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Friday, July 15 • 14:00 - 14:40
Sailboats : Airplanes :: Mobile : Desktop - Amye Scavarda, Red Hat

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We’ve used boats for thousands of years, and using sails as a means to propel those boats are just about as ancient. But for a good many of those thousand years, the sails weren’t.. perfect. You could only sail in certain directions when the wind was running a certain way, making navigation a high art – how else were you supposed to be able to get back to where you started? Sailboats hit a new level of technical sophistication when another method of propulsion became viable: airplanes.

Airplanes applied all of the physics around wind dynamics and fixed wing principles, and those principles carried back into boats. Nearly a hundred years after the discovery of flight, the last America’s cup racing sailboats look more like airplanes than they did the last two
thousand years of sailboats.

Fast forward to a different field entirely: user experience. In less than 10 years, designing for mobile has overtaken the two decades of desktop design. But similar things are happening! Mobile design principles are improving desktop experiences all over, and it’s continuing as a rising class of ‘wearable user experiences’ come to the front. We’ll go through where we’ve been, the historical context around airplanes, sailboats, and how this applies to modern user
experience design, and what this might mean for open source.

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Amye Scavarda

Gluster Community Lead, Red Hat
Open source community lead with personality. | Currently feeding and watering GlusterFS at Red Hat. | Previously: project manager with personality out of the Drupal and DevOps communities. SCaLE, LinuxCon North America, OSCON x2, DrupalCon x3.

Friday July 15, 2016 14:00 - 14:40

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