At 9:45am on 10/28/2017, I attended the 1-day Opening Keynote session: Bring In The Cavalry: Design in Open Source, presented by Una Kravets of the Bustle Digital Group, at the All Things Open Coference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC
Opening Keynote: Bring In The Cavalry: Design in Open Source
How important is design in open source
How important is design in open source? Its a good question since many people seem focused on the creation and updating of the service. The users in many cases are not involved with simple concerns such as “Does it work”, they often wonder if it works as well as it can, whether it is intuitive, or whether it can be done simply and effectivley.
So how do general populations feel?
- 69% design is key
- 27% a little could be nice
- 4% meh. Just has to work.
How many people at this opening keynote of 2,000 people were paid to design the look and feel of end-user materials? Only 2 people in the room were paid to design the look and feel. There were no full time independent designers.
This is a 2-part problem.
- Many people have an outdated problem with what design and development is.
- People are unaware of how to meld and create a time when open source develpers can be designers.
Design is mathematical and measureable. Design systems drive growth, it is not a silver bullet solution.
Gain Inspiration (specifically the ideas of empathising with users, understand their uses and methods, observe their current uses as well as what they are looking for, consider things from their Point Of View), define the problem(s), ideate on workable solutions, prototype and create working versions (paper form, drawings, wireframes,models), and then test these, knowing it may require adjustments and changes in an Agile methodology.
Every employee in an example she showed had a 3 month training in the product lifecycle system— specifically how to inject design into every step of the process to improve the product or item.
What Does This Mean For Us?
In the opensource community, we work mainly on the last 2 steps—prototyping and testing. But, when you do not take or promote time for the first three steps, you limit the creative scope of what can be done and improved up.
Design systems are a clear and consistent way to make an item more performance-based, more streamlined, cheaper, easier to understand and connect with. reduce problems, errors, and miscommunications.
Design Defends the user
Designers see how we can be inclusive and give them the best uses possible. FIrst, ensuring accessibility. Begin with accessibility, documentation, ease of use. how easy is it to get started? How easy to build upon once started? How easy is the documentation to get started anyway?
Design Is What Drives Adoption
design drives adoption and increases use. The iPhone is a more popular interface for users. While it is more expensive, less effective, etc. However, the experience is almost always a more smooth and easier approach. Because more people feel that the iPhone is a more user-friendly experience, it is an industry standard even though the Android items are cheaper, have more usability available, and are available for user adjustments.
Sass is another easy way to process. It is the most popular because it conforms to people’s needs. You can write an existing css file with SASS mixed in so that you didn’t have to rewrite. Design is not visual, its how your product works. Its experience.
Design is delightlful
It helps us, Learn more about it at:
We Need Design
It is use, workflow, from every angle it is about the user. Its psychological, mathematical, silly and fun. We need more designers. If you’re one, we need you.
We need to bring in the cavalry.
while you may think its you, its not just you’ ideate, bring in the process. be open, welcoming, and understand their experience is different than yours. Designing opensource is a chicken egg problem. It the design not here because the developers run the show, or do the developers run the show because not enough design was brought to bear.
We can bring in more, teach each other and make a more diverse community available.
At 12:30am on 4/13/2017, I attended the GRD/WEB, presented by Alison Consol, at the 2017 Spring Faculty Professional Development conference in Raleigh, NC.
GRD & WEB Department Meeting
Attended by Gregg Wallace, Michael Schore, George Tsai, Alison Consol, Carla Osborne, Julie Evans, Marsha Mills, and Tyler Dockery.
skillscommons.org ( http://www.skillscommons.org will open in a new window )
THere may be some great material in here or older projects to zoom through. Some of these may be canvas packs, but there could also be BB materials.
Course >> Tools >> NCLOR object
These are some great resources, but they may be old.
Some of these sources can help us so that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Google academy, hubspot, codeschool, are great places we can also grab materials from. If this introduces something we don’t have time to working with, or something which may inspire a different kind of learner. If you see anything out there which has some relevance, grab it and see what you can bring to the table.
If you find little snippets created that cannot be covered in the class, but the materials already exist, run those as small, one-shot deals
Brackets in the lab
Brackets will be put in the lab. Brackets runs for free. Sublime is roughly $50 per license. We cannot use a cost program when we could also have a free resource. Our hope is to have a cradle-to-grave system of consistent program usage in WEB technologies.
GRD142 seems to miss its pace and GRD241 finds many students falling flat.
GRD110 seems to have lots of issues with retention.
WEB140 seem to run into the perrenial problem with retention. Design students seem to split- both top and bottom tier students are graphic design students
Summer faculty will need to have a single day of the week. Any issues needed by Alison can be fixed by Cindy if needed
Julie’s secret sauce may stop working. Datatel may be able to be updated in a few extra months. Datatel does not like edge
Adobe Certified Associate Web Design Specialist CS6 Achieved!
