When I return, it's off to the Advisor conference in Phoenix and a visit with the family there. (Not to mention a few stops to TeePee Tap Room, my favorite Mexican restaurant since I was in grade school. And believe me, the place has not changed since then.) Maureen and I will be unveiling even more information about Workplace Designer "Next", with lots of working demos - yippee!! (or so she tells me - hee hee. I did install portal 6 in prep for this, but I'm waiting until I get back to throw on a recent build of Designer.) I wonder if she'll defy me and show the puppy demos again??? :)
On the new job front, it's been very busy getting the designs done for Hannover. Lots of re-design happening, usability tests, customer councils, etc, etc. It is very interesting changing something that has been in market for so long and has such a following, but we are trying to put ourselves in the user's shoes as much as possible and change the things in the UI that cause confusion. The mantra has been to simplify, simplify, and Mary Beth's blog points out some interesting things that alot of people don't even know are there. The one that got me the other day was the Edit Quote Selection menu item. I had really never seen it that I can recall, and apparently neither had a lot of other folks! It just points out the challenge of looking at the product with fresh eyes, which Mary Beth and the rest of the designers are doing. Sometimes there are technical challenges to changing things because of the intersection of templates and menu items from the "core" product, along with Notes dual-life as email client and application platform. In the end, I think our users will be much happier, even if they have to go thru a brief re-learning curve.
That's it for me for a few weeks. I'll see some of you in AZ.
Manager, Product Design (and erstwhile Workplace Designer guy)