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Contentious Content

Contentious Images: Handling Images for the Mobile Web - Jacky Gilbertson

When did "image" become such a dirty word? In these days of forging a multi-device web, most of the advice regarding handling images has revolved around cutting them down to size, by both pixels and bytes. This advice ignores that images aren't always just supplemental, existing only to accompany articles and add flare to content. There are many situations – such as webcomics, portfolios, and infographics — where images are the content. So let me show you what to do with them.

Content strategy for designers - Alaine Mackenzie

Every web project needs content strategy. You need to plan for content and the people that make it. But hey, here’s the secret: it’s not some highfalutin mysterious mystery that only certified content strategists can do. It’s planning that every good designer can work into their practice. I’ll share some tips and tricks for incorporating content strategy into the design work you’re already doing. You’ll avoid risky content problems later on in your project, and create more sustainable solutions for your clients. All without tonnes of additional project budget or training. And somehow this will all happen in 30 minutes.

About our speakers

Jacky Gilbertson@jackygilbertson

Jacky Gilbertson is a freelance illustrator and senior mobile designer at Mobify. She started building things for the web when she was just a young whippersnapper, and never stopped. Jacky mentors with Ladies Learning Code, and loves the challenge of a new medium, web or otherwise. When not conquering a new platform, Jacky tinkers on her own projects, writes novels, and draws comics.


Alaine Mackenzie@alainemack

Alaine Mackenzie is a content strategist at Yellow Pencil, a content-first web design and development shop in Edmonton and Vancouver. She started out as a designer, but soon realized she liked writing words more than typesetting them. Now she spends her days fighting for better content author environments and the oxford comma. Don’t worry, she’ll still gleefully debate your choice of typeface.

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