Design vs Usability: Fight!

I had a short presentation yesterday in front of what seemed like all the software designers and usability gurus in Oslo.

  

The topic was obviously something near and dear to both designers and usability experts: how to get along with each other. Or (more likely) the title was like blood in the water: people wanted to see blood, to see the other side crushed, and here I was preaching peace, love and understanding.

They took it surprisingly well – they laughed at my misrepresentations and exaggerations. Several people were nice enough to buy me beer after the talk.

One thing that seems obvious after listening to the discussion is that the stereotypes are alive and well, even in the enlightened group that showed up at Scuba Bar last night.

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