SXSW 2010: Live Stream Day 2 From SXSW 2010

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Today my schedule is jam packed. I’ll be attending several workshops to explore some new approaches to rapid design. You can follow me on twitter to get a ton of new resources and supplemental information.

Re-Inventing the Wheel: Sketching your own IA Process

Speaker: Chris Fahey

“It’s the start of a new project. You’ve got requirements, guidelines, data, research. Now what? Like an artist staring at a blank canvas, information architects often don’t know where to begin. Instead of following a rigid methodology or waiting for the perfect idea to appear out of the blue, learn to…”

  • Examining a space suit and taking a look at revising the thought about the design as opposed to working. Redefine the problem to devise new solutions
  • Designs that are boring and depressing
  • Data should not drive design decisions – I actually think that is a great thing to keep in mind, I do think you need to be aware of how much data is available.
  • Mindmapping – it’s a type of user persona mapping based upon timelines.
    • Personally, I feel that personas are only valuable if you are not at all familiar with your core group
  • Designers are researchers
    • I have tons of research in the form of bookmarks, google reader, links you name it. Research is the key to understanding what is out application designs are out there and what designs are not.
  • There are no TEMPLATES – That reflects the speakers opinion, I think you can start to use templates to help you sketch when you are staring at the Blank Canvas. I like using Leah Buley’s items that she shared for exploring different UI patterns.
  • Interpersonal Circumplex – Where does your product fall – This is kind of like a personality test for your product.
  • Mood Boards. I like mood boards, it can really spur some new creative ideas that you might not have thought of before.
  • Metaphors:
  • Comic Sketching
  • The Critique:
  • Leave your designs around for others to see….


Pen & Paper Tools to Get From Research to Design

Speaker: Kate Ruter – Adapative Path:

In the world of user experience, learning about your customers is key to making great stuff. But design research reports are dense and boring. Unlock the power of sketching and pen and paper tools to create research outputs that are vibrant, sticky and that reflect personality, human perspective and that move…

So I hope to gain some actual hands on experience in this panel. Everyone wants to talk to you, but not always teach. As I told someone earlier about running panel. Don’t preach to me teach me. It looks like this is off to a good start as each seat has some markers crayons and drawing paper. I think this will be a good panel….

  • Large Sheets of Sketch Paper – to explore design – I really like some of the methods that adaptive path users when exploring sketches
  • Visual approach actives different forms of cognitive thinking
  • Images help groups move faster to reflect real people and needs.

See Sort Sketch Method:

  • We are all doing an activity to introduce our name on paper as a sketch and small illustration about what we are trying to accomplish.
  • JOTTING: – Capture just the high points of a visual story quick from:  documents, excel, notes, etc…….Conceptual mist – One idea per piece of paper…break down observations – Think of the weight of each idea and how we visual represent it. Interperting becomes as a need.


  • The Grove Consultants – It’s a book.

CSS Frameworks:

Panelist: Smith, Clayton, Smith, Sullivan, Eppstein

Many CSS Frameworks have been introduced in recent years, some are now quite popular. The advantages (fast development, cross-browser compatibility, table-less design, etc.) are exciting, but the disadvantages (bloat, lack of flexibility, lack of what is already available in css) are equally compelling. Framework authors discuss the similarities and differences.

I don’t understand why learning a new language that sits on top of CSS. I’m referring to compass. Also when you are working on a object oriented css language seems like developers need to jump back in. Does CSS really slow down your site that much? Go check out the google chrome addon to see how the speed loads.

SASS 3.0 should incorporate both normal css syntax and super syntax.

Common Questions Regarding CSS Frameworks:

  • Using a framework first to learn CSS – I think you need to learn CSS first..
  • How do you choose a framework? –
    • Depends on level of experience with CSS and framework
    • How much work should you do yourself
    • Everyone likes the reset & fonts – well that’s true for me……


CSS 3 & HTML 5

As HTML5 and CSS3 gets written, browser vendors are already incorporating their new features allowing for greater design and functionality. However, some major browsers haven’t. How should developers build for a constantly moving target? This panel discusses dealing with those older browsers and embracing new Web design technologies with practical HTML5…
Panelist: Christopher, Stephanie, Zoe
Well if the crowd as an indicator I hope there is a lot of good stuff and no one is dissapointed.  They are being real anal about letting people sit on the floor which is stupid, especially if people are paying to be here.

I think this panel is going to be more talking at us as opposed to teaching…we shall see

Practical CSS 3 & HTML 5 Tips

  • header, nav, section, article, aside, footer –  new
  • Article vs Aside – The point here is there is no “Concrete” definition around what these should actually be used for when rendering
  • Javascript to work with ie  –
  • Media Queries – modifying visual display bsaed on viewport size
  • @font-face  {font-family:”your-font”  and URL – remember if you use @font-face ie needs a different format – that’s why you should use font squirrel.
  • RGBA – red, green, blue, alpha -
  • Rounded Borders -
  • Transformations:

Some of my favorite open type font sites :