Back from UDS-N
2010-11-02 11 Comments
Got back home from Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando on Sunday. Had some good times and it was great to meet people, who I have been communicating with online, in person. Thanks to everyone who made this UDS and my attendance possible!
Two sessions about user testing have been among the more interesting for me.
One about Charline‘s work in China, a first foray into researching the needs and possibilities of adapting Ubuntu for chinese users. The participants interpreted the window buttons on the left as a sign of Canonical/Ubuntu not understanding the chinese culture. Apparently a culture with a strong preference of the right hand and putting things to the right. But wouldn’t that include the menubar contents? Is there really a difference to western culture? Could it be a kind of idiom, said to quench any discussion?
The other about testing Unity. Charline walked us through several issues that had come up repeatedly with the test participants. A very good reminder of how much powerusers, including developers and designers, have behavioral patterns and background information they don’t think about anymore, and how less technical users don’t have this mental framework. Trying to recount the session here wouldn’t do it justice. I hope Charline will repeat the demonstration in front of a camera, as suggested by a member of the audience.
The best reason for me to be there was the Reinvigorate the Artwork Team session and related discussions. I suggested to turn the Artwork team into a Design team, because the terms Art or Artwork suggest a rather intuitive, not planned approach, are not very fitting for themes and mockups and rule out interaction design. I think the team should be enabled and encouraged to cover the whole continuum of design from wallpapers to information architecture and user experience.
There is a strong consensus that the wiki is not suitable for submitting and managing assets. We talked about the needs to track requests, for proper briefings and guidance through the design process and the educational aspect.
We will start a web presence project, not necessarily ubuntu-specific. First step will be a questionnaire, to be created by Ivanka. Well … stay tuned :)