Mobile Monday and in SF
This week I'm in SF to check on the husband and the house and the cats, MinniueEvil and Lardass.
While I'm in town I'm catching up with friends and surveying the mobile landscape.
Yesterday I got to go to Mobile Monday and listen to Ron Mandel of Openwave talk about Device Diversity. He's the Chief Architect for the Developer Tools at Openwave and the main shaker behind WALL/WURFL. I learned a lot about the uses of UAProf.
The other speaker was Brian Fling of Fling Media. He presented Designing User Experiences for Mobile Media. It was interesting, but again, it was kind of recycled UCD process targeted towards mobile design, with not really a lot of mobile substance or examples. I'd really like to see something with examples about designing mobile experiences....use cases, screenshots, etc.
The third speaker from Mobile Monday was a guy from Yahoo with a fetish for gadgets. He showed everybody his gadgets. He had a lot of gadgets......
On the networking side I finally got to meet and talk with Scott Weiss. I am going out to coffee with him on Wednesday to discuss his Media Download Study, talk shop and talk about his upcoming new study. Scott's a really cool guy and knows a lot about the mobile landscape. It turns out Scott is a friend of my friend Shan Chun, who used to work at Excite@Home with me. I haven't seen Shan in a long time (he was my faux husband at CHI 2001) and so we got to connect, swap phone numbers and email, and talk.
I'm off on Friday to go see Ji Kim, my cohort at Actuate. Ji was the BIRT lead before me, and we're going to talk about whipping together a quick sketch for DUX 2005 regarding best practices for UI design for Eclipse.