Leave the GIS, Take the Usability

Wednesday, December 11

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Got GaaS?

John Nerge
GIS Coordinator, City of Brooklyn Park

We love to talk about how pervasive web GIS has become. What we don’t talk about as often is how that paradigm shift affects modern GIS application design. In this session, attendees will lear the role that human-centered design plays in building minimalist, intuitive GIS apps that anyone can use (on any device). Doing so will require us to break with some longstanding GIS traditions. The presentation will include tips on using action signifiers instead of how-to guides, designing data query tools for non-technical users, and engaging with users early and often. The reward of using this approach is an audience-focused GIS app with a higher adoption rate and an increased life span, at least in internet time.

In this presentation, I will discuss GIS Web Design and how those are actually three completely separate fields of study. I will break each down, discuss why being an expert in one doesn’t make you an expert in the others, and talk about how to at least be proficient in all of them. The presentation will be example heavy, and while focused on GIS, I will explain how design is a universal concept that applies to other areas of IT as well as all areas of design. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Talk about design using universal principles like affordances and feedback.
  2. Recognize good and bad design in their every day worlds.
  3. Stop blaming “user error” and realize it’s really “design error”.

About GTS Educational Events

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central