User Experience is the focus at the next Refresh Columbia meetup on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:00pm at SOCO, featuring a presentation and discussion with Cian O'Connor of Truematter.
The Mysticism of Web
with Cian O’Connor
We live in a golden age for web design. CSS, webfont and browser advances allow us to design sites that even 5 years ago would have been unimaginable. But are we really improving the user experience? Come to Refresh and be amazed by how inefficient a mega-menu really is. Cry in sorrow when you learn that a design can be too pretty. And see if you can answer why the common home page has remained unchanged for nearly 15 years.
— Cian O'Connor has been working in the internet industry since the dark days of 1997. Back then, a mere Java programmer, he endured nested tables, Lotus Domino and Internet Explorer 6. Since he acquired his masters in HCI (Human Computer Interaction) life has been more enjoyable. These days Cian specializes in transforming complicated interactions into simple ones, and making information easily digestible.
Currently, he is an information architect/UX specialist at truematter where his clients include Haskell, SCANA Corporation, Lexington Medical Center and EDENS. When not working, he spends most of his free time explaining how to pronounce his name (Kian). He’s also British, but none of us in this life are perfect.