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  1. Experience and Style: The Design Conference for FileMaker Developers October 21-22, Chicago Register by October 1 and Save $100. Exceptional software balances a delightful user experience and a rich style. To create a great experience, you have to understand the problem, the people who would use your solution, the scenarios they face, and their goals in those scenarios. To create a stunning interface, you have to know about color, layout, typography. Unfortunately, most FileMaker developers do not have design training and few have access to a skilled visual designer to help us polish our interfaces. If you are a FileMaker developer with an appreciation for design but feel like you are missing necessary information, Experience and Style is the conference for you. Your registration gets you two full days of sessions, audio recordings of all sessions, and all of the audio recordings from the FM Product Conference which will be held concurrently in the same hotel. Plus you will get to hear Ryan Singer, Product Manager at 37Signals talk about what the 37Signals team has learned from the ten years designing BaseCamp, Highrise, and Campfire. Conference Schedule Monday, October 21 9:15 - 10:00 A Product Designer's Instinct Ryan Singer, Product Manager at 37Signals Great product designers cut to the essence of a problem. They have an ability to sniff out what really matters and focus in on what the user wants. How do you do that? Ryan will share a model of the product development process that encapsulates the intuition he built up after ten years of designing easy-to-use software products. 10:45 - 12: 00 The Foundations of Great Design Dr. Don Levan, Lead Designer at Vanguard Custom Software Examining apps that get it right and those that get it wrong Dr. Levan will discuss the key principles and best practices of interaction design, the cognitive abilities and limitations shared by all people that designers must keep in mind, and the modern trends that impact user’s expectations. 1:15 - 2:-00 The Design Master Class for Custom Software Developers Albert Harum-Alvarez, Lead Designer, SmallCo Step into the Design Master Class and get honest and direct design criticism about your current project. Presenters have one minute to explain the goals and roles of the existing application and answer the question, "Who uses this tool, and what do they want to accomplish?" After the one minute intro, Albert will facilitate a live critique of the solution. 2:00 - 3:15 Designing for Mobile: What we Can Learn from Twitter's 140 Characters Steve Abrahamson: Technologist, UX Designer Designing for today's mobile environment requires you to balance constraints. This can be frustrating, but it can also challenge you to greater clarity – cut out the noncritical and deliver only the core message with brevity and grace. Steve will examine how the user experience and user interface conventions, of the past and present, can inform our designs for mobile devices today, and look at where mobile is heading and how this can help us create design plans for tomorrow. 3:45 - 5:00 After the Sketch: Using FileMaker Pro to Validate your Designs Ernest Koe, President and co-founder of The Proof Group After sketching and low-fidelity mockups are complete, higher fidelity prototypes can help validate the UI design and how it works with the data model. Ernest will explore how he uses FileMaker to validate the visual design and the solution's data model. Tuesday, October 22 9:00 - 10:15 Applied Color Theory: Using Color, Gradients, and Translucency in Applications to Direct Attention and Enhance User Experience Colin Keefe, Visual Artist, Curator, and Project Manager at IT Solutions Colin will discuss Color Theory first in the context of the underlying science, fine art applications, usage in web and application design, and then specifically in the framework of the FileMaker Platform. 10:45 - 12:00 Designing with Type: Lessons Learned from Advertising, Newspapers, and the World at Large Bob Shockey, President, Alchemy Consulting Group Typography is a primary element of graphic design. While choices are more limited in FileMaker, there are core typographic skills that every developer should have. Join Bob Shockey, from Alchemy Consulting Group, on a journey through the key aspects of this important subject. Examine what can be learned from magazines, newspapers, and advertising. Learn the essential elements of typographic design. See hands-on techniques for organizing data for a design, and how to arrange, differentiate, and standardize data on a screen or printed page. 1:15 - 2:00 The Design Master Class for Product Developers Albert Harum-Alvarez, Lead Designer, SmallCo Step into the Design Master Class and get honest and direct design criticism regarding your current project. Presenters have one minute to explain the goals and roles of the existing application and answer the question "Who uses this tool, and what do they want to accomplish?" After the one minute intro, Albert will facilitate a live critique of the solution. 