Designing for Tablet Experiences

Henrik Olsen (Hot Studio Inc.,)
Design & UI, Workshop
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The workshop will address topics such as: the fundamentals of tablet hardware, visual interface best practices, gesture mapping, interaction and structure flows, prototyping tools, screen resolution issues, and a few case studies from Hot Studio’s portfolio.

In the second part of the workshop, participants will go through a rapid ideation process in which they will brainstorm ideas for their own iPad app, sketch out interfaces, and participate in group critiques of one another’s concepts. Participants are encouraged to come with an initial idea for a tablet app they would like to develop.

The workshop is intended for designers who are relatively new to interaction design and creating apps. The focus will be on designing the user interface, and not on the technical development. Additionally, the workshop will primarily focus on the iPad device.

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Henrik Olsen

Hot Studio Inc.,

Henrik leads the Visual Design team at Hot Studio. His team is responsible for creating intuitive and visually compelling experiences perfectly suited to clients’ brands. Within Hot Studio’s collaborative process, the visual designers’ activities range from brand strategy workshops, to design exploration, to rich media animations.

For over a decade Henrik has designed an some of the most innovative online experiences and internationally distinguished brand identities. Throughout his five years as Creative Director, Henrik has spearheaded the efforts for Gap Inc., Charles Schwab, Leapfrog Schoolhouse, Nike, Cisco, Architecture for Humanity, AIGA, and Henrik’s goal: to design experiences that are both usable and beautiful.

Prior to joining Hot Studio, Henrik was the Creative Director with the design and technology firm Sapient, where he designed sites for Marriott International, Wal-Mart, and HP. Prior to Sapient, he was a Design Director at the highly acclaimed graphic design firm Studio Archetype. At Studio Archetype Henrik created designs for 3Com, KQED, Borders, Intel, SpringStreet, and Etrade. Earlier in his career, he was a Designer with the San Francisco office of Landor Associates, where he designed brand identities, and several early web sites, for such major brands as Lucent Technologies, Xerox, Gatorade, and Visa.

Henrik holds a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He still spends significant time studying design in Switzerland.

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Henrik Olsen
10/11/2011 6:31am EDT

As a few folks have requested the deck I presented, we’ve made it available here on the site.

Thanks again for your comments.

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Henrik Olsen
10/11/2011 5:41am EDT

Thank you for your comments. It was a lot of fun running the workshop.

My favorite magazine app is Zinio. Titles such as VIV Mag, National Geographic, ‘Project’, have great interactivity. They are adding more titles every week. I’ve understand that Marie Claire is publishing a great example of interactive magazine too, but I’ve not had a chance to see it yet.

The PDF of my presentation should be posted today. (I provided it yesterday, so hopefully it is up on the site any moment).


Martina Casani
10/10/2011 2:29pm EDT

Hi Henrik. I liked your presentation too! Can you suggest three examples of tablet magazine apps you find particularly effective from the point of view of user interaction? Thanx!

Qwan Pham
10/10/2011 10:44am EDT

Liked your presentation. Would be great if you could put your slides up on slideshare.

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