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Making Design Simpler for Developers

Making Design Simpler for Developers

Shawn Wildermuth

October 30, 2013

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  1. Making Design Simple for Web Developers
    Shawn Wildermuth
    Microsoft MVP, Author, and Speaker
    [email protected]

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     Overview

    Do You Need Design Skills?

    Using Images

    CSS in the Browser



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    Do You Need Design Skills?
     Aren’t designers always on your web projects?

    I didn’t think so…

    Your job is to make it look acceptable, not necessarily polished

    Design != Art

    Good Design is as much about the user as it is about art…

    Simple and clean is almost always better than pretty…

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  4. Demo
    Simple versus Pretty

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     Using Images is a good way to spruce up a site design

    Some developers are overwhelmed with Photoshop (et al.)

    Start with Stock Photos

    Yeah, license them – copying images from Internet search isn’t legal

    Use simple tools to crop, size, fix

    Create small images without sacrificing quality

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  6. Demo

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    Working with CSS in the Browser
     Editing Your CSS directly in the browser makes it easier!

    See real-time changes to your CSS

    Helps you learn CSS

    Chrome Tools and Firebug are both fine

    IE Tools are ok in IE9+ but still prefer the other toolsets

    Dynamic Stylesheet Language can help too

    LESS or SASS (but use LESS)

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  8. Demo

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     A design framework can help you achieve great looking sites…

    …without manually creating all the design by hand

    Helps with Responsive Design too (e.g. mobile and tablet sizing)

    Bootstrap 2 or 3 are both great starting points

    Though Zerb Foundation and Semantic are both getting fans too

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  10. Demo
    Using Bootstrap

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     Can really shortcut a site design

    Have a risk of looking like other existing sites…

    Unless you buy an exclusive license but can be expensive

    Template is more than just styling

    It will include examples and

    Bootstrap 2 or 3 are both great starting points

    Though Zerb Foundation and Semantic are both getting fans too

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  12. Demo
    Bootstrap Templates

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     Important Links






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  14. Questions?
    Thank you!
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