Below are my notes from Jared Spool’s presentation “The Curious Properties
of Intuitive Web Pages” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
The Magic Escalator of Acquired Knowledge
MeoAK = Chippowah for WTF
People at the bottom know nothing, people at the top knew everything
Current knowledge is what you currently know
Target knowledge is what you need to know to accomplish the goal Contunue Reading
Below are my notes from Josh Clark’s presentation “Web Typography” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
Touch and other new input methods such as speech, facial recognition, gesture, etc in the next 10 years, so how can we future proof our work?
What happens to menus and buttons when you lose the cursor?
How do we teach touch to new users?
Below are my notes from Scott Jehl’s presentation “Responcibility + Responsivity” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
In poor countries, most access is on the cell
Disgraceful Degradation – A shocking unacceptable user experience
We rely on HTTP requests, which are not always accurate, or complete, and sometimes dont come correctly, especially in developing countries with limited connectivity or lots of packet loss. Contunue Reading
Below are my notes from Eric Meyer’s presentation “The Future Is Now” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
Using non Prefixed CSS Code
New CSS Gradients – Gradients are “seen” as images
Background-size, background-repeat, and background-position: property can resize and position multiple background elements, including background gradients, using a comma.
Below are my notes from Karen McGrane’s presentation “Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive Content” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
Below are my notes from Jason Santa Maria presentation “Web Typography” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
Typography is a major part of working online as most all communications on the web are typed.
Use of embedded web fonts enables stretchability, scalability, etc
Commonly used fonts should be embedded web font – save on image download size and development time
Below are my notes from Witney Hess’s presentation “Whats your Problem” at An Event Apart Boston 2012:
Design for the Truth:
- Keep asking Why
- Be Obsessed with the problem – not the solution
- Question your assumptions
- Assumptions are things believe without reason or facts
“If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes finding the solution.” – Albert Einstein
The problem is OUT THERE, not at your desk
Conduct user interviews to find the problem
After 5 Whys? You generally have the problem.
Example given is teachers not logging into a system…
Crafting a Problem Statement:
Who Needs What Because Why
Teachers in non-sales regions need an in-depth onboarding process because they aren’t using critical settings.
Be bold - Stay focused on the problem, not the solution. When you focus on the solution you only see the single solution which may not be the best solution. Stay focused on the problem, not the solution.
Life is too short to waste it solving the wrong problems
Below are a few of my favorite examples of Responsive Web Design, the practice of setting media types allowing the design to scale to adapt to whatever the size of the screen that the user is using.
Device Agnostic Design
An article from Smashing Magazine talks about Device Agnostic Design which is a great future proofing advancement from responsive design. Being device agnostic means that you use your content to set break points, not the device you want the content to display on. This is important because if we spend time developing content for specific devices we are creating the next developer nightmare. There is no way to predict the size or aspect ratio of screens in the future. What happens if you design your site to perfectly fit your favorite tablet only to discover that the next generation of that same device has a slightly different sized screen.
For now, it seems as though developers are at the mercy of hardware makers. All we can do is hope they create some sort of a standard, and quick. In the meanwhile, we’ll have to make design decisions based on the content we want to show. After all, content is King.