Tuesday, October 16, 2007

HighEdWebDev: Lessons Learned from a Hair Stylist

Brought to you by W&M's contingent at HighEdWeb

Beck Tench of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University led an incredible workshop on "Designing Compelling User Experiences" this morning. She presented ideas on brainstorming with concept maps, bulls-eye diagrams, and card sorts.

Beck went in depth about how to effectively build web site navigation and how to limit "scope creep." Despite the complex nature of the topics she presented, her take home message came from something her hair stylist said: In the real world, time is short. The best way to get things done is trust your methods, ask good questions, and trust your instincts.

Good advice for the web, and for life in general.

posted by Joel Pattison

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