As the child of sculptors, interactive artist Scott Snibbe knew he wanted to work in haptic technology from a young age. As an installation artist and app developer, who’s worked on projects for major players like James Cameron and Björk, Snibbe continues to prove that the screen can be truly limitless.
Find out why he thinks art helps explain the meaning of reality in our behind-the-scenes documentary.
It’s time for another full-length Friday video from your friends at An Event Apart.
You’ve heard about CSS preprocessors. If you have yet to take the dive or have only dipped your toes in, let Chris Coyier (CSS-Tricks, Codepen) convince you that you won’t regret it. Have you met resistance? Let’s try and convince your boss and colleagues. There may be some misconceptions going around that we need to nip in the bud. Then we’ll look at how preprocessors fit into the modern web development workflow, the evolving best practices for using them, and how to squeeze out all the benefit we can get from them.
In this 60-minute video caught live at An Event Apart Austin 2013, Chris explains why “preprocessing is for everybody”—even control-freak designer-developers. (Love it? Catch Chris’s latest—“SVG is for Everybody”–at An Event Apart DC, July 21-23, 2014, and An Event Apart San Francisco, Nov. 17–19, 2014.)
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What separates a good design from a bad design are the decisions that the designer made.
In this hour-long video, recorded live at An Event Apart San Diego 2010, Jared Spool explores the five styles of design decisions, showing you when gut instinct produces the right results, and when designers need to look to more user-focused research.
Jared Spool (@jmspool) is the founding principal of User Interface Engineering, a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in website and product usability.
Jared has been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term “usability” was ever associated with computers. He spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helping clients understand how to solve their design problems, explaining to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year.
He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual User Interface Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.
An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, is an intensely educational three-day learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is for you.
When in-house or external clients go out in search of design they often have no idea how to describe what they need, measure what they’re looking for, or evaluate who they might work for and subsequently, the work that’s produced. As designers it’s our job to help site owners and stakeholders figure these things out and to give them the tools and knowledge they need to evaluate whether what we do is what they need. Without that insight clients have nothing to go on but gut instinct and subjectivity.
In this 60-minute video captured live at An Event Apart Austin 2013, Mike Monteiro (author, Design Is A Job) shows how to give your clients and stakeholders the mental tools and vocabulary they need to help you create more successful sites.