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Main Meeting: Don't Design Like a Programmer

Have you ever wondered why UI design is so hard? The top challenge is to think about UI design the right way.

In this talk, Everett McKay (a programmer!) explains the UI design approach often used by programmers, exactly why such designs fail with users, and presents some practical techniques that programmers can use to design in a truly user-centered way.

Presentor: Everett McKay is Principal of UX Design Edge, a user experience design training and consulting company for mobile, web, and desktop applications based in Vermont. Everett's specialty is UX design training for software professionals who aren't experienced designers through onsite and public courses and workshops. He just finished writing UI is Communication: How to Design Intuitive, User Centered Interfaces by Focusing on Effective Communication to be published by Morgan Kaufmann in June.

Previously, Everett was a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation on the Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows Server teams. While there, he was responsible for the writing of and consulting on the Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines, and was also responsible for teaching their in-house introductory UI design course. Before joining Microsoft, Everett was a programmer, specializing in designing and developing Windows and Macintosh user interfaces.

**Special Note:**
Everett is offering his UX Design Essentials course at RTP on July 8 – 10. Mention that you are a Triangle .NET User Group member for a 15% discount:

Meeting Agenda:

5:30-6:00 - Welcome/Food   
6:00-6:15 - Announcements   
6:15-7:45 - Presentation
7:45-8:00 - Give-aways

A special thanks to July's main meeting sponsor!

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  • Chris C.

    While no one can tell you how to do UI/UX in an hour, Everett is a great presenter and I like the relevant concepts he addressed.
    Always a treat when I can hear the author of a book I owned speak - shame I couldn't find it and get an autograph (Developing User Interfaces for Microsoft Windows, MS Press 1999)

    July 16, 2013

  • mark h.

    I was reminded of Ray Konopka's UI presentation several years ago. Ray started with horrible UI examples and then led the audience to a desirable UI.

    July 12, 2013

  • Marvick B.

    I enjoyed Everett's presentation. In addition to his great presentation skills, the information was compelling and well organized.

    July 12, 2013

  • Reinaldo T.

    It's was good, entertaining but I was expecting a little more methodology. The general concepts were a good pointer and certainly something to keep in mind for future projects.

    July 12, 2013

  • Ned W. R.

    Great presentation and it pointed out some things to thing about.

    July 10, 2013

  • Mitchell S.

    Ditto (what Mike said)!

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation! Glad I came!

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Meetup. I'd never attended before, and found this to be well laid-out, informative, relaxed and fun. I'm looking forward to continuing to meet with this group! Thanks!

    July 10, 2013

  • Anup I.

    Wonderful presentation !!!

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tied up by work - cannot break away :(

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, NC DOJ HR has not released the Software Developer job posting, which I wanted to mention in the meeting. Once I receive approval, I will post in this Meetup group.

    July 10, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Have to work late tonight, sorry to miss this one!

    July 10, 2013

  • Katherine E.

    Sorry for the last minute change

    July 10, 2013

  • Cedric

    extended work hours

    July 10, 2013

  • Alpesh

    something came up last moment.

    July 9, 2013

  • Ravi R.

    Sorry,I won't be able to attend.

    July 9, 2013

  • David W.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend.

    July 9, 2013

  • Meike H.

    sorry, won't be able to make it due to a conflict ...

    July 9, 2013

  • Dominique

    Look forward!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing +2, if possible. Looking forward to the meeting and learning some new stuff!

    July 2, 2013

  • Reinaldo T.

    Count me in!

    June 26, 2013

  • vijay L.

    i am new to programming

    June 21, 2013

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