What you don't know will hurt you: Designing with and for existing content

A session at Breaking Development 2013: Orlando

Monday 8th April, 2013

11:30am to 12:30pm (EST)

Are you trying to make responsive design scale for a complex site? Building an app, but your organization doesn't have an API yet? If so, you've probably got legacy content—content that already exists, and that doesn't fit neatly into your new project.

What do you do? You could ignore it and end up with one of those responsive homepages that devolve into big content blobs after just one tap, or a one-off mobile site that no one can remember to maintain. You could put it off until it becomes the bane of your existence: the thing that "breaks" your design, because it's way messier than you’ve planned for.

Or, you could deal with it. If you take the time to make existing content work for you—by understanding what you've got, identifying patterns and relationships in its structure, and cutting the cruft along the way—you'll end up with a system that will not just support your content, but _enhance_ its meaning, message, and power.

In this talk, you'll learn how to start analyzing content and understanding its structure—and see how content knowledge can help you build better, longer-lasting digital products of all sorts.

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Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Content strategist. Feminist. Author, Content Everywhere. Co-author, Design for Real Life.

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Time 11:30am12:30pm EST

Date Mon 8th April 2013

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