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Social Design 101 - Sachin Monga, Facebook
Social design is a practice for thinking about software experiences as “multiplayer games” (as opposed to “single player games”). Real world and online experiences can be improved with software when they are personalized for you and your friends are with you wherever you are – and it’s becoming easier for us to bring our identities & friends with us to every online or real world experience. This session will cover strategies for designing any experience as social from the ground up, by drawing from examples on Facebook.com and apps built off the Facebook platform.
Sachin works on the platform team at Facebook Canada, focused on helping brands and developers build people-centric products by leveraging the Facebook Platform. Prior to joining the Canadian team, he did product marketing for Open Graph at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto. Sachin studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and is a frequent instructor on the topics of social design and information distribution.
A Whirlwind Primer on Microsoft’s Modern Design Language - Paul Laberge, Microsoft
You’ve seen images (or even tried) Windows 8. You’ve seen Windows Phone unique style. You’ve experience the new XBOX dashboard. What do these things have in common? A modern design language that defines experience through a user-centric approach! In this primer, Microsoft will tell you exactly what their Modern Design Language is, what it isn’t (a hint: it’s not boxes, text and bright colours…), where it came from and where it’s going. By the end of this talk, you’ll know what will make an amazing, modern Microsoft app experience tick and how you can use it to further your own creative ideas.
Paul Laberge is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft Canada, focusing on helping the developer ecosystem build great apps and services on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Azure. Paul brings a wealth of experience from both a technical and business perspective with over 14 years of experience in product development and marketing, management consulting and technical evangelism. As part of his role at Microsoft, he can be seen working directly with developers and designers building solutions for the Microsoft platform as well as speaking at events both in-person and online. He is also passionate about great design and can be seen talking and blogging about Metro, Microsoft’s new design language. Paul blogs on http://w00t.ms and can be found on twitter at @plaberge (http://www.twitter.com/plaberge).
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