Hello, my name is
Linda Nakanishi.
@lnakanishi
Designers do more than
just make things pretty.
So what is design?
Design is a method of problem
solving
The simplest definition. Design is so
many things, executed in many different
ways, ...
What’s in a name?
Designer titles
Brand designer

UX designer

Interactive designer

Usability designer

Independent designer

Production ar...
The slashie
titles

The ridiculous title

Print/Web Designer

Rock Star Designer

UI/UX Designer

Web Designer/
Web Develo...
Graphic Designers
Graphic designers work with
graphical images, whether they be
illustrations, typography, or
images, and ...
Industrial Designers
Industrial designers create physical
products designated for massconsumption
The objective is to stud...
Interaction Designers
Interaction designers, on the other
hand, focus on digital products and
interactive software design....
User Interface Designers
User Interface (UI) designers design
software or websites with the focus on the
user's experience...
User Experience Designers
User Experience (UX) designers
"incorporates aspects of psychology,
anthropology, sociology, com...
From an article by Kevin Liew
From an article by Kevin Liew
Four tips for
UI Designers
1.
K.I.S.S.
2. Learn to
code
3. Stay
current

Responsive design (http://mediaqueri.es)
1.
K.I.S.S.
2. Learn to
code
3. Stay
current

Responsive design (http://mediaqueri.es)

4. Inclusive
design
Inclusive design needs to
consider

By: Monica Ackermann

Vision
Blind, low vision, age related vision loss, colour blindn...
Things to improve accessibility

By: Monica Ackermann

Keyboard accessible
Increase clickable areas
Provide visible focus
...
Thank you!
www.lindanakanishi.com
mail@lindanakanishi.com
@lnakanishi
Girl Geeks Toronto "Designers Do More Than Just Make Things Pretty"
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A presentation I did on designing for digital for http://girlgeekstoronto.com on November 19th, 2013.

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Girl Geeks Toronto "Designers Do More Than Just Make Things Pretty"

  1. 1. Hello, my name is Linda Nakanishi. @lnakanishi
  2. 2. Designers do more than just make things pretty.
  3. 3. So what is design?
  4. 4. Design is a method of problem solving The simplest definition. Design is so many things, executed in many different ways, but the function is always the same. Whether it’s blueprints, a clever UI, a brochure, or a chair – design can help solve a visual or physical problem. - A Type Primer (pp. vii) : John Kane
  5. 5. What’s in a name?
  6. 6. Designer titles Brand designer UX designer Interactive designer Usability designer Independent designer Production artist Graphic designer Product designer Multimedia specialist Print designer New media designer Web designer UI designer
  7. 7. The slashie titles The ridiculous title Print/Web Designer Rock Star Designer UI/UX Designer Web Designer/ Web Developer Pixel pusher Visionary
  8. 8. Graphic Designers Graphic designers work with graphical images, whether they be illustrations, typography, or images, and on a variety of media including print and web. Graphic design is typically rendered in 2D – printed on a physical surface or displayed on a screen. - Wells Riley’s “Startups, this is how design works.” Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, designed by Saul Bass
  9. 9. Industrial Designers Industrial designers create physical products designated for massconsumption The objective is to study both function and form, and the connection between product, the user, and the environment. - Wells Riley’s “Startups, this is how design works.” Wikipedia KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer
  10. 10. Interaction Designers Interaction designers, on the other hand, focus on digital products and interactive software design. While graphic design is meant to be observed, interaction design helps humans experience or manipulate software or interface with screenbased hardware in order to achieve specific goals. - Wells Riley’s “Startups, this is how design works.” Path app www.path.com
  11. 11. User Interface Designers User Interface (UI) designers design software or websites with the focus on the user's experience and interaction. The goal of the user interface designer is to make the user's interaction as simple and efficient as possible. - Wells Riley’s “Startups, this is how design works.”
  12. 12. User Experience Designers User Experience (UX) designers "incorporates aspects of psychology, anthropology, sociology, computer science, graphic design, industrial design and cognitive science. Depending on the purpose of the product, UX may also involve content design disciplines such as communication design, instructional design, or game design." - Wells Riley’s “Startups, this is how design works.” Wikipedia
  13. 13. From an article by Kevin Liew
  14. 14. From an article by Kevin Liew
  15. 15. Four tips for UI Designers
  16. 16. 1. K.I.S.S. 2. Learn to code 3. Stay current Responsive design (http://mediaqueri.es)
  17. 17. 1. K.I.S.S. 2. Learn to code 3. Stay current Responsive design (http://mediaqueri.es) 4. Inclusive design
  18. 18. Inclusive design needs to consider By: Monica Ackermann Vision Blind, low vision, age related vision loss, colour blindness Hearing Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing Mobility Restrictions to mouse or keyboard, fatigue Cognitive Memory, problem-solving, concentration, reading, linguistic, and verbal comprehension
  19. 19. Things to improve accessibility By: Monica Ackermann Keyboard accessible Increase clickable areas Provide visible focus Use san serif fonts Avoid moving text and images Colour contrast checking (http://snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html)
  20. 20. Thank you! www.lindanakanishi.com mail@lindanakanishi.com @lnakanishi

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