John W. Long is a software developer and designer that lives and works in Raleigh, NC. He tends to spend most of his time on the design side, but he can't get away from dabbling in Ruby and Javascript. He is passionate about user-driven design and helping clients build successful businesses. John is the proprietor of wiseheartdesign.com, the creator of Radiant CMS, and an active contributor to open source.

Design Workflows For Rails
We've come a long way since the early days of Rails. And the entire Rails system, while much more robust, can be intimidating and downright frustrating for designers to get started with. In this talk we'll discuss a couple of different strategies for integrating designers into your team and what you can do to optimize your current designer/developer workflow. We'll be discussing a couple of tools that can assist you in this (including John's very own Serve project) and will ask the if any of this can be applied to Open Source. Along the way we will be talking a lot about the value of taking a design-first approach to software development and you will walk away with a number of practical approaches that you can apply to your current project even if you aren't working with a designer.

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