NCDevCon Session Spotlight: Growing Up as a Desktop App in a Mobile World

Let's face it, not everyone has the luxury of starting their app from scratch and being able to build it for the multiple devices and contexts that it needs to be in, to successfully reach their users. Most companies have found themselves having to step back and look at how they can turn their desktop designed experience into a mobile application. Universal Mind discusses their experiences in turning desktop apps into mobile magic. They review the options out there for peeling back the layers of complexity built into desktop-based services, and how to successfully transition those into a mobile experiences.


About Joe Johnston

Joe JohnstonAs Lead User Experience Designer and UX Evangelist for Universal Mind, Joe Johnston describes his role as “not a designer, not a developer, but in-between”. With 13 years of experience in design, he’s been creating great User Experiences well before the term “UX” was created. He specializes on delivering consumer grade enterprise applications, interactive software applications for the web, desktop, kiosks, and mobile and embedded devices. Prior to joining Universal Mind, Joe served as a UX Technologist at Knoware where he created the Flex Filter Explorer. He also worked as a Front End Technologist at Crowe Chizek where he created hundreds of small banking sites and one of the first Flex Catalogue applications. Joe’s contributions to Universal Mind have been fundamental as he was the UX Lead in creating the Digital Experience Framework that was used in creating the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was also the idea creator and UX lead for iBrainstorm. Joe runs the Grand Rapids chapter of IxDA. He also enjoys playing hockey with his son, watching his daughter dance and cheering on his wife at running events.

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