Re: [Usability] User Experience Advocates

I like the idea of one person in each sub-project having a special
responsibility for UI issues. That would allow that person to develop
a keener insight into UI issues, to spot UI problems and solutions for
the project, to know the HIG better, and to develop special
relationships with other UI folks, while also being intimately
familiar with the project. But I don't think that the rest of the team
should be excluded from UI decisions. The UI expert should just bring
up issues and present the best available info about UI to the project.

On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 8:11 AM, Allan Day <allanpday gmail com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> A few of us GNOMErs attended a UDS meeting yesterday with the title
> 'Working Better with Upstream' (or something like that). One interesting
> idea that came out of that meeting was of each module/sub-project having
> a designated usability/design person. This User Experience Advocate (the
> name isn't that important; we don't have to use this name if we don't
> like it) would have responsibility for making design and UI decisions,
> looking after usability bugs, and would act as a liaison (both across
> projects and with downstream) on UI matters.
> I think this is a great idea. It would enable us to prioritise user
> experience within our development processes and would make it possible
> to give those with usability and design expertise a bit more
> acknowledgement and responsibility within the project as a whole. It
> would also mean that we could have people who have an awareness of
> design and usability involved in development decisions.
> What do people think of this idea? How could we make it happen? Brian
> has suggested that we have a usability BoF at GUADEC: this could be a
> good topic to discuss there.
> Allan
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