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Developer Group: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Guide to Working w Designers

  • May 22, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Briteweb

The May Developer Meetup is a two-parter looking at the interaction between designers and developers presented by Kate Moore and Christine Rondeau. Developers, designers, and everyone in between are welcome.

WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH DESIGNERS

Presented by Kate Moore

The designer/developer relationship can be rife with frustration. If you’re a developer, working with designers can be challenging. They just don’t seem to get what we do! On the flip side, as a designer working with developers, can be equally frustrating. Why can’t they just change the kerning on that one title?
Kate will talk about tips for working with designers, and talk about what to do to help designers work with developers. This talk will be mostly from the developer standpoint, but will explain some of the reasons that designers make seemingly crazy requests. 

Kate will talk about: 

• A good process for working together

• Explaining how WordPress lays stuff out to designers

• Font and colour tips

• Grids

• General tips to cultivate some understanding and patience for each other

SURPRISE, HERE'S THE FINAL DESIGN AND YES, IT MAKES NO SENSE. JUST MAKE IT WORK

Presented by Christine Rondeau

Being a freelance developer can be a lot like Christmas. You never know what design files you'll get or crazy requests will come your way. But just like Christmas, if you keep an open mind and are open to suggestions, designers can give you wonderful gifts.

In this case study, Christine will recount a story, where things started horrendously wrong, people cried, one guy got fired, but in the end, the project was a great success, many lessons were learned and everyone lived happily ever after.

About the Speakers

Kate Moore

Kate has worked as a graphic designer since graduating from art school in 2006. Mostly working as a book designer, her love of the meticulous got her into coding and development. In 2012, she got a certificate in technical web design and started a full-time business developing and designing custom WordPress themes. She teaches coding, Photoshop and Illustrator at BCIT, part-time.

Christine Rondeau
Christine has been working with WordPress since 2004 and now offers her services as a front-end developer for the platform, via her design studio Bluelime Media. Her involvement with the WordPress community extends beyond just client work as she contributes themes, helps users via the support forums and speaks at WordCamps. As if that wasn’t enough, Christine also gives even more back to the community by sharing her learning resources for anyone teaching WordPress.

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  • Shinya K.

    It was the great meetup. I develop rather simpler WP website but program from scratch. I always ask designer to set grid and baseline so both of us are happy at the end. I use this tool to keep the site aligned well. http://bohemianalps.com/tools/grid/

    May 23, 2014

  • Dan A.

    Thanks to Kate and Christine for the great points about the dev-designer relationship. Reminded me of a pair of articles by iOS developer and former Adobe dev Matt Gemmell: http://mattgemmell.com/how-developers-can-help-designers/

    May 22, 2014

  • sara

    It was great talk and really helps to understand how designer and developers can work smoothy together.

    Thanks to great Kate and Christine, Briteweb and organizers.

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Jeff

    Not so applicable to the way I work, but some great points for others.

    May 22, 2014

  • Zoe

    What time do the presentations start? I'm stuck waiting for a bus

    May 22, 2014

  • Zoe

    What time do the presentations start? I'm stuck waiting for a bus

    May 22, 2014

  • Scott

    Was especially looking forward to this, but life has intervened... apologies.

    May 22, 2014

  • Linda Christensen, P.

    any of you good at optimize press 2.0? I'm having some regrets in getting it, I think 1.0 was a bit easier at least I was happier with the results

    May 15, 2014

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