Smashing Workshop - Planning Adaptive Interfaces

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  • Smashing Workshop - Planning Adaptive Interfaces

Aaron Gustafson on "Planning Adaptive Interfaces" (London, Feb. 19 2014)

Quick Overview

How do you plan for the unknown? The answer is obvious — you can’t — but that’s not a bad thing. Unknowns can be scary, but they also create opportunity.

On the Web, it’s tempting to focus our effort around what we know (or think we know) about our customers based on analytics data we’re collecting and our own experience of the Web. Similarly, we often get hung up on trying to give every customer the exact same experience of our product. What we need to realize, however, is that analytics and anecdotal knowledge only get you so far. Our customers’ access and experience of the wWeb is highly variable, deeply personal, and, more often than not, completely out of our control.

But take heart, all is not lost. By being flexible in our approach and embracing the unknown, we can create user experiences that are intended to vary from device to device, browser to browser, and network to network.


Full Product Description

In this workshop, Aaron Gustafson will explain the ins and outs of crafting rich Web experiences that adapt to the capabilities and peculiarities of our customers and their devices, while maintaining your sanity in the process. You’ll leave with:

  • An understanding of the challenges (and possibilities) presented by the wide range of browsers and devices being used to access the web;
  • A fresh perspective on interface design, grounded in the progressive enhancement philosophy;
  • Ideas around how to tailor experiences based on device capabilities;
  • Solid strategies for determining how common UI components can be re-imagined in an adaptive fashion; and
  • A practical knowledge of how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can be deployed in the service of adaptive user interfaces.

This workshop is intended for professional designers, developers and everybody else who is dealing with Responsive Web design regularly or wants to better understand Responsive Web design in general. You should at least be familiar with some basics of responsive design, HTML5 and CSS.

Further information on the event location and the workshop itinerary are included within the ticket confirmation (PDF) — downloadable after your purchase.

Workshop Schedule
  • 8:30 Doors open, Registration
  • 9:00 Introduction & Kick-off
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Afternoon Session
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 The End, Networking

Workshop includes
  • Snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

What hardware/software do you need?
  • No technology required though a laptop might be helpful at times

Club Office
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
House No. 12, Staircase 5 (12.5), 1st floor
13355 Berlin

Image source: John Davey

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