DC Design Talks Recap 1
With an entire day of first-rate speakers, the amount of information I absorbed was overwhelming. "Coming to Terms with Sociality," the talk given by Thomas Vander Wal of InfoCloud Solutions, was fascinating. He referred to "online interactivity" as being the engagement amongst participants in an online community, rather than the interaction a user has with the site. "Finding Design Inspiration" by Alex Giron of n'clud reaffirmed my belief that investment in creativity and inspiration will pay off in the quality of design work produced. In "Speaking in Styles: The Importance of CSS for Web Designers," Jason Cranford Teague (of AOL) articulated the importance of CSS through a humorous demonstration that both dispelled its myths and illustrated its advantages. He compared a web designer who knows CSS to a print designer who knows press specifications and explained that a designer needs to:
- understand the limitations of her medium.
- take ownership of her design.
- create accurate specifications.
- be able to talk to developers.
- triage problems.