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Design For Developers

Design For Developers

A lot of developers have a lot of trouble coming up with a simple design. When the time comes that they want to build a side project, the interface might end up looking like something out of a 2-year-old's coloring workbook.
This talk highlights simple steps that developers can follow to come up with simple yet elegant designs for their projects.

Linda Ikechukwu

July 13, 2019
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  1. DESIGN FOR DEVELOPERS
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  2. WHO AM I ?
    Linda Ikechukwu
    Frontend Developer
    @_MsLinda
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  4. WHAT DO I MEAN BY DESIGN ?
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  5. Design : Simple guidelines that can help you
    (developers) build basic interfaces that are effective
    and visually appealing.
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  6. Major Components of Design
    ▪Layout & Visual Appearance
    ▪User Experience
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  7. ON LAYOUT & VISUAL APPEARANCE
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  8. Cluster
    ▪Line components and items with grid based designs.
    ▪Let your pages breathe, be generous with whitespace.
    ▪Be consistent.
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  11. Colors
    Step 1 : Choose a starting color
    ▪Use what you have e.g. colors from existing logo.
    ▪Do not use your competitors colors and don’t default to
    stereotypes if you can help it.
    ▪Think about your target audience and what you want them
    to feel. Use www.color-meanings.com to find out which
    colors describe that feeling.
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  12. Colors
    Step 2 : Pick a shade.
    ▪Now that you have a starting color, you can use
    www.dribbble.com/colors to pick your preferred shade.
    Step 3 : Pick a complimentary color for contrast and
    highlighting e.g. headings, buttons and important tips.
    ▪ Use www.canva.com/colors/color-wheel/ to find a
    complimentary color to your base color
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  15. Color
    Step 4 : Your palette
    ▪ White + Black + Base Color + Complimentary Color
    Other Helpful sites :
    ▪www.color-blindness.com
    ▪www.coolors.com
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  17. Typography
    ▪Use lesser number of fonts. 2 from the same family is a safe
    bet.
    ▪Use fancy fonts sparingly , they increase clutter.
    ▪Vary weights to differentiate importance and bits.
    ▪Useful site : Typefont.com
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  18. Images
    Always use retina quality images
    Useful sites :
    ▪Unsplash.com
    ▪Photopin.com
    ▪Undraw.co
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  19. ON USER EXPERIENCE
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  20. Actions
    ▪Make important actions/messages (e.g. buttons, widgets,
    headlines) easy to find and use by using brighter colors and
    bigger/bolder fonts.
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  23. Content : Less is More
    ▪ Use less number of words to pass your message across.
    ▪ Break up content into shorter paragraphs and bullet points
    where applicable.
    ▪ Remember the whitespace rule, be generous.
    ▪ Highlight / bolden important phrases in sentences.
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  25. FINAL THOUGHTS
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    “Good artists copy,
    Great artists steal”
    -Pablo Picasso

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  27. Where to find inspiration?
    Useful Sites :
    ▪Siteinspire.com
    ▪Behance.com
    ▪Cssmaniac.com
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  30. THANK YOU
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