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Can I Use That? Copyright Infringement with Fonts and Images

This week’s group chat was inspired by a question I posed to my instructor on a freelance project I was working on.  The client was very specific on what font they wanted used on the project.  However, when I looked for the font, I realized that it wasn’t available on any of the free directories like Google Fonts.  It would have to be purchased.  In the end, I was able to find a similar, free font that the client liked.  This experience led to this week’s discussion on Font Infringement and Copyright on Images.

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Ergonomic Web Design: How the Best Do Their Best Work

Do you have a home office? A desk in the corner of your living room? A TV tray for your laptop? Maybe you’re a digital nomad with your office being any coffee shop you see fit that day?  What’s your ideal work situation?

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Uber’s New Recruits (and the Light at the End of the Tunnel)

This week’s group chat was meant as part ‘inspirational pep talk’ and part ‘look what types of jobs are out there.’  We read an article about Uber and their newest software engineering apprentices.  Needless to say, for all of us, it was EXACTLY what we needed to hear at this point in the program!

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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:


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

Online Courses:

Interaction Design Foundation
YouTube (Research sources)


Securing Your Site: WordPress Plugins to Ensure Security

This week’s group chat was all about the importance of website security all due to the WiFi hacks that were announced last Monday. For more information on “Black Monday” and how your WiFi devices are at risk, check out this informative article.

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Website Testing: 4 Tools to Improve Your Sites

This week’s group chat was all about resources to test websites.  Seeing as I’m still a newbie to all this, I didn’t have much to contribute.  However, I learned a lot from my fellow classmates!  Without further ado, here are my top tools to use when testing a website:

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Accessibility and UX Dreams

This week I’ve been learning all about Accessibility and the User Experience.  I gotta say, after learning about what User Experience Designers do, I’m fascinated and actively researching the field!  So much goes into the User Experience than just the look of the webpage.  I had no idea!

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Tips for Landing a Junior Web Developer Job

job seekerThis week’s group chat had us reading a popular article from the ‘get hired’ site, Skillcrush on how to land a junior web developer job.  Who doesn’t want to work in tech these days? After seeing and hearing things about Google’s Googleplex or Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters or even just the chance of working remotely from wherever, just about everyone is looking to break into the tech world!

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CSS Grid is HERE!!!

This week’s group chat discussed the brand new CSS grid layout that hit the web recently.  I could have REALLY used this for my last assignment!  Trying to figure out floats and inline-blocks in CSS is quite the trip for a newbie developer.  Shout out to all the extremely helpful developers on Twitter and in real life who helped me with that debacle.
It’s time to design layouts like we design everything else — typography, color — unique to each project  -Jen Simmons
Jen Simmons’ article on the new CSS grid layout enlightened me on what I need to focus on going forward.  After reading her article, I scoured the web and Twitter on anything and everything I could find on this new layout and its future.  There’s a lot of excitement about this.  I guess my own frustrations about CSS layout were pretty commonplace.

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CSS Zen Garden Project

This week’s project asks us to take a look at the CSS Zen Garden Project and begin a redesign of the page.  This will require some serious CSS skills and a basic review of all the design elements we’ve been learning over the last few weeks.  Speaking as someone who never thought they had much interest in design, I have to say this project has been a blast to work on and has really opened up my creative side!

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