Michael Gaigg: Über UI/UX Design

23Mar0

UI/UX/Carto/DataViz Community for Maps on Slack

Posted by Michael Gaigg

So we’ve started a slack community for Maps UI/UX/Carto/DataViz. The group was born after organizing the UI/UX special interest group (SIG) meeting at 2017 Esri DevSummit in Palm Springs. 38 participants - partners, distributors, users – came not knowing what to expect but with questions that go beyond what Esri offers or teaches. So I thought: it takes a community to raise a child...

This slack community is a great place to:

  • listen to our partners and users (be interested, not interesting)
  • network and share with designers/developers from other mapping companies
  • show our great work and cool stuff AND get instant feedback
  • help others with their problems

Request an invite at http://www.designingmapinterfaces.com/patterns/join-maps-ui-ux-community-on-slack/ and feel free to forward to your buddies 😉

Please join https://maps-ui-ux-community.slack.com/ and participate. Hope to see you there...

Cheers
Mike

13Jun0

Welcoming Ryan Watkins to our UI Design Team

Posted by Michael Gaigg

I’m very pleased to announce that Ryan Watkins has joined our UI Engineering team at Esri.

Ryan earned his BS in Computer Science from University of California Riverside and attended the Art Institute in Los Angeles for Game Art & Design. His previous jobs equip him with an extensive background in front-end development (full stack) and hands-on experience in game design (unity).

Ryan is the author of the book "Procedural Content Generation for Unity Game Development"

He has a keen eye for application and graphics design and we are looking forward having him as integral part of the team, division and company. Welcome on board!

29Jul0

What is Good Design?

Posted by Michael Gaigg

Let's start with a warming up exercise: Which of these 2 examples do you think is the best design? A, the airplane cockpit of an A380? Or B, the all-too-familiar Google interface?

2Jun0

User Experience and Interface Design for Web Apps

Posted by Michael Gaigg

Here the video for my talk about best practices for designing map applications on the web from Esri DevSummit 2015.

Description

Every map application has two characteristics in common: it tries to solve a problem, and it needs a user interface (UI) to do so. This session presents best practices for solving well-known design problems and how to create easy-to-use and compelling interfaces. - See more at: http://video.esri.com/watch/4316/user-experience-and-interface-design-for-web-apps

Slides

Part 1 (Michael Gaigg)
Part 2 (Allan Laframboise)

29Jul0

Welcoming Cody Lawson to our UI Design Team

Posted by Michael Gaigg

This week Cody Lawson (LinkedIn) joined our team as a UI Engineer.

Cody earned his Bachelor degree in Web Design & Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California. As a freelancer he has helped many clients with his skills in web & graphic design as well as ecommerce & user interface development.

I'm very excited seeing his design and web development skills being applied to designing map interfaces for Esri Professional Services. Welcome on board!

7May0

Video: Map App UI Design

Posted by Michael Gaigg

Here is the video from the tech session I held at the Esri DevSummit 2013 in Palm Springs, CA.

The session teaches participants best practices for reviewing, conceptualizing, designing and building user-centered mapping applications in a competitive business environment. Methods, techniques and tools for improving the user experience and designing useful and appealing front-end interfaces will be discussed.

7Jun0

Highlights of Week 22/2011

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2Apr0

Highlights of Week 13/2010

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26Mar0

Highlights of Week 12/2010

Posted by Michael Gaigg

I'm still feeling enriched by the exciting sessions presented at the Web App Masters Tour in San Diego. Check out Luke's notes of all the 9 sessions presented - fantastic!

15Jan0

Highlights of Week 02/2010

Posted by Michael Gaigg

  • Does usability exist? How Usability is like Intelligence (by Jeff Sauro) - very interesting analogy to intelligence and a first approach to relating the three usability areas Effectiveness, Efficiency and Satisfaction and how (and how much) they contribute to Usability 'u'.
  • The Case Against Vertical Navigation (by Louis Lazaris) - While I think the argumentation in this blog article is mislead by current design trends and biased in some way, I find 'shaking our world' good from time to time so we can re-think the way we're used to doing things.
  • Bad Usability Calendar 2010 - What would be the New Year without another one of their great Usability Calendars - Enjoy!
  • Curating Comments Threads (by Chris Coyier) - interesting discussion and good points about how to make comments more meaningful.
  • Live, Free webcast: Confessions of a Public Speaker - Probably you've heard already, Scott Berkun has his book out, and he's offering a free, 90 min. webcast about it, don't miss, sign up now.
  • The future of UI will be boring (by Scott Berkun) - Scott seems to be on mushrooms lately judging by the level of activity. Here another really good read about the future of UI design, love the 'rookie trap'.
  • jQuery 1.4 has been released (by John Resig) - right in time for jQuery's birthday, big news for a great JavaScript library, better iframe support, flexible events. My tip: get it!!
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