On Tuesday, Coding House had a visiting lecturer. Eva Roa is a Account Strategist at Google and she came by to for a UI/UX presentation (the two slideshows can be found here and here. I was very interested in who she was because we at Coding House never physically met a lecturer – lectures were live video presentations.
We started off the presentation with brief intros of ourselves. I liked Eva’s personality and her background and attitude towards tech as well. I was expecting content she created but the presentation was a Google slideshow. She did mention why reproduce great information so I agreed with her there. The content was from Google, so I assumed it was going to be thorough information that was proven. You can see in the PDFs that Google did do a good amount of research into UX/UI and even conducted user studies. The content itself seemed like common sense but also things I didn’t think about, so do check out the PDFs.
From there, Eva asked us guys in the Coding House program about our personal apps and to present a short summary. Then she asked us to split into two groups and answer three question about a group member’s app: 1) Who are the users, 2) What should they do on the app and 3) What might they want to do on the app. My group worked on my personal app. To fill you in, my app lets users find waiting times for their destination. My team answered: 1) The users are impatient 2) Users should search for wait times and 3) Users might want to search for places near them. From there, selected team leaders of each group did a 30 second pitch of their respective projects of just going through the flow of the mockups done on the whiteboard (that’s the image above; mine’s the one to the left, sadly).
After that, Eva answered any questions that weren’t answered during her presentation. We also talked a little about ourselves and what our plans were for after Coding House. Here’s what I found very great about Eva: she’s an affable person and I was amazed she was quickly able to pick up technology from a non-technical background and land a position at Google. That’s the type of guest lecturers Coding House is bringing in and that alone should showcase the content we at Coding House are learning from. I’m happy with that.