when they argue that its not the case?
jonathan: whitney appears to have frozen
stillpixels: how do you find/attract your freelance work?
pixelflips: awesome – great answer!! thanks for the tip, that is very helpful and will def be used in my arsenal – thanks again!
jonathan: no you’re good now
crashhelmet: have you had to abadon any UX projects
shanink: how do you find the confidence to advice a team? just through all your research that you’ve done or purely thru believing in yourself?
gabimoore: Why did you choose to be an independent consultant as opposed to starting a business?
justin_davis: sounds like @jmspool’s hands vs. brains article :)
stillpixels: great answer – cheers! “independant” over “freelancer” is a good distinction
GangstaCode: where do UX people hang out / discuss online
crashhelmet: ouch. sounds sucky. thanks for the honesty.
RodrigoSanchez: @GanstaCode look into IxDA and UPA groups in your local area
gabimoore: Do you learn from developers? How can developers help improve UX?
RodrigoSanchez: those are great places to meet great people in UX
crashhelmet: what are your favourite tools (sorry if this is a repeat question)
shanink: awesome :)
mango: hire an assistance
mango: like inception, assemble your own team
gabimoore: I hear you, I’m exactly the same, trusting is really hard
robertbanh: are those all your books behind you? wow
whitneyhess mod: http://www.elizabethbuie.com/resources/uxtweeps-p2.html
whitneyhess mod: http://www.elizabethbuie.com/resources/uxtweeps.html
GangstaCode: gangsta answer
orian: why aren’t those just two Twitter lists?
crashhelmet: do you do any UX outside of HCI
r: Have you ever had to work with any Interwoven/Autonomy products? If so what are your thoughts?
macdeke: So … what type of projects do you work on for your own professional exercise, writing, desiging, playing spider solitaire?
shanink: i was gonna just ask if you dedicate time to reading :) i have a problem with books myself. LOVE.
FallLine: Couldn’t agree more on your assessment (UX v HCI)
whitneyhess mod: Jan Chipchase
Ian: interwoven is a content management system
r: Interwoven/Autonomy make enterprise level Content Management Systems and Asset management tools.
zarzecks: driving range helps too :)
crashhelmet: • r.e. HCi sorry i meant ourside of web/software development
gabimoore: any prototyping tools?
crashhelmet: thanks for reply on tools – just wanted to know what you used not an endorsement
crashhelmet: and finally – i LOVE skitch
shanink: i have that same ‘issue’, not ‘problem’. fiction vs. work related books. i don’t feel so alone this evening…i’m glad i joined in this live chat.
jonathan: Yes I have that same issue, shanink!
robertbanh: +1 book problem here too :)
zarzecks: How do you determine when to use traditional UX patterns vs. trying to create new ones?
crashhelmet: oooh good question
zarzecks: ugly word :)
robertbanh: what are some UX patterns? just to name a few…
jonathan: Would these be considered UX patterns? http://patterns.endeca.com/content/library/en/home.html
zarzecks: skip intro?
whitneyhess mod: http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns/
whitneyhess mod: http://quince.infragistics.com/
whitneyhess mod: http://www.designingsocialinterfaces.com/patterns.wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
whitneyhess mod: http://www.flickr.com/photos/factoryjoe/collections/72157600001823120/
zarzecks: even: http://jqueryui.com/
robertbanh: thank you for talking about design patterns between developers and UI users
jodyferry: what’s your big idea for an iPhone app?
jonathan: that’s a very mysterious response :)
jodyferry: yes! thanks!
zarzecks: what beer are you drinking tonight?
robertbanh: what’s the #1 book in your library, fiction or work related, doesn’t matter
shanink: thank you! :D
jonathan: that’s a tough question
shanink: or one that you’d read again, no question
robertbanh: no, u can answer how u like
shanink: right, robertbanh
whitneyhess mod: Time and Again, Jack Finney
robertbanh: i’m buying that book tonight!
zarzecks: really great b!ook
robertbanh: like max tivoli and time traveler’s wife
RodrigoSanchez: thanks as always whitney. ps i got my copy of objectified :-) looking forward to watching it this weekend.
robertbanh: thank you!
whitneyhess mod: Sketching User Experiences, Bill Buxton
jonathan: Whitney’s Book Club ;)
shanink: thank you, thank you
jonathan: thank you
jodyferry: good night. See ya! :)
Pedro Belleza: Thanks!
jgilkey: thank you :)
jonathan: good night!
lwcavallucci: Hi Whitney, I’m listening in, but working at same time. Great Whithour tonight.
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Monday, August 23, 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour (new location), and bring your questions!