I’m really excited to be included in a panel discussion at this year’s WordCamp Orange County on July 9-10. We’ll be discussing strategies for designing strategically with Michelle Schulp and Jacob Arriola.
Instead of a typical moderated panel, we’ve decided it would be interesting to do something that involved audience participation. Designers and non-designers alike can get caught up in the aesthetics and functionality of a website. It’s easy to forget that every decision made should be supported by an underlying strategy. After a brief discussion on how to find your site’s primary call to action, we’ll evaluate how these example sites embrace designing strategically. We’ll also look at how those design decisions help (or hinder) a user’s goals.
That’s where you come in!
In order to this, we need real-world sites! We’ll discuss the following:
- What barriers might be hindering users from doing what you want them to do
- How well you direct their path to a desired action
- How the language you’re using enhances the user experience
- Is there consistency in the design patterns
Whether you’re a designer, developer, or a person maintaining a site, you will come away with a critical eye for evaluating design patterns, and a new appreciation for designing strategically.
If you’re interested in being involved, please fill out the form below by June 30. We’ll choose 3 or 4 sites for our live review. We’ll email you to let you know if your site has been selected before we put it up on the screen.
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*Please, only submit your site if you’ll be WordCamp Orange County on Saturday, July 9, 2016 and are on the attendees list. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to review a site without you there to participate in the conversation :) Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!