March 27, 2019 — Colour is an essential design element. When we design for the web, we’re sometimes conditioned in our colour choices by the colour palette of the brand we’re building the site for. However, usability and accessibility must be the first consideration in our choice of colours and their application. This talk gives practical guidance on how to approach and use colour in your web designs, with a few touch points on colour psychology and theory.
December 5, 2018 — The most important points of modern typography boil down to Design, Usability/Accessibility, Cost, and Loading Times. The choice between finding a harmonious balance of serifs, sans, or both shouldn’t be difficult with the vast amount of options. They can be purchased, subscribed, or free. There is something to fit every budget and design decision. Usability is a combination of selected font and size. The size is most important when it comes to the responsive nature of a site. Understanding the probably reading distances of each device helps in judging these choices. This is a big problem. People don’t understand the actual cost of good type, and may feel cheated or overwhelmed.
Good type makes a difference and is worth the investment. If this is not in your budget there are many other options to consider, not forgetting that type can become apart of a good brand and for full brand consistency might look good on a site. A good website loads in a reasonable amount of time, less than 3 seconds. When choosing web fonts, the choices you make can cause some significant load time issues. Sometimes these issue might be okay, sometimes not. Here are some things to keep in mind when making a decision, will it stop the page from loading completely, do you mind having unstyled text for a moment, adding unecessary outside calls (if using a google fonts or Typekit like service.
December 12, 2017 — This talk describes how the exercise worked, presents some of the more interesting findings and explains how the 30 Questions exercise can be adapted and applied to any type of website.
August 7, 2017 — User-centered design isn’t just the latest trend – it’s a natural extension of good customer service. By focusing on basic usability principles, you are more likely to make your customers (visitors, users) happy, and to meet your business, client, or personal goals.
Get simple tips on user research, creating good content, and UX standards that don’t change. User-centered design can help answer arguments and avoid tangents in the development process, and results in a better product.
March 2, 2017 — Radka Nacheva is an Assistant Professor at the University of Economics in Varna. She presents a session about how important usability is, what good design principles mean for the masses, how we should also consider interaction design and much more.
October 6, 2016 — How hard and costly can be transition from old to new product with mostly the same but improved features and how to make it as much as possible painless and overcome the users habits.
August 14, 2016 — You’ve built a shiny, new WordPress site. You asked your grandma and your client if they like it and they both do. However, you’re lying awake at night wondering if you’re missing something—because you know you’re not the end user. You yearn for actionable feedback.
In this talk, I’ll distill my background in usability research into a how-to framework for taking your site and conducting your first moderated usability test. I’ll cover what to look for, best practices in facilitation, tools on the cheap, and how to glean the most from a brief window of time.
January 25, 2016 — Jak sprawić, aby to co publikujemy na stronach opartych na WordPressie było dostępne dla osób z niepełnosprawnościami, czy osób starszych.
Opowiem pokrótce czym jest standard WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), jak go zaimplementować i jaki będzie miało to wpływ na dostępność strony.
Czyli innymi słowy, jak sprawić aby niewidomi „zobaczyli” nasze strony czy blogi oparte na WordPressie.
January 25, 2016 — Für viele Projekte braucht es lediglich einen Bruchteil der Funktionalität und des Codes sogenannter “Premium”-Themes oder Frameworks – denen dafür andere, wichtige Features oft fehlen. Um die Projektanforderungen und das gewünschte Design entsprechend umzusetzen, ist es dann deutlich sinnvoller, ein individuelles Theme zu entwickeln. Die Anwender erhalten so ein intuitives und übersichtliches System mit den Optionen, die sie wirklich brauchen. Und der Browser schlankeren Code ohne unnötigen Ballast.
January 11, 2016 — The goal of this talk is to showcase examples of how your theme and plugin development can benefit from performing usability testing. After short introduction on usability testing, we will take a visual look into the user feedback and how you can base your plugin/theme improvements on it.