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At 3:40pm On 11/16/16 I attended Design is Not Art presented by Austin Knight | Lead UX Designer, Hubspot at the 2016 Internet Summit located at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.
Design Is Not Art
This talk was not about design or art; it was about designers. It was about the things that we create and the ways in which we create them. It included extended discussion about the processes that we use and how those processes define us. It’s these qualities that set artists and designers apart (and why they matter). What are the differences between design and art? What is the most important quality that a designer can possess? And how are the two so closely related?
In this talk, we examined the ways in which design and art are fundamentally different, and how through those differences, we can extract the qualities that comprise great designers and leaders. In a roundtable atmosphere, we discussed the contrasting purposes, data sources, and creative processes that design and art hold. He hoped that his insights might add a new perspective on what it means to be a designer, and how designers that possess one particular quality are prone to better feedback, accountability, innovation, collaboration, and outcomes. Unfortunately, this seemed to deal more with software development designers and game artists, and had little to bear on art and design in specific. Finally, we heard personal accounts from designers at companies like Google and Apple, sharing their approaches to design and the qualities that they value.
In Austin’s words: “You may or may not leave this talk convinced that design is not art, but no matter what, you will leave with a better understanding for what it means to be a designer.” Instead, I left with a bit more disappointment than normal. The Internet summit was originally about the internet, innovations, and new technology. As time has gone on, it has become more and more about marketing to an online community, selling to people, and ways in which the general sellers market can grab for just a bit more attention. I think this will likely be my last internet summit.
Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC (2015) ACA Certification Achieved!
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Individuals who have earned an Adobe Certified Associate certification in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator have demonstrated mastery of the following skills:
Domain 1.0 Setting Project Requirements
|1.1||Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing graphics and illustrations.|
|1.2||Summarize how designers make decisions about the type of content to include in a project, including considerations such as copyright, project fit, permissions, and licensing.|
|1.3||Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.|
|1.4||Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.|
Domain 2.0 Understanding Digital Graphics and Illustrations
|2.1||Understand key terminology related to digital graphics and illustrations.|
|2.2||Demonstrate knowledge of basic design principles and best practices employed in the digital graphics and illustration industry.|
|2.3||Demonstrate knowledge of typography and its use in digital graphics and illustrations.|
|2.4||Demonstrate knowledge of color and its use in digital graphics and illustration.|
|2.5||Demonstrate knowledge of image resolution, image size, and image file format for web, video, and print.|
Domain 3.0 Understanding Adobe Illustrator
|3.1||Identify elements of the Illustrator user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions.|
|3.2||Define the functions of commonly used tools, including selection tools, the Pen tool, and other drawing tools, shape tools, and transformation tools.|
|3.3||Navigate, organize, and customize the workspace.|
|3.4||Use non-printing design tools in the interface, such as rulers, guides, bleeds, and artboards.|
|3.5||Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks.|
|3.6||Manage colors, swatches, and gradients.|
|3.7||Manage brushes, symbols, graphic styles, and patterns.|
|3.8||Demonstrate knowledge of how and why illustrators employ different views and modes throughout the course of a project, including vector/outline vs. display/appearance, isolation mode, and various Draw modes.|
|3.9||Demonstrate an understanding of vector drawing tools.|
Domain 4.0 Creating Digital Graphics and Illustrations Using Adobe Illustrator
|4.1||Create a new project.|
|4.2||Use vector drawing and shape tools.|
|4.3||Transform graphics and illustrations.|
|4.4||Create and manage layers.|
|4.5||Import assets into a project.|
|4.6||Add and manipulate type using Type tools.|
|4.7||Create digital graphics and illustrations using 3D and perspective tools in Illustrator.|
Domain 5.0 Archive, Export, and Publish Graphics Using Adobe Illustrator
|5.1||Prepare images for web, print, and video.|
|5.1||Export digital graphics and illustration to various file formats.|
Past versions of the Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator are now outdated. However, certifications on older versions of our software are still valid.
Completed UDEMY Certification Course for “How To Design Professional Infographics : Beginners Course”
I have received numerous requests from UDEMY to come to their website and purchase some of their training. While this hadn’t always appealed to me (seemed like perhaps they might be trying a bit too hard), I decided I’d give it a try. While the training course I felt might be most worth my while was still selling for roughly $45, I was able to purchase this second piece of training a few weeks ago at the same time I purchased: Logo Design Fundamentals by Andrew Boehm of Growing Business Online.
This course was much more extensive than the first, with 89 lectures encompassing software, research, slides, and an additional 4.5 hours of video content. Materials came with downloadable materials which were required for the final assessment. The downloading of materials for the final assessment seemed to be met with displeasure, although moderators noted that might change to an elected component. I was pleased with the course and could see how beginners might really sink their teeth into this.
You can check out my fancy certificate here