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User Experience and Open discussion - bring a topic

Two talks this month: User Experience - It's For Everyone (by Ross Wintle) and Open discussion - bring a topic.

User Experience - It's For Everyone

Ross Wintle

Not sure what user experience (UX) is? (Neither am I). Or whether it matters to you? (It TOTALLY does!) Or why it’s important? (Let’s find out!). 

As seen at WordCamp London.

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Open discussion - bring a topic

We will have a load of post-it notes, think of a topic and write it down, put it on the wall. We will then go through the topics and the most popular ones will be discussed in 5 minute time slots. Simon will be in charge but everyone is welcome to contribute and offer their experience / knowledge or ask questions.

This is loosely based on the "Lean Coffee" style http://leancoffee.org/

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As usual we will be in the pub from 6:30pm come along and say hi. We aim to start the first talk around 7pm and the second around 8pm. A few of us usually stick around in the pub afterwards as well.

We would love to see you there :)

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  • Mani S.

    Hello again. I have a question to you all, especially to freelancers who have some time... I might be looking soon for helping hands with few projects and am wondering if any of you would be interested? I don't know when, but this is coming ;)
    Just drop me a private massage if you're interested.

    Cheers,
    Mani

    May 12

    • Mani S.

      Hi Simon,

      May 17

    • Mani S.

      thanks, I will do like that ;)

      May 17

  • Simon P.

    One of the questions raised in the second part was about what the different query types where and when to use them - http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/1753/when-should-you-use-wp-query-vs-query-posts-vs-get-posts has a very good answer (with a diagram) as the main answer - go take a look :)

    May 6

  • Hannah S.

    Really enjoyed the session on Tuesday - I got a lot of good ideas from it! Thanks x

    2 · May 6

  • Jason B. S.

    Had a top night at my first WP meetup! Thanks all & seeya next time. Cheers for the friendly advice, too.

    2 · May 5

    • Simon P.

      Thanks for coming along Jason, really pleased you had a good time and very happy we will see you again :)

      May 5

  • Hannah S.

    For the open discussion topic I have a problem that I was hoping we could discuss. Let me know if you think it's appropriate/useful for others!

    I have a design for a page where the menu runs across the top and is split in two. So half of the menu is on the left and half is on the right. I can figure out how to make the menus behave as I want on desktop size screens by creating two menus, one of which is left-aligned, one right-aligned. However, I am stuck when it comes to combining both of those menus into one mobile friendly menu. You know the kind of thing. When the screen size gets small enough you get a little 'menu' button instead of all the menu options across the top which you can click/tap and it lists out all the menu options one beneath another. I'd love to get some ideas on how to acheive this using one of the standard Wordpress templates (like twenty-sixteen) as a starting point if poss. Plugins, coding ideas etc all welcome.

    April 29

    • Simon P.

      Its always on a Tuesday - I might look into a nice add to calendar function somewhere :)

      May 5

    • Simon P.

      Oh and follow the twitter account - I am always reminding people when it is there :D

      May 5

  • Janice T.

    Very informative and thought provoking. Excellent presentation from Ross.

    2 · May 4

  • Ross W.

    Thanks Simon.

    Other things that I recall from open discussion:

    Brilliant plugin for developers - Query Monitor: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/query-monitor/

    Widget Logic: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/widget-logic/ (other plugins available, I particularly note that JetPack has a similar feature: https://jetpack.com/support/widget-visibility/)

    JetPack Development Mode: https://jetpack.com/support/development-mode/

    2 · May 4

  • Simon P.

    If you want to see the slides from Ross's (too many s's) talk they can be found here: https://speakerdeck.com/rosswintle/user-experience-its-for-everyone

    May 4

  • Ross W.

    OK. So part of my talk is about user testing and asking tricky questions about the things you make to try and make them better. So I'm thinking that as part of the "Open Discussion", one option might be to have a "user testing swapshop" where you bring a thing you have made (or are making) and invite other people to try using it.

    So...this may or may not happen...but in case it does, why not have a think to see if something you've made might be a good thing to test with the group.

    You might be amazed at how useful a different perspective is!

    Thanks - see you all Tuesday!

    1 · April 28

    • Simon P.

      My thoughts are that as this is such a good idea we will do it in Junes meetup so we can give it some proper time. So this meetup we will get people thinking about it ready for next time :)

      April 29

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