dConstruct 2011 brings together leading thinkers from the fields of interaction design, mobile design and ubiquitous computing to explore how we can bridge the gap between physical and digital product design.
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Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson travel to the south coast of England for the first ever Brighton Digital Festival. It is an event that brings together hackers, digital artists and technophiles to explore the realms of digital technology. Hackers from a Mini Maker Faire demonstrate how they have repurposed various bits of old gadgetry. Click also hears from Honor Harger one of the organisers of the festival about the big questions that are being posed about our information society and where it is all going. Aral Balkan from Update joins the discussion to reflect on how companies need to make the various gadgets and digital tools more attractive for us to use. And there is a report on the plethora of digital art at the festival including the internationally renowned Blast Theory and Katy Connor’s Pure Flow.
Andy Budd is an internationally renowned user experience designer and web standards expert from Clearleft. In his speech at the Future of Web Design conference in London he compares the user experience of websites to various real life examples. He highlights the importance of user experience in web design with some useful little tips that can be put into effect on your future projects.
In episode three of Using Blue we talk with Jeremy Keith of Clearleft about how HTML5 snuck up on him, responsive web design, catch phrases and catch phrases.
We head down a great path of discussion with Jeremy while we talk about:
- Buzz words in the industry.
- How maybe UX and design are really the same thing.
- Brian Rieger and his work on yiibu.com
- How content management systems need to structure their content.
- Responsive web design as the most exciting thing to hit the web, maybe ever.
- Is Drupal a CMS or is it a framework?
- How naming conventions in Drupal can cause confusion.
- Who is Drupal really going after as their target audience.
- The concept of Drupal distributions.
- Native apps vs the mobile web with progressive enhancements. Jason Grigsby has a good post on how you can’t link to an app and the issues with that.
- The mobile first approach that Luke Wroblewski writes and talks about and we love.
- Getting into the browser as fast as possible. Essentially designing in the browser whenever possible.
- Style tiles as an excellent communication tool in the design process.
- The upcoming dConstruct conference. An excellent conference in Brighton, UK on September 2, 2011.
- Also the Brighton Digital Festival.