SXSW 2008: Creative Collaboration

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"Building Web Apps Togther"

The all-knowledgable webmaster is long gone, replaced by groups of specialists. When they work well together awesome things happen. When they don't the results are ugly, insecure, inaccessible and slow, assuming they launch at all. What's the magic that great teams have in common, and what can we learn from them?

A panel with Paul Hammond (flickr), Simon Willison, Dave Shea, Matt Biddulph (dopplr) and Geroge Oates (flickr)

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SXSW 2008: Creative Collaboration

  1. 1. Creative Collaboration Building Web Apps Together
  2. 2. http://flickr.com/photos/plasticbag/1433992984/
  3. 3. www.flickr.com
  4. 4. <geek>
  5. 5. The team Andrew Bowden – Client-side Developer Andrew Webb – Picture Editor Andy Harris – Client-side Developer Annabel Else – Producer/Project Manager Carol Patten – Homepage Designer Caroline Smith – User Experience Designer Christina Nsamba – Project Manager Gee-Kay Wong – Usability Manager Gideon Bullock – Senior User Experience Designer Jonathan Kingsbury – Head of Editorial Affairs Julie Dodd – User Experience Designer Mark Hewis – Development Team Leader Paul Hammond – Senior Client-side Developer Steve Hunt – Information Architect Steve Rogers – Head of Design and Navigation Tim Noble – Senior Operations Co-ordinator Tony Ageh – Head of Search, Listings and Core Web Venus Speedwell – Homepage Manager Victoria Conlan – Perl Developer Zoe Davenport – Homepage Designer
  6. 6. http://flickr.com/photos/straup/542624102/
  7. 7. Designer Developer
  8. 8. DOPPLR
  9. 9. Design Husband
  10. 10. Live testing
  11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmartin/32010732/
  12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmartin/32010732/ Sculpting, not painting
  13. 13. Simon Willison
  14. 14. • Currently: freelance developer and consultant focusing on JavaScript, OpenID and Django • Previously: • Small Yahoo! team building prototypes • The Lawrence Journal-World newspaper • My visual design skills suck, but I’m competent at numerous other design disciplines
  15. 15. Lawrence Journal-World • Local newspaper for a small town in Kansas • Two developers, one designer (doubling as HTML and CSS engineer), a bunch of editorial staff • Several award winning websites • “Web development on journalism deadlines” • We originally built Django to support the demands of that environment
  16. 16. A parallel workflow with Django • Developers design the underlying data model • Automated admin interface allows content producers to start entering data straight away • Meanwhile, developers are building the logic for the public facing pages • Developers hand stub templates to designer (friendly template language) • This works great for sites that are defined by their data
  17. 17. Today... • More of my work involves applications • Continuing collaboration with a designer is essential right from the start • I need a “design husband” for my personal projects
  18. 18. DAVE SHEA
  19. 19. DAVE SHEA
  20. 20. DESIGNER
  21. 21. DESIGNER WHO CODES
  22. 22. INDEPENDENT
  23. 23. BASIC COLLABORATION !
  24. 24. BASIC COLLABORATION ! ! !
  25. 25. INVOLVED COLLABORATION ! ! !
  26. 26. George!
  27. 27. Iʼve worked at Flickr since it was born on February 10, 2004
  28. 28. Paper & whiteboard
  29. 29. Hats interface designer visual designer copywriter project manager product manager program manager community wrangler customer care provider information architect webmonkey etc
  30. 30. The core dev team has grown from 3 (5) to 16 (40)
  31. 31. The core dev team has grown from 3 (5) to 16 (40) (With a supporting cast of well over 100 people)
  32. 32. There are well over 2.3 billion photos
  33. 33. There are well over 2.3 billion photos (This still freaks me out.)
  34. 34. Our membership has grown to 20 million
  35. 35. Our membership has grown to 20 million (YAY! But, how does that change things?)
  36. 36. Whatʼs happened to release early, release often?
  37. 37. Q&A http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamperegrino/250854500/

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