Designed as a conference for the intersection of libraries, archives, and museums, EdUIConf takes place annually in Charlottesville, VA. After doing a sketchnoting workshop I was able to spend the rest of the conference soaking up information on web site design, information architecture, and other topics of interest.
Banish Your Inner Critic To Unlock Your Creativity
How do you go from web site designer to regular keynoter at international conferences? Denise Jacobs tells her personal story as well as suggestions for how anybody can silence that voice inside which says “you can never do that” to be more creative and productive.
Domesticating Your Website
Have you ever been responsible for managing a web site with several years of content? Slowly content becomes orphaned as people leave or events expire. Information gets out of date. Chad Haefele and Kim Vassidilis provide guidelines for how to wrangle content by making sure that everything has an owner who is responsible for it.
One Georgia Tech
Building a coherent brand across an entire university offers many challenges. Eric Sembrat does a retrospective look at how Georgia Tech embrced a standard design based on Drupal to tame the Georgia Tech brand across multiple departments and web sites.
Taking Interface Animation From “Good” To “Great”
Modern CSS technologies enable rich interactions and immediate feedback. It can be tempting to create something that resembles Geocities or MySpace so how do you add helpful animation without turning your web site into a flashing series of Las Vegas signs? Val Head’s workshop gives attendees a framework and then allows for time to practice in a sandbox.
How to Keep UX Lean and Real
It can be tempting to crank out wireframes, personas, and other deliverables as an illusion of productivity. Nate Wootten offers suggestions during a workshop on how to balance the need to communicate design with the ability to pivot quickly towards new solutions.
Web Design Is Not Dead
Copying and pasting a favorite layout is easier than ever with modern tools. Frameworks such as Twitter Bootstrap give a solid grounding for making more accessible and usable sites. Does that diminish the role of the web designer? Conny Liegl suggests otherwise and that without good content no amount of design can make a web site useful.
Cat Herding 401
Getting stakeholder acceptance from a variety of product managers, developers, designers, and other team members can be difficult. David Poteet compares it to trying to herd cats. Offering up a framework he builds a toolkit for people to get agreement through regular communication, trust, and flexibility.