UI17 Recap

Last week I had the amazing opportunity attend the UI17 Conference in Boston. UI17 focuses on the leading trends and best practices in interface design, multi-device design, and team-based solutions. The conference follows an unconventional format with one day of shorter talks sandwiched between two full day workshops. This format was an effective way to dive deep into two topics while still getting an overview of related important topics.

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Layout and Responsive Design with Twitter Bootstrap

Some of you may have noticed some websites look great on any device. You visit a website on your desktop computer, enjoy using their services, and then leave your desk for the day. Later while you’re out moving around, you remember you need to update your account on your favorite website. You only have your phone with you, but you decide to give it a shot. Lucky enough, the website you enjoyed on your desktop has magically transformed into something that feels comfortable to use on your phone. All of the same features are there, along with the site’s look and feel. It’s an easy transition between devices, and since it’s the same site, you spend hardly any time at all figuring out how to update your account with your phone. (For an example, check out our website, InspiringApps.com on any device or just by resizing your browser window.)

Now you want that same easy device transition for your websites. Today I’ll talk about how to do just that. If you want to do everything by hand, you can do everything manually, but there is a great front-end framework that has everything you need built in: Twitter Bootstrap. If you need an introduction to Twitter Bootstrap, check out my introductory post, “First Impressions of Twitter Bootstrap.”

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First Impressions of Twitter Bootstrap

Twitter Bootstrap 2.0 was released a couple of weeks ago, and while we haven’t used it in any of our projects yet, it’s something that’s been very interesting for our team. We’re still experimenting with it and learning new things every day. Here’s what we know so far.

Twitter Bootstrap is a “front-end toolkit” helping developers with their HTML, CSS, and JS work. As we’ve been playing with the toolkit and reading it’s docs, we’ve noticed two levels of developers that would use Bootstrap: the beginner front-end developer looking to learn about best practices and the senior experienced front-end developer that’s tired of writing the same code with each project.

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