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  • Khal Weir - Real world Web Development
    seemingly endless copy changes from picky clients and nightmare server crashes I ve seen plenty of guys eager to get into this industry join agencies and balk at the unglamorous tasks they d never expected they never last long So why do I enjoy it I get to work in a great team at Work Interactive face different challenges each day checking Twitter at work is R D every day

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022192659/real-world-web-development (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Design vs Development
    I m pleased with soon in the meantime I thought I d share my story of a developer trying his hand at design I set about the task as I would a development project I thought about what I wanted to achieve sketched some ideas and broke the into site into elements After a little while I d more or less settled on a layout and had a few ideas for potential designs so then went looking for inspiration and resources This is where I hit my first problem I know I want a killer background and lack the Photoshop skills to make my own but once I started looking I was overwhelmed by choice and at the same time found it difficult to find exactly what I was seeking again finding a cool font proved to be difficult After gathering a bunch of fonts graphics and ideas I started putting them together in Photoshop to create a rough prototype I was able to dismiss a couple of ideas outright at this stage and now I m able to concentrate on the strongest I still have a long way to go the prototype isn t built using the Blueprint CSS

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022191806/design-vs-development (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Tools of the trade
    FTP file uploads new IM or Email messages It means I can focus on what I m working on and can choose to ignore the Adium duck flapping in my dock if the IM message doesn t warrant an immediate response MAMP http www mamp info Local development area Time Tracker http code google com p time tracker mac Stunningly simple time tracker really useful Textmate http macromates com A very powerful and feature rich text editor Textsoap www unmarked com textsoap I just recently found this one so haven t played with it that much but so far it looks like it ll handle anything I throw at it and give me nice plain text Firefox www mozilla com firefox My Firefox is loaded with extensions so many I think its worth a separate article Litmus http litmusapp com Feed it a URL or a send it an email and Litmus provides screenshots in a variety of different browsers or email clients They also provide Alakine a desktop application and a plugin for Coda to better integrate testing into your workflow Parallels http www parallels com uk products desktop As great a tool as Litmus is sometimes a screenshot isn t enough and you have to actually test the functionatily of a site Parallels allows you to quickly turn on a virtual machine and run another operating system Currently I have 3 Windows XP VMs installed covering the latest 3 versions of Internet Explorer Notebook http www moleskine com Essential for problem solving notes in client meetings I like the small blank Moleskine s as they are neat looking small enough to slip into a pocket and the blank pages are versatile Balsamiq http www balsamiq com products mockups I came across this Air app recently its a great

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022190197/tools-of-the-trade (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    yet 2011 2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December 2010 2011 2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December 2009 2010 2011 January February March April May June July

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive?before_time=1243774680 (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    Sadly this relatively new approach is difficult to communicate especially in a company or industry where it s benefits are yet to be widely proven It is time consuming and the output is minimal and deceptively simple looking building a set of three A4 sized personas could take months of multifaceted research Often the faster horse story or the fallacy that Apple don t do user research is used as an argument against design research You ll face blank faces when you suggest a persona project or ethnographic study and you won t get budget or time to conduct the research you want to do So what can you do Designers are passionate about their work but are generally meek and vastly outnumbered by project managers developers sales and stakeholders We need to share this passion for design and our vision for crafting a great experience with the rest of the company Get the client or team involved This is my favourite technique and can be very effective If your process is visible it can be better understood Invite stakeholders to design studios and persona building sessions Get a sketchboard going on the wall have the team play with paper prototypes perform user testing sessions with every department Use their language Every department has their own language spend time listening and get to know their lingo Stakeholders seek ROI Marketing want engagement developers understand processes Know your audience and when explaining a design or concept use their own terminology and jargon Outside of our little circle design speak sounds wooly and wanky so let s keep it to ourselves k Use appropriate tools to communicate Your client may roll their eyes at a persona but love a video sketch Again this comes down to knowing your audience and presenting your

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2012/1 (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    1 957 notes Next page 2011 2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December 2010 2011 2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December 2009 2010 2011 January February March

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2012/3 (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    afforded The shift from paper to ebooks vinyl and CDs being replaced with streaming and MP3s creates a conflict within us We simultaneously appreciate their convenience while we lament the loss of experience Is there an opportunity to create a hybrid format or device Something that pairs the power and convenience technology with a lost beloved experience An iPad or Kindle with the texture and smell of paper that wears

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2012/4 (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    cream Once you get home and you ve made all your new furniture chances are your overall impression of the experience is favourable This is due to the strategically placed points where Ikea s store designers hope to trigger positive emotions We remember the high and low points and our overall impression of an experience is affected by their serverity and position along the experience s duration This can be explained by how our brain works it s pretty lazy When asked about our trip effort is required to fully evaluate the experience so instead we use our memories as a heuristic If we have a fond memory of eating ice cream or recall the feeling of finding a bargain then it is more likely we ll respond that the trip was great We value memories over experiences this explains why every gig is now a sea of glowing rectangles as fans frantically try and capture as many memories as they can I m interested in ways I can use this difference in my work When designing a process like a checkout can it trigger positive emotions to make the experience more memorable When investigating a customer journey are there

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2012/7 (2016-04-26)
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