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  • Tracy Apps: How to Not Design Like a Developer

    Tracy Apps: How to Not Design Like a Developer

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Tracy Apps

    July 22, 2014 &#8212 Have you got enough WordPress hacking “skillz” to make your own custom themes, but they still look like crap? Don’t worry, there’s some simple steps and tools that can help you design less like a developer.

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  • Patrick Rauland: Freemium For the Rest of Us

    Patrick Rauland: Freemium For the Rest of Us

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Patrick Rauland

    July 21, 2014 &#8212 Freemium is a proven business model for plugins and themes. But what about everyone else? Can you improve your business by giving away some products for free and making money with premium products? Do you have to tell software or can it be other things? We’ll go over these questions as we look at the freemium model in general and how it can relate to other industries.

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  • Yesenia Sotelo: Use Google Analytics to Improve Your WordPress Website

    Yesenia Sotelo: Use Google Analytics to Improve Your WordPress Website

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Yesenia Sotelo

    July 20, 2014 &#8212 Let’s say goodbye to being overwhelmed by the information in Google Analytics. This session covers just the data points that are most applicable to your website. And discusses what each data point is actually telling us about the areas of our website that need improving. Armed with our new data know-how, we walked through WordPress-specific ideas that you can use to start improving your site. (And to keep all of us focused on the data that matters, you’ll receive a link to a dashboard template that you can “save as” and use directly in your Google Analytics account.)

  • Helen Hou-Sandi: WordCamp Philly 2014 Keynote

    Helen Hou-Sandi: WordCamp Philly 2014 Keynote

    WordCamp Philly 2014Speaker: Helen Hou-Sandi

    July 20, 2014 &#8212 Keynote from WordCamp Philly 2014.

  • Sara Cannon: Smart Design - Icon Fonts, SVG, and the Mobile Influence

    Sara Cannon: Smart Design – Icon Fonts, SVG, and the Mobile Influence

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Sara Cannon

    July 17, 2014 &#8212 Fast, simple, SMART. Mobile devices have forever changed the way we interact with content. Now we have to consider many things such as HiDPI graphics, responsive design, speed, UI/UX patterns, touch target sizes, gestures, and more. All while not losing track of what’s important: Content.

    In this presentation Sara discusses the influence of mobile on design trends and demonstrates implementation techniques of smart design such as icon fonts, svg, and other helpful tips.

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  • Brennen Byrne: Passwords - The Weakest Link in WordPress Security

    Brennen Byrne: Passwords – The Weakest Link in WordPress Security

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Brennen Byrne

    July 16, 2014 &#8212 “The weakest link in the security of anything you do online is your password. It’s the key to your site, your email, your social networking accounts or any other online service you use. If your password is easy to guess, your online identity is vulnerable.” – The WordPress Security team (

    Most WordPress sites are hacked because bad habits — and, more specifically, bad passwords. It’s easy to recommend better passwords, but this talk covers the technology that is changing how the password battle is being waged. Background on botnets, two-factor authentication, SSL, and password rot will accompany actionable advice any user can follow to secure their WordPress site.

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  • Ross Johnson: Designing for the First Five Seconds

    Ross Johnson: Designing for the First Five Seconds

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Ross Johnson

    July 16, 2014 &#8212 Designing for first impressions is no easy task. 50 milliseconds isn’t enough time to read a single line of copy or even fully comprehend what you’re looking at. So how can you design for good first impressions? The key is understanding human psychology and emotional reactions. Despite our highly evolved state, all humans have a subconscious “lizard brain” that makes lightening fast assessments about what feels good or bad. If you understand the lizard brain, you can use design to illicit positive first impressions. This talk discusses the lizard brain and how it secrets influences our actions and thought. It then covers the framework for emotional reactions and how you can use design to illicit positive reactions to visual stimuli.

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  • Travis Totz: Designing for Interaction

    Travis Totz: Designing for Interaction

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Travis Totz

    July 15, 2014 &#8212 Touch, gestures and voice control are quickly becoming more important for designers (and developers) to think about and design-for. Interaction can enrich a user’s experience of a product or service, and express character and feeling within those interactions. During this talk I will assist in equipping you with the skills you need to design for interactive experiences on WordPress and on the web. How can we achieve clean, easy and scalable interactions that are optimized for every device? This talk focus’ on current solutions from various experts in the field, as well as our best practices, and will reveal what the future might have in store.

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  • K.Adam White: Modular JavaScript

    K.Adam White: Modular JavaScript

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: K. Adam White

    July 14, 2014 &#8212 We’re long past the days where a few lines of JavaScript in a single .js file cut the mustard—modern web applications can involve thousands of lines over hundreds of files, and WordPress themes and plugins are heading in that direction fast. You can make your codebase much easier to maintain and expand by breaking your scripts up into modules, encapsulating different logical units in their own files. Learn several ways to modularize your code, with a focus on AMD and Require.js. And take a quick peek into the future to discover the native module syntax coming in the next version of JavaScript!

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  • Dan Beil: How NOT to Develop (With WordPress)

    Dan Beil: How NOT to Develop (With WordPress)

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Dan Beil

    July 13, 2014 &#8212 This talk examines some common mistakes and pitfalls clients, designers, and developers make throughout a projects life time. Starting with discovery / scope and going through delivery it shows what not to do and (hopefully) ways to avoid these common mistakes.

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