You might have already seen them around on your local VMUG but this year at VMworld the VMware Design studio can also be found in the schedule builder. Last year it was a case of knowing people who knew the right person with the sign up sheet but once you where in it was a blast. I have heard from multiple persons that it was one of the highlights of their VMworld experience. I had already done a couple of sessions remotely using zoom with these folks but it was an even better experience in person.
What is the VMware Design Studio?
The people from the design studio are specialist in creating interfaces and they make sure that when they are involved in creating a gui that the User Experience is the best available. Now they aren’t evolved in all the VMware gui’s yet (Yes I am looking at you Horizon admin console) but they have touched most of the recent ones as far as I know.
.@vmwaredesign Staff Product Designer @RedDolan believes in changing the world one interaction at a time. He recently shared his thoughts on the newly emerging principle of DesignOps on @Medium. Read the full article here: https://t.co/b2IahY79bx #VMwareDesign pic.twitter.com/wxxPuVmqGn
— VMware Careers (@VMwareCareers) August 9, 2018
Before starting you need to sign an NDA so make sure your employer allows you to, once you get past that it’s time to introduce yourself to your host(s) and get started. How the sessions go depend on how far the studio already is with the interface itself. I have seen ones that where nothing more than a few drawings, maybe some static images, or even some program that lets you click in certain places or even an almost completely working interface. You are asked to constantly speak out on how you expect things to work or what you think you should or would be doing next getting a task done.
No feedback that you give is wrong, in these sessions, some might not be used but things can’t improve without as much feedback as possible. During the sessions I did remotely I even had the current version of the same GUI in front of me so I could correct some pull down menu’s because they where in a different order in the test version and that totally annoyed me so yes please let you’re OCD kick in!
Yes I want, how do I book the sessions?
Please go to VMworld.com and select under session type Design studio workshop.
Will there also be sessions at VMworld EU?
This is not 100% sure yet but there’s a good chance that the sessions will also be happening in Barcelona, just like last year!
We are still confirming details on VMworld EU, but we'll most likely be there. Updates to come!
— VMware Design (@VMwareDesign) August 2, 2018
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