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Graduating 2014 Interactive Design Program student portfolios are the ideal place to select the best workplace practicum student for your organizations needs. They are the elusive digital industry unicorns, capable of helping you with UX and information design, usability, front and back-end web development, mobile app development, digital strategy and rich media production. They are plugging into a broadening number of businesses.
Nothing helps you wrap your head around responsive web design like these demos of common RWD patterns by Brad Frost. Check them out in your browser—be sure to inspect their HTML and CSS! And have a look at the Resources link at the bottom as well.
Think security is expensive? Try getting hacked! WPMU Dev hosts a five-video series on how to beef up security on your WordPress site (or your client’s).
Why bother with responsive?
We want our websites to be useable on all devices by responding to the user’s behavior, screen size and screen orientation. Adam Kaplan has created a one-page tutorial that goes right to the guts of RWD so anyone can get it.
HOW Design gets into UX designers’ heads to discover which critical skills separate the best UX designers from the rest. To find out, they conducted a focus group involving leaders of UX groups at large companies, as well as UX designers working in an agency context. What they discovered is something they like to call ‘The UX Design Paradox.’
From the article, the majority of focus group participants agreed that “finding people who were both well-versed in the appropriate methodologies and great communicators, especially in a business context, was difficult.”
As one participant explained, “My biggest challenge is finding designers who are comfortable at the intersection of business and design. It’s true, solid design skills, prototyping, complex application design experience and good personality fit are all hard to find, too. However, what I find is that designers struggle most with the idea of designing a product to meet a set of business needs.”
As another participant emphasized, “A designer needs to be able to understand and speak the language of the business/product team…to be able to articulate why UX is good business, without losing the audience in the overly academic jargon of the UX discipline.”
Finally, one participant put this ability to communicate in the context of exhibiting true UX leadership: “We are often in consultation mode and looking to influence the outcome with our clients. This also requires facilitating discussions or working sessions to help others come to a common conclusion. It’s these skills that exhibit a ‘lead UX consultant’ mentality that ultimately leads to respect and the ability to influence.”
Beyond the technical knowledge required of UX designers is a growing need for fluency in leadership and effective communication; today’s UX designers must be able to advocate for their designs as readily as they can create them.
- Understanding Knockout
- Understanding Drupal’s EntityFieldQuery
- Using Meta Tags in HTML: Some Basics and Best Practices
- iPad Air Template (PSD)
- 8 Ways to Add a Responsive Navigation Menu on Your Site
- What White Space Can Do For You