Scott Hurff

Computers are lazy: Fight back with the UI stack

Date: This event took place live on March 09 2016

Presented by: Scott Hurff

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

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We make sense of state changes in the real world through motion. When a door opens, it swings. When something travels, you can see it move. When an object falls, you can see it bounce.

But in the binary world, computers don't care about helping people understand what's new, what to do next, or how to react when something goes wrong. To computers, state changes are instantaneous.

That means that product designers need to make special efforts to combat computer laziness. And to combat computer laziness, we need to take into account the UI Stack.

In this webcast we'll talk about:

  • How to incorporate the UI Stack
  • 5 states of a user interface & how a user moves through them — into your design process
  • Dive deeply into real world examples both good and bad

By the end of this webcast you'll learn, ultimately, how to make user interfaces that are both more human and more understandable.

About Scott Hurff - Product Manager and Lead Designer at Tinder, Inc.

Scott Hurff is a product designer and author. He started his first company while in college, and became the youngest entrepreneur-in-residence at Kodiak Venture Partners in Boston. Scott has led product design for products used by millions of users in a variety of areas, including video sharing, entertainment, and consumer mobile apps.Scott teaches designers how to bring their designs to life and writes about what makes products great at His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Die Zeit, Quartz, Gizmodo, Business Insider, and Gamasutra. Scott is the author of the O'Reilly book Designing Products People Love. Twitter: @scotthurff

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Designing Products People Love
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