Brian R. Krause

Brian R. Krause has more than 20 years of software design and development experience, working under the name Adducive since 1998. He has worked for large multinational corporations, startups worldwide, and in the public sector. His work has taken him to Singapore, England, and Japan. His experience covers mobile, desktop, and web applications, and graphical and speech recognition interfaces.

Stories by Brian R. Krause

How does a user interface designer know that a given design will work? How does anybody develop enough confidence in a design to move it toward the real world? The methods designers use to evaluate user interfaces require training and experience. But the people who need to hire designers are unlikely to have those skills. How do the people who are paying the bills know they are getting good answers?

The following ten things have been said by actual clients and represent common and very human reactions to a new wrinkle in the process of building software: design. By gathering these comments in one place and sharing them widely, it becomes easier to recognize them, so we can keep our calm and contribute to effective software teams.

Building architects don’t have to think much about what the actual deliverables are to contractors and their clients, because their industry has traditions and standards for blueprints, balsa wood models, and computer-generated renderings. As user interface consultants, we have to think about this anew for every project.