Tagged with “wdx” (9)

  1. Simon Pascal Klein — Setting standards-​​friendly web type

    Web typog ra phy has in the past two years seen a resur gence in inter est and many would agree only rightly so, with most of the con tent on the web still tex tual. However the range of tech ni cal options avail able for set ting type on the web is quite broad—not to men tion the range of styl is tic choices available—and often con fus ing. This ses sion aims to demys tify the cur rent tech niques avail able to set type on the web by com par­ing and con trast ing the var i ous options at hand while offer ing a set of good defaults and safe advice for not only mak ing it acces si ble but also plea sur able to read.

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  2. Dan Rubin — Creativity, design and interaction with HTML5 and CSS3

    HTML5 and CSS3 are the newest stars of the web: the cor ner stones of pro gres sive enhance ment, the future of online video, the eas i est way to build web appli ca tions for desk top and mobile devices, and a bril liant foun da tion upon which we can add com­plex inter ac tion and ani ma tion lay ers with javascript and Canvas; hap pily — thanks to much-​​improved browser sup port — we can now use them. In this ses sion, Dan Rubin will show you who’s already tak ing advan tage of these lat est addi tions to our tool box, what this means for inter face design ers, and how you can bring the same tech niques to your projects.

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  3. Shane Morris — Interaction design school 101

    When I first picked up Matthew Frederick’s book: “101 Things I Learned in Architecture School” I was struck by the num ber of prin ci ples of archi tec ture that can be directly applied to inter ac tion design, but also dis il lu sioned by the fact that Interaction Designers gen er ally do not have a sim i lar body of knowl edge to draw on. Sure we have lots of “process”, but rel a tively lit tle “wis dom” of the sort found in this book.

    The field of Interaction Design isn’t very old — If we’re talk ing purely soft ware inter­face design, then let’s say about 25 years old. No sur prise, then, that we bor row heav­ily (and unashamedly) from a range of other, more estab lished, dis ci plines. We try to com pen sate for our rel a tive lack of a his tory, tra di tion or body of knowl edge by lever­ag ing oth ers’. That’s entirely appro pri ate — but how far does it get us? Interaction Design is an essen tial com po nent of the deliv ery of vir tu ally any prod uct or ser vice today. Many of us may already be at the point where we inter act with more dig i tal prod ucts in a day than we do phys i cal prod ucts, and many of the most impor tant trans ac tions in our lives are entirely vir tual. Maybe Interaction Design needs to be taken a bit more seriously?

    In this talk I’d like to reflect on my almost 20 years as an inter ac tion designer — the things I’ve learned along the way, and the things I wish I would have learned at Interaction Design School, if such a thing had existed back then. Along the way we’ll review some of the 101 things we all should have learned in Interaction Design School, sourced from ixd101​.com (the blog I share with Matt Morphett), and beyond.

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  4. Jeremy Keith — Hijax

    Hijax is all about apply ing pro gres sive enhance ment to Ajax. In the Hijax model, JavaScript isn’t used for advanced inten sive pro cess ing. Instead, the XMLHttpRequest object acts like a dumb waiter, pass ing infor ma tion back wards and for wards between the client and the server. By hijack ing the reg u lar func tion al ity and replac ing it with an enhanced Ajax ver sion, you can be assured that your web site will work with or with­out Ajax.

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  5. Aaron Gustafson — Learning to love forms

    Forms. We all have to make ‘em, but few of us love ‘em. Aaron Gustafson believes that this is because we don’t under stand them. In this ses sion, we will explore forms from top to bot tom, exam in ing how they work and how their com po nents can be incor po­rated with other ele ments to max i mize acces si bil ity, improve seman tics, and allow for more flex i ble styling. You’ll get to see the com plete pic ture with forms, includ ing error, warn ing and for mat ting mes sages, styling and its impli ca tions, as well as best prac tices for manip u la tion with Javascript and Ajax.

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  6. Matt Balara — Flogging design: best practices in online shop design

    Considering how many busi nesses depend upon the web for their income, it’s shock­ing how poorly designed most shops are. Not only aes thet i cally, but also as far as ease of use, retail psy chol ogy and user expe ri ence are con cerned. How can we design bet­ter shops? If cus tomers enjoy shop ping more, won’t our clients earn more? Can forms be fun? What’s the psy chol ogy behind online pur chases? How can online and offline buy ing expe ri ences be har monised? Matt Balara will share some of his 15 years of expe ri ence design ing web sites, the vast major ity of which have sold some thing or other.

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  7. Mark Boulton — Designing grid systems

    Grid sys tems have been used in print design, archi tec ture and inte rior design for gen­er a tions. Now, on the web, the same rules of grid sys tem com po si tion and usage no longer apply. Content is viewed in many ways; from RSS feeds to email. Content is viewed on many devices; from mobile phones to lap tops. Users can manip u late the browser, they can remove con tent, resize the can vas, resize the type faces. A designer is no longer in con trol of this pre sen ta tion. So where do grid sys tems fit in to all that?

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/mark-boulton-designing-grid-systems/

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy

  8. Web Directions @media: Jeremy Keith — Hot Topics

    Continuing a popular @media tradition, the final session for day one, hosted by Jeremy Keith, will feature a handful of speakers discussing questions posed by conference attendees. Wear your flak jacket: there will be controversy!

    Panelists:

    • John Allsopp
    • Hannah Donovan
    • Simon Willison
    • Christian Crumlish

    —Huffduffed by bigskinnyboy