Wednesday February 13th, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET)

Cost: FREE

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Design patterns too often represent the low-level details of a design: the controls, interactions, and widgets. They’re useful for these low-level details, but not for the more important and complex structural problems of a system. After all, typical design patterns only show what someone else has designed—they don’t teach you HOW to create a holistic, well-structured design. Interaction patterns are different because they focus on structure, interaction, and flow, not low-level design details. At InContext Design, they’re a critical part of our design process.

In this talk, I’ll define Interaction Patterns and using real world examples, I’ll illustrate some of their benefits:

• Reveal significant design problems by analyzing the structure (or lack of structure)

• Understand new design paradigms before incorporating them into your design

• Get out of a design rut and open up thinking—by understanding structure in different domains

• Provide a solid foundation and shared understanding of the design, including a clear way to communicate structure, not just UI, to key stakeholders

This presentation will be valuable to interaction designers, interface designers, UX designers and non-designers alike—anyone involved with the process of creating products that have a user interface.


David Rondeau, Design Chair at InContext Design

David has over 20 years of design experience that spans graphic, visual, interaction, and user experience design in a variety of media. Since 2001, he has been the Design Chair at InContext, overseeing designs produced at the company, improving the company’s design process, coaching and providing design expertise for project teams, and participating as a team member. He has worked with many clients across a wide variety of industries on software, web, mobile, and consumer products. With expertise in contextual inquiry, visioning, paper and interactive prototyping, interaction design, and interaction design patterns, David has helped clients create solutions in many fields, including medical, financial, legal, enterprise, IT, automotive, sports, entertainment, collaboration.

Prior to joining InContext, David was a Senior Multimedia Designer at SilverPlatter Education, Inc., where he designed and developed award-winning products for medical education. He holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Lowell, MA.