Design

Agile Design

Spend less time on things you don’t want, more time on things you like. Chris Ford, of Creativity Included, decided to do just that and changed her entire work flow. No longer working with PSD’s. With the ever complicated world of mobile design, psd’s become very time consuming, Chris explained. A two hour change on each psd, becomes easily 8 hrs and so on.

Bring in the Agile Design. Working with clients with wireframes, like Balsamiq, and typecast to share the development process. Chris has brought her process to work for her. Giving her back control of her time. Check Chris at Orange County WordCamp, Sat June 1st, present Agile Design.

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Chris shares her resources and techniques to streamline her work flow.
Agile Designers

Agile Designers

Edit CSS on page in REal-time

CSS real-time page editing was covered in detail at last night’s general WordPress Meetup led by Steve Zehngut. Using Chrome’s inspect tool, element’s css styles were displayed on page with on page edits being done in real-time. Also, with it hooked up to your local dev environment, the real-time changes can be saved to your css files. So convenient!

Here’s where you can learn to do it:
code school dev tools

To see Steve in action: watch it

Chris Ford on WP Watercooler- EP31


Catch Chris Ford, Jeff Zinn, and other fine members of the WordPress community on this episode of WPWaterCooler featuring the Design Process married to the Dev, combining the two deeper beyond PSD’s. Chris will be here at OCWP Design, May 6th, Monday 7pm @Zeek’s in Huntington Beach.

Hear the experts discuss the latest techniques for making work flow and client expectations efficient and have the best results.

CSS3 with Suzette Franck

On April 1st, we had the pleasure of Suzette Franck presenting CSS3 for beginners. We were walked through a world of color, movement, and tricks like how to make rounded corners so easy breezy. Suzette fielded many questions and provided quite an interactive presentation. It is always a treat to have Suzette present. Nominate Suzette for speaking at WordCamp San Francisco 2013

Topics covered included animations, transitions, transformations…

More CSS3 goodies can be found at SuzetteFranck.com/css3

Typography – 3 Featured Fonts

Typography is coming back BIG in 2013. Literally. Be ready to see new BIG size type styles featured on pages throughout the web. Googlefonts has made it easier than ever to add a different font style than the standard 5. Although, I still love me my Verdana. So let’s go over some different typography available today, ready and waiting to be placed on a site right now.

The first contender on the Typography is Oswald. ┬áIt makes me nostalgic. Brings me back to what I imagine California was like in the ’50s before traffic and southern California was considered farmland with Tinseltown thrown in. I want to buy some popcorn and go to the movies to see Gone with the Wind or some other classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Oswald

Oswald buddies:

Oswald_Lobster

Oswald_Droid_Serif

Oswald_Raleway

Next up in our featured font extravaganza is the uplifting font Oxygen. Oxygen is perfect for parties, happy events and premiers. It spills excitement and fun. This is an exciting font!

Oxygen

Great Oxygen pairings:

Oxygen_open_sans_condensed
oxygen_ubuntu

Oxygen_crushed

The next font on our magical journey is…Marcellus SC
Marcellus SC is good for making a point. Want to get something important across to your audience, use Marcellus SC. Strong and to the point, just like writing should be.

Marcellus

Goes good with…

Marcellus_SC_&_Alegreya_SC

Marcellus_SC_&_Aquafina_Script

Marcellus_SC_&_Abel

 

Stay tuned for our next installation on Typography.

Child Theme as Important as Coffee

Child Themes make it so you can change your parent theme to your heart’s content without concern of any update coming along and wiping the floor to your design. Hours of work gone in a click with the only way to get it back is to dig into your backups. Save the hassle by including a child theme. Theme updates are no problem and updates are mandatory in today’s security attacks; updates are at times patches just so you’re theme won’t be hacked. So if you haven’t already, child up. You’ll be glad that you did.

Creating a child theme

Our very own talented Sarah Wefald presented on child themes here at OCWP Design. Check out her presentation! Get to know more about Sarah’s mad skillz.

Twenty Thirteen demo

http://twentythirteendemo.wordpress.com/
Post formats bring color and the opportunity for design. Time to start thinking about gradients of gray and CSS3 background designs.
The post formatting extends from side to side, the entire post and site. On a mobile device, this can pack quite a punch. With a larger view, the post formats add drama and life to breaking up the typical blog archive norm.

P.S. Break away from orange, try yellow perhaps!