Design that’s Easy on The Brain: My talk from FITC’s Spotlight UX/UI

Last month I had the opportunity to speak at FITC’s “Spotlight UX/UI” here in Toronto. This one day event featured seven speakers and I was honoured to kick off the morning with my talk entitled “Design That’s Easy on the Brain“.

They recently posted the recording of the talk so I’m embedding it below. Unfortunately I think they had a technical issue so the last few minutes got cut off – The full slide deck is on Slideshare so you can see what you missed. (I think it’s around slide 75 in the deck where the video ends)

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Speaking at the Canadian Association of Journalists’ “Innovate News” conference

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This upcoming weekend, on January 30th, I’ll be speaking at the Innovate News conference at MaRS. The conference is put on by Canadian Association of Journalists and the CAJ Education Fund.

“The Canadian Association of Journalists and the CAJ Education Foundation are kicking off the decade with a groundbreaking conference where news staff and management can learn about emerging techniques, technologies and models to transform journalism for the 21st century. The conference focuses on skills, strategies and tactics that journalists and their organizations can start implementing immediately.”

I’m quite excited as they’ve got a few visually oriented people on the speaker list. Personally, I’ll be talking about visual thinking techniques that can be used to help gather and organize information, develop the story, and even tips on recognizing opportunities where using a visual or information graphic as the final product will improve the effectiveness, or clarity of a story.

Other speakers include:

  • Jim Brady, president, digital strategy, Allbritton Communications; former executive editor of WashingtonPost.com
  • Bill Buxton, principal researcher, Microsoft Research
  • John Cruickshank, publisher, Toronto Star
  • Michael Lee, chief strategy officer, Rogers
  • Patrick Lor, president, Fotolia North America
  • Rachel Nixon, director of digital media, CBC News
  • Kenny Yum, editor, GlobeandMail.com

Full details for the conference can be found here, it looks like a really interesting day of content.

[Follow-up] The Integrated Content Lifecycle

The Integrated Content Lifecycle

A quick post to update you on the Translation World session, “The Integrated Lifecycle: Creating a Foundation for Envisioning and Planning an Integrated Translation Lifecycle that I facilitated last month – A summary of the session, as well as the visual outputs, including a high-rez PDF, are now available on my site, here.

Overall I think the session went really, really well – we had a perfect mix of attendees (we had three of the four major stakeholders represented) and all had mixed levels of experience with integrated systems. I’m really happy with the final visual as well – I think we captured the important points and I know the attendees themselves gained a much deeper understanding of the process and discovered areas where integrating systems might prove valuable. Be sure to check out the full rundown of the session (including the process we used) and sneak a peak at the full-size graphic while you’re at it.

All of the outputs have been licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-commercial, Share-alike license.

As a freelance facilitator and information designer, I can help your organization discover, define and develop your story so you can share it more effectively – If your organization could benefit from better explaining what it is you do, then I can be of help, contact me today.

Upcoming: Integrated Lifecycle Workshop at Translation World Toronto – May 13th

trans_worldNext week I’ll be running a half-day workshop at Translation World 2009 here in Toronto. It should be an interesting session, we’re going to work with the attendees to start to frame out a common language for specifying and mapping out integrations in the translation industry.

The full session description is below:

The Integrated Lifecycle: Creating a Foundation for Envisioning and Planning an Integrated Translation Lifecycle

Over the past few years, the translation industry has seen a huge evolution in the tools, technologies and standards available to help streamline the translation process. Clients, technology providers and language service providers alike are dealing with an ever-changing landscape of service and technology offerings claiming to help make the translation process more efficient. While many organizations are beginning to embrace this shift, the industry still lacks a common language to describe and specify how the various components relate to each other to create a seamless process. This workshop aims to begin filling that gap.

During this unique, interactive session, attendees will work together through a facilitated, visual process to define the components, standards and considerations for creating integrated, efficient, translation lifecycles. Further, we’ll look at how the various components and workflows work together. This workshop is ideal for anyone who has involvement in, or direct responsibility for the ongoing improvement of processes within their organization, whether they are on the client or vendor side.

Attendees will play an active role in shaping this common language and will leave the workshop with a new tool set for envisioning and planning integrated lifecycle solutions.

If this is up your alley, and you want to be part of shaping this critical tool set, I hope you can join us next Wednesday! Registration is $235 for the halfday session. All of the registration details and forms can be found here.

– Ryan

Designing for Visual Efficiency – My FITC Toronto Talk

Yesterday I gave a talk at FITC Toronto on designing for visual efficiency. I was originally approached last fall to submit a idea and my original intention was to do a talk focused on design for information heavy graphics and recommendations on best pratices for designing them. But, based on some of the content I got to see at our VizThink conference in San Jose this February though I decided to shift and narrow the focus to designing for visual efficiency, a slightly different topic but still quite relevant to the original context.

When I say visual efficiency what I’m actually referring to is the idea of designing to reduce the amount of processing our minds have to understand what we’re looking at.Overall I think it was fairly well received, by the end of the session it was standing room only. I think I achieved my goal of sparking the idea in attendee’s heads that it’s important to think about, consider and factor HOW people see, and how to work with that process,  into their designs.

The presentation is embedded below – I’d love to hear your feedback or questions. I may also represent it at an upcoming VizThink Toronto.

Suggested Reading and links to the imagery used in the presentation can be found on my FITC09 page on the site.