Stephanie Rieger

Stephanie is a designer, researcher and closet anthropologist with a passion for the many ways people interact with technology. A mobile industry veteran with a keen eye on emerging technologies, she has created web and mobile experiences for companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Intel, Phillips and the NHS. Stephanie speaks at conferences and teaches workshops on mobile design and strategy all over the world. She is also co-founder and one of the principals at Yiibu, a wee design consultancy based in Edinburgh.

Beyond progressive enhancement

The time is 2020. The inflection point has long passed. Most web traffic is now coming from some manner of portable device. And if Google Chairman Eric Schmidt (and many others’) predictions have come true, we will have truly reached the time where “...[technology] will just be seamless. It will just be there. The web will be everything, and it will be nothing. It will be like electricity.”

If “seamless” is what we’re after, we have a long way to go :-) This presentation will challenge us to think about the role of the web going forward. What steps can we begin to take to create seamless interactions between the web and other platforms? What would a seamless web even look like? How can we ensure the web remains strong amidst all the new technologies that are on the way?

Do Androids dream of a great UX?

More than a billion people now use the Android platform. It’s the platform of choice for more than 68% of EU5 smartphone owners, and dominates markets such as Germany and Spain with shares of 75% and 86% respectively. In fast growing economies such as India and Brazil, Android penetration is now approaching 90%.

This would sound almost idyllic, if not for the constant cries of “Android fragmentation”. How do you design for 100s of devices, 1,000s of screen sizes, an audience of billions, and the coming tidal wave of Android-enabled toasters, TVs and wearable devices?

This workshop will arm participants with the knowledge required to approach Android user experience projects with confidence. We will discuss common Android design patterns, and the many built-in features that enable you to design great experiences for such a highly diverse audience.

What attendees will take-away:

  • Key ways that designing for Android is different from iOS.
  • An understanding of Android design and navigation patterns.
  • How to adapt text, layout and images for multiple screen densities.
  • How to leverage Android’s responsive and adaptive design capabilities.
  • Opportunities to extend the app experience, and enable multi-device interactions.

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