Jul 10, 2013

Content-first thinking

Communicator

One of the basic arguments when discussing mobile-first design is that content is more important than design. Design has been the primary focus of web design for so long, however, that convincing your stakeholders otherwise may be quite difficult.

This article by Rian van der Merwe explains ways with which to convince stakeholders that they need to think about content before they think about design. As he puts it, to think about the contents of a package before building the package that will hold it.

http://www.elezea.com/2013/07/content-first/

Jun 26, 2013

Prospective students go mobile to learn about colleges

Communicator Manager

Mobile-friendly university websites are no longer optional
According to the 2012 Noel-Levitz E-Expectations Report, “Online Expectations of College Bound Juniors and Seniors,” 52 percent of college-bound high school juniors and seniors viewed college sites on a mobile device, up from 23 percent in 2010. Twenty percent viewed college sites via tablets. These numbers will continue to increase, since mobile device ownership is almost ubiquitous in this age group (see Pew Internet Project).

Jun 6, 2013

Best of both worlds: How to think like a designer, work like a developer

Communicator Designer Developer

Watch the presentation or download, Best of both worlds: How to think like a designer, work like a developer, at mediamatrix.tamu.edu/streams/491562/IT_Forum_06-05-13.

View the presentation slides.

The speakers, Laura Root and Xavier Porter, graphic designers with Texas A&M Information Technology, provide insights on how the design process fits into the new responsive website paradigm. Key takeaways include how to integrate RWD into your team process, the importance of wireframes, and helpful tools and resources for designers and developers.

May 29, 2013

Mobile first presentation for designers and developers, June 5 3:00 p.m.

Communicator Designer Developer Manager

Join the Texas A&M Mobile Team for an on-campus presentation, “Best of both worlds: How to think like a designer, work like a developer.” Gain insights from two designers with different backgrounds and approaches who embraced mobile-first design. Learn how the design process fits into the new responsive website paradigm.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Q&A follows the presentation)
Where: Rudder 601
Speakers: Laura Root and Xavier Porter, graphic designers with Texas A&M Information Technology

Who should attend: Experienced and novice designers, developers and communicators. Anyone who wants to learn more about going mobile.

Takeaways: How to integrate RWD into your team process. The importance of wireframes. Helpful tools and resources for designers and developers.

May 14, 2013

Adaptive Content – Think differently about your content

Communicator Developer

This article from Webdesigner Depot makes some very good points regarding how content is handled in a responsive, mobile-first web design. One of the key ideas are that websites no longer consist of “pages,” but instead consist of a series of object that are assembled into a page. The article is primarily focused on WordPress, but the concept is transferable to most any CMS you want to use.

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/04/adaptive-content-with-wordpress/