Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome conference doesn’t mean that you can’t still watch the lectures! Each weekend, we’ll feature a recommended web design related lecture on Webdesigntuts+.
In this weekend’s talk, we’ve got a 3 pack of short videos from “An Event Apart” that each showcase a different, bite-sized topic on web design.
About the 3-Pack
This week we’re dishing out three short videos from past meetings of An Event Apart. AEA is a conference that takes place in a handful of different cities across the US – all centered around people who make websites, from designers to devs. Conference season is upon us now, so check their site for the dates and cities of the upcoming events for this year’s round of AEA events.
Andy Clarke on Web Layout
The beauty of this video is that it’s short and to the point… I probably watched it 3 or 4 times before it really began to sink in though. The lesson here is simple, but oh so sweet: The way we lay out our content helps guide users as to how they should process it.
Eric Meyer on Generated Content
This one starts out being reserved for the dev audience, but then switches over to talking to designers. The lesson? Designers – don’t create elaborate designs that require you to remove the “content” from the actual, generated content (the raw rendered text). Eric uses the example of quotation marks, but I’m sure you can see how far this extends to the rest of your designs. From CSS based numbering systems to text embedded in images or obscure font replacement methods, it makes more sense to just keep things simple and readable (on all types of devices!).
Jeff Veen on Data Overload
Jeff’s video is another great one. I honestly wish we could find the video in it’s entirety, but you’ll get the point he’s trying to deliver here. There are mountains of data out there… and it’s the responsibility of designers to help people make sense of it!