November 18, 2014 — 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. This presentation discusses the influence of mobile on design trends and learn implementation techniques of smart design.
November 16, 2014 — What does the current WordPress design landscape look like? What are popular and upcoming trends to look out for? This presentation explores theme design and its current environment and how it’s projected to change in the next year.
November 14, 2014 — This presentation focuses on understanding the position of clients within their own business/organization and asking key questions to further understand their design requests in order to create effective design solutions.
November 6, 2014 — Icons have been a integral part of the WordPress admin since 2.7. However, version 3.8 saw a complete overhaul of the design of the icons, from both an aesthetic and technical standpoint. I’ll talk about the shift in aesthetic approach, touch (briefly!) on some of the technical challenges, and demonstrate best practices in designing your own icon icons—either as a plugin developer or as a design contributor— for WordPress.
November 6, 2014 — People put a lot of effort into putting a website together, but often stumble at the finish line when it comes to making their final design decisions. Learn how seemingly minor design choices have a huge impact on how people interact with and understand the content of your site. In this video, Michelle Schulp goes through specific examples of simple design tweaks that make a big difference.
November 5, 2014 — Did you build it and no one came? If your website isn’t bringing in visitors like it should, join me for an educational session full of action items. We’ll walk through the ten top changes you can make to your WordPress website to begin driving traffic and converting visitors.
November 5, 2014 — The hack- and detail-heavy way we’re building web sites to work on all those devices right now won’t scale—it already isn’t. The less-is-more vision of the future web champions simplicity and elegance: putting commonality first, approaching differentiation as part of our progressive enhancement, and advocating for consistency in the creation and application of web standards. Can we pull it off?
November 2, 2014 — Dashicons, the icon font custom made for the WordPress admin, could use some new icons. Vote for the next one here: https://bendunkle.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/vote-for-the-next-dashicon/ . In 5 minutes, I’ll crank out a design of the winner, an demonstrate my process and stylistic approach.
October 4, 2014 — As a tag-team of developer and designer, Jeremy Pry and Liam Dempsey will talk through how designers can embrace version control to better manage their WordPress code. The talk covers not only a bit of “how to get started” but also a discussion of work flow.
September 17, 2014 — So you have an entrepreneurial idea. Maybe it’s in production but needs improvement or perhaps it’s not yet ready for launch… The fact is your idea matters and it needs to be built. You could hire an agency, but that’s expensive – you could find a freelancer, but which option is best? Where do you find qualified leads? How do you approach your prospects? Make the hire? Manage & fire?
I will be talking about the best ways to find, hire, manage and even fire designers and developers in the wild-wild-west of the webernets. I will be speaking from both sides of the aisle as I am a designer/developer that has been hired to work on various projects, and I’ve managed projects driven by agencies and freelancers alike. It truly is the wild-wild-west, so let’s go gold diggin’ together.