Conference Talk

Building Adaptive Designs Now

November 2012

88 minutes

  • Shift your thinking to architect adaptive experiences right away
  • Design to take advantage of what’s possible on today’s mobile platforms
  • Consider alternative ways to interact with UI components you design
  • Use JavaScript smartly to avoid creating a “house of cards”
Topics:

It seems like new browsers and devices are invented every day. This reality leaves us with a couple paths: ignore them but fall behind, or face ‘em head- on.

The problem is, trying to stay on top of these innovations can feel a bit like battling Sauron’s army. (And for those who don’t get the movie quip: very, very daunting.)

Fortunately, progressive enhancement is the way forward for web design—especially on mobile devices. By starting simple and building up, we can craft amazing experiences that work regardless of the capabilities or deficiencies of a given device.

And Aaron Gustafson is just the man to describe how proven techniques like mobile first, responsive design, and adaptive UI can fit into your process while expanding your skill set.

  • Shift your thinking to architect adaptive experiences right away

  • Design to take advantage of what’s possible on today’s mobile platforms

  • Consider alternative ways to interact with UI components you design

  • Use JavaScript smartly to avoid creating a “house of cards”

Aaron is the tech lead responsible for all the front- and back-end development and UX design for his agency, Easy Designs. Aaron’s expertise in the full lifecycle of a project is evidenced by his process- driven teachings in Adaptive Web Design, a book he authored and published on his own label, Easy Readers.