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.

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

  • Hello, my name is Linda Nakanishi. @lnakanishi
  • Designers do more than just make things pretty.
  • So what is design? View slide
  • 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 View slide
  • What’s in a name?
  • 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
  • The slashie titles The ridiculous title Print/Web Designer Rock Star Designer UI/UX Designer Web Designer/ Web Developer Pixel pusher Visionary
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • 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 blindness Hearing Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing Mobility Restrictions to mouse or keyboard, fatigue Cognitive Memory, problem-solving, concentration, reading, linguistic, and verbal comprehension
  • 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)
  • Thank you! www.lindanakanishi.com mail@lindanakanishi.com @lnakanishi