Gaining Perspective: Applying Life Lessons to Interaction Design

Session Title

Gaining Perspective: Applying Life Lessons to Interaction Design


Krista Sanders, Stone Cobra

Session Type: Presentation

We all know a little perspective can go a long way, especially when it comes to human interaction design. Unfortunately, when budgets are tight and time is of the essence, such considerate reflection is not always a luxury we can afford. In this session, we will consider some time-tested life lessons and examine the value they bring to a 21st Century digital problem.

1. Treat others as you want to be treated.
2. Most of the time, what you’re looking for is right in front of you.
3. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice …
4. Marry your best friend

These methods are incredibly simple, and in their simplicity lies their real strength. Keeping the basics in mind will refocus your project objectives, and in the end your user community will thank you.


Krista is a user experience designer more than 10 years of experience in graphic design, website design, user interaction design, and enterprise application user interface design. She is experienced with creating designs that adhere to both industry standards for quality as well as client usability. Her skills cross the multiple levels of an Award Winning Interface:
* Design: Look and feel that enforces the brand while evoking the desired emotion from the user (including graphic design, HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc)
* Usability: Ease at which a user can achieve their intended goal
* Features: Balancing form and function to offer the optimum amount of tools and integration to the user based on the user’s skills and role
* Technology: Utilizing appropriate technologies to give the user the most natural interface for each type of interaction (including AJAX, Flash, Flex, etc)
Combining these elements, Krista’s recent projects include: Designing a complex Enterprise 2.0 CRM system as well as an IT Help Desk companion product. Each product blends social collaboration with the features of Web 2.0.

One Comment

  1. Posted September 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I love the Jesus/Buddha principle in number 1.
    It would be very interesting on how you present ‘simple’ simply.