Jason Santa Maria shares with us some insight to how he approaches public speaking and shares some interesting thoughts on how he uses speaker notes.
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Rethinking the designer’s role in the era of flat design; launching a design-led business—from concept to franchising in four months; misbehaving Fusion Drives, cracked Retina screens and other digital-age delights.
Frameworks and design patterns are no strangers in the world of web design. As responsive web design becomes common practice, making sure these templates work across every imaginable screen and device is trickier. There have been attempts to break down page elements in separate modules, but you often never see it fully assembled.
Brad Frost shares this frustration and introduces Atomic Design as a solution. Borrowing from the metaphor of atoms making up molecules, molecules making up organism and so forth, Brad thinks responsive design needs to be approached deeper than at the page level. Having these individual modules is great, but how do they all fit together?
Designing in this way allows you to be more deliberate and systematic in your approach. Dividing an interface up creates the ability to stitch webpages together but in a way that builds from an atomic level and you can clearly see how you’ve arrived at the end product. This approach to responsive design, as Brad says, serves to solve problems in a very acute way.
This week we were joined by Lyza Danger Gardner.
We talked about (roughly in order):
12:33 Web Standards Killed The HTML Star, and Is Web Design Dead?
21:40 Grunt is dead? What about Gulp?
Q & A:
27:04 I’m curious to know how we as a community are handling touch events on mobile devices at the moment? Specifically referring to dropdown/fly-out menus. Is there a popular jQuery/JS library you’d recommend?
35:15 Every now and then, my job requires me to code an html email template. I usually have to look online to see what email clients can and can’t handle, but lately I’ve been getting a lot of contradictory answers. Is there a CanIUse.com for emails?
40:05 Is it possible to (and how can one) avoid code redundancy / DRY violations when supporting non-media query browsers like IE8 and below during responsive design implementation?
50:37 Can you explain a bit about what Compass is, how to use it, and what makes it so great?
58:34 What are the benefits of having a responsive design vs a separate mobile site?
Kevin Hoffman joins us on the show this week and talks about how a job as webmaster sparked his speaking career! We talk about Kevin’s first conference experience at the IA Summit and how that opportunity came about. Kevin also shares with us when he gets nervous and how he uses rehearsals, habits, and exercise to help conquer those nerves and other public speaking tips. - See more at: http://ladiesintech.com/podcast-kevin-hoffman/#sthash.wVhjA6gX.dpuf
Jason is joining us to teach one of the daylong workshops in Denver, CO April 7-9 as part of the UX Immersion Mobile Conference. For more information about Jason’s and 5 other workshops, visit uxim.co.
With the mobile web, specifically m dot sites increasingly becoming a thing of the past, responsive web design has become common practice. The ability for your site to display across screen sizes and devices, reduces development time and allows for one design to work anywhere. However, this shouldn’t signal a shift away from mobile-first thinking.
Jason Grigsby, of Cloud Four, believes that there are considerations that responsive design alone doesn’t address. The total experience of your site is more than just what it looks like. Simply using media queries to optimize your site’s design for different page widths is not a viable solution. Page weights, image sizes, and network speeds all need to be factored into the equation.
In Jason’s mind, performance is a key differentiator. He says that you can have a beautiful design or the perfect user experience, but if your performance is bad, people won’t use it. Sites that look good and work well on the desktop may feel slow and bloated on a mobile device. Starting with performance in mind and considering mobile-first avoids these problems early in the process.
Edward Tufte has been described by The New York Times as the "Leonardo da Vinci of Data." Since 1993, thousands have attended his daylong seminars on Information Design. That might sound like a dry subject, but with Tufte, information becomes art.
As responsive web design becomes more prevalent, our approach to designing for the web is changing. With former assumptions, as dismissive as they may have been, that the web was a fixed width, it was easier to have a more linear workflow. With the need for the web to reconfigure and adapt to different devices and displays, designers and developers need to adapt to changing workflows.
Ben Callahan of Sparkbox has experienced this changing landscape firsthand. He has found that even down to the core of how they price projects has changed with responsive work. The fact that their development and design process have continued to get more iterative and collaborative has had a ripple effect on all aspects of projects. This has allowed clients to become more involved in the process.
Ben says that getting the client involved from the beginning helps shape the scope and phases of the project. They try to learn as much as they can to inform what it is they’ll do next. He says that his team has really tried to embrace the idea and approach clients with “The understanding that we know less about your project today, then we will tomorrow”.
The fantastic Steph Hay joins us and shares stories, advice, and laughs! We talk about "user" vs "member" and how dialect in talks can affect your reception. Steph shares advice from a speaking coach as well as bonus advice from Jared Spool - a public speaking pro. We talk the importance of creating story arcs and how that can draw people in. Plus, Steph tells us about CrossFit and how to deal with terrible pictures of you on the interwebs. Lastly, we’ll chat about finding people who want your brain. Not zombies. Promise. All in under twenty minutes!
In this interview, Trent Walton co-founder of Paravel explains the impact responsive web design has had on his design process.