Articles

Putting the User First with Courtney McDonald

Putting the User First with Courtney McDonald Courtney Greene McDonald talks about the need for librarians and staff to divorce themselves from their atypical experience of the library, and find ways to find things through their users' perspectives.

A High Functioning Research Site with Sean Hannan

A High Functioning Research Site with Sean Hannan Sean Hannan talks about designing a high functioning research site for the John Hopkins Sheridan Libraries and University Museums. It's a crazy fast API-driven research dashboard mashing up research databases, LibGuides, and a magic, otherworldly carousel actually increasing engagement. Research tools are so incredibly difficult to build well, especially when libraries rely so heavily on third parties, that I'm glad to have taken the opportunity to pick Sean's brain.

Sometimes, I’m a Wimp

Sometimes, I’m a Wimp Web design is a thick-skin sort of discipline. In part, hey - it's the internet: semi-anonymous bolstered computer geeks can and will pick apart your code, your design. Our community has for the large part turned this around, embraced rip-offs, forks, open licenses, pull requests. We know that the collective creativity and brainpower of the community can frankly just make things so much better. Sometimes it gets a little mean, but it's really not a bug, it's a feature.

Speaking

I sometimes speak at conferences or teach workshops about the web, user experience, and cutting edge standards. This year I'm giving talks about performance, content strategy, mythbusting assumptions about what users want, design for instruction, and more.

Upcoming Talks   Speaker Deck