For a long time I’ve been a fan of Andy Budd because of his book CSS Mastery. It basically was one of the core reasons I was able to switch to to 100% CSS standards and compliance. I talk a lot more about his book and CSS in general in a previous post. He is one of the key people over at the company Clearleft in London, and is a popular speaker any many conferences. He specializes in usability and persuasive web designs, helping companies making their websites and user experiences better.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend a conference where he is speaking at. However, thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are several videos and slides available from previous presentations. I highly recommend them for any web designer or developer, because we all deal with usability in one form or another. I’ve gone ahead and gathered a handful of these videos and slides into one article so I can easy reference them for others to watch. You’ll notice a lot of the themes and ideas in these videos will overlap, but each one has some very good content and advice.
Designing the User Experience Curve
This is the first video I watched of one of his presentations, and it has stuck with me for the last year or two. Warning, after watching this video you will no longer look at interacting with others the same, whether on the web or just day to day encounters. You’ll know what I mean after watching this video.
Persuasive Design: Encouraging Your Users To Do What You Want Them To!
This is a more recent presentation, and while I couldn’t find a full start to finish video, I have pieced together a collection of videos that covers most of it. There are quite a few “aha!” moments that make you realize different things, and rather fun to listen to.
This one is very similar to the first video, but there are some differences once you delve into more of the content. There are some very good ideas in here. Now, this isn’t so much about seductive marketing as it is creating appealing designs.