Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design eLearning
M.F.A., Graphic Design, SCAD, 2011
Diploma, Graphic Design, Algonquin College, 1995
Ph.D. (ABD), History, University of Toronto
M.A., History, University of Toronto, 1989
B.A. (Hons.), History, University of Ottawa, 1987
Professor Hemstad’s experience is primarily with web application design and developing. She is currently a software engineer and works in the field of graphical interface design and development for the web, software, and mobile environments.
She teaches GRDS 783, Graphic Design Seminar: User Experience Theory, and GRDS 720, Website Design and Management at SCAD.
Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design
B.F.A., Louisiana Tech University
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design
Professor O’Bryan has a print production background along with Web and multimedia experience. He is currently teaching GRDS 784, Graphic Design Seminar: User Experience Studio.
Alison and Rob Heittman
Chief Executive Director/Chief Technology Officer
Their firm Solertium designs and develops web and mobile applications.
- Where do you see the future of mobile applications?
- I have read and been told that mobile application design is limited due to the individual variables of different devices. Do you think this will be resolved or cause problems for app development?
- What are the goals you strive for in mobile application design as a developer? As a designer?
- We agree that usability and functionality are important, but what is your opinion regarding its aesthetics?
- Do you think the aesthetics play a major role in whether or not a mobile application is downloaded by a user?
- What variables are important when creating an experience for the user, and what besides the normal processes do you practice?
- My entire thesis topic is based on creating the ultimate mobile application experience. I want to see the design transforming the device into something human-like. I strongly believe that the design should identify with the user to the point that they are dependent on it. For example, the application should transcend into that user’s personal trainer, banker, personal assistant, etc. How do you feel about this transformation?
- When thinking about pushing the boundaries a little further, I would like to see mobile applications taking on a voice that the user can identify with such as how Apple has done with Siri’s identity. Can you imagine getting a voice notification from your mobile app that says, “Lori, you have not logged your food this morning”? I know you have eaten something since 7:02 pm?” I am not sure if this sort of technology is already being developed, but this is an example of how I would like to see a mobile device transcending from a material into an experience. Do you think this is something that may be good or bad for the user?
- I come from a print background. I am learning more about the Web and I have a big interest in the UI and UX. How do you see designers like myself slightly straying from their fields and applying their expertise to mobile application design? Do you think this is a good move or should they remain in their place? Why or why not?