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Cat tech talk [1]

  1. 1. CAT TECH-TALK Mahmoud metwally www.mahmoudmetwally.com
  2. 2. What we will talk about Join CAT. Artist, Designer, or Hack?! Good Designers VS Great Designers. Be Honest With Yourself
  3. 3. WHY CAT !!!!
  4. 4. JOIN CAT!!!! • Join CAT groups  http://groups.google.com/group/catreloaded- juniors  http://groups.google.com/group/catreloaded- team • Visit our site  http://www.catreloaded.net
  5. 5. Artist, Designer, or Hack?! • The artist is the individual who loves to get caught up in their work. • The problem with artists is that they have no concern of the user. • To create beautiful things simply for the sake of beauty is not the path to success.
  6. 6. Artist, Designer, or Hack?! • The designer understands that he is there to do one thing and that is to solve problems. • You might spend 240 hours building a website only to watch users spend the five minutes needed on it and leave. • People tend to think that designers like to create beautiful things (the artist), but they really want to create beautiful solutions. These people are very rare.
  7. 7. Artist, Designer, or Hack?! • There is a difference between knowing something and doing something. I know design, but applying it is another story. • Usually hacks spend more time trying to be artists than designers. • Hacks look at a design and worry more about how a visual effect was done over why it was done.
  8. 8. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • Good Designers • Great Designers  Decorate  Communicate  “Less” is more  “Less” and “more” co-exist  Fix problems  Prevent  Inspired by genre  Inspired by total environment  Treat text as content  Treat text as UI  Use good typefaces  Use good typography  Redesign  Realign
  9. 9. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • “Less” and “more” co-exist  The difference is some designers like to add a ton of widgets all over the place and justify each and every one to the point that they miss the big picture and end up with a cluttered and confusing interface. Striking that perfect balance will always be one of the designer’s toughest jobs.
  10. 10. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • Prevent problems  Great designers have an ability to attain the right solution more times than not, while Good designers continuously scramble to fix the problems that they have created.  Finding the solution that prevents future problems from happening is the ideal choice
  11. 11. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • Inspired by total environment  Some designers only take their inspiration from other websites versus those that take inspiration from everything they can get their hands on.  I’ve been inspired by street signs, billboards, album covers, coloring books, fashion and food. Find inspiration in your everyday life.
  12. 12. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • Treat text as UI  Copywriting is interface design. Great interfaces are written. ]Jason Friend[  STOP looking at text simply as content to fill a page. Think of the different ways it can be formatted to produce a visually appealing UI that offers a better user experience.
  13. 13. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • Use good typography  TYPOGRAPHY is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques.
  14. 14. The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers • Realign  The desire to redesign is aesthetic-driven, while the desire to realign is purpose-driven.
  15. 15. Be Honest With Yourself • Which category do you put yourself under? • Some people have a right to say they are trained and have years of experience in the field so you should let them do their job, while others just don’t. • Nice to be a designer, getting paid to do what you love and then having someone say they don’t like what you have produced.
  16. 16. Any Questions or Suggestions!!!
  17. 17. THANKS EVERYBODY
  18. 18. /CAT TECH-TALK Next session /DIV CAT SCOPE Eleven

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