June 1, 2015 — All too often when we think of colour we think of trends and palettes. But, colour should and does go deeper than that. It influences even how people interact with what we create. By simply changing the colour of a button you can change it’s meaning. With a bit of theory you can easily create combinations to enhance or activate moods. Colour theory is at it’s core about colour mixing. Beyond this there are human differences, cultural implications of colour. Colour is complex. Knowing even the basics of colour theory and psychology means you have a powerful tool in your kit.
March 13, 2015 — It’s time to stop putting everything including the kitchen sink into themes. A theme shouldn’t be a bloated monster with an options panel that stretches out the horizon. This talk is a call to action, to stop making themes that do everything and start making themes that focus. Themes that are designed to meet a need, to fit a market. Themes that work out of the box and don’t require a manual you could use to hold up a table that’s missing a leg. Themes that don’t be my everything.
November 2, 2014 — Contributor Track: Theme Review Team
The Theme Review Team is a group of volunteers who review and approve Themes submitted to be included in the official WordPress Theme directory. The Theme Review Team maintains the official Theme Review Guidelines, the Theme Unit Test Data, and the Theme Check Plugin, and attempts to engage and educate the WordPress Theme developer community regarding development best practices.
October 9, 2014 — Underscores is a starter theme, but what does that mean? Why should you use Underscores, also known as simply _s? In this talk I’ll go through why at Automattic we use it to create our themes. I’ll also show you why and how you can too.
July 10, 2014 — You can bring delight to users by giving thought to even the smallest part of your theme. This talk is about how to not accept the default and to consider even the smallest element of your theme. It shows that theme details matter.
December 12, 2013 — This is a tale of a theme, from its early stages of research through to the first steps into wireframes and the move into a prototype. It’s a tale of joy, sadness and a dash of danger as browsers are fought and code tamed. This is a story that doesn’t include Photoshop but that does include designing in code. It’s a story we all know variations of and this is my version. This is the story of my design process and how I create themes.
November 9, 2013 — This session is a panel discussion with audience questions about BuddyPress with Tammie Lister, John James Jacoby, Boone Gorges, Paul Gibbs and Raymond Ho.
August 9, 2013 — For years BuddyPress was tied to a specific theme and creating a custom theme had a steep learning curve. BuddyPress now has theme independence. This presentation looks beyond the default, to new UI’s, new possibilities, to design for the community not to the default and gives some consideration to what the ‘new default’ should be when you load BuddyPress.
March 12, 2013 — Design for humans with BuddyPress is about creating emotion and increasing engagement in your community through design. Discover the challenges and the benefits of designing for communities and using BuddyPress. Learn what is emotion in design and why creating a sense of belonging matters in communities. Find out ways you can design points of joy into your site and give it a human touch. This talk will cover techniques and also some plugins that can help you get the job done.