July 4, 2014 — There have been many industry leaders talking about their ideas for how web design is changing. Most of the talks center around the idea of getting out of Photoshop and designing in the browser. Over the last year, I’ve made a considerable effort to put this into practice. As of right now, I’ve designed 8 websites fully in browser. There’s been lots of problems, but there’s been even more rewards. In this presentation I show you some of the pros and cons of designing in the browser as well as giving you some tips that I’ve learned along the way.
July 1, 2014 — Websites use colors everywhere, but creators of sites don’t always understand the theory behind color. They don’t understand the emotional impact that color can have, or how colors interact with one another. They also don’t always understand how colors contrast with one another or how the math behind that works. And they often fail to take into account users with color deficiencies or provide enough sufficient contrast for their users.
This presentation looks at color from a theoretical perspective and a practical perspective. It answers the technical questions of what color contrast is and what goes into creating it and also look at how color deficiencies affect color choice and how we can test and design for all of our users.
June 17, 2014 — 現場の Web デザイナーが語る、WordPressをさらに使いこなすヒント
June 10, 2014 — A simple and easy to understand format geared specifically for kids who are interested in the basics of a WordPress site as well as an introduction to how a site is created from HTML, PHP and CSS.
May 9, 2014 — Sometimes a good site goes bad. You start out with the best of intentions, then one thing leads to another and BOOM, Geocities.
Clients can make some dangerous requests, like adding 12 slideshows to the homepage, or loading 50 high rez images into a carousel. People can grow attached to a favorite animated GIF.
In this presentation we’ll be talking about using animation to add a little pop to a website, without blowing it up!
May 7, 2014 — Learn from examples that show how specific design decisions influence UX and effectiveness. This talk goes through specifically what works and what doesn’t.
This session is for all non-designers (new and advanced developers, business owners, site dabblers, etc) that want to learn more about design and UX decisions to apply to their own work, or have better conversations with their team members.
March 1, 2014 — You don’t have to be a php ninja to make your sites look like whatever you want. But you do need to edit a little bit of code. This presentation shows how and where in two major frameworks (Genesis and Thematic,) And you’ll have complete control of your designs!
February 10, 2014 — This talk identifies the primary web design and development skills including, HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and FTP. Throughout the talk, Zac identifies how you can start with minimal or no knowledge of these skills and begin to become proficient with these skills, moving up to becoming a real web designer if interested.
February 6, 2014 — In the world of print, designers have control over every point and pica, but with all the variables inherent to the web, that same desire for control leads to headaches, frustration, and bad practices. Learn specific guidelines to let go of that control and design more effectively for the web, as well as how to collaborate with developers to ensure a successful project without all the usual struggles.
February 5, 2014 — Discover the art of digital storytelling through the use of user interfaces, user experience design, and the implementation of content strategy. Learn to better understand the detail oriented processes of wireframing, creating information architecture, and interface design.