How I stopped worrying and learned to love with defaults – with Notes

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How I stopped worrying and learned to love with defaults – with Notes

  1. 1. How I stopped worrying and learned to love DEFAULTS Eric Eggert, @yatil Fronteers 2012 Jam, 03.10.2012I am Eric Eggert and I’m not talking about accessibility today. Im talking about defaults andhow they help to improve the workflow.
  2. 2. WTF are DEFAULTSI think about defaults as decisions that I made befor a decision is even necessary. Compare itto my iPhone 5 purchase, once I ordered it, the itch to go into a store and buy one reduced.
  3. 3. Design principlesFor oneself, there are three states of rules: first, there are general design principles, second,there are conventions, e.g. In teams, and third there are defaults. They are very personalstuff.
  4. 4. Design principles ConventionsFor oneself, there are three states of rules: first, there are general design principles, second,there are conventions, e.g. In teams, and third there are defaults. They are very personalstuff.
  5. 5. Design principles Conventions DefaultsFor oneself, there are three states of rules: first, there are general design principles, second,there are conventions, e.g. In teams, and third there are defaults. They are very personalstuff.
  6. 6. In case of conflict, consider users over authors over implementors over specifiers over theoretical purity.Thats an example of an Design Principle by the w3c: the html5 spec says (read it) yet, inpractice…
  7. 7. In case of conflict, consider implementors.…we got this! (Read it)So there are all those technologies around us, we shall use…
  8. 8. Boilerplate PubSubHubub Bootstrap Wordpress VanillaJS Moodboards Adobe Edge Drupal Grunt Personas SVN Photoshop Mockups Boilerplate Wireframes Flash Node CSS Filters CVS GIT Contao…WTF? I mean, thats a lot of stuff, that you’d need to learn. And most of this may not evenbe applicable to what you do anyways. So Id like that you stick to your choices more often, itwill improve how effective you are and may just produce good results.
  9. 9. Consider Apple. You may hate or love them, but they use that principle and sticked to somedefault. The 30 pin connector lasted for a long time, and now, its time to replace it with theshiny *lightning* connector.
  10. 10. As you can see, it really is tiny, which was a requirement that Apple couldnt see until theiPhone5. Times changed and needs changed, so Apple changed its dock connector.
  11. 11. • Consider your choices carefully • Stick to your decision, dont be a sissy • Change as soon as you have to, but as late as you canJust want to give you three points on your way before I leave:
  12. 12. THX! @yatil yatil.net

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