October 26, 2015

Learning Through Stealing: How to Become Better At Your Craft

This past weekend, I had the great privilege to speak to a group of incredible creators/designers/makers at WordCamp Ann Arbor (#WCA2). We packed out a small room at the University of Michigan and I spoke to them all about how to become a better designer through the art of stealing.

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November 5, 2014

Speaking: Typography & User Experience

I had the great pleasure of speaking on Web Typography and User Experience at WordCamp San Francisco this year. Check out the video and the slides!

August 12, 2014

Speaking at WordCamp Birmingham

I'm am so thrilled that I am going to be speaking Saturday Aug 16th at  WordCamp Birmingham! This year, the incredible Andrew Searles has headed up as lead organizer with an incredible team of co-organizers and volunteers. What they are bringing to our community this weekend is going to be FABULOUS and I can't thank them enough for their hard work. Get your ticket if you haven't yet already & come learn from all the incredible speakers!
Typography and User Experience by Sara CannonThe past two years, I had the great pleasure of co-organizing the camp but was unable to speak because of organizer duties. The last time that I spoke at WordCamp Birmingham was in 2010 on “Beyond the System Font – Advanced Web Typography.” I am so thrilled to be speaking again and can't wait! This year my topic will be: "Typography & User Experience."

Type on the web has many roles: it is an interface, a brand, sets tone, and directs the user. Typography has many roles and can either add or take away from User Experience. In this beautiful and exciting talk we’re going to look at various ways type is used, implemented, and dissect the role that it plays in user experience on the web.

Join us at WordCamp Birmingham!!!

June 14, 2014

Smart Design & More at WordCamp Chicago

 This weekend Range is at WordCamp Chicago! As a team, we were on a panel today about "How to do big things with a small team" and then I gave a solo talk on "Smart Design." Check out the slides below and I'll post when the video is up. Looking forward to more talks tomorrow!

April 15, 2014

“SMART DESIGN – Icon Fonts, SVG, and the Mobile Influence” at WCATL and upcoming WCCHI

I was so thrilled to be able to speak at WordCamp Atlanta March 14-15, 2014. I not only gave a talk on Smart Design, but also to the Kids Program on ”Design Basics: CSS, Typography, & Theming”, as well as guest starred on “Cain & Obenland In The Morning.” WCATL was such a fun camp, and I am looking forward to WordCamp Chicago June 13-15!

"SMART DESIGN - Icon Fonts, SVG, and the Mobile Influence"

Fast, simple, SMART. Mobile devices have forever changed the way we interact with content. Now we have to consider many things such as HiDPI graphics, responsive design, speed, UI/UX patterns, touch target sizes, gestures, and more. All while not losing track of what’s important: Content.

We’re going to discuss the influence of mobile on design trends and learn implementation techniques of smart design such as icon fonts, svg, and other helpful tips.

March 12, 2013

Speaking at WordCamp Atlanta

WCBadge2013-SpeakerI'm so excited to be speaking at WordCamp Atlanta this Saturday! If you haven't got tickets, its already SOLD OUT at 450 people. WOW. If you've missed it, be sure to keep an eye on 2013.Birmingham.WordCamp.org for a date announcement & early tickets for late summer.

January 17, 2013

Speaking at WordCamp Phoenix

I'm thrilled to be giving my third talk at WordCamp Phoenix! I've grown to love Chandler and WCPHX over the years and all the amazing talented speakers. My talk is titled:

"Designer vs Developer - Creators in WordPress"

This talk will explore myths & preconceptions about roles.. When we push these boundaries, we can achieve greater things. If you understand what you're trying to accomplish both technically and visually, you will have fantastic a outcome.

We'll touch on "crossover"(golden unicorn) topics such as UI, UX, trusting instincts, user testing, wire framing, information architecture, front end structure, and form.

WordPress is a great place to put this into practice: as its a perfect environment for leaning php,css, but also its surrounding community support helps us achieve greatness.

hope you can make it!

 Update: Here are my slides:

betheunicorn.070

October 30, 2012

Speaking at the IPSA Event: “Thinking Retina First: Designing for HiDPI”

"Thinking Retina First: Designing for HiDPI" When: Friday, November 2nd, 11:30-1pm (networking 11:30-noon)
Where: Innovation Depot, Training Room, 1500 1st. Ave. N
RSVP: Free to attend

Devices that consume the web are being created at a never-before heard of rate. They’re getting smaller, lighter, faster, sharper, and sexier. The density of screens are even beginning to compete with print and its only up from here! How do we implement methods for these devises and are also forward-thinking?

This talk is about how to implement HiDPI graphics while tailoring the best possible ratio of “speed vs awesome”, and other techniques for fast and stunning visual experiences.

http://ipsaonline.org/ipsa-november-event-thinking-retina-first-designing-for-hidpi/

August 9, 2012

“Designing for the Modern Web” session at WordCamp San Francisco 2012

I was so thrilled to give a talk at WordCamp San Francisco this past weekend! My talk was on "Designing for the Modern Web" - Which in essence was a talk about designing for HiDPI. Check out my Slides & Description:

Devices that consume the web are being created at a never-before heard of rate.  They’re getting smaller, lighter, faster, sharper, and sexier.  Life is awesome right?  But what about us web designers?

Let’s talk about how to get the best possible ratio of speed vs awesome, and what techniques to use for fast and stunning visual experiences.

I'll post the video whenever they have it up. All in all it was a fantastic weekend. I learned a ton from the other fabulous speakers, and the other attendees. Can't wait for next year.

May 7, 2012

My Slides on Responsive Design from Future Insights Live 2012

Here are the slides on Responsive Design from my presentation at Future Insights Live in Vegas this past weekend. Thanks for everyone who came out!

Sara Cannon is a Business Owner, UX/UI Designer, Creative Director, & Artist remote working in Birmingham, Alabama. Contact Sara for any of your creative needs.