Interview with Jordi Caralt, app & web programmer and designer

JORDI CARALT IS PROGRAMMER, INTERFACE DESIGNER (UI) AND USER EXPERIENCE (UX), WHO DEVELOPS APP AND WEB PROJECTS. AS HE EXPLAINS ON HIS WEB, HE CONCEIVES PROJECTS AS PRODUCTS CREATED BY PEOPLE TO BE USED BY PEOPLE. CURRENTLY IN CAST-INFO.ES AND FUTURA-TC.ES. HE IS ALSO UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND TRAINER IN DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS. THIS INTERVIEW HAS ITS ORIGIN IN THE WILL TO GO ON LEARNING AFTER ONE OF HIS TRAINING SESSIONS. INFORMATION: JORDICARALT.CAT@JORDICARALT

Nowadays, it seems design of visible part is disappearing when creating a web, but programming is becoming more complex: do you think the irruption of “mobile first” is provoking this?

I do not think “mobile first” is the problem, you can create a web adapted to smartphones with a little CSS (MediaQueries) which is visually attractive. The problem is what the web does today.

If you make “business card” web type, there is no problem, what happens now is web supports a plenty of services (ecommerce, booking…) and this makes sites not only a visual product but a tool or service where operations such as payments or reserves, that have complex logics behind, are produced. That part remains in many cases complex.

Does device adaptation will finally force three different designs or will it be possible to do compatible things?

I think three designs for three screens philosophy is the current one (PC, tablet, smartphone), but it will not last too long. Users are increasingly abandoning PCs and their sales are falling, while the purchase of large-sized (5.5 “) smartphones increases, and the most popular TVs today are Smart TV. Surely our effort will be to design for a 42-50″ TV screen and for a 5.5” smartphone.

“I THINK THREE DESIGNS FOR THREE SCREENS PHILOSOPHY IS THE CURRENT  ONE (PC, TABLET, SMARTPHONE), BUT IT WILL NOT LAST TOO”

What do you think are the three main elements that should be taken into account when considering the creation of a website?

  1. User group.
  2. Type of service.
  3. Objective.

You commented on some innovtions that will come soon and change the landscape of web design / creation: from the point of view of a programmer, what will be the most important for you?

The disappearance of the interface in most of services focused on the public. It will be replaced by conversations with machines (voice assistants, artificial intelligence).

“THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE INTERFACE IN MOST SERVICES FOCUSED TO THE PUBLIC TO BE SUBSTITUTED BY CONVERSATIONS WITH MACHINES”

Do you tend to a remote programming, where the elements of our web (images, assests, etc.) will be on external servers more than on our own servers?

Of course, there are services offering very powerful companies with very low costs. It is always better to rent, hardware evolves very fast and it is easy  that becomes obsolete. It is better to rent hardware and to charge them with the updates.

Do you think data capacity (transmission, costs …) will be a always  a problem that conditions the design?

With today’s Wi-Fi and 4G networks, websites load at a decent speed, as long as they are optimized. In a short time file formats like jpeg will be history, replaced by more current ones, of more quality and smaller weight (.webP) like the .mp4 by the .webM. Also networks speed will increase.

That does not mean “everything is worth”, but if we do things right there will be the technology that allows us to think less about weight-performance.

Talking about applications, what differentiates app design from web design?

There will be no difference between web and app. The current webapps (progressive web apps) are a good exemple. The main difference is between iOS> Android platforms, since the users of each of them are used to an interface (iOS or Android) and when programming and designing web we have to do the same design for both platforms. If the design is good, it works on both platforms for sure.

Do you think we will evolve into more personalized apps designed for a extreme personalization?

Yes, apps will learn from you, from your tastes, from the places you have visited, from whether it’s cold or hot or if you have slept little. It is the next step: our trustful apps can offer us unique and differentiated experiences as they know and learn from us. They will give us suggestions, health tips or a shortcut to get to work faster, they will detect that we have been working for a long time and they will tell us to stop for a while or they will suggest: “call Mom, you have not called her for more than 4 days”. Things like that.

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