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 — When starting a design project, we sometimes begin with the final vision, without asking the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how. Design is usually defined as the visual. When it is the steps taken to the finished outcome. It is the process, the area between knowing and doing. The making. Not the styling, nor the graphics, it’s the reasoning behind the decisions. Creating solutions, that solve the issues for the user (and the owner). The bridge between vision and reality.
November 5, 2014 — One of the greatest things about WordPress is the ability to extend it with plugins, but sometimes plugin design clashes make for a less consistent dashboard experience. Join Jen Mylo, former UX Lead of WordPress, in reviewing a popular plugin’s user interface and making recommendations for improvement.
November 2, 2014 — Lightning Talk: Explore various lo-fidelity options for rapid prototyping. No prior experience required.
September 16, 2014 — Learn about how human-centered design can help improve your web designs. Inspiration, brainstorming, color theory, design terminology, typography and web usability will be discussed.
August 21, 2014 — Everybody’s talking about User Experience, but how can you release your inner UX mojo today to improve the usability and experience of your website? Time to share some practical, real-world examples and tips to boost your WordPress design skills. Don’t just build pretty websites, make smart design decisions and add UX best practices to your workflow. Ask smart questions like: Do I really need a large slider on my homepage? Are there clear nav menus and Calls-to-Action to guide my visitors? How does my site displays on other devices? A good UX job continues after launch. Use mad tools to analyze and improve your UX Design.
August 8, 2014 — Web design does not start with a Photoshop comp. Web design does not start with a Photoshop comp. Photoshop is step 7. Or 10. Or 50. Before you draw a single pixel on your canvas there are a myriad of things that need to be covered. This talk is an exploration of the web design process, all the way from the first client meeting to the shipping of the final product. Llearn about IA and UX techniques, card sorting, personas, concurrent development, agile process, version control, the works.
July 16, 2014 — Designing for first impressions is no easy task. 50 milliseconds isn’t enough time to read a single line of copy or even fully comprehend what you’re looking at. So how can you design for good first impressions? The key is understanding human psychology and emotional reactions. Despite our highly evolved state, all humans have a subconscious “lizard brain” that makes lightening fast assessments about what feels good or bad. If you understand the lizard brain, you can use design to illicit positive first impressions. This talk discusses the lizard brain and how it secrets influences our actions and thought. It then covers the framework for emotional reactions and how you can use design to illicit positive reactions to visual stimuli.
June 24, 2014 — When building a project or platform it’s important to consider how your users will use the product or service. This presentation dives into a project example to understand how to effectively execute User Experience for platforms.
June 15, 2014 — Why working with a designer or user experience expert before you develop your product will help you stand out from the pack. If two products do exactly the same thing, the one that’s pleasant to use will win. Don’t be the developer with a great product that nobody likes to use.