Product Development and Applied UX at CodeMash

by Emily Twaddell
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Involution Columbus at CodeMash
January 7-10, 2014
Kalahari Resort
Sandusky, OH

CodeMash is a unique event that educates developers on current practices, methodologies, and technology trends in variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby, and PHP. Held every January at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, CodeMash provides a world-class technical conference that includes hands-on workshops on topics ranging from test-driven development to improving communication skills.

Erik Dahl, Director of Design Strategy at Involution Studios Columbus and UX designer Scott Sullivan will be on hand to talk about product development and principles of applied UX design.

Physical Computing Product Development with Arduino
Learning to Code is Awesome and You Still Love What You Do
Scott Sullivan
Thursday, January 9, 2014
9:45 AM

Ever want to make your code talk with the real world? With the Arduino and the Processing language (Java with training wheels), doing this is actually pretty simple. In this session, we’ll walk step-by-step through a real-life client project involving hardware prototyping and development with Arduino, making these devices talk wirelessly, and displaying physical data in a custom graphical interface.

This presentation will cover the basic principles of using the Arduino and sensors to get data from the physical world, and then how to make sense of that data with simple visualizations using Processing. It will also remind you how cool code is.

Beyond CSS and Color Wheels: Applied UX Design
Erik Dahl
Friday, January 10, 2014
10:45 AM

Design is much broader and more powerful than CSS, color theory, and grid systems. All that stuff is important, but let's discuss and apply design in the broader sense to up-level your next project. This talk will outline some design principles as well as design techniques or strategies that you can use on your next development project to make better products.

Building real products involves an ongoing series of design compromises. How do you make the most of all of these choices? There is no ideal process or magic bullet for integrating design or creating amazing user experiences. However, understanding and applying UX Axioms will allow you to adapt to the situation at hand and build products that resonate with and delight your end users.

Topics: Processing language, arduino, ux design, Events, ux axioms