Upcoming Webcast

I’ll be doing a webcast of my Foundations of Social Interface Design over at O’Reilly on August 20, 2015.

Here’s what I’ll be talking about – check it out and hope to see you there:


Designing social sites and mobile applications, or adding a social dimension to an existing project, entails unique challenges way beyond those involved in creating experiences for individuals interacting alone with an interface. In this webcast we will explore the foundations and key facets in the social landscape that should be considered when designing for social experiences and we’ll look at a set of high-level practices that underpin individual interactions. Some of the lessons and tips include:

  • the foundational elements that are in every social experience
  • tools and social features to drive virality
  • how to onboard new users
  • gotchas and easy-outs to avoid
  • the pros and cons of gamification and how reputation components change behavior
  • the seamless nature of offline and online with mobile

Along the way we’ll share examples from past and current sites and mobile applications and talk about how the combinations – mix and match – of different social features changes the nature of the experience and the type of community engaged.

Over on Medium

I wrote a piece pondering some questions coming out of the Ellen Pao / Kleiner Perkins trial. I sat on the jury for five weeks and although I was an alternate and didn’t get to deliberate, I came away with a host of questions about our industry and how we in UX, nested inside tech, are doing in regards to gender bias and discrimination. Go read it.

Designing Social Interfaces v2.

Designing Social Interfaces Version 2 book cover

Christian and I are currently working on a revision of the Social patterns book. We talked to Mary Treseler last year at the IA Summit – where we signed free books – about a second version and finally by December we signed our contract. This time around though, we are on a super accelerated schedule with the entire revised manuscript due March 15th.

The revisions is integrating mobile examples and specific mobile patterns and considerations into each of the patterns. We are also updating to flesh out enterprise considerations as well. We hope to also start the conversation about emerging patterns around internet of things and ambient devices and the intersection across the social experience.

I am really looking forward to seeing the full revision but you’ll be able to read the first couple of chapters in early release in a couple of weeks.