A short while ago a student asked me “What if I love being in tech but don’t love to write code? Is there a place for me?” It reminded me that there’s this perception that developers are the most valuable people on a tech team, but building a successful product definitely takes a village. There are a ton of different things that people do in tech to help make the digital products and services that we use everyday possible. Some of the non-programming jobs focus around design and content, others are more directly linked to development like quality assurance and technical management. Having at least a high-level understanding of each is super helpful no matter where on the team you sit, so I thought it might be helpful to look at a few of the more common non-development roles.
Maybe it’s the upcoming new job (!!!) or maybe I’m just feeling the need for inspiration… either way I’ve spent a lot of time on Dribbble this week! Here are a few of my favorite shots that I’ve collected recently.
“What is responsive web design if not an attempt to treat users with respect? In adopting this practice, we no longer dictate how websites should be viewed but have moved towards a more discursive approach, one that is adaptive to user needs. Yet this responsibility should extend beyond concerns about page layout; performance and accessibility are just as important (if not more so) as these aspects actively limit who can and can’t access the products we’re building.”
Paul Robert Lloyd
Treating users with respect should be a key component to any design, not just responsive ones! Click through to read more about some potential responsive web design principles.
Ever wonder how color and transparency are related? Viget can help you out.
Find Guidelines is a magic resource full of links to brand guidelines for companies from all over the web. Keep this handy!
Have a wonderful Monday lovelies!
Amazing puppy gif via William Wegman
Making checkout forms that convert is all about how users feel. Your potential customers want to feel like your site is secure and know exactly what they’re getting. This post outlines 7 things that made conversions on this form go way up.
You made it through the week kids! Here are some shots to get your morning going right. Enjoy this first June weekend!
Well here it is, everything you need to know about email design. Okay, not everything, but this covers a good portion of it. Responsive guidelines? Check! Content guidelines? Check! Resources and examples? Check and check!
The web is slowly catching up to all the possibilities that typography brings. This great post walks through what small caps and texture figures are, when they are used in typesetting, and how to use them on the web. It’s a great overview for anyone working with front end code or designing for the web.