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.
December 21, 2013 — Parallax Web Designs have been pretty popular lately. Jimba explains why Parallax Designs are made and how they play a vital role in a better storytelling.
December 6, 2013 — Design is not just about themes, graphics, or the look-and-feel of a website. This talk discusses “design thinking” as a problem solving strategy, including why the most beautiful sites are not always the most successful. It ends with some ways for you to start applying design thinking principles to all of your projects.
December 2, 2013 — This talk is about wireframing, and prototyping, when to use Photoshop, and when to go straight to the browser. How to bootstrap a UX test, and when to ask your Mom for design advice. What steps you can skimp when you’re pinched for time, and how to find inspiration with our copping someone else’s work.
October 28, 2013 — Making the WordPress back-end do what you need it to do can be tricky. When setting up the back end, it’s important to set it up in such a way as to make it easy for your client to understand.
October 23, 2013 — This talk focuses on organizing your project and some tools and techniques for designing gorgeous, professional small to medium size business websites.
October 9, 2013 — This talk discusses “design thinking” as a problem solving strategy, including why the most beautiful sites are not always the most successful. It ends with some ways to start applying “design thinking” principles to all of your projects.
September 17, 2013 — Logic and statistics drive many usability discussions. Likewise, emotion is often discussed in context of interactivity and aesthetics. Emotion and usability sound like separate topics but they closely intertwined, so much so they are impossible to separate. This presentation demonstrates how one can design themes and websites that are emotionally engaging and intuitively usable; creating the most compelling user experience possible.
September 17, 2013 — Most web designs are done with beauty and user experience in mind, but what about back-end usability? That’s why we work in WordPress, so that the site owner can add/edit; right? Balancing the layout needs of the designer and making it truly usable by the site owner is a balancing act. We will look at several case studies of how a site went from a graphic to a custom theme and kept it as user friendly as possible.