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by Dan Rubin
Designers often shy away from usability testing — design and testing are frequently viewed as very separate processes — but it doesn’t have to be that way, and it doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming, either. Creating prototypes to test your designs during the design process isn’t something to be afraid of, and likely isn’t nearly as difficult as you’ve imagined.
In this half-day workshop, Dan explores usability testing and rapid prototyping from the designer’s point of view, using examples from a real life project to explain the method of testing and prototyping used, and showing the value of making adjustments to a design during testing, exposing changes in behavior that could not have been otherwise observed. You’ll also learn how to prepare for and perform a basic usability test, and tips on how to incorporate testing into your existing design workflow.
Maybe you’re using border-radius here and there, and maybe you’ve got text-shadow syntax down pat. But CSS3 is about more than the occasional visual enhancement; it’s also a powerful tool that can make your designs more flexible and agile than ever before. In this workshop, we’ll talk about where CSS3 is, where it’s going, and techniques for implementing it today.
Clients don’t understand design processes, nor should we expect them to. So how do we effectively communicate these kinds of concepts without spending hours blowing a budget? If clients are more involved in the Web design process, are they more likely to trust your final design? In this workshop, Samantha will talk about the Web design process, and explore methods to include client feedback early so that you save time in the final stages of your project. The group will actively participate in putting together the right survey questions, engage in exercises where they interpret client feedback, and assemble different types of client deliverables.
by Ethan Dunham
Ethan will give a special 3-hour talk on the past, present and future of web fonts. He’ll review the history of fonts usage online. Ethan will share his experiences with founding FontSquirrel.com and FontSpring.com; convey what he’s learned along the way; and discuss ways to use web fonts more effectively. Discover the emerging availability and flexibility of using fonts on the web. Venue details are pending, and we’ll keep you posted.
2nd–4th June 2011