2:00 - 3:15 Planning and Designing the Complex Application to Run Across Multiple Platforms Dr. Don Levan, Lead Designer at Vanguard Custom Software Designing apps that will run on more than one platform can be very challenging. How do you create an environment that is familiar without requiring all elements to look and behave the same way on each platform? Dr. Levan will present a process which developers can use to design the interactions, user flow, and functionality of a complex app that will run with feature parity on more than one platform. 3:45 - 5:00 Styles, Patterns and Experience - a Case Study of Visual Interface Design Chih Hsiao, Senior User Experience Designer, FileMaker Beauty is more than skin-deep. To develop an effective visual style requires an understanding of what humans see, what cues we're used to seeing, and how to apply this to your unique application. Chih will use a FileMaker case study to illustrate the theories, choices, and iterations in creating a visual style guide for your projects. About the Speakers Ryan Singer, Product Manager at 37Signals Ryan Singer leads product design at 37signals. In 2003, he worked on a team of three to design Basecamp, their flagship app. As the company gained a reputation for making easy-to-use software, Ryan shaped their development process and made core design decisions on new products. In 2008, he became the company’s first Product Manager and led a complete redesign of Basecamp in 2012. Dr. Don Levan, Lead Designer at Vanguard Custom Software Don is president of Vanguard Custom Software, LLC., a New York based FileMaker consulting firm, and is the founder of the Design Studio - an intensive, three day, hands-on workshop that teaches a formal process and set of practices for designing exceptional applications. Dr. Levan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a former photojournalist. He is an accomplished presenter and teacher and has provided design consulting to FileMaker, Inc. Albert Harum-Alvarez, Lead Designer, SmallCo Albert Harum-Alvarez is lead designer at SmallCo, an original FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Member, whose clients include Apple, AFLAC, BNP Paribas Investment Bank, Fidelity Investments, Harvard University and other small and large companies on four continents. Albert offers counsel to software developers looking to improve the quality of their designs. Albert has taught his Design Master Class in Miami, New York, London, Paris, Mumbai, Auckland, Los Angeles and other locales, and offers the same kind of design counsel offered in the Master Class to individuals and development teams through onsite visits and design retreats. For more info, call 877-66-small, or visit smallco.net. Steve Abrahamson, Technologist, UX Designer, Ascending Technologies Steve Abrahamson is the founder of Ascending Technologies. He has been working with computers and FileMaker for over 20 years, has received numerous awards from FileMaker, Inc. recognizing his efforts in the FileMaker community, has presented multiple times at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference, and co-founded and led CAFDA, the largest professional FileMaker developers' group in the central United States. These days he writes cool FileMaker solutions for a small handful of clients. Ernest Koe, President and co-founder of The Proof Group Ernest is the president and a co-founder of The Proof Group. Ernest brings over 10 years of experience with database and web technologies. He is a veteran FileMaker DevCon speaker, a founder of PauseOnError, (the un-conference for FileMaker developers) and a co-host of the FMCraft Interaction Design Seminars (with Don Levan). Colin Keefe, Visual Artist, Curator, and Project Manager at IT Solutions Colin Keefe is a project manager for IT Solutions Consulting, Inc. He is also a curator and visual artist based in Philadelphia, PA. At ITS, he’s responsible for managing all application development projects, including iOS, .NET and FileMaker efforts. Prior to Colin’s PM role at ITS, he spent 17 years as a FileMaker developer. Colin is also an Authorized FileMaker Trainer and carries FileMaker Developer Certifications for every version from 7 through 12. He’s done speaking presentations at Apple Stores, FileMaker DevCon, Pause on Error and various user groups in the Northeast US. Colin’s education and background is in the fine arts and he maintains an active studio practice. Recent solo exhibitions include Robert Henry Contemporary, New York, NY; Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA; and RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Toronto Globe and News, LA Times, Sculpture Magazine, and theartblog. In addition to his studio practice, Keefe has been curating since 1995 – first, as co-director of 57 Hope in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY (1995-2001), and currently as co-director of Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space (2009-present). IT Solutions Consulting: www.itsolutions-inc.com Colin Keefe: www.colinkeefe.net Bob Shockey, President, Alchemy Consulting Group Bob is a graduate of Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles, where he studied Communication Design. He worked in the field of newspaper, magazine and advertising design for well over a decade before moving into technology. Bob has worked with FileMaker Pro since 1989, and is a FileMaker Certified Developer in every version possible. In 2004, Bob earned the one and only FileMaker "Idol" award. As CEO of Alchemy Consulting Group LLC, he and his team continue to