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Photos & Colors & Layouts! Oh My! - WordCamp Asheville 2014

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You’ve got your perfect theme picked out! It has this amazing layout that you know will be perfect for presenting you and yours in the best possible way. Bought, downloaded, and ready to rumble. Now the tricky part: how to make it look as amazing for you as it did in the developer’s demo? What images should you use? What colors work well together? How should the information be laid out? Although you will have to answer each of these questions on your own, this talk will discuss some tools and tips for finding images, colors, and a layout that will work best for you.

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Photos & Colors & Layouts! Oh My! - WordCamp Asheville 2014

  1. 1. P H O T O S & C O L O R S & L AY O U T S ! O H M Y ! R E S O U R C E S T O H E L P Y O U M A K E G O O D D E S I G N @ N A N C Y T H A N K I ( . C O M ) @ M I S F I T I D E A S ( . C O M )
  2. 2. H I ! • I’m Nancy • filmmaker . photographer . designer • owned by a puppy :)
  3. 3. T H E R E A R E T H O U S A N D S O F B E A U T I F U L T H E M E S I N W P L A N D
  4. 4. So how do you choose your images?
  5. 5. Take your photos -vs- Buy someone else’s
  6. 6. S T O C K P H O T O G R A P H Y 1 0 1 • Smashing Magazine has a fairly comprehensive list of reliable stock photography sites: • http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/16/free- and-commercial-stock-photography-sites/ • Photopin is free, revel in it :) • Also feel free to check out flickr and morgueFile • Creative Commons and the GPL
  7. 7. P R O F E S S I O N A L S H AV E S H O T T H E M ! T H E Y H AV E R E A L LY A W E S O M E E Q U I P M E N T ! A N D T R A I N I N G ! A N D W H Y D O S O M E T H I N G H A L F WAY W H E N I C A N J U S T PAY S O M E O N E T O D O I T B E T T E R ? So why do it any other way, right?
  8. 8. E X P O S U R E & L I G H T I N G
  9. 9. T O F L A S H O R N O T T O F L A S H
  10. 10. C H E C K O U T T H E W O R K S H O P S ! • The Power of Design - Scott Fisk • Theme Selection for Clients - Steffi Rausch • Responsive Design (kind of) Demystified: A Starter Kit - Dan Jaworsky • Wordpress User Experience - Josh Mallard • Designing for Content - David Hickox • Mind Your Media - Effective Image Management - Nick Romanos and Laurel Scherer • Customize Your Website with CSS for Beginners - Lydia Roberts • Designing Websites for Sales and Conversions - Sarah Benoit • Designer’s Grab Bag Panel - Jamie King, Marisa Falcigno, Corey Bullman • The Niche Art of Theme Customization - Zac Gordon • WordPress Navigation and Responsive Design - Erick Arbe

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