July 11, 2016 — We’re all enamored with the minimalist websites that employ only the most essential use of color, images, and space. But what happens when the volume of information can’t be boiled down to something that simple? We’ll explore how to use design principles to organize and display elaborate user experiences like mega-menus, massive news sites, high-information catalog pages, and multi-level interactions.
July 2, 2016 — Emotional design isn’t just about cute mascots and animated showcases. Real connections happen when you look at even the smallest interaction.
From an impatient button to a eager input field, emotion is a powerful thing we can use to connect to users.
In this talk I’ll explore why emotion is important in every part of the experience and how you can create emotional interfaces.
July 1, 2016 — This presentation aims to give you a fresh perspective at WordPress plugin UI and ways to improve it. WordPress plugins often fail to provide elementary guidance and comprehensive communication via UI, thus causing unnecessary support requests and bad karma not only for their makers, but for the WordPress user experience in general. In this talk we take a close look at human reactions and emotions related to plugins and their presence in “WP Admin”, as well as good practices plugin developers can rely upon in order to create a comfortable and more “human” experience for the people using their products.
June 30, 2016 — Having the ability to set legible body copy is an absolute must, and we’ve come a long way with web typography since the dawn of web design. However, it sometimes feels like we have allowed the lack of variety prior to the rise of web fonts to dampen our creativity now that thousands of web fonts are at our disposal. Have usability conventions and the web’s universality steered us away from proper art direction? Have we forgotten about art direction altogether? Let’s look at ways we can push typographic design on the web further, beyond the status quo of today.
June 29, 2016 — Working on and with the web is engaging in that most human of endeavors: Communication. Even so, it’s easy to forget that the people we interact with and those who access and interact with our creations are just that: People. Learn how to make empathy and acceptance driving forces for your interactions and designs to build great informational experiences for everyone.
June 19, 2016 — This session focuses on the importance of setting (and following) a website strategy and how design elements play a major role in nurturing prospects, improving visitor engagement, and increasing conversion. This session is meant for anyone with a WordPress website who want to apply the journey of the buyer to website strategy and design.
June 6, 2016 — Design Thinking is an alternative approach to the problems we’re working to resolve. It focuses on empathy and asking the right questions (which is normally, “why?”) to explore new solutions that may not initially be so obvious. This talk will review the process of Design Thinking and how it applies to our life and to the problems we face regularly. It’s about putting the user first and producing results that fit the user’s desires, needs, and capabilities. This method is rooted in the discipline of human-centered design and promotes a holistic effort to accomplishing everyday tasks. Come learn why Design Thinking isn’t about designing by committee, but rather an integral part to solid results that are understandable, usable, and purposeful.
May 29, 2016 — Everything we make has a design pattern underneath. It can be broken down, distilled to patterns. When you think in patterns the design process starts to make sense. From pattern libraries to components and atomic design – I’ll show you in this talk, that whatever you label it, the concept is powerful. A fragmented approach to design goes perfectly with new development potential and gives you a robust workflow for the future.
May 11, 2016 — Are you tired of cranking out the same old header-content-footer web layouts we see? Wonder if a WP page even needs a header, or a footer? Wanna get seriously crazy with page layout in WP? I have two recommendations: 1. Make lots of thumbnail sketches. Then make some more. 2. Master the fine art of registering widget areas. If you can register a set of widget areas, and load them up with graphics, type and images, you can make a WP page look like ANYTHING. You can even make a phone screen look interesting!
April 20, 2016 — Designers and developers are both required to build world-class websites, but sometimes it can feel like a struggle for us to work together in a truly collaborative way. In this session, we’ll share a variety of strategies to bridge the gap between design and development ranging from optimizing workflow between designers and developers with unique skillsets; replacing responsive mockups with side-by-side collaboration; creating clean, grid-based, developer-friendly design files; and developing new layouts and features in a way that respects the original design. We’ll cover these approaches and more as we share the process we use to (happily!) work together as a designer/developer team.