innovate for the FileMaker platform. Bob is a fine artist and a music enthusiast. Chih Hsiao, Senior User Experience Designer, FileMaker With a background of fine arts and human-computer interaction design, Chih has over 13 years of experience in the consumer web industry and is currently a Sr. User Experience Designer at FileMaker, Inc. Prior to joining FileMaker, he worked in the digital media industry at companies including advertising agencies, technology startups, gaming and media companies as a producer and designer (notably Electronic Arts and Yahoo) and has been designing interactive digital content across media types on devices and environments such as TV, browser and mobile and desktop operating systems. The Venue Hotel Sax Chicago is a stylish luxury hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois, featuring elegant rooms and suites, an eclectic restaurant & wine bar, a lounge, spa services, and flexible meeting and event space - the perfect downtown Chicago hotel destination for business and vacation. Hotel Sax has arranged special room rates for attendees of Experience and Style: just $209 per night. Book online or call 877-569-3742. Request the special rate with the code “FileMaker Conference”. Limited rooms are available at this rate, so don’t delay. Recordings All sessions will be recorded. All attendees will receive the audio recordings at no additional charge after the conference. The FM Product Conference Experience and Style will run concurrent to the FM Product Conference. Experience & Style attendees will be able to attend the FM Product Conference sessions (space permitting) and will also receive all audio recordings from the FM Product Conference at no extra charge. Relevant Links Experience & Style, https://experienceandstyle.com Vanguard Custom Software, http://vanguardcs.net/ Hotel Sax Chicago, https://HotelSaxChicago -- Dr. Don Levan President, Vanguard Custom Software "We design simple solutions to complex problems" Learn our process at the next Design Studio http://vanguardcs.net | http://fmcraft.com | (917) 842-2911
  2. The Craft of FileMaker Design Studio: An Intensive, three day, learning experience. October 24th – 26th, New York City Register by October 1st and save $200. Attendees of The Design Studio will learn a formal process for solving complex problems: * Conduct design research * Derive requirements from personas and scenarios * Identify and use design patterns * Develop and refine ideas * Prototype and test designs * Utilize feedback to improve solutions Eight FileMaker Inc. staff have attended the Design Studio (formerly known as the “Fundamentals of Exceptional Interface Design Workshop”). Jesse Barnum, President of 360Works, had this to say of the workshop, “This workshop really helped us in the design of the document check-in screen of DocuBin*, our newest product. After implementing what we learned, we simplified, re-worded, and rearranged the buttons so that the result of each choice is much more obvious. It's little touches like this that make any software appealing, both to look at and to use." *DocuBin was awarded Filemaker Solution of the Year at the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference. What is design? Design is an intentional process in which you elicit, derive, decide, clarify, and plan the solution to a given problem. Sketches, prototypes, technical plans, and finished solutions are the artifacts that result from a design process. Design is also a key differentiator. A minimum level of design used to be enough to demonstrate professionalism, craft, and care. The overwhelming success of IOS, the growing acceptance of web-standards, and the sophistication of the user base, has significantly raised what is considered acceptable. Indeed, applications and websites that look amateurish or have poor interaction design are often viewed with contempt and distrust. How can learning a formal design process help me? It is almost impossible to hit the right solution the first time. Most people and businesses don't know exactly what they want or need. As a result, a lot of time, money, and effort is spent undoing the initial attempts or working around ingenious solutions to the wrong problem. An effective design process saves money by identifying the right problems to solve and by developing effective solutions early when it is most cost effective. Additionally, a repeatable design process makes it possible to have confidence in your estimates and projected timelines, and makes it significantly easier to sell better projects. Who is teaching this course? Dr. Don Levan, President of Vanguard Custom Software and the Founder of the Craft of FileMaker is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 Certified Developer, and former photo journalist. Dr. Levan was a speaker at the 2010 & 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conferences, and is an accomplished presenter and teacher. He has taught courses and seminars on interaction design, programming skills, and psychology. Dr. Levan founded Vanguard Custom Software after creating a series of practice management systems for the mental health and medical clinics where he was treating as a Clinical Psychologist. What are past attendees saying? "This course is a must-have for all serious developers." — Paul Spafford, FM Layoutmode.com "This workshop changed the way I work forever!" — Marty Thomasson, Gearbox Solutions "Absolutely fantastic material, professionally delivered." — James Hea, Project Manager, FileMaker Systems at HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited "I would wholeheartedly recommend this workshop to any serious FileMaker developer trying to bring the best user experience possible to his or her clients." — Richard Carlton, President of Carlton Consulting, Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance "This workshop provided clear and tangible examples and exercises that engaged us to rethink how we approach requirements gathering and dovetail that into intentional system design." — Adam Aronson, President of FullCity Consulting, Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance "The workshop was fun and stimulating and will raise the game of those who care about designing databases at the highest level... I learned a lot in a short time." — Doug Gardner, President of Exoteric, Six-time speaker at the FileMaker Developer's Conference “It's a ‘must do’ for FileMaker developers who do not have a background in formal software development. It will save them and their clients much time and aggravation if they apply the process presented in the workshop. Otherwise, they will repeatedly re-invent the common mistakes inherent in a free-form design development process.” — Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D., President, CEO, StarQuick Solutions, Inc., Makers of TheraQuick What does the workshop cost? Registration for the class is $1,499 US. Register by the October 1st and save $200. To receive the discount, enter the discount code "Early" on the registration form. Where can I get more information about the Design Studio? Dr. Levan presented “The Fundamentals of Exceptional Interface Design” at the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference. This session will provide a high level overview of the process and practices covered in the Design Studio. You can download the slides from that presentation here. Paul Spafford, of Spafford Data Solutions, has written a review of his experience attending the the first Design Studio on his blog, FMLayoutmode.com. You can read his review here. Matt Navarre, of MSN Media, interviewed Don Levan on the FM Talk Podcast. You can listen to that interview here. What else do attendees need to know? The Studio is being held at the 825 3rd Avenue (50th Street) in the heart of New York City. The Studio will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers. Paper, sharpies, sticky notes, and six-up templates will be provided. Participants will receive a recommended reading list in advance of the Studio. Participants are responsible for their own meals. Relevant Links Craft of FileMaker , http://fmcraft.com/ Vanguard Custom Software, http://vanguardcs.net/ The Craft of FileMaker is a service of Vanguard Custom Software. Vanguard's mission is to “design simple solutions to complex problems.” They incorporate software development best practices, interaction design, and cognitive psychology to create data-driven applications and websites that are efficient for business and easy for people. -- Don Levan, Psy. D. President, Vanguard Custom Software Founder, The Craft of FileMaker Workshops "We design simple solutions to complex problems" Learn how we do it at our next Design Studio: October 24–26, 2011, NYC. http://fmcraft.com | http://vanguardcs.net | (917) 842-2911 ________________________________ FileMaker Certified Developer Speaker at the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference New York State Licensed Psychologist
  3. The Craft of FileMaker Design Studio: An Intensive, three day, learning experience. October 24th – 26th, New York City Register before the end of the FileMaker Developer’s conference and save $300. Attendees of The Design Studio will learn a formal process for solving complex problems: * Conduct design research * Derive requirements from personas and scenarios * Identify and use design patterns * Develop and refine ideas * Prototype and test designs * Utilize feedback to improve solutions Eight FileMaker Inc. staff have attended the Design Studio (formerly known as the “Fundamentals of Exceptional Interface Design Workshop”). Jesse Barnum, President of 360Works, had this to say of the workshop, “This workshop really helped us in the design of the document check-in screen of DocuBin, our newest product. After implementing what we learned, we simplified, re-worded, and rearranged the buttons so that the result of each choice is much more obvious. It's little touches like this that make any software appealing, both to look at and to use." What is design? Design is an intentional process in which you elicit, derive, decide, clarify, and plan the solution to a given problem. Sketches, prototypes, technical plans, and finished solutions are the artifacts that result from a design process. Design is also a key differentiator. A minimum level of design used to be enough to demonstrate professionalism, craft, and care. The overwhelming success of IOS, the growing acceptance of web-standards, and the sophistication of the user base, has significantly raised what is considered acceptable. Indeed, applications and websites that look amateurish or have poor interaction design are