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The increasing use of mobile devices makes designing sites and apps more complex. To design for the user, you have to completely change the ways you work and learn new tools, techniques, and patterns for success. We built the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Denver, CO April 7-9 to help you meet those challenges. You’ll be exposed to UX luminaries through intensive full-day workshops specifically focused around the skills and techniques you need to become better at designing for the user. The price to attend all three days of the conference goes up $300 after February 11 (it goes up $100 if you’re just attending for one day). Put the money you save by registering now towards your flight or accommodations. Explore the workshops and video trailers to learn more about each...

Aaron Gustafson – Designing Across Devices with Progressive Enhancement

[ Transcript Available ] Responsive web design seems to come up in every other discussion or article about UX these days. And rightfully so as it’s an elegant way to make sure your design adapts to the multitude of devices on the market. But with the Internet of Things looming, it’s becoming more than just the visuals of your site that are of major concern. How your content displays on a car dashboard, “can a watch handle this page weight?”, or “is this refrigerator JavaScript enabled?” are not unrealistic issues moving forward. Aaron Gustafson believes that progressive enhancement can go a long way to addressing these questions. In his virtual seminar, Designing Across Devices with Progressive Enhancement, Aaron discusses strategies for layering the experience. By thinking of the interface as a continuum, it can not only adapt to devices, but can become more robust with browser capabilities. The audience had a lot of questions for Aaron during the live seminar and he joins Adam Churchill to address some of those in this podcast. How can you approach pages where JavaScript is required to complete a task? How do you prioritize design considerations? Are semantic ID classes useful? Are there performance issues with lazy-loading? When can we stop supporting older browsers? Recorded: December, 2013 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Adam: Welcome to another edition of the SpoolCast. Earlier this fall, Aaron Gustafson presented his virtual seminar, “Designing Across Devices with Progressive Enhancement.” The recording of this seminar has been added to our library of...

Mobile UX Design That Delights

How often do you start researching a product, reading an article, or listening to a podcast on one device and finish up on another? Common, right? Well your users are doing it too, and if you’re not creating delightful, cross-platform experiences—you’re likely to lose them. The increasing use of mobile devices makes designing sites and apps more complex. To design for the user, you have to completely change the way you use to work and learn new tools, techniques, and patterns for success. We’ve created a conference that focuses on the skills you need to create pleasing experiences for your customers regardless of the device they use. At the UX Immersion Mobile Conference, you’ll be led by industry experts on an intense dive into game-changing, mobile UX challenges. Brad Frost will focus on establishing a practical foundation and workflow so your team can build responsive, adaptive interfaces. You’ll discuss how to use layout, image, and navigation patterns to design future-friendly experiences. Karen McGrane wants to help you transform existing content into packages that work for your CMS, people, and users. You’ll learn how to publish content to many devices using one, author-centric workflow. Mobile changes everything about how we conduct usability research. Cyd Harrell will let you in on the latest techniques for interviewing, gathering data, and involving your entire team. Ease into mobile prototyping with Nate Schutta and discover that building prototypes using JavaScript and jQuery isn’t a black art. Dabble at using HTML and CSS in a text editor to debug what you’ve built. You don’t even have to be a coder for his workshop! Dispel your...

UIEtips: Devising a Strategy for Responsive Design

In today’s UIEtips, I’m sharing a reprint of an article on the importance of organizations nailing down a strategy for making their sites responsive. Saying yes to responsive design will require changes to your editorial process, the ways you approach visual and interaction design, and how you think about your users and their goals. And if your team struggles with how to design responsively, then you’ll want join us for Stephen Hay’s December 12 virtual seminar on Responsive Web Design Workflows. Stephen Hay has a practical approach to improving your responsive web design workflow. Here’s an excerpt from the article: A responsive design can have multiple breakpoints, say for a small-screen phone, then a large-screen phone, then a tablet, then a laptop/desktop. Many teams try to decide on breakpoints using average screen sizes. However, it’s better to look at what the content and navigation wants to be. By letting the content and navigation drive the breakpoints, teams find they can often get away with fewer screen configurations. For example, a high-resolution Retina iPad might easily share the same configuration as a well-constructed laptop display, while lower resolution tablets might just need a little adjustment to that same configuration. Read the article Devising a Strategy for Responsive Design. What are your strategies for preparing a responsive design? Tell us about it...

UIEtips: Progressive Enhancement and the Content-out Approach

Today, there exists a sea of design considerations like browsers, accessibility, device compatibility, and responsive or adaptive design. And with new techniques and devices coming out daily, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Aaron Gustafson knows how to wrangle all of these elements using progressive enhancement. With his practical approach, he designs for humans on any spectrum – with and without javascript enabled. In 2011, he published Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement. In today’s UIEtips, we’re pleased to publish an excerpt from Aaron’s book which discusses how progressive enhancement can serve your users by giving them access to content without technological restrictions. On November 21, Aaron will present our next virtual seminar, Designing Across Devices with Progressive Enhancement. If you’re trying to create a better web – and are open to rethinking how you approach designing for any interface, then you need to join us for Aaron’s seminar. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Fundamentally, progressive enhancement is about accessibility, but not in the limited sense the term is most often used. The term “accessibility” is traditionally used to denote making content available to individuals with “special needs” (people with limited motility, cognitive disabilities, or visual impairments); progressive enhancement takes this one step further by recognizing that we all have special needs. Our special needs may also change over time and within different contexts. When I load up a website on my phone, for example, I am visually limited by my screen resolution (especially if I am using a browser that encourages zooming) and I am limited in my ability to interact with buttons and...