IxDA Pittsburgh invites designers and software developers to an evening about how we work together, hosted by AlphaLab. Enjoy two great presentations, chat amid the AlphaLab offices, and enjoy snacks and refreshments provided by Daedalus Product Development.
"Working with Developers for Fun and Profit"
Jack Moffett | Senior Interaction Designer, Inmedius
A lot of recent discussion, in IxDA and elsewhere, asks what is required to be an Interaction Designer. Do you have to be good at visual design? Do you have to know how to code? These are the wrong questions. The question we should be asking is, “What skills and methods will make us better Interaction Designers?” The answers vary greatly, depending on the type of company you work for, team makeup, types of projects, and so forth. A closer working relationship with developers, and participation in more of the development process, will improve your ability to deliver outstanding products, and will increase your satisfaction as a designer. In this talk, Jack explains his reasoning and shows how to tightly integrate with your development team.
MockupTiger: a design/dev tool demo
Nilesh Jethwa | Founder & Developer, Rudrasoft
Nilesh will present MockupTiger (http://www.mockuptiger.com), a php application for Dashboard and website prototyping. You'll see how to use this tool to build mockups, mixing textual widgets with charts to represent design ideas quickly. Nilesh seeks valuable feedback from the design and development communities.