Great news fellow Chicago Web Professionals! MetaMedia, a project of the McGaw YMCA in Evanston has agree to allow us to use their space for our meetings at a generously reduced rate. MetaMedia is located inside the McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201. It's 2 blocks from the Davis Street Purple Line El stop. There is bike and street parking. (The parking lots in front of and in back of the Y are for members only.)
Please enter through the door marked MetaMedia on Maple Avenue. This door will be open so you do not have to go through the lobby of the YMCA where members line up to get their membership cards scanned. The MetaMedia entrance is the first door south of the corner at Maple and Grove Avenue. It is prominently painted with a purple sign that says "MetaMedia.
Join us Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7PM for "Responsive Prototyping with WordPress and Atomic UI Libraries" with Anthony D. Paul.
Put down that design tool! We typically turn toward graphic tools like Sketch for wireframing, then export into a presenter like InVision for usability tests. We try our darndest to get the menu functionality to “appear” like code, to fake responsive design, and to audit every hotspot linking to every screenshot. The irony is, we spend more time trying to get non-code looking like code than if we’d used code.
But wait, I’m not a dev! That’s cool. I’ve got you covered. Attendees will be given live demos of existing responsive frameworks, learn how to customize them, and walk away with a foundation for creating their own code prototyping kit (without needing to know how to code). This talk is written for information architects, UI/UX designers, product leads, and researchers.
What you’ll learn:
• How to use WordPress to create a content-managed prototype, regardless of what you intend to build your final site in;
• Which UI frameworks are cheapest and easiest to “wireframe” with, code-free; and
• Why this approach is simpler than many of your sketching tools, arriving at a better and more testable IA/content prototype more quickly.
Anthony is a UX researcher and designer at GE Transportation, creating web applications and data visualizations for the US railroad industry. Outside the office, you’ll find him spread across regional meetups and conferences—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. He’d divulge something funny from his past, but these days the Internet does a better job of surfacing our embarrassing moments; find him anywhere by Googling “anthonydpaul”.