The End Users' Lament: Give me something new, but don't change what I love

Change is almost never considered to be an easy thing.

Whether you are part of an IT organization, or one of our DevConnect technology partners, you will undoubtedly face the prospect of a major application redesign in the near future, as technology evolves from desktop applications to mobile clients, from server-based software to cloud- and PaaS-based architectures, or from thick-client UIs to browser-based experiences.

Witness Microsoft’s recent challenges with the introduction of Windows 8. The elimination of the Start button has produced a backlash of almost comical proportions from the current Windows user base. And I’m still trying to find where some of the more esoteric Powerpoint, Word and Excel functions that I occasionally use can be found since the introduction of the Ribbon UI design in 2007.

But changing application design doesn’t have to be painful for your users, according to the user experience experts at Macadamian.

Macadamian.pngJoin DevConnect on June 5th at 12 noon EDT for a special “First Wednesday” seminar, How to Overhaul a UI Design Without Upsetting Current Users, featuring Scott Plewes, VP of user experience design at Macadamian.

Scott, along with Francis Beaudet, a seasoned interaction designer, will give insight on how to approach a major design update in such a way as to avoid alienating your end users.

Learn how to uncover what users love, and what works. And understand key research techniques that bring data-driven analysis to user experience design, moving design conversations from the realm of emotional opinions to fact-based decision points.

As with all our First Wednesday seminars, there’s no cost for attending this free one-hour seminar. And if you can’t make the live session, you can always check out the replay materials at your convenience.

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