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Web Design and Development by Anna T

Tag: OKC

UX Design with Susan Simkins

Activity:  UX Design with Susan Simkins from Big Wing Media
Description of Activity:  Donuts and Demo Presentation
Date(s) of Activity (also include times):  October 14, 2017 @ 10am

Student Evaluation:

  1. Why did you select this activity?  I am very interested in the field of UX Design.
  2. Would you recommend this activity for other students? Why or why not?  I thought this was a fascinating talk, not just about UX but about the changing concepts within the tech field.  Careers are constantly changing and evolving as new expectations and demands are being made.
  3. What did you like best about this activity?  I enjoyed learning about the different resources to check out if one is interested in pursuing a career in this field.  And learning about Atomic Design which was a great new discovery for me!
  4. What did you like least about this activity? How would you make the activity better?  I thought it was a great presentation!  I would have liked if it lasted longer with more explanation of the day-to-day.
  5. What is a creative idea/concept you can take away from this experience and possibly implement into your work?  I plan on going through all the resources she listed and delving deeper into UX.  It’s such a new and evolving field that I can’t wait to see what happens next, especially in OKC!

UX Resources:

Books:

UX Team of One by Leah Buley
Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
Observing the User Experience

Online Courses:

Udemy
Pluralsight
Lynda
Interaction Design Foundation
YouTube (Research sources)

 

A Day in the Life of a Web Developer with Kris Vanderwater

Name:  Anna T
Activity:  Donuts and Demos:  Kris Vanderwater of Acquia
Description of Activity:   Kris Vanderwater of Acquia discussed a Day in the Life of a Web Developer, Drupal, PHP, and code.

Date(s) of Activity (also include times):  Saturday, December 10 @ 10am

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Student Evaluation:
  1. Why did you select this activity?  I’ve really enjoyed all of the Donuts and Demos presentations I’ve attended and so I chose to attend this one.  I’m glad I did because the discussion was fascinating!
  2. Would you recommend this activity for other students? Why or why not?  Absolutely!  It was great to be in the same room with other students in the program.  The topic was fascinating and incredibly relevant to me.  Kris was an enthusiastic speaker and really broke down the code and what life as a web developer looks like.  His discussion on Drupal was particularly interesting to me because my work uses Drupal for our Intranet so I was familiar with the layout.
  3. What did you like best about this activity?  I really enjoyed the discussions about code, particularly PHP.  I also really liked his advice for those going into the field.  Learn as much as you can and specialize.  Kris was a great speaker!
  4. What did you like least about this activity? How would you make the activity better?  There wasn’t anything that I found disappointing.  It was a great experience with incredibly relevant info!
  5. What is a creative idea/concept you can take away from this experience and possibly implement into your work?  Kris talked about how 83% of the web is PHP and how important it is to specialize.  I’ve been looking into PHP and if that might be something I was to specialize in.  I know that my current job utilizes Drupal heavily and it would be advantageous for me to focus on that.  I plan on looking into some of the resources he mentioned at the end of the talk:  drupalize.me and buildamodule.com

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From Start to Finish: Coding with Neill Harmer

Description of Activity:  A look into coding a project with OKC web developer Neill Harmer

Date(s) of Activity (also include times):  Saturday, November 12, 2016

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Starting a Web Business with OKC’s Steed Interactive

Name:  Anna T
Activity:  Donuts and Demos:  Steed Interactive
Description of Activity:   Cara Bell of Steed Interactive came to talk to us about starting your business, getting clients, business plans, and pricing.

Date(s) of Activity (also include times):  Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 10am

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