things we learned

lessons from working in the design and web development business

How we learned to leave default font-size alone and embrace the em

(…) Our design decisions are now more commonly informed by the context in which a component lives in the page, and how it adapts fluidly and proportionally within that environment, regardless of its pixel-based scale (…)

Filament Group’s blog on why re-setting the browser’s default font-size just because it’s easier to do the math needed for relative units may be a less-than-good idea when applying contemporary webdesign principles. Make sure to read the follow-up on rems and ems as well.

 

Perspectives in Experience Design

For me, the word Experience in the context of Design work refers to the way people experience the world, and making everything we produce fit into their lives. The word preceding Experience is about the perspective you use when talking about someone’s experience, the roles and the scope you want to focus on. For an enterprise, this translates to the ways it chooses to appear in people’s lives. Let’s look at some of the concepts floating around – and please be aware that these are fairly personal views (…)
– Milan, Blurring Boundaries

July 18, 2012
by The Team
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How much does a responsive web design cost? (german translation)

*Prelude: The web community is spread all over the world and has more or less agreed to communicate in english. Many of today’s trends and tomorrow’s features are discussed in mailing lists, in changelogs, on twitter, and in blogs. Nevertheless there are many “local” communities and not everybody is fluent in english. So we thought it is a good idea to translate this (to us) important article on “Responsive Web Design” by Brad Frost to german, for “our” community. So enjoy.* Continue reading

The challenges of responsive web design go way beyond media queries and screen widths. In this article we look at some of the key issues you need to explore when embarking on a complicated web project, considering if, how and why the project should be made responsive. […]

[…] the most important thing right now is to make sure you ask the right questions at the start of each project, make the right choices, and jump into experimentation yourself with a maximum amount of pragmatism. If you find a good idea to make all of these challenges smoother, please write about it and share your discoveries on the web!

Rudy Rigot: http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/responsive-web-design-a-project-management-perspective/

November 24, 2011
by Tom
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Beyond Tellerrand 2011 Talks

For quick reference, we’ll put up all the links to the talks held at #btconf as we (@webrocker & @beckenhaub) find them. This post will be updated a lot I guess, so please come back later. But first things first: … Continue reading