The Hannover release includes team members from many disciplines, including the following design-related areas:
- Interaction designers (I'll introduce to to them today!)
- Visual designers
- User studies and usability
My subsequent posts will introduce you to the various team members. Today, I'll concentrate on the interaction designers.
What is an interaction designer? Well, an interaction designer is someone who thinks about the order of operations, the primary tasks, and the utility of the product in general. I am an interaction designer. We have several interaction designers on the Hannover project who focus on different areas.
Before I introduce them, I'd like to let you know that there are more interaction designers on the Hannover release than any other release of Lotus Notes. Also, none of the interaction designers has worked on a previous Lotus Notes release ( the closest thing is that I worked with Jim Hart and other Notes developers on the Sametime integration in the Calendar for scheduling online meetings). I'd like to think that this means new blood for a new era of increased attention to user experience.
I'm the team lead, you already know a bit about me from the blog. We also have the following interaction designers working on Hannover:
Margo Ezekiel - Mail ( no picture could ever do her justice!) - She's been spending the bulk of her time not only designing a new "threads" experience, but also prototyping it for early usability testing.
- John Lance - Calendar - He's been working hard at many aspects of the Calendar, including improved ways to do free-time lookup. John is also a published author of fiction ( not to be confused with his user interface designs!) He's too shy to provide a picture of himself, so I'm providing a picture of the cover of his book.
- Anuphinh (Noy) Wanderski - Contacts - She's totally redesigned the Contacts form and many of the Contacts views to provide a totally fresh look at the whole "contacts management" experience.
Yao P. (Alex) Song - He's concentrated on providing a consistent search experience across both the rich client and the web, spanning all of the IBM Software group end-user products.
Me, I'm working on "framework" issues like menu s, toolbar, bookmarks, Workpace, and so on.