I'm happy to say that this abstract was submitted as a co-presentation with the one and only Tom Duff! Since we've officially put the abstract together, I wanted to update this idea to include the new one. My initial thoughts on this subject are below that. Thanks for voting!
Do your Lotus Notes apps look good? We mean really good? If not, but you're ready to make the jump "from plumber to painter", then this session is for you! Today, it's critical to make your UI as compelling, friendly and just plain awesome as possible. In this session, explore the basics of Interface First design. You'll uncover exactly what it is, why it's important and how to get started. We'll also explore the business justifications for using a screen back approach, how to convince your boss to change your methodology and the benefits gained. You'll also discover why you should re-design the UI of existing high profile applications. With this sound theory under your belt, you too will know the secret for getting users to WOW!
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If you read my blog, it will come as no surprise to you that I think the user interface is the most important aspect of your application. To the user, the UI *is* the application, so it's important to make it as solid and friendly as possible. Unfortunately, Lotus Notes has long suffered from applications developed with UI being an afterthought, leading to difficult to use, unattractive applications. In this session, we would explore the business justifications for using a screen back approach to design, starting with the interface first. You'll uncover the reasons why this is so important for businesses today, how to convince your boss to change your design methodology and the benefits you get from using this approach (think: faster project completion, better user acceptance, etc.). You'll also walk away with answers to the question on why you should re-design the UI of existing high profile applications.