Scott Bryant & Simon Wright — Designing for change and disruption

Web Directions South 2011, Sydney, October 13th.

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Change is never a smooth process. How do know when disruption is useful and how do you cope with the feedback on it? Recently news​.com​.au, a national news website with large numbers of daily visitors, underwent a major upgrade which tore down existing and perhaps “expected” ways of presenting news. At the heart of the redesign was a desire for change that motivated and challenged every aspect of the team’s design thinking and process.

In this co-​​piloted session Simon and Scott will fly you over the territories of change they encountered on the project, ones common to many redesign projects. They’ll descend through the experiences that came out of the redesign: fundamentals like stakeholders, requirements and their process for user experience architect and designer working side by side. Sprinkled with some of the twitter and facebook feedback the project received, they’ll touch down on the sticky issues of dealing with feedback and how to suck it up and utilise passionate user and stakeholder feedback.

About Scott Byrant

Photo of Scott BryantScott Bryant is a Senior Experience Architect working on online and cross platform news media and classifieds, most recently for news​.com​.au within the User Standards and Innovative Technology Team for News Digital Media. He spends his time working across product, design and technology teams utilising design and research to create engaging user experiences for news media.

His career began as a visual artist before working in university and local government libraries, and finally into new media. He completed two Masters Degrees, in Media Art and Information Studies (while working as a Project Manager, Content Producer and IA).

Upon returning from the US working on the Ask Jeeves innovative search interface he concentrated on User Experience, He continues to lecture casually in information and interaction design at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotTheLot

About Simon Wright

Photo of Simon WrightSimon Wright is the Art Director of news​.com​.au, leading the design and front-​​end development team. He’s responsible for the brand’s design and development across all digital platforms, and also works closely with journalists on new ways to tell stories online. As someone who’s passionate about design, the web, media and well-​​designed chairs, being a part of a news website’s a near perfect fit (if it was possible to do this while climbing up a rockface, he’d never leave).

In a previous life Simon was based in Perth and wore the many hats of small business, mostly the propeller-​​topped one of designer/​front-​​end dev and sometimes the dull beige hat of The Guy Who Does The Finance.

Follow Simon on Twitter: @diversionary

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