Basics of design and ergonomics for developers by a developer

Speaker(s) : Frank Rousseau

  • Language : Français
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Monday 6 July 2015
  • Schedule : 14h00
  • Duration : 40 minutes
  • Place : 205
Threads : Accessibility
Target : ProfessionalsGeeks

One of the issues often reproached to free software is that the ergonomy and style of their graphical interfaces are not attractive enough. Indeed, many of them are not really pretty and user experience is not always there. It is natural since designing a nice interface and developing good software requires different skills.

We see designers taking a look at many big free projects, but a lot less on small projects. So a good way for free software to definitely get rid of this erroneous image is perhaps simply that we, developers, start learning the bases for giving our projects acceptable ergonomy and style levels. Our command-line tools and APIs are often clean and easy to use. Why our web sites and graphical interface should not work the same? How to keep our making compatible with accessibility?

Concerning me, I have never follow design or ergonomy courses. And still I manage to conceive applications with a fair level. This is why during this presentation I will share what I discovered with tips & tricks easy to apply to build applications which convey confidence from the first sight.

Frank Rousseau
Frank Rousseau has been contributing for many years to the free community. From 2006 to 2008 he animated Dolebraï, one of the first webradio that broadcasts only free music. After a long pause, he comes back to the joys of code by proposing this time Newebe, a project of distributed social network. Conveying project which brought him in 2012 to co-found Cozy Cloud, a society that distribute its main product, a personal private cloud, under a free licence.

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