Saturday, November 08, 2008

BayCHI Monthly Program

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Monthly Program (BayCHI)

"New Models for Publishing and Browsing on the Web
Tristan Harris, Apture

For the last decade, two main browsing models have seemingly dominated the web navigation experience: 1) using the forward/back navigation stack to navigate pages synchronously, and 2) opening new browser windows and tabs to navigate pages asynchronously. Both of these models respect the basic idea that the web should be composed fundamentally of pages. But contemporary web "2.0" applications continue to show us that there is a need for alternative models. Apture is a new company pioneering new ways to both publish and browse information more efficiently and in a richer format for the end user. I will talk about several of these models, and demonstrate how it is being applied to applications such as blogging and large online publishing websites.

Tristan Harris is the Co-Founder and CEO of Apture, a company empowering bloggers and publishers to turn flat web pages into rich and engaging multimedia experiences. A Mayfield Fellow with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in entrepreneurship, Tristan stopped out of the Stanford Computer Science Masters program in 2007 to start Apture. He is an alumnus of Wikia and has two pending patents from his work at Apple Computer. Tristan holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University with a focus in Human Computer Interaction.

How Leonardo da Vinci Invented the Design Profession
Aline Baeck, Intuit

When Leonardo da Vinci described himself in his notebook as a "speculator on this machine of ours," he acknowledged and united his two major fields of study: the human body and machinery. Centuries of analysis have revealed how his interest in the human body grew from his work as an artist. But unlike his artwork, Leonardo's career as an engineer has only recently been analyzed in depth, even though every official appointment Leonardo held referred to him as an engineer rather than an artist. It is not surprising then, that the way he applied his knowledge of the human body to his mechanical designs has garnered far less attention. However, Leonardo's interest in the two seemingly unrelated fields of human ability and mechanical design is not unique, just prescient.

Today, these fields are connected in the modern design profession. But this profession does more than examine human abilities, it systematically applies that knowledge to improve the design of machines in an iterative process, as well as considers the health and safety of users. Is it possible that Leonardo combined his interest in the human body and engineering, and demonstrated modern design methods four hundred years before the modern design profession?

Aline Baeck has worked in interaction design for nearly 20 years and has published articles on product design in multiple journals in the field. Currently an Experience Design Architect at Intuit, Aline has applied her passion for design to various industries such as national defense, information technology, medical ultrasound, telecommunications, b2b internet products, and small business solutions, and holds several patents. Aline received her Master's degree from Stanford University in 2005."    (Continued via BayCHI)    [Usability Resources]


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