Workshops for Breaking Development Nashville 2013
Creating your own Icon Font
Presented by James Williamson
In this workshop we'll explore the tools and techniques behind building your own icon fonts. We'll cover the entire process from sketching icon concepts to properly deploying your font. Although optional you may want to bring along a laptop and pen and paper to join in on the fun! We'll cover:
- Creative concepts for icons
- Best practices for icon design
- Tools for drawing glyphs
- Setting up your workspace
- Establishing a glyph grid
- Dealing with subpixel antialiasing
- Exporting fonts
- Creating a font-face kit
- Using icons semantically
- Dealing with accessibility
- Providing fallbacks
James Williamson is a Senior Author for lynda.com where he writes courses on web design and front-end development. He is passionate about web standards, good design, and promoting the semantic web. He blogs infrequently about…
Responsive Design Patterns
Presented by Brad Frost
As responsive web design continues to evolve, we?re confronted with difficult problems about how to create adaptive interfaces that look and function beautifully across many screen sizes and environments. How do we handle navigation that?s four levels deep? How do we deal with large data tables? How well do modules like lightboxes, tabs, embeddable maps and more translate to various contexts?
This workshop will take a detailed look at the pros, cons and considerations of many emerging responsive patterns, and will explain how to incorporate them meaningfully in your projects. You'll come away with plenty to think about and plenty to implement when you get back to work.
Mapping Flows and Sketching Views for Mobile
Presented by Steph Hay
In this workshop, you'll learn how to:
- Plan an end-to-end UX flow -- without design or code
- Sketch UI elements to form an intuitive layout
- Write real content and form microcopy
- Persuade clients or teams to go “content first”
Bring with you: A laptop + paper and pen/cil.
Planning Adaptive Interfaces
Presented by Aaron Gustafson
How do you plan for the unknown? The answer is obvious—you can't—but that's not a bad thing. Unknowns can be scary, but they also create opportunity.
On the web, it's tempting to focus our effort around what we know (or think we know) about our customers based on analytics data we're collecting and our own experience of the web. Similarly, we often get hung up on trying to give every customer the exact same experience of our product. What we need to realize, however, is that analytics and anecdotal knowledge only get you so far. Our customers' access and experience of the web is highly variable, deeply personal and, more often than not, completely out of our control.
But take heart, all is not lost. By being flexible in our approach and embracing the unknown, we can create user experiences that are intended to vary from device to device, browser to browser, and network to network.
In this workshop, Aaron Gustafson will explain the ins and outs of crafting rich web experiences that adapt to the capabilities and peculiarities of our customers and their devices, while maintaining your sanity in the proces. You'll leave with:
- an understanding of the challenges (and possibilities) presented by the wide range of browsers and devices being used to access the web;
- a fresh perspective on interface design, grounded in the progressive enhancement philosophy;
- ideas around how to tailor experiences based on device capabilities;
- solid strategies for determining how common UI components can be re-imagined in an adaptive fashion; and
Aaron has nearly 15 years experience on the web and, in that time, has cultivated a love of web standards and an in-depth knowledge of website strategy and architecture, interface design, and numerous languages (including…