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Do designers really just make things pretty?

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Hey there!

Have you ever heard this before?

"We want to build this thing. Give it to the designer to make it look good".

It's an easy mistake to make. After all, designers do "make things look good"...

The truth however, is that design covers a lot more than just appearances. It considers:

  • Who it's used by,
  • How it's used,
  • When it's used,
  • The environment it's used in,
  • The components used to build it, and so much more...

Design is about the entire experience of using the product – the final "look" of it is just one aspect.

If you want to build products that truly connect with your users, then it's time to join us In our new series of design tech talksYou'll discover a whole new way to look at design:

De-jargonising Design

De-jargonising Design

Design has had an increasing influence on business decisions. But there’s still a lot lost in translation. Donna Spencer shares what she’s done to teach her organisation what designers do, what problems they can help with and how they do it – ultimately leading to better outcomes for everyone.

 
The 15 Minute Model for Optimising Device Experiences

 

The 15 Minute Model for Optimising Device Experiences

Companies say they test for popular devices and browsers, but the reality is far from it – especially for mobile. In this talk Craig shares a data-driven approach to help test the right devices, along with tools and resources to do it yourself.

 
Grids All the Way Down

 

Grids All the Way Down

Grid Layout has a new feature that everyone’s been waiting for. In this talk Rachel will explain what subgrid is, the problems that it will solve for web designers and developers, and the things that it will make possible. She'll also take a look at some of the other things that are coming to CSS Layout, and how you can get involved in pushing all of these new things forward.

 
Design Systems & Creativity

 

Design Systems & Creativity

A common misconception about Design Systems is that they prohibit designers from being creative. This is far from the truth. Jina Anne, a design systems practitioner and advocate, will share her thoughts and ideas on using design systems to empower and strengthen your creativity while still keeping its goals of scale, maintainability, and efficiency at heart.

 
Durable Design

 

Durable Design

We’ve come such a long way in the last 20 years. From a grass-roots web standards movement to Wired magazine launching a standards-based interface in 2003, to today, with all the tools and methods that inform current web design. But where next? This talk makes a radical argument for recidivism in our design thinking; a return to durable, aesthetic, and inclusive web design. Durable design is pragmatic design for the next decade, and it starts now.

 

Practical Web Animation

Web Animation is an essential part of great user experience, leveraging cognitive load and helping to provide appropriate user feedback. This talk examines web animation from a practical standpoint and when to use it, explains how to keep your animations performant across browsers and explores the animation options we have on the web today.

 
Using DevTools to Understand Modern CSS Layouts

Using DevTools to Understand Modern CSS Layouts

Flexbox, Grid and Box Alignment are the cornerstones of modern CSS layouts. They introduce behaviours that might seem confusing if you don’t completely understand how the browser interprets the CSS values you assign. This talk will explain a variety of modern CSS layout techniques through live demonstrations via DevTools, and provide real-world use cases of how such techniques allow designs to better adapt across a broad range of viewports.

 
The Value of a Conversation

The Value of a Conversation

Text me. Message me. DM me. Chat in all its shapes and sizes is seemingly unavoidable these days. Verne examines the recent resurgence of chat experiences in today’s modern products, why the fundamentals of conversation design are at the heart of this, and how understanding the value of a conversation should change the way we build chatbots and conversational experiences as a whole.

 

Happy Learning!

The SitePoint Team

 
SitePoint, Level 1, 110 Johnson Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065, Australia
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