Design 101 for Programmers

James White, Colourfool CreativePart of DW16

Many developers at small companies, and most indies, don’t have the luxury of collaborating with genuine beret-wearing, latte-sipping designers. But never fear! There are at least 15 weird tricks you can learn to avoid your app looking like it was designed by a developer. After twenty years of experience designing for print, web and mobile, James White has learned a trick or two. In this session he shares some of these tips and tricks, touching on typography, colour, iconography, branding, and the fine balance of aesthetics, functionality and usability. Expect pretty slides, and to leave with a notebook full of small but useful ideas for improving the design of your apps and websites.

James is a mobile app designer and developer. He directs Reach Health Promotion Innovations, a Perth company providing mobile development services to public health organisations across Australia, and recently completed a PhD examining the use of socially connected apps for health behaviour change. James also provides contract design services, via Colourfool Creative. James has twice received an Apple scholarship to attend the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.