Last night I went to the SLUG (Silverlight Users Group) meeting at Microsoft for the first in a summer series on Windows Phone 7. I was already familiar with some of the content from MIX but there was some great information I hadn’t heard.
What was missing? UX Designers
The room had about 30+ people and other than my friend Adam Kinney (rock star dev/designer) I believe I was the only UX Designer in the room. It’s frustrating to see the potential for building amazing WP7 apps with little support / interest from the design community. Toolbox is a wonderful step in the right direction for learning but why aren’t I seeing any designers at these events?
Is it time to start a SLUX (Silverlight User Experience Group)? Focus on animation, behaviors, interactivity, ease of import of .psd’s and .ai’s, SketchFlow, ect? SLUG might be too “developy” for my design focused friends. Someone needs to lead the charge of embracing designers like we embrace developers. I hear a lot of talk from Redmond but last night’s meeting was proof of the work that needs to be done.