Speakers: Michelle Schulp

  • Michelle Schulp: Rethinking Themes - Embracing Atomic Design With Gutenberg

    Michelle Schulp: Rethinking Themes – Embracing Atomic Design With Gutenberg

    WordCamp Denver 2020Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    July 8, 2020 — When designing WordPress themes, one of the biggest challenges stems from a core component of WordPress itself: the ability for site owners to change, modify, and build new content themselves. After all, modern web content needs to be flexible and evolving, but not everyone is a developer who can build custom layouts to fit each use case.
    As content and functionality become even more modular thanks to advances like the Gutenberg editor, theme designers will have to accommodate even more flexible ways of visualizing and presenting information. How do we anticipate and accommodate the needs of a constantly evolving website while providing visual solutions that are clean, thoughtful, and consistent?
    In this talk, we’ll discuss the principles of Atomic Design, how to stop thinking of your content as “pages” and “posts” in favor of the concept of “building blocks”, and how to extend this mindset to utilize the potential of Gutenberg as it is now, and where it might be going in the future.

  • Michelle Schulp: Rethinking Themes -- Embracing Atomic Design With Gutenberg

    Michelle Schulp: Rethinking Themes — Embracing Atomic Design With Gutenberg

    WordCamp Kent 2020Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    June 21, 2020 — Learn the principles of Atomic Design. Reframe your perception of content as pages and posts to work with it in the newer context of blocks. Extend this mindset to utilize the potential of Gutenberg as it is now, and where it might be going in the future.

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  • Michelle Schulp: Rethinking Themes - Embracing Atomic Design with Gutenberg

    Michelle Schulp: Rethinking Themes – Embracing Atomic Design with Gutenberg

    WordCamp Phoenix 2020Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    June 18, 2020 — In this talk, we’ll discuss the principles of Atomic Design, how to stop thinking of your content as “”pages”” and “”posts”” in favor of the concept of “”building blocks,”” and how to extend this mindset to utilize the potential of Gutenberg as it is now, and where it might be going in the future.”

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  • Michelle Schulp: Templates & Plugins & Blocks, Oh My! Designing the Theme that Thinks of Everything - Part 2

    Michelle Schulp: Templates & Plugins & Blocks, Oh My! Designing the Theme that Thinks of Everything – Part 2

    WordCamp US 2019Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    November 19, 2019 — We will walk through the entire design thinking process as it relates to themes, and you’ll leave with a thorough checklist of steps and tools for designing themes that support WordPress core functionality, custom templates and content, common plugins, and an array of standard and custom Gutenberg blocks. This process is useful both for custom theme builds, and designing themes for sale as a product.

  • Michelle Schulp: Templates & Plugins & Blocks, Oh My! Designing the Theme that Thinks of Everything - Part 1

    Michelle Schulp: Templates & Plugins & Blocks, Oh My! Designing the Theme that Thinks of Everything – Part 1

    WordCamp US 2019Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    November 19, 2019 — We will walk through the entire design thinking process as it relates to themes, and you’ll leave with a thorough checklist of steps and tools for designing themes that support WordPress core functionality, custom templates and content, common plugins, and an array of standard and custom Gutenberg blocks. This process is useful both for custom theme builds, and designing themes for sale as a product.

  • Michelle Schulp: Squash & Stretch & Good UX: Using Animation To Enhance User Experience

    Michelle Schulp: Squash & Stretch & Good UX: Using Animation To Enhance User Experience

    WordCamp Phoenix 2019Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    March 11, 2019 — Modern browsers, JavaScript libraries, and CSS3 have made it easier than ever to create exciting, dynamic animated experiences within web interfaces. But we have also seen the unfortunate side effect of trying to do too much: websites that are resource hogs, eating up bandwidth and slowing load times to a crawl, all for effects that are ultimately just there for the “show” factor. This talk will discuss how to use these animation skills for good: to establish context, convey status, give feedback, and yes, even add a little delight. Along the way, we’ll discuss the principles of animation that guide everything from your favorite feature films to the actions of a button on your screen, and learn how deliberate animation choices can improve the experience for your user.

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  • Michelle Schulp: Cheat Code, Combo, or Power-Up: Why We Choose Someone Else’s Code

    Michelle Schulp: Cheat Code, Combo, or Power-Up: Why We Choose Someone Else’s Code

    WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    February 28, 2019 — Much like playing an open world game, each of us approaches a new development challenge with different skill levels, knowledge, and philosophies. It may seem like a person starting their first coding project has very little in common with a seasoned developer, but in fact, we are all here because we see the value in using developer tools we have not written ourselves. We’ll discuss how we, as players of this game, choose from the tools available based on their strengths (value) and weaknesses (risk) relative to our own skills and ability to weild these tools. We’ll explore how these decisions change as players level up, or face different challenges. By discussing skill, value, and risk instead of code, we can gain empathy and understanding for the decisions of our fellow players.

  • Michelle Schulp: Be Smart and Helpful: Success, Generosity and the Business of People

    Michelle Schulp: Be Smart and Helpful: Success, Generosity and the Business of People

    WordCamp Minneapolis / St. PaulSpeaker: Michelle Schulp

    September 16, 2018 — WordCamp Minneapolis / St. Paul, Keynote

    Be Smart and Helpful: Success, Generosity and the Business of People with Michelle Schulp

  • Michelle Schulp : Pixel Imperfect: A Practical Approach To Responsive Design

    Michelle Schulp : Pixel Imperfect: A Practical Approach To Responsive Design

    WordCamp Seattle 2017Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    November 28, 2017 — With seemingly endless new ways to browse the web, we know that responsive design is here to stay. But how do we adapt the traditional design process to flexible screen sizes, device-based restrictions, and multiple use-cases without feeling like we’re giving up all control to the great unknown? We’ll learn how to use our Problem Solving Superpowers to move away from creating endless mockups, and into crafting Design Systems. You’ll learn actionable methods to transform how you design for the web, and workable ways to present these designs to your team or your client.

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  • Michelle Schulp: Pixel Imperfect: A Practical Approach To Responsive Design

    Michelle Schulp: Pixel Imperfect: A Practical Approach To Responsive Design

    WordCamp D.C. 2017Speaker: Michelle Schulp

    November 15, 2017 — With seemingly endless new ways to browse the web, we know that responsive design is here to stay. But how do we adapt the traditional design process to flexible screen sizes, device-based restrictions, and multiple use-cases without feeling like we’re giving up all control to the great unknown? We’ll learn how to use our Problem Solving Superpowers to move away from creating endless mockups, and into crafting Design Systems. You’ll learn actionable methods to transform how you design for the web, and workable ways to present these designs to your team or your client.