Room 2

10:20 - 11:20 (UTC+01)

Talk (60 min)

Design for Developers

Have you ever found yourself not only having to build the product, but in the absence of an actual designer, you’re the one who ends up having to design it too? Ever wondered how you gain the magical design dust to transform that ugly screen into a beautiful interface? People have often told me they’d never be able to do design, as it’s too subjective and a completely different mindset to coding. Well I’m here to tell you that UI design isn’t as complex as it looks when you’ve got the right tools to hand. In this talk, I will help you understand some of the main design principles that you can apply across UI design. Including – Typography, Contrast, Hierarchy, Layout, Spacing, Size, Balance, and Colour. We’ll be discussing these principles and through visual demonstrations show just how you can implement them across typical features such as forms, cards, tables and other interface elements. Whether you’re the ‘dev-signer’ or you’re just somebody who would like to learn some fundamental design skills to widen your knowledge – you should then leave feeling well equipped with new design skills to apply day to day!


Lex Lofthouse

Lex Lofthouse is a Senior Designer at Nzime, a digital agency in Nottingham. She has been working in the design industry for almost a decade, where her career took her from the cold regions of Scotland to the sunny streets of Nottingham. She specialises in digital design. Her skillset also includes branding and print design as well as UX design and most recently, illustration and animation. She’s even semi-competent at some basic HTML and CSS she’ll have you know!

In her spare time Lex is a massive Pokemon fan, from the TCG to the anime. Plus despite being a professional designer she is also an advocate for Comic Sans, the world’s most misunderstood typeface (come and ask her why).