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October 08, 2008

Burgers, Rain and Sumo Sacs

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The trip to dConstruct in (a wet and windy) Brighton with my fellow D&Uers began on the Thursday night with a feast at GBK. An excellent burger indeed. Although I’m not sure why Dom, Tufty and I felt the need to eat 5 burgers between us?

The conference was full of many familiar faces from other conferences I’ve attended. Like-minded folk from Yahoo, BBC, Google and Vodafone were all there to listen to various people discuss designing for the social web.

As is the usually the case at these events, some speakers had more interesting things to say, or rather, I was more interested in specific topics more than others.

I found Daniel Burka’s talk on Designing for Interaction was the most interesting for me (once you got over the constant name-dropping and being good friends with Kevin Rose). I liked his ideas on how to encourage users to participate and take that first step into using a site, such as reducing barriers, in particular a simple sign up process. Geni.com was the example he used, but I think this is quite common across all the popular 2.0 sites.

Although geared toward the social web, I think we could do with taking on board this point. Previous research I have done on the film channel shows how a dreadful sign in and registration process really does have a negative impact on the whole UX. By simplifying registration, giving users a taste of what’s on offer, and an incentive to fully participate, one would imagine you increase your visitors. His presentation slides were pretty good as well.

I think one thing I feel I need to do at these events is to engage and network a bit more with others. But when there is a group of you tend to stay together. Maybe next time.

Finally, I think we need to get a Sumo Sac in the See, Play, Learn area.

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