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Name: Cam Barrett
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I'm most known for the Mozilla skins and themes I've developed for Alphanumerica as part of the Aphrodite package. In essence, I'm a graphic designer who turned into a webmonkey and code jockey, which led me into the worlds of user interface design, interaction design and information architecture.

User interface design is about more than pretty graphics. The UI designer must also take into consideration the design aesthetic of the UI as a whole, the information layout and design of the product's interface, and also how it interacts and behaves with the information it receives and uses.

I'm currently working on some cool projects, the primary one being too top- secret to talk about (yet) but it does have something to do with Mozilla and Netscape 6. The other project I'm spending time on is the UI design for the Scarab bug tracking tool that is part of the Tigris apps suite from

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I've been doing a lot of research lately regarding the GNOME project. Lurking on the mailing lists seems to be one of the smartest things you can do when researching technologies you know little about. I'm excited about the Nautilus development being done by Eazel, but wonder how it might affect the UI development of GNOME itself.

15 Sep 2000 (updated 15 Sep 2000 at 20:53 UTC) »

So Netscape finally releasd the beta of their Theme Builder tool, which was developed by my co-workers Pete Collins and David Boswell. I developed the user interface for the tool.

Overall, it's a great tool, but has some trouble running on platforms where Mozilla isn't quite ready, namely the Nac OS.

2:52 AM

I really need to start writing my chapters for the O'Reilly Mozilla book I'm co-authoring. Looks like CamWorld might suffer because of these commitments and all the work being sent our way from Collab.Net.

1:34 AM

Working long hours to get the UI for Scarab done. It's looking pretty good and should be an excellent replaceemnt for Bugzilla, which has very hard-to-use forms.

Emailing back and forth with Dave Winer about respect and points of view on the web. The man simply doesn't get it, and insists he is always right. I'm tired of the whole issue and will make attempts to avoid him both online and off. He certainly is not a fan of open source software and will not be an ally in anything I do for the next few years.

So, my employer, Alphanumerica, was acquired last week by open source powerhouse Collab.Net. This is a very good thing, indeed since it thrusts me head-first into the world of open source software development. We've been working with Collab.Net since May on various open source projects. It appears they were impressed enough with our work that they decided to purchse the entire company and turn us into their East coast office instead of hiring us to do the bulk of their web site development work.

This also means that we'll be moving into a huge new space near Chelsea Piers in NYC. I'm excited about working on open source projects for companies like Sun, Oracle, and Indrema.

We recently launched the new site and the new web site. I was responsible for much of the HTML coding, the CSS, the information architecture, the information design, and the cross-platform usability testing.

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