Talk at PARC: Designing Firefox

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I gave this talk at a BayCHI event at PARC on 3/10/2011.  Steve Williams over at the CHI Conversations Network provides a nice intro:

“While much open source software suffers from poor design and usability, Firefox shines. What makes the Mozilla community different? With great branding, usability backed up by research but tempered by realism, and a powerful extension architecture, the Firefox web browser claims 400 million users. On the eve of the release of Firefox 4, Mozilla designer Alex Faaborg covers the unique challenge of coordinating user experience design in an open source community, important features of past versions, and the future of the Firefox interface.”

It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to give this talk to a large section of the Silicon Valley design community.  Also looking into the audience and seeing Don Norman smiling was one of the more rewarding moments of my design career so far.

One comment

  1. I appreciate your posting it the talk. I would have liked to have attended the talk in person. I suppose this will have to do until next time.

    Firefox remains my go-to tool. The fact that you’ve been working away at it for half a decade means that I probably owe you a personal thank you.