We will take some quality time to review—and give feedback—for the following assignments which have been submitted so far:
- Gallery Pages, Version 1
Checking Color Contrast
Check the color contrast between your text and its background. Make sure that there’s enough contrast for legibility.
Prototyping and Prepping
Protoyping is the process creating a preliminary model of something. In the case of web design, it is a tool for showing others how the site will work, and getting their feedback.
Prepping your mockup files for the people who will code the site makes for smoother transitions from flat design to fully interactive HTML, CSS, etc.
Sometimes clients and coders need a really firm grasp of how a series of interactions are supposed to occur, and your static mockups are not quite enough. This is where prototyping can come in.
Today we’ll take a look at how to use the InVision online tool for creating interactive prototypes from your flat mockup images (.jpg or .png).
My mockup for BusyKidz in a tablet environment (click to visit):
Mockup Prepping for Coders: Making Your Specifications More Accessible to Website Coders
“Have you ever submitted design files to a development team for production and a few weeks later gotten something back that looks nothing like your original work? Many designers and design teams make the mistake of thinking that their work is done once they’ve completed the visual design stage.”
“Designers also know that the details will make or break a product’s usability. But designers are also responsible for not letting those details fall through the cracks in production. Yes, those 5 pixels do matter! The development or production team also needs to understand how the product will work and what it will look like in every scenario and variation of the product’s use. Annotating all of these scenarios can be a nightmare, but this is where Specctr can help.”
- Article: “Blueprints For Web And Print: Specctr, A Free Adobe Illustrator Plugin“
- Download Specctr Lite
Let’s play around with this with a duplicate of one of your mockups in Photoshop or Illustrator.
Creative Cloud Extract
“Extract CSS, fonts, colors and export optimized images from a PSD, right from your browser. Share it with your developer and go quickly from design-to-code. Extract is now available on Creative Cloud, for free.”