Design For Developers

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This was a presentation I gave on February 7, 2012 for the Code4Lib Conference in Seattle. See http://www.lisakurt.com/2012/02/design-for-developers/ for additional resources and information on design process.

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  • Design is so broad and there are so many ways to look at thisFocusing in on graphic design basicsHard to narrow down 4 years of study to 20 minutes so I’m going to talk about getting starting, go-to resources thinking like a designer
  • I know it when I see itTypography, composition, alignment, color, etc.Do your homework- look at “competitors” or similar businessesLook and study designs you love and designs you hate- figure out what makes you react to them so strongly
  • It is a method to communicate with others? Are we shouting? Rude? Or are we polite and inviting?OpportunityGive an experienceOr keep it simple and stick to conciseChoice is oursArt more than a science though there are principles, elements, and rules…but some rules are made to be broken
  • Scrap all of this. Think about the message? What do you want to say and how can you attempt to convince your users to believe you?Are you earning credibility? Trust? What kind of atmosphere are you creating?
  • Good bones- maybe even has a bit of marketing/selling an imageDesign is about restraint. It’s what you stop yourself from doing that matters. We all have a cool typeface we want to use or a really neat picture but sometimes- you just gotta save that for another day and stick to basic. Remember your message- put yourself in your users shoes.
  • Cogdogblogcolor. composition. typography.
  • Like a websiteEye doesn’t really know where to goColor uninteresting Terrible typography – don’t use red letters until you know how to use red letters
  • Design For Developers

    1. 1. Design for DevelopersLisa KurtEmerging Technologies LibrarianUniversity of Nevada, RenoFebruary 2012
    2. 2. What is Design?mantra:color. composition. typography.
    3. 3. Why do we care?
    4. 4. Step 1 Image courtesy of Amy Buckland aka jambina
    5. 5. Step 2
    6. 6. Step 3Photo by Cogdogblog on flickr
    7. 7. What about more complex designs?
    8. 8. Step 1
    9. 9. Step 2
    10. 10. Have fun too!
    11. 11. remember:colorcompositiontypographysimplicity.
    12. 12. Thank you!Lisa KurtEmerging Technologies Librarianwww.lisakurt.comTwitter: @lisapisa77lkurt@unr.edu

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