often viewed with contempt and distrust. How can learning a formal design process help me? It is almost impossible to hit the right solution the first time. Most people and businesses don't know exactly what they want or need. As a result, a lot of time, money, and effort is spent undoing the initial attempts or working around ingenious solutions to the wrong problem. An effective design process saves money by identifying the right problems to solve and by developing effective solutions early when it is most cost effective. Additionally, a repeatable design process makes it possible to have confidence in your estimates and projected timelines, and makes it significantly easier to sell better projects. Who is teaching this course? Dr. Don Levan, President of Vanguard Custom Software and the Founder of the Craft of FileMaker is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 Certified Developer, and former photo journalist. Dr. Levan was a speaker at the 2010 FileMaker Developer's Conference, will be speaking again at the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference, and is an accomplished presenter and teacher. He has taught courses and seminars on interaction design, programming skills, and psychology. Dr. Levan founded Vanguard Custom Software after creating a series of practice management systems for the mental health and medical clinics where he was treating as a Clinical Psychologist. What are past attendees saying? "This course is a must-have for all serious developers." — Paul Spafford, FM Layoutmode.com "This workshop changed the way I work forever!" — Marty Thomasson, Gearbox Solutions "Absolutely fantastic material, professionally delivered." — James Hea, Project Manager, FileMaker Systems at HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited "I would wholeheartedly recommend this workshop to any serious FileMaker developer trying to bring the best user experience possible to his or her clients." — Richard Carlton, President of Carlton Consulting, Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance "This workshop provided clear and tangible examples and exercises that engaged us to rethink how we approach requirements gathering and dovetail that into intentional system design." — Adam Aronson, President of FullCity Consulting, Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance "The workshop was fun and stimulating and will raise the game of those who care about designing databases at the highest level... I learned a lot in a short time." — Doug Gardner, President of Exoteric, Six-time speaker at the FileMaker Developer's Conference “It's a ‘must do’ for FileMaker developers who do not have a background in formal software development. It will save them and their clients much time and aggravation if they apply the process presented in the workshop. Otherwise, they will repeatedly re-invent the common mistakes inherent in a free-form design development process.” — Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D., President, CEO, StarQuick Solutions, Inc., Makers of TheraQuick What does the workshop cost? Registration for the class is $1,499 US. Register by the end of the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference and save $300 discount. To receive the discount, enter the discount code "DevCon" on the registration form. Where can I get more information about the Design Studio? You can read more information on the website: http://fmcraft.com Dr. Levan will be presenting “The Fundamentals of Exceptional Interface Design” at the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference (Thursday, August 4th, 9AM). This session will provide a high level overview of the process and practices covered in the Design Studio. Paul Spafford, of Spafford Data Solutions, has written a review of his experience attending the the first Design Studio on his blog, FMLayoutmode.com. You can read his review here. Matt Navarre, of MSN Media, interviewed Don Levan on the FM Talk Podcast. You can listen to that interview here. What else do attendees need to know? The Studio is being held at the 825 3rd Avenue (50th Street) in the heart of New York City. The Studio will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers. Paper, sharpies, sticky notes, and six-up templates will be provided. Participants will receive a recommended reading list in advance of the Studio. Participants are responsible for their own meals. Relevant Links Craft of FileMaker , http://fmcraft.com/ Vanguard Custom Software, http://vanguardcs.net/ The Craft of FileMaker is a service of Vanguard Custom Software. Vanguard's mission is to “design simple solutions to complex problems.” They incorporate software development best practices, interaction design, and cognitive psychology to create data-driven applications and websites that are efficient for business and easy for people. -- Don Levan, Psy. D. President, Vanguard Custom Software Founder, The Craft of FileMaker Workshops "We design simple solutions to complex problems" Learn how we do it at our next Design Studio: October 24–26, 2011, NYC. http://fmcraft.com | http://vanguardcs.net | (917) 842-2911 ________________________________ FileMaker Certified Developer Speaker at the 2011 FileMaker Developer's Conference New York State Licensed Psychologist
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