So you’d like to start learning design, but the number of tools and tutorials
available is overwhelming. Where do you start? I recommend Paper for
sketching out UX ideas, Practical Color Theory for Coders to
generate color palettes and learn color theory, Choosing the Right Font: A
Practical Guide to Typography on the Web as an introduction to typography,
and Adobe Experience Design for UX prototyping.
If you write code and you want to delve into design, Natalya Shelburne’s
Practical Color Theory for Coders will get you up and running with a
beautiful, cohesive, and accessible color palette using Sass color functions,
and teach you why her palettes work so well, all at the same time.
Code documentation is ideally written as close to the actual code
as possible, but compiled into a comprehensive set of documentation
that includes code from all languages in use. Here’s how we intend
to do that.
We want the convenience of a client-side single-page application using our
MV* frameworkof choice, but don’t want to sacrifice the SEO and UX
benefits of rendering the initial markup on the server. And while we’re not
tech stack. Here’s our attempt to have the best of both worlds, all the while
keeping duplication of logic or code between the front-end and back-end
worlds to a minimum.
OddBird is a small company –
a shared vision and brand
that transforms seven remote contractors
into a Web Software Agency.
2016 was a year of big changes for us,
individually and as a company.
We can’t distance ourselves from the world we work in,
or the lives of our members, colleagues, and clients.
Software is never neutral,
and neither are we.
There’s work to do.
Ongoing education in our industry is a must. Attending conferences is a great
way to learn and network with other industry professionals. Unfortunately,
not everyone is able to attend conferences, but have no fear! Many of the
best conferences post videos online, giving our community an easy way to
learn on our own time from anywhere in the world. Our first video in this
series is a talk by Sarah Parmenter titled “Designing Using Data” given at
An Event Apart Orlando.
How do you select a set of colors that express the attitude of your
brand, look great together, and pass WCAG accessibility standards? How many
colors is too many? This step-by-step guide outlines OddBird’s process for
tackling these challenges.
It’s important to define your brand goals first and review them throughout
the process. Next, do some research for inspiration. What colors are the
other companies in your field using? Use Paletton to generate a cohesive
color palette. Test color contrast to ensure accessibility. Finally, create
prototypes to make sure you colors work well in context.