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Why Design Matters – A Lesson from Yahoo! Inc.

Kudos to Yahoo for tapping Marissa Mayer as the company’s new CEO. If you’ve been following the news, you know that she brings experience in several positions to the job.

Various media note her accomplishments. She joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee and was its first female engineer. Over the past 13 years, she served as an engineer, designer, product manager and executive and held key roles in Google Search, Google Images, Google News, Google Maps, Google Books, Google Product Search, Good Toolbar, iGoogle and Gmail.

She also oversaw the layout of Google’s search homepage and most recently was Vice President of Local, Maps and Location Services and Vice President of Search Products and User Experience.

The fact that Yahoo hired a designer emphasizes the fact that design matters. It’s a key component and perhaps the most important element in Web design. For that reason, WebProfessionals.org is focusing on Web design along with other disciplines such as Web development and Web business topics in its new SchoolofWeb.org education initiative.

I think design and user experience are almost synonymous and as Executive Director and founder of WebProfessionals.org aka the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) it’s been our 15-year mission is to unify Web professional education and to advocate on its behalf.

To that end, we will continue with our core mission to support Web design education and those that aspire and teach Web topics.

WebProfessionals.org launched its SchoolofWeb.org initiative at its annual National Web Design Contest in Kansas City, MO. To assist with the kick off of the 10th annual National Web Design Contest and the announcement of the SchoolofWeb.org initiative, WebProfessionals.org tapped Cindy Li, Product Designer for Yahoo! Applications to Keynote on “Why Design Matters.”

Cindy Li has been a strong advocate for the Web profession and has worked extensively to elevate the role of aspiring Web designers and to increase their participation in the Web profession. The decision for Cindy Li to keynote coincides with the WebProfessionals.org organization goals to close the skills gap, by encouraging the participation of art and design students as well as the highly technical and those that teach Web topics including Computer Science. Our goal in launching the SchoolofWeb.org is to educate up and coming web professionals and those that teach technology topics to think of balance in design. Technology needs to be more user-simple and centric and that is what good design is all about.

Athir Mahmud, Associate Professor Harold Washington College agrees.

“If we are sending our students out into the workforce and they are going to be the very people that are designing the web sites we’re all navigating to, then we want them to understand design.

They need to do this before they hit the workforce and are suddenly faced with a corporate culture that is not accepting of one design principal over another, she said.

“I think that encouraging and instilling design principles in our students in terms of Web development is important so that they have the idea that it’s not just about coding and it’s not just about making something work, it’s also about making something attractive enough for people to want to go” Mahmud said.

The SchoolofWeb.org initiative will promote Web design, Web development and Web business topics for aspiring and practicing web professionals and also those who teach.

We need to be teaching design because companies such as Yahoo! are hiring people like Marissa Mayer and it’s the right thing to do for the Web profession.

To succeed, Web professionals need to understand the elements of design as well as the elements of technology and business.

Design matters because it’s important in creating simplicity that’s visually appealing as well as ease of use.

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Javascript Done Right – Interview with Dirk Ginader, Yahoo! Inc.

Javascript Done Right– Interview with Dirk Ginader, Yahoo! Inc. at Open Web Camp III Palo Alto, CA

Today’s podcast is with Dirk Ginader, Web Developer at Yahoo! I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Dirk and a number of his equally passionate Web professional colleagues at the Open Web Camp III event that took place late last month at the Stanford University Campus in Palo Alto California.

In this three minute interview, Dirk summarizes his session entitled “Javascript Done Right” and shares some of the key takeaways for developers and designers as well as those that teach. If you’re serious about Javascript, you owe it to yourself to check out Dirk’s slide deck featured below as well as all of the incredible resources on the Yahoo! Developer Network. No one does it better than the developers at Yahoo! in my opinion and it’s worthy of your time to explore.

A special shout out to Dirk for his time and expertise. I’m always amazed at just how talented and down to earth the developers at team Yahoo! are. Great stuff and great people.

Slide Deck from Open Web Camp III

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Inclusive Design – Interview with Cindy Li, Yahoo!

Inclusive Design – Interview with Cindy Li, Yahoo! at Open Web Camp III

Today’s podcast is a continuation of my media coverage of Open Web Camp III that took place at the Stanford University Campus in Palo Alto California earlier in the month.

I had the pleasure to sit down with Cindy Li, Yahoo! Applications Product Designer to talk about her Inclusive Design session and Web design in general. Cindy is an accomplished designer and presenter on a variety of Web design topics. If you’re into design, branding and internationalization, I would encourage you to learn more about Cindy Li, the great design work by the team of designers at Yahoo and what Inclusive Design is all about.

For your information, I have included the following resources that I highly recommend that you take the time to check out.

* Yahoo’s! Beautifully Designed to be Perfectly Simple campaign
* More information on Inclusive Design

Here’s an example of the great work by the design team at Yahoo!

Beautifully Designed to be Perfectly Simple

yahoo mail design

Check Out the New Yahoo Mail Design

What is Inclusive Design?

According to the University of Cambridge, who by the way developed some really fascinating resources on the topic, “Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude customers. Inclusive design emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions. User diversity covers variation in capabilities, needs, and aspirations. It is important to understand the terms design and inclusive design, the ethos behind inclusive design, and the way inclusive design contributes to product success. A number of case studies demonstrate how inclusive design can foster innovation and better design.”

Check out the the Inclusive Design Tool Kit for resources including:

* What is inclusive design?
* Why do inclusive design?
* How to get started?
* Inclusive design tools
* User capabilities

A special shout out to Cindy Li, at Yahoo! for the interview and for turning us on to this exciting topic.

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Church Web Works and Splat Interactive Partner to Reach New Devices Including iPhone, iPad and Yahoo! Connected TV

Church Web Works and Splat Interactive have partnered to extend the reach of CWW’s content management platform for faith-based organizations beyond the web to smart phones and tablets as well as to Connected TVs. In conjunction with Splat Interactive’s expertise in application development for smart devices, CWW Version 5 will enable US churches and other faith based organizations to publish …

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J2EE Software Engineer Frontend Engineering :Technical Yahoo

Amer Technology, Inc Santa Clara, CA
Job description: …Strong experience with Object Oriented JavaScript, CSS, and DHTML*Experience working with YUI widgets, AJAX, and developing interactive web applications*Strong, hands-on Java, J2EE development skills – ideally with JBOSS else Web Logic/Websphere*Knowledge of cross… View full post on Dice.com – web

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