Here's what Red Hat's Catherine Robson, UX designer, had to say about DevNation.

What session are you giving at DevNation?

I'm presenting User Experience Bootcamp on Tuesday at 1:20pm.   Here's the abstract:

"Do you have to design websites or applications for your company? Do you feel like they just don't compare to apps and websites you regularly use?

Learn how to apply user-centric design principles and visual design basics to bring your applications from bland to beautiful. From mobile to web to applications, these practices will bring your design skills to the next level. We'll cover some guerrilla usability tactics that anyone can do, visual design principles that make any design look cleaner, and how to focus your application around user tasks over system design."

What are three takeaways from your session?

  1. Developers spend 50% of their time on avoidable things that can be resolved by using user-centric design and development principles.
  2. Utilizing user-centric design guidelines, I'll give you tools and methods that will help you build the right application the first time.
  3. By using basic visual design practices, you can easily take your application from hard to look at to beautiful and appealing to your users.

What do you find most exciting about DevNation?

The conversations that happen among Technology creators and the Development community that help us understand what you are trying to achieve and how we can create better tools to help you!

What sessions are you looking forward to attend?

I'm looking forward to seeing many of the sessions around JBoss combined with OpenShift and how it can help developers create and deploy apps faster than ever.  The ongoing confluence of Middleware and OpenShift is exciting and holds promise for even better solutions to come.

I'm also looking forward seeing the talk on Tools worth sharing: Take back your IDE with Forge - the Forge team has created some great stuff in their latest release to help make developers even more productive!