It’s official, I’m giving a short talk about powerbrowsing this Friday, at the 15th Milan Girl Geek Dinner. The theme of the evening is User interfaces, and the full title of my presentation is entitled “Web interfaces – playing with them to know them, knowing them to use them better” (“Interfacce web – giocarci per conoscerle, conoscerle per usarle meglio”). My intention is to get the audience curious about different ways of using Web interfaces – we are more then just our browsers and the Web is more then just a shallow layer of pixels. I’ll mention Yahoo Pipes, scripting and bookmarklets, and keep reminding anyone that it’s all simpler then it sounds. If computer programs are like recipes, then programming is like cooking. You don’t have to become a chef, but why not learn to fry an egg? Especially if it’s fun, useful and gives interesting results, like helping us gather the information we need and stay in the loop on the subjects that interest us.
I am looking forward to the dinner as well as to hearing other talks! Visit the GGD Milan #15 website for more information, and/or click “Continue reading” to view the rest of this post. I’ll let you know if any new contents come online – like the slides or the photos, and keep you updated about my experience from the Dinner.
Want to know more about Girl Geek Dinners and find one near to where you are? Go to the Girl Geek Dinners international website. Sarah Blow started the project in 2005. After the London dinners, the initiative has spread around the world – in many different countries and even continents. Approaches vary locally, obviously, but mainly it’s an opportunity for a girl who “definitely does compute” to meet, network, collaborate, have fun and share information and skills with like-minded persons.
User interfaces are such a fascinating subjects, it’s hard to know where to start talking about them! I am glad to be an “apprentice programmer” in the era of the Web, because users and user interfaces are central to developing and deciding what gets developed, and users and their desires and needs are a continuous source of inspiration. Interfaces can be very minimal yet extremely engaging and immersive, since our imagination can connect the dots, interfaces can be complex and still appear completely intuitive and simple – if they are done well, interfaces can be very physical but feel like a dream (theme parks), or virtual and feel physical (convincing video games or simply a good story), and now we even have more sophisticated game controllers that change the way that the physical and the virtual interact. Interfaces are created, designed, improved, and debugged. They are fundamental and change not only the way we use technology but also the way we think. Their aesthetics is fundamental too, as examples like Apple Macintosh teach us, so the world is lucky that Steve Jobs took that calligraphy class (hear him talk about it) and inspired Bill Atkinson to create the Round Rectangles (accordingly to this book, read it). But enough about that. Here is the list of the speakers and their topics.
Barbara Rita Barricelli – Web interface localization
Diana Malerba – debugging with “Guerrilla-Agile Usability Testing”
Elisabetta Schiatti on User Experience (UX)
Marina Latini – Englightenment version 17 (one of the Window managers used with GNU/Linux)
Roberta Losco – Kinect (Microsoft Xbox game controller) and the future of new user interfaces
Serena De Biasi – codes of communication in general
Sharon Sala about changing the face of your website
Sheryl Cababa (Invited Speaker) – user experience (“Anyone can research: guerilla user research tips for design and development”)
Interesting, isn’t it? I can’t wait! And will keep you all posted so keep reading, and subscribe to the RSS feed if you feel like it. Thank you for your attention, have a nice day 🙂