Its that time of the week, where I share some hand curated web development resources. It has been a very busy week for me. My in laws are in town, which gave me an opportunity to help them upgrade to Windows 10. I am sure you are like just about every other developer I know, the defacto tech guy in the family. But having time with parents and older relatives is important because it gives us a better sense at how real people view our work.
I think every time I spend time with relatives and the topic of modern technology comes up in the conversations they always bring the discussion to a simple point:
"why can't you just make stuff simple?"
So with that I pass along that challenge to you. Keep your user experiences simple and easy to understand. Understand how to reduce friction and user frustration.
In my links this week I have several user experience resources. And remember performance is user experience, so always pay close attention to those resources because I feel front-end performance is the primary user experience feature developers can control.
I want to start my links this week with the latest DotNetRocks podcast, the Science of Great Design with Mark Miller. I listened to the interview this morning and it is full of entertainment as well as great insight into building great user experiences. I will listen to it again on my drive down to Raleigh Tuesday, I always listen to Mark's interviews as least twice.
Mark is my favorite DotNetRocks interviewee. I had the privilege of spending an extended period of time with Mark at an event in Dallas this past Spring. That was a great one on one experience. I can't think of someone in our developer world we should tap into more than Mark when it comes to understanding why and how to orchestrate great user experience. I cannot wait to listen to this interview.
Speaking of my drive to Raleigh. I will be speaking about Responsive Web Design Wednesday night at TRINUG. I love coming back to the user group that really helped me take my skills to the next few levels. I have some great friends and fond memories of this group. If you are in the Triangle, please come to the meeting and introduce yourself.