Date: May 24, 2001
Joe Auer —

The Talk
Have you ever created a prototype that looked so complete that customers believed they were looking at a finished product? Have you ever wanted to quickly explain a complex software task to a remote client or user? This presentation discusses some ideas for rapid prototyping – creating products that clearly explain application interaction, but are quick and easy to make. We’ll look at some theory behind communicating with sequential images (from Scott McCloud’s book _Understanding Comics_) and discuss tools and techniques to build simple prototypes. We’d like to hear about your creative solutions, too.

About the Speaker
Joe Auer has been a software developer and usability evangelist for fifteen years. He began his career in the US Air Force building the mission control system for a classified satellite program. After leaving the Air Force, he built safety analysis software for nuclear power stations. He has spent the past five years as a software consultant on various projects in the Portland area. Joe has a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, a MS in Space Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is a certified Microsoft developer and trainer.

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