In 2009, I submitted a topic for Interaction 09, but wasn’t selected. In 2010, I again submitted and still wasn’t selected. In 2011, I was on the conference planning committee, so I couldn’t submit. I’ve been rather unimpressed with a number of speakers I’ve seen recently, and I think I can do better, but the last time I spoke at a conference was at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) in 2000. I didn’t even attend another conference until Interaction 08. So, I’m starting to think seriously about what I could present and what other conferences I can submit to. Considering my teaching experience, a workshop may even be more to my liking. So tell me, if you were to attend a conference in the next year, which of the following would appeal to you?
Presentation: Working with Developers
I have over 10 years of experience working with software engineers on enterprise software. During that time, I’ve worked hard to integrate my process and tools with theirs and develop effective artifacts for communicating and specifying the user interface design. I have a lot of knowledge I can share in regards to this close collaboration.
Presentation: Interaction Design for the Military
I already gave a presentation on this topic to IxDA Pittsburgh and believe it has legs. As with the previous topic, I have over 10 years of experience working on US military contracts. These projects are a lot different than working on consumer-oriented software and websites, and I expect many designers would find it interesting. One problem with this topic, however, is the restrictions on what I’m able to actually show.
Workshop: Data Visualization
I’ve taught data visualization to graduate and undergraduate students three different semesters. Turning it into a half-day workshop would be a challenge, but I have ideas. It could be a lot of fun, and it is a skill that is becoming more and more important.
Workshop: Design Artifacts for Enterprise Software
This would be a workshop version of the first presentation concept—not just showing examples of design specifications, but leading attendees in creating their own.
Workshop: Typography for UI Design
Many interaction designers have not had training in graphic design fundamentals. With CSS3’s new font specification capabilities and the new options for web fonts, the details of typographic layout are again becoming important. I can teach designers what they need to know about working with type in the context of user interface and web design.
That’s what I’ve come up with so far. Please let me know what you would find most